Acme Comedy Co.
When we last spoke to Alingon Mitra, he had left some top comedy writing gigs to concentrate on his standup set. “The idea was to focus on the act as much as possible,” he explains. “I think I’ve made great progress booking more clubs in New York City and developing material that really matches my voice.” The son of Indian immigrants, Mitra was born in Kentucky and raised in Massachusetts. “I don’t think I was a funny kid, but I did have a sense of humor,” he recalls. “I liked doing oral reports and book reports in front of the class, and I always injected a lot of humor into those.” In college, he began writing for the Harvard Lampoon at the behest of his roommate. “I didn’t know the Lampoon at all,” he says. “My roommate was a big fan and a comedy nerd.” While writing for the venerable humor magazine helped build confidence in his writing, he wanted to perform comedy. He just didn’t know how to go about it. “I would have done standup in college, but back then it seemed like such an alien world.” Mitra hopes to finish building his hour soon so he can record a one-hour special. 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson
Third Thursday: Sustainable Spring
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Despite some snow setbacks, spring is kind of here. This Thursday, Mia will celebrate this fact with an evening party filled with flower-themed activities and a cash bar. Join artist Emma Freeman in making cool art prints out of natural material, and take a mini tour with stops at the museum’s most