5 ways to earn a weekend rebate

Taxes may be due this coming Tuesday, but you’re also due some fun this weekend. Here are a few ways to get the number-crunching off your mind.


A still from the Minnesota-made short film STUCK, directed by Martin Wichmann Andersen

Image courtesy MSPIFF

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 12 – May 3 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Over it’s three-week run, the Festival will exhibit some 300 narrative, documentary, and short films to an anticipated audience of over 45,000. Now over three decades in age, the MSP International Film Festival is the largest, most anticipated film event in the Upper Midwest.

2. Toy Theater After Dark

Intimate, inventive, and wonderfully odd, toy theater has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, especially in the Twin Cities. The Award-winning Open Eye Figure Theatre hosts an annual festival to present short, new pieces from local and national artists. Two distinctly different programs (one for adults only, another for kids aged 7 – 97) offer a stunning spectrum of miniature puppetry and innovative thinking, featuring the far flung and home grown, the seasoned and the emerging.

3. The House on Mango Street

In a series of adventures a young Mexican-American girl named Esperanza bring us into her world as she becomes conscious of the dangers and contradictions of being a young woman growing up in “El Barrio.” Based on Sandra Cisneros’ award winning novel by the same name. Performances run April 28 at the Southern Theater.

4. The Agony & The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey‘s recent appearance on This American Life created quite a scandal, for confusing fiction with fact. Now The Hacktor’s Collective presents Daisey’s theater piece, with added commentary regarding the “This American Life” retraction and subsequent aftermath. Tonight only! There will be a suggested donation to the International Labor Rights Forum, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

5. Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a dynamic rock adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s expressionist play about a group of teenagers coming of age in an uncomprehending world. Banned when the play first premiered in 1891, the contemporary musical is still provocative in its uncompromising gaze at the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years. Winner of eight Tony Awards and hailed as Best Musical of the Year by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer and USA Today, Spring Awakening is a celebration of the rebellious imperatives of youth. Performances run through May 6 at the Rarig Center. (note: contains nudity, strong language and adult situations)

So what are you doing this weekend?

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