Weekend Best Bets: February 20-22

Friday, February 20

Classic Beauty

WHAT: “The Look” of Lauren Bacall: Murder on the Orient Express       
WHERE: Trylon Microcinema, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Apart from the visit to Trylon microcinema being an event in itself, February features a tribute to the lovely Lauren Bacall. Murder on the Orient Express does right by Agatha Christie’s most celebrated murder mystery novel with this excellent film adaptation featuring Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, and Sean Connery. Get your tickets to the past at the Tryon website.

Just a Pip

WHAT: Pippin
WHERE: The Orpheum, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
When it’s this cold outside, a good old-fashioned Broadway show may be just the thing to lift your spirits. Pippin is the quintessential: It features acrobatics, magic, music, and a story that will give you hope, if only until you step outside again. For tickets, go to the Hennepin Theatre Trust website.

Saturday, February 21

‘Ice Putt!

WHAT: 12th Annual Ice Golf Tournament
WHERE: Clear Lake at the Boat House Grill and Bar, Waseca
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Those not trapped in the polar vortex (your everyday Floridian, for example) might find it hard to believe, but bad weather doesn’t make for bad golfing. For its 12th year benefiting the American Diabetes Association and Sleigh & Cutter Association, the tough ones tee up for 18 holes of mini ice golf on the frozen waters of Clear Lake. For more information, go to the Boat House website.


WHAT: Minneapolis Lantern Fest
WHERE: Marquette Plaza, downtown Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 p.m.
The ancient Chinese lantern tradition, which has illuminated winter nights since 200 BC in China, will take place for the first time here in Minneapolis, featuring puppet lanterns and decorations that the whole family can enjoy. For more information, visit the Heart of the Beast.

Sunday, February 22

Poet’s Play

WHAT: I and You
WHERE: JCC Sabes Theatre, St. Louis Park
WHEN: 2 p.m.
I and You carries much insight into life’s big questions, especially considering that its plot centers on two kids doing their homework. Weaving the words of Walt Whitman with the clever and quick-witted humor of high school students, Lauren Gunderson’s play bears a message that is sure to inspire an audience of adults and teens alike.  For more information, check out the Public Theater of Minnesota’s site.

Kids’ Concert

WHAT: Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players
WHERE: The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
If you need a place to channel some energy for the kids on Sunday, look no further than the Cedar, which will be transformed into a kid-dancing, recess-hosting, upbeat mid-morning music playground. For tickets, go to the Cedar’s site.