Weekend Best Bets: July 21–23

Your weekend to-do list around the Twin Cities

Friday, July 21

A Seat at the Chef’s Table

What: 7 Course Chef’s Table
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Upton 43, 4312 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis
Chef Erick Harcey takes the new, modern, industrial-chic Upton 43 experience to the next level with this multi-course meal. He aims for a dining event that is communal and interactive, letting visitors sit at tables arranged inside the busy kitchen so diners can eat outside their cuisine comfort zones. The evening will feature seven courses and offer wine pairings for purchase. Learn more.

Pirates in Northfield

What: The Pirates of Penzance
When: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Rd., Northfield
By terrible mistake, Frederic becomes an apprentice to pirates until he turns 21, and upon his release, he plans to dedicate the rest of his life to ending piracy—until an unforeseen dilemma threatens to keep him apprenticed for life. The classic musical brings family-friendly comedy, a love story, and, y’know, pirates to Arcadia Charter School through the Northfield Arts Guild. Learn more.

Saturday, July 22

Tipsy Trail of Taprooms

What: Tipsy Timberer Brewery Crawl
When: 2–9 p.m.
Where: 8 Minneapolis taprooms
Indulge in local brews at eight taprooms at this first-ever brewery crawl. During the day-long event, buses will take beer aficionados from place to place, with shorter, walkable routes available and outlined on free maps. Participants receive an event passport providing more information and space for stamps at each brewery. You’ll also get a T-shirt to prove you completed the crawl and support the local scene. Learn more.

Caribbean Celebration

What: Carifest 2017
When: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Bloomington Event Center, West River Rd., Minneapolis
This outdoor festival is bringing the Caribbean heat to the banks of the Mississippi River, so get ready to move to island beats all day with a lineup of live performers delivering reggae, salsa, and calypso music, including the International Reggae All-Stars and the Supertones. After getting down on the dance floor, dig in to Jamaican fare, soul food from Minneapolis food trailer Wholesoul Eatery, and ice cream as you watch the parade. Learn more

Sunday, July 23

Purposeful Picture Books

What: Teaching the Book Arts: Making it Matter
When: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
This weekend’s Book Art Biennial—full of workshops and awards celebrations—wraps up with a meaningful conversation led by artist and children’s book creator Rachel Melis, where participants will discuss topics including how to make books more accessible and socially engaged, with a focus on grassroots methods. Learn more.

From Jerusalem to Minneapolis

What: Jesus Christ Superstar
When: 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
This musical has been rocking theaters across the world for more than 40 years, and now it’s visiting the Ordway. Jesus is seen through the eyes of Judas, skeptical of the social and political rebel’s popularity. Pre-show extras go a step further with a discussion of how women and people of color are represented. Learn more.