Best Bets: June 12-18

Things to do this week include Meshell Ndegeocello, Divas and Drag, a Juneteenth recognition, and more
Meshell Ndegeocello


Plenty of Soul

What: Meshell Ndegeocello
When: June 13-14
Where: Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Soul singer and acclaimed Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello brings her deeply jazz-influenced new album, “The Omnichord Real Book,” to the Dakota for three concerts.

Damien d_Luxe

Brent Dundore

Opera Combo

What: “Divas and Drag”
When: June 16-18
Where: Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road, St. Paul

This collaborative performance that pairs opera soloists and drag artists for a unique creative experience of expression, grand spectacle, storytelling, and identity. Presented by An Opera Theatre, this event features performers Andre 1000, Dick von Dyke, Damien d_Luxe, and more.

Juneteenth Recognition

What: “Black Bodies in Motion: The Ultimate Expression of Freedom” Juneteenth event
When: June 17
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

In recognition of Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, on Monday, June 19, this event will feature a re-enactment of the Proclamation of General Order No. 3 issued by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, informing the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free, along with live African drumming, poetry, biking, Zumba, yoga, line dancing, meditation, and more.

The Art of Disney

What: Sensory friendly Immersive Disney Animation session
When: June 18
Where: Lighthouse Artspace, 1515 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Volume and capacity will be reduced for this special version of the Immersive Disney Animation exhibit sponsored by Lighthouse Artspace.

Summer in the City

What: “It’s Not the Heat, it’s the Stupidity”
When: Now through Aug. 5
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

For improv and comedy group Brave New Workshop’s 308th show, summer in Minnesota is worth the skewering and shout-outs. With road construction, mosquitos, and cabin culture, summer in Minnesota is always fun to celebrate.

Part of the Cafesjian Art Trust collection


One-of-a-Kind Collection

What: “Highlights of the Cafesjian Art Trust Collection” exhibit
When: Now through Oct. 14
Where: Cafesjian Art Trust, 4600 Churchill St., Shoreview

This unique free museum opened last year in Shoreview featuring the private collection of Minnesotan Gerard Cafesjian. This exhibit highlights the art Cafesjian acquired over his lifetime, including those of glass artist Dale Chihuly along with Sam Gilliam, Jennifer Bartlett, William Morris, and more.