The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis is the winner of more than 115 International Festivals and Events Association Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Art Fair is three days of creative fun, from art activities to wine tasting to a Culinary Arts competition. There is non-stop entertainment ranging from reggae to magic on the performance stage, and festival food galore. The main star of the show, however, is the art: ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 350 talented artists from around the world. Free. Times vary; check website for details.
Arts & Performance
We’ve all had those moments during the long frigid winter where we closed our eyes and pictured a balmy evening spent listening to strands of live music melt into the warm summer breeze. It helped us survive the cold (and yes, despite our moments of doubt, we did), and now the fun is finally beginning.
Bring the kids to enjoy this fun hour-long Disney musical featuring Lakeshore's youngest players. Senior and student tickest $8; adults $10. Lakeshore Players, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake. For more information call 651.429.5674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Experts from the 3M Camera Club will coach interested shutterbugs in all aspects of photography, including techniques, types of equipment and photo projects. Adults only. Free. 10 a.m.–noon. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us
This summer, kids ages 6–14 can enjoy spending time working in a variety of media, including clay, painting and drawing at the White Bear Center for the Arts. Class costs range from $23–$87. 9:30 a.m.–noon, 12:30–3 p.m. White Bear Center for the Arts, 4971 Long Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.407.0597; whitebeararts.org
The 21-piece Saints of Swing Big Band is one of the newest big bands in the Twin Cities. This popular ensemble will play music of the Big Band era for your listening and dancing pleasure. The evening will include free swing dancing lessons, open dancing and a cash bar. Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Withrow Ballroom for a fun evening of swing! $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Lessons, 7:15–7:45 p.m., dancing, 8–11 p.m. Withrow Ballroom, 12169 Keystone Ave.
The always delightful Little Orphan Annie makes her way to Lakeshore Players. The tale of this curly-haired dynamo who brought sunshine to billionaire “Daddy Warbucks” and her fellow orphans during the Great Depression is a classic for all ages. $20, general admission; $18, seniors and students. Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.429.5674; lakeshoreplayers.com
Don't miss your chance to see an incredible international talent this weekend! Alexander Yakovlev, winner of the World Piano Competition, returns to Mahtomedi Friday, May 2 to perform a preview concert of his upcoming Carnegie Hall Recital.
Lakeshore Players Theatre holds a highly regarded 10-minute play writing contest. Both novice and published playwrights from around the world submit new works with the 10 best picked for performance. See what all the fun is about, as directors and actors from across the Twin Cities debut new works on the Lakeshore stage. All 10 plays will be performed at every show. (Content varies; some plays may not be suitable for younger audiences.) June 4 is a pay-what-you-can performance and preview. $16 general admission; $14 seniors and students. Wednesday–Friday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
This event is a result of the partnership between MacPhail Center for Music and the Metropolitan Library Service Agency to provide public programs at libraries demonstrating ways to incorporate music and stories for children to create a connection between music and literacy. The Water Makes Music event explores lakes, rivers and oceans and finds the steady beat in all of them through musical play. Limit of 20 children. For children birth through age 5. Registration required.