Hot Summer Nights
Whatever your passion—movies, music, painting, or plays—we’ve got your summer all planned out: We’ve scoured cultural calendars for the Twin Cities’ best events, then added a few dinner and nightcap recommendations. Here, 47 ways to kick up—or cool—your heels after sunset.
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SHAKESPEARE GETS HIS SEXY BACK IN THE GUTHRIE'S SPRING STAGING OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMUh-oh. A cast of sexy young lovers and sensual fairies. That’s not a summary of tonight’s Cinemax movie. It’s the marketing blurb for the Guthrie Theater’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And, well, let’s be honest: When’s the last time you went to the Guthrie and left thinking “sexy” and “young”?
Still, this is the show to see this spring. Why? Because you liked it before. Remember? It was 1997, only two years into Joe Dowling’s tenure as the theater’s artistic director, and the show felt very 2007, very cutting-edge: “The young lovers and the spandex-clad fairies get jiggy to a hip-hop tune in the forest,” read one review of this Shakespearean remix. The show dazzled audiences and toured the country.
Now, Dowling is bringing back the same designers to create an updated playground for the four sexy young lovers who escape from their tyrannical parents. The cast features Guthrie regulars Richard Iglewski, Jim
Lichtscheidl, Sally Wingert, and Stephen Yoakam—as the adults, not the kids, thank goodness.
MAKE IT A DATEWhere: Guthrie Theater. 818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-377-2224
When: Through June 22.
What Else: Spoonriver features the season’s freshest produce, plus spirited cocktail selections, like the Tequila Mockingbird, made with pineapple-infused tequila and passion-fruit juice. 750 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-436-2236
More Hot Summer Nights
THREE OPTIONS FOR DINNER, DANCE, DRAMA, AND MOREBulrusher
May 16–June 14
Marion McClinton, perhaps best known for staging the works of August Wilson, takes on this Pulitzer-nominated coming-of-age drama about a small-town girl with clairvoyant powers. Our prediction: A pre-show stop at Jakeeno’s for a bottle of wine and something with red sauce will further enhance the evening.
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-0459
3555 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-6827
The spectacular song-and-dance show centers on Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub in 1929, where bawdy jokes and sexual shenanigans keep the gloom of the looming Nazi regime at bay. Afterward, continue your European tour with a pit stop at Pazzaluna (above) for beef carpaccio, gnocchi, or any of the excellent vegetable antipasti.
345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000
The enormously talented choreographer Uri Sands and his wife, dancer Toni Pierce-Sands, put their Twin Cities troupe through the paces with a brand-new summer show at the always affordable Southern Theater. Continue your cheap date with a stop at Wasabi, where low-cost sushi is the catch of the day.
1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-1725
903 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-6688
Best of Shows
VENUES, EVENTS, AND OUTINGS
Enchanted Evening» Sva (Vital Force)
Ragamala, blending dance, poetry, and music from southern India, premieres two new works. May 1–4. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-1725
Meaty Comedy» Spamalot
Minnesota’s most lasting contribution to world cuisine hogs the spotlight in this retelling of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. May 27–June 1. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-673-0404
» Once on This Island
It’s The Little Mermaid story (think Hans Christian Andersen, not Disney) with a Caribbean-island twist and lots of catchy musical numbers. Through May 18. Ten Thousand Things Theater. May 2–11, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., and May 16–18, Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N. First St., Mpls. Tickets: 612-203-9502
Clued In» Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
The sleuth matches wits with his archenemy and investigates a kidnapping in London’s seedy underbelly. May 30–June 22. Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul, 651-291-7005
» Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Sondheim it’s not, but this cult-classic musical about an East German rock musician and a failed sex-change operation is certainly a cut above the rest. July 18–August 31. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-7063
WE NYC» 42nd Street
Go for the alcoholic ice-cream drinks. Stay for the show. Through July 26. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-1525