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8 events to keep you busy this May

The A&E May events calendar shows the best live music, comedy and art in the Twin Cities this upcoming month.
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When the semester ends at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Daily will be taking its May break.

But just because A&E won’t be covering these events, that doesn’t mean they aren’t highly recommended. Here’s an abundance of exciting activities and events available for students this May:

Why Not (April 28) and Charly Bliss (April 29) at the Turf Club
Two small shows to check out are Why Not at the Turf Club on April 28, and Charly Bliss, also at the Turf Club, on April 29. This Friday-Saturday, a one-two punch of great bands could serve as a great introduction to The Turf Club, a staple venue known for its vintage decor and legendary bar food. Additionally, multiple local artists will be opening for both Why Not and Charly Bliss. For more information about the artists and all their opening acts check out the links here.

Art in Bloom 2023 at Mia (April 27-30)
“Art in Bloom” is an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that combines floral interpretations of artwork and the artwork itself. The spring-oriented celebration is put together using pieces from Mia’s permanent collection and the help of more than 100 florists. “Over the course of the four-day festival, everyone is invited to experience the floral beauty and fragrance throughout the museum,” reads Mia’s website. More information here.

“In the Mood for Love” at the Trylon Theater (May 7-9)
The emotionally triumphant film “In The Mood for Love” is screening at Trylon May 7-9. Directed by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-wai, this 2000 romantic drama takes viewers through two strangers’ realizations that their partners are having affairs. Depending on the May weather, a movie night with Trylon’s 35mm might be the best way to celebrate the end of another semester. Showing times for “In the Mood for Love,” as well as the May calendar at Trylon, can be found here.

Colin Bracewell at the Green Room (May 11)
Local musician and University student Colin Bracewell will perform new music at his release show at the Green Room in Uptown Minneapolis on May 11. Bracewell’s music blends jangling alternative rock with sentimental lyricism — think Hippo Campus. More info here.

David Cross at The Fitzgerald Theater (May 12)
David Cross will bring his hot political takes and dark humor to The Fitzgerald Theater on May 12. In addition to this stand-up comedy, Cross is known for his role as playing the eccentric Tobias on the ‘00s sitcom “Arrested Development.” Buy tickets here.

Looking for something more consistent or local? Check out Acme Comedy Company and the Comedy Corner Underground. They both feature touring comedians and open-mic nights each week.

Rebecca Black at Amsterdam Bar & Hall (May 14)
Rebbeca Black’s music has evolved over the years since her mega-viral 2011 YouTube hit “Friday.” On more recent releases, like her newest album “Let Her Burn,” she brings forth layered electro-pop that reimagines her artistic direction. Black will visit Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul on May 14. Buy tickets here.

“One Good Marriage” at Phoenix Theater (May 19-28)
The St. Paul-based Bad Mouth Theater Company will present a production of Sean Reycraft’s play “One Good Marriage” at the Phoenix Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Audiences may already know Reycraft’s work through his writing on The CW’s 2010s hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries.”

“One Good Marriage” opens on May 19 and focuses on one couple’s darkly comedic journey through marriage. More information here.

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board’s “Summer Music Kickoff” (May 29)
What better way to enjoy live music than outside? On May 29 the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is throwing a free concert called “Summer Music Kickoff” at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. It will feature performances from two local bands: Maria and the Coins and Big Mike & The Funktion.

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