There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy art event in the Twin Cities. Here’s a quick guide to our can’t-miss arts picks for April.

jamessewellballet April Arts Preview

(credit: James Sewell)

James Sewell Ballet
April 13-14 & 20-21, 8 p.m.
April 15 & 22, 2 p.m.
April 21, 11 a.m.
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
The Cowles Center

One of the most innovative dance troupes in the country, the James Sewell Ballet’s eight dancer perform work “that explore the technical boundaries of ballet.” Indeed, the troupe has traveled across the country and dazzled audiences with their energetic and sophisticated performances. Opus 131 is the centerpiece of JSB’s spring program, featuring a collaboration with the Parker Quartet. The second half of the program features a world premiere by the JSB and combines the movements of ballet, improvisation and Argentine tango.

katelynfarstad April Arts Preview

(Katelyn Farstad, Untitled, 2011 Ink, pastel, fabric paint, paper, credit:

MAEP Katelyn Farstad and David Frolich “Ishoyet; Isopleth” and Gregory Fitz “Seven Billion”
April 20 – July 1, 2012
Artists’ Talk: May 17
Free exhibition
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Hours: Tue to Wed – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Mon closed

The MIA showcases the work of artists Katelyn Farstad, David Frolich and Gregory Fitz. Farstad and Frohlich collaborate for the second time on the installation “Ishoyet, Isopleth,” exploring how their two different work styles merge in one space. “Seven Billion” is the debut of Fitz’s three-part installation, comprised of DayGlo landscapes, cinder-block table sculptures and other economical materials. The show features new paintings, prints and sculptures in various media.

bandwhite donnapinckley April Arts Preview

(credit: Donna Pinckley)

Black & White: The Absence of Color
Through April 22, 2012
Mpls Photo Center
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Mpls Photo Center
Hours: Daily 12-6 p.m.

While color photography may show the world in a vibrant way, there is still something powerful about black and white photography. The photographers in this exhibition at the Mpls Photo Center all capture powerful moments using the silent, sometimes dreamy, always affecting palette of black, white and shades of gray. From portraits to landscapes, the exhibition proves why black and white photography is a timeless, classic art. Black & White: The Absence of Color is on display through April 22, 2012.

thaifruitcarving April Arts Preview

(credit: Thinkstock)

A Thousand Journeys, One Home: Asian-Pacific Heritage Day
April 14, 2012, Noon to 4 p.m.
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Minnesota History Center
2-for-1 admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17

The Minnesota History Center celebrates the diversity of the Twin Cities with a family day that highlights the art and culture of the Chinese, Indian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, Philippine, Tibetan and Thai communities. The event features music and dance performances, calligraphy, fruit carving and paper craft workshops, food and cooking demonstrations, a fashion show and other art activities.

madamebutterfly April Arts Preview


Minnesota Opera’s Madame Butterfly
April 14-15, 17, 18, 20-22
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

The romance and spectacle of Puccini’s classic comes alive on the Minnesota Opera stage with a gorgeous production of Madame Butterfly. Opera lovers and newbies alike will find Kelly Kaduce’s performance as the young geisha who falls in love with the naval officer Pinkerton, unforgettable. Yunah Lee performs the role of Butterfly on April 15, 18, 20 and 22.


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