Weekend Best Bets for February 25-27

Your to-do guide for this weekend.

Friday, February 25

Fairy tails

WHAT: Ballet of the Dolls’ Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood
WHERE: Ritz Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
A fairytale mashup that leads to bears, wolves, and plenty of double-entendres in this latest inventive dance outing by Myron Johnson. Learn more at ritzdolls.org

Friday, February 25

Real funny

WHAT: Overheard in Minneapolis
WHERE: HUGE Improv Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
For several years the website “Overheard in Minneapolis” has been a place to relate the wild, wacky, or poignant dialogue overheard on the streets of our fair city. Now, HUGE Improv Theater, newly ensconced in its own Uptown digs, will improvise stories based on those “you can’t make this up” snippets. Learn more at hugetheater.com

Saturday, February 26

By George

WHAT: Discover the Real George Washington
WHERE: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See our first president’s famous dentures and other artifacts; learn about life at Mount Vernon; see wax figures of him as a teenager, young man, and adult; and generally separate the man from myth. Learn more at mnhs.org and mnmo.com/DTRGW

Saturday, February 26

Witness to history

WHAT: The Diary of Anne Frank
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Her story, of eight Jews hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, never fails to inspire in times of adversity. Here, a stellar cast of 11 brings it to life. Learn more at parksquaretheatre.org

Sunday, February 27

Jazz giants

WHAT: An Evening with Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard
WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The jazz concert of the year, with Marsalis on sax and Blanchard on trumpet, plus their two remarkable ensembles. This is your chance to see the modern masters of the form, reinventing themselves with every performance. Learn more at mnorch.org

Sunday, February 27

And the Oscar goes to….

WHAT: Twin Cities 2011 Official Oscar Night Party
WHERE: Hotel Ivy, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
A fundraiser for the Smile Network and The Link, this glittering party hosted by MC Barbara Davis—a philanthropist herself—is the only official Oscar party in Minnesota, with its own red carpet at the start of the night. Learn more at aegisfoundationinc.org

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