Weekend Best Bets: June 17-19

Friday, June 17

Drinking songs

WHAT: Songs of Temperance and Temptation
WHERE: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.
The Rose Ensemble sings the prudish songs that paved the way to Prohibition—as well as the playful ones that celebrated the drink—in this lively choral exploration of our tortured relationship with imbibing. Learn more at roseensemble.org

Friday, June 17

Play on the patio

WHAT: Patio Nights
WHERE: City House, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Communist Daughter plays this revival of the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Patio Nights, with drinks, food, and music at City House, a nicely renovated former grain elevator on the Mississippi River. Learn more at mmaa.org

Saturday, June 18

Wing on the wing

WHAT: Wing Young Huie’s new gallery opening
WHERE: The Third Place, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie holds an open house for his new, enlarged gallery and studio, called the Third Place, with author Ed Bok Lee and filmmaker Mark Tang premiering their poetry/film collaboration If in America, about culture, race, and the land. Ping-pong, karaoke, and more will follow. Learn more at wingyounghuie.com

Saturday, June 18

Art as weapon

WHAT: Ornamental Invasion
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Liz Miller’s felt reproductions of antique weapons owned by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts hang from the ceiling in this thought-provoking exhibition of local art. Learn more at artsmia.org

Sunday, June 19

Art on the water

WHAT: Stone Arch Festival of the Arts
WHERE: St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The annual art fair along the cobble-stoned St. Anthony Main riverfront offers 250 artists plus four performance stages. Learn more at stonearchfestival.com

Sunday, June 19

Daddy rocks

WHAT: Allen Toussaint
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Among the fathers of rock-and-roll is Allen Toussaint, the ever-dapper blues, soul, and rock man from New Orleans, here performing in the intimate Dakota on solo piano. Learn more at dakotacooks.com

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