Weekend Best Bets: July 15-17

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Friday, July 15

The gang’s all here

WHAT: West Side Story
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
This recent revival of the classic musical won a 2009 Tony and a 2010 Grammy. Fall in love again with the heart-tugging tunes, dynamic dancing, and timeless story of this contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.org

Friday, July 15

Rock the suburbs

WHAT: The Suburbs
WHERE: Minnesota Zoo amphitheater, Apple Valley
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Chan Poling and company reunite for a show in the great outdoors—on a great stage among the wild things. Learn more at mnzoo.org

Saturday, July 16

Minnesota on film

WHAT: “Location: MN”
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The Walker hosts a long weekend of movies set in Minnesota, including classics, like Fargo (Saturday night), and movies that should be, like Sweet Land (Sunday afternoon). Learn more at walkerart.org

Saturday, July 16

Feeling blue?

WHAT: Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival
WHERE: Lakefront Park, Prior Lake
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Blues legend Buddy Guy headlines this annual tribute to the great American song styles, with performances by locals Lamont Cranston and Tim Mahoney among the national players, all for just $5. Yep, five bucks. Learn more at lakefrontjazz.com

Sunday, July 17

Al fresco arts

WHAT: Highland Fest
WHERE: Cleveland Ave. and Ford Pkwy., St. Paul
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This three-day blend of art fair, music (chart-topping country rockers Rocket Club take the stage Saturday night), and food attracts massive crowds, and for good reason: the fair features many of the best artists in the region, and it’s huge. Learn more at highlandfest.com

Sunday, July 17

Even more art

WHAT: Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival
WHERE: Hannah’s Bend Park, Cannon Falls
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sample Minnesota wines and browse regional art on the banks of the Cannon River. Learn more at cannonfalls.org

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