Weekend Best Bets for March 4-6

A to-do list you’ll actually want to complete.

Friday, March 4

Fire and ice

WHAT: Transience and Land Passages
WHERE: Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m.
Minneapolis painter Charles Lyon has studied natural landscapes while serving as the resident artist in national parks. In his new show, he juxtaposes images of drifting snow with blooming flowers—the perfect March setting. In the gallery’s annex, British-born painter Andrew Wykes crisply depicts his Northfield surroundings and scenes of the motherland. Learn more at grovelandgallery.com

Friday, March 4

Big hairy deal

WHAT: Hair
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
This is looking like the year the 1960s return, and what better way to kick things off than with the return of the classical hippie musical. Don your love beads and let the unforgettable songs show you the light. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.org

Saturday, March 5

Art star

WHAT: Scuffle & Scrape, art by Shawn McNulty
WHERE: Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m.
Shawn McNulty had a big 2010, with his colorful abstract paintings winding up in a new boutique hotel in New York and a commercial for M&Ms (debuting this month) using his work as well. The Rosalux founding artist now unveils his latest layered work made with techniques he calls scuffling and skirmishes to create energy, depth, and shape. Learn more at rosaluxgallery.com

Saturday, March 5

Americana the beautiful

WHAT: The Pines with Roma di Luna
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
A big evening of local alt-folk music unites the singer-guitarists David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey from The Pines with Roma di Luna in stripped-down duo form. Learn more at thecedar.org

Saturday, March 5

‘Ol Blue Eyes

WHAT: Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project
WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m.
Attempting to capture the essence of Frank Sinatra in song takes guts and a whole lotta talent, both of which Michael Feinstein has plenty. He’ll pay tribute to The Legend this weekend with the help of the Minnesota Orchestra, singing such classics as “Begin the Beguine” and “Under My Skin.” Learn more at minnesotaorchestra.org

Sunday, March 6

Mardi Gras madness

WHAT: Mardi Gras Celebration with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band returns to kick start Mardi Gras with the sounds of New Orleans. This year, they’ve got extra help: the soulful Joe Cleary and his groovy piano, bass, and drums outfit. Learn more at dakotacooks.com

Sunday, March 6

Don’t follow the herd

WHAT: Goats
WHERE: Minnesota Jewish Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 1 p.m.  and 7 p.m.
Local playwright Alan Berks spent some time in the mountains outside Jerusalem—with 160 goats. This is his story: a solo piece depicting the coming-of-age lessons to be learned when surrounded by animals and other folks who don’t speak your language. Learn more at mnjewishtheatre.org

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