Weekend Best Bets: February 24-26

What you need to do, see, and hear this weekend

Friday, February 24

Reality Bites

WHAT: Lifelike
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 9 p.m. to midnight
Is that a pack of cigarettes or an exquisite copy? A bag of trash or an iron sculpture? Leather or pleather? Nothing is what it seems in this major new exhibition tweaking the increasingly porous barrier between reality and the reality of our own invention. Which makes for an edgy opening night, featuring a soul/funk dance party. Learn more at walkerart.org

Friday, February 24

Art Returns to Uptown

WHAT: Flanders Grand Opening
WHERE: Flanders Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Douglas Flanders, the flannel-wearing savant of local art dealing, hosts a reception to celebrate his return to the scene with a new gallery, this time next door to the Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Acknowledging the proximity, Flanders will open with a show on fine-art printing, featuring David Hockney, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, and other big names. Learn more at flandersart.com

Saturday, February 25

Forbidden Love

WHAT: Beautiful Thing
WHERE: The Lab Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Theatre Latte Da stages this award-winning story about two working-class teenage boys who struggle with their inexorable falling in love. Previously a hit in London’s West End and a movie in 1996, the production makes prodigious use of the music of Cass Elliot. Learn more at latteda.org

Saturday, February 25

Love at First Laugh

WHAT: Blind Date
WHERE: Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Think of Tina Fey as a Parisian temptress named Mimi and you’re halfway to figuring out the appeal of Rebecca Northan’s interactive show in which she goes on a figurative blind date with a different guy from the audience every night.  Produced by former Ordway director Kevin McCollum, it’s been a hit in New York and Toronto and figures to be one here, too, settling in for a long run. Learn more at ordway.org

Sunday, February 26

Where the Cool Kids Are

WHAT: Rock the Cradle
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kevin Kling tells stories, Current DJs lead tours of the MIA, Gabriel Douglas of 4onthefloor rocks the house (along with Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, the Bunny Clogs, etc.), and everyone generally has an arty-pants kind of time in this celebration of all things creative for the juice-box set. Learn more at thecurrent.org

Sunday, February 26

Master of Puppets

WHAT: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
WHERE: Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 4 p.m.
Michael Sommers’s first full-length puppet production since opening his charmingly bohemian theater in 2007 is a tour-de-force of exquisite puppetry and subtle metaphor, a sympathetic look at youth, aging, and a life well-lived. Learn more at openeyetheatre.org

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