Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 23–25

Bored this weekend? Take in the Eelpout Festival, enjoy an art-filled afternoon at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery, shop at the Arctic Market, and more

Friday, February 23

Pints and a Potluck

What: Free Beer Tasting
When: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Top Ten Liquors Ramsey, 14107 St Francis Blvd. NW, Ramsey
Top Ten Liquors hosts its monthly craft beer tasting with free entry. Several breweries, including Utepils, Founders, and Insight, will serve their best craft beers while food trailer Minnesota Potluck sells the state’s potluck favorites onsite, such as casseroles and meat-based pasta dishes. Try different beers while enjoying comfort food from one of Minnesota’s best. Attendees must be 21 or older. Learn more.

Eelpout Extravaganza

What: 2018 International Eelpout Festival
When: February 22–25 at Noon
Where: Walker City Park, Walker Bay, Walker
The 1,069-person population of Walker will grow 10 times during one of Minnesota’s biggest events, the Eelpout Festival. Crowds gather on Leech Lake, one of Minnesota’s largest, to capture the state’s strangest-looking swimmer. The eelpout dwells at the bottom of the murky body of water. Events include fish fries and a beer pong tournament. Learn more.


Saturday, February 24

The Dark Side of the Moon

What: Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
Relive the vibes of the ’60s and ’70s as music group Classic Albums Live recreates the “soundtrack of our lives” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The 1973 record, often considered one of the 500 greatest albums of all time, is rejuvenated onstage as the 11 musicians strive to replicate the sounds of Pink Floyd live. Learn more.

Many Ways to Paint a Landscape

What: Landscape: Natural Fit, Imagined Prospects
When: Noon–4 p.m.
Where: Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 NE Jackson St. #395, Minneapolis
Opening this Saturday, the Natural Fit, Imagined Prospects art exhibition explores landscape through paintings, photography, and sculptures. Nine gallery artists will display their interpretations of “genre, place, and possibility” through traditional, abstract, and mixed-media messages. Experience the history and breadth of this artform, at the collection’s first full weekend, open until late April. Learn more.

Tonya vs. Nancy

What: Tonya and Nancy: The Opera
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
Mixed Precipitation presents a show about Tonya Harding and the infamous knee-bashing incident that defined the figure skater’s career. The satirical opera brings controversial topics to light, including doping, Korean unification, and nuclear non-proliferation, while providing the audience a dark-humored look inside Harding’s mind, and that of her rival Nancy Kerrigan. Learn more.


Sunday, February 25

Poppin’ Up

What: Arctic Market: A Winter Pop-Up
When: Noon–5 p.m.
Where: Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Craft Market hosts this month’s pop-up market in the tap room at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company. Shop various products sold by Minnesota vendors, the goal being to keep the craft and maker communities alive and to provide a place for talented artists and innovators to sell their wares, including decor and clothing. So come to bridge the gap between you and your local designers. Learn more.

Howling at the Turf Club

What: The Sheepdogs
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul
Hot off the release of new album Changing Colours, Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs brings its guitar-driven sound and long-haired, ’70s aesthetic to St. Paul. The new album marks new territory for the five-man group, with its sonic color literally changing, relying more on keyboard and other stringed instruments and embracing genres such as country, soul, and Latin rock. Learn more.

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