Weekend Best Bets: August 25–27

Your to-do list this weekend around the Twin Cities includes the blues, murder, mugs, and a special Tim McGraw concert

Friday, August 25

History on a Schtick

What: History-on-a-Schtick at the State Fair
When: 9:30–10 a.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fair, Schilling Amphitheater, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul
Yes, the State Fair is back, and with it, in its third year, a “lighthearted romp through Minnesota’s past”—wherein members of the Minnesota Historical Society go through the state’s quirks in a 30-minute presentation challenging Paul Bunyan, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Snoopy to a quiz show hosted by Betty Crocker, plus other educational skits, trivia, and prizes. If you can’t make it Friday, check it out any other day of the fair. Learn more.

Saturday, August 26

Life over Loss in Oodena

What: “Survivance,” Traveling Photography Exhibit
When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia
If you’d rather skip the crushing crowds on the Fair’s first Saturday, go all the way and plan something scenic and reflective: Take a drive north to Lake Onamia, where a traveling photography exhibit has its last day after a summer stop in the town of Onamia. Featuring the work of artist John Ratzoff, the photos on display profile local Native American artists and performers. “Survivance” focuses on Native presence over its absence. Learn more.

Art and Ale in Northfield

What: Art and Ale Party
When: 7–10:30 p.m.
Where: Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division St. S., Northfield
Northfield isn’t just a college town—it’s proud of its reputation as an arts town, too. At this fundraising party for the Northfield Arts Guild, a Carleton music professor/guitarist and singer-songwriter will perform, magician Adam Putnam will read minds, and attendees will be able to decorate their own beers mugs in the guild’s clay studio. A pop-up gallery “Mugged” will offer more than 300 mugs from 18 local (and nationally known) ceramic artists. Learn more.

Sunday, August 27

Minneapolis’ Seedy Underbelly

What: Murder and Mayhem: Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Tour
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
As part of local nonprofit Preserve Minneapolis’ summer series of tours uncovering the histories behind the city’s structural and cultural assets, take a half-mile morning stroll through the oldest extant cemetery in Minneapolis, admiring the architecture and digging into the back stories of some of the seedier residents there (i.e., the criminals and their casualties who, according the nonprofit, “most definitely did not die peacefully in their sleep.”) Learn more.

Tim McGraw Sticks Around

What: Tim McGraw Special Concert
When: 1:30 p.m.
Where: Palmer Pointe, Lake Minnetonka
After his Saturday concert, Tim McGraw is staying a little while, hopping over to Lake Minnetonka for a special concert to support local veterans and their families, all proceeds benefiting Folds of Honor, which gives education scholarships to the children of disabled service members. Anyone can come and listen to the on-shore concert by boat. Learn more.

The Blues of 2017

What: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues
When: 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.
Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
His latest album was named “Blues Album of the Year” by DownBeat Magazine, and Popmatters called it “a master-class not only in the history of blues-inflected Americana but also how to keep that music alive and relevant.” Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter David Bromberg, Americana’s godfather, returns to the Cedar Cultural Center to play The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues—his eighteenth record. Learn more.