Weekend Best Bets: July 22-24

Your guide to three days packed full of fun

Friday, July 22

Live, from New Yorker

WHAT: Dating Your Mom
WHERE: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
As part of Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series, Sally Wingert stars in a series of beloved New Yorker writer Ian Frazier’s wacky stories, as turned into sketches by Minnesota writer John Gaspard. Learn more at illusiontheater.org

Friday, July 22

The sound of silents

WHAT: Harold Lloyd movie festival
WHERE: Trylon Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
A two-night, double-feature extravaganza of the great silent comedian’s best films—Safety Last and Speedy—show why Harold Lloyd was more popular than Chaplin and Keaton in his prime, and perhaps the most contemporary today in this celebration of the Trylon’s second anniversary. Learn more at take-up.org

Saturday, July 23

City of Lakes

WHAT: Minneapolis Aquatennial
WHERE: Bakken Museum, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bakken Museum, beside Lake Calhoun, offers an exhibit called “Green Energy Art Garden” as part of the Aquatennial festivities (which today also include a festival in Midtown-Phillips, a bike race through Camden, and the Salvation Army’s “Most Amazing Race”), exploring renewable energies like hydropower. Learn more at aquatennial.com

Saturday, July 23

Return to Hollywood

WHAT: Waiting for Godot
WHERE: Hollywood Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The first show in the Art Deco Hollywood Theatre since the mid-1980s is Waiting for Godot, the absurdist masterpiece, as staged by the savvy and earnest folks of Theatre Pro Rata. Learn more at theatreprorata.org

Sunday, July 24

Something funny

WHAT: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
WHERE: Jungle Theater
WHEN: 8 p.m.
John Command’s return to directing brings out the gags and jazz hands in this Broadway classic, an early hit for musical genius Stephen Sondheim. Learn more at jungletheater.com

Sunday, July 24

The bard beckons

WHAT: Great River Shakespeare Festival
WHERE: Winona State University, Winona
WHEN: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
The region’s largest and finest Shakespeare Festival continues with a repertory of King Lear, and, just for kicks, the classic musical The Fantasticks. Learn more at grsf.org