Weekend Best Bets: June 24-26

Friday, June 24

A Cut Above

WHAT: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
WHERE: Minnesota Centennial Showboat, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.
The University of Minnesota theater students are back on the water with another 19th-century delight, the hair-raising melodrama of Sweeney Todd, the vengeful barber. As always, the real treats are in the retro sarsaparilla sodas for sale and the intermission filled with vaudeville musical turns. Learn more at showboat.umn.edu

Friday, June 24

Jazz al Fresco

WHAT: The Twin Cities Jazz Festival
WHERE: Mears Park, St. Paul
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to dark
Gary Burton and his new quartet headline this growing three-day festival of outdoor jazz, held mostly in and around the refreshing foliage of Mears Park—jazz with a burbling stream in the background. Learn more at twincitiesjazzfestival.com

Saturday, June 25

Take Pride

WHAT: Debbie Gibson at the Pride Festival
WHERE: Loring Park, Minneapolis
WHEN: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Debbie Gibson brings her new blend of pop and Broadway to the Twin Cities Pride festival, day two of the weekend festivities that open with a block party outside the Bryant-Lake Bowl on Friday night and include a parade on Sunday morning, etc. Learn more at tcpride.org

Saturday, June 25

Surreal Feast

WHAT: Dali’s Cookbook: A Gastronomical Inquisition
WHERE: Ritz Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and Ballet of the Dolls team up for this mash-up of local art and food, a nice blend of shellfish, vegetables, and dessert straight out of Salvador Dali’s own cookbook, now out of print. The event is held Thursday through Sunday, with Saturday night being a gala benefit for the two dance companies. Learn more at ritzdolls.com

Sunday, June 26

Feeling lucky?

WHAT: Guys and Dolls
WHERE: Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This is your last chance to catch the quintessential Broadway musical, filled with wisecracking characters and crack show tunes like “Luck Be a Lady.” Local theater genius Peter Rothstein helms this revival, sharpening the broad comedy without losing the classic bombast. Learn more at ordway.org

Sunday, June 26

Musical Voyage

WHAT: H.M.S. Pinafore
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m.
It’s hard to think of a more light-hearted, witty, summer cocktail of an opera than H.M.S. Pinafore (once loving spoofed on The Simpsons with Kelsey Grammer), Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic tale of romance on the high seas. Stars several of the most pleasing and clever local opera singers, including Christina Baldwin as Buttercup. Learn more at guthrietheater.org

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