Weekend Best Bets: March 10–12

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities

Friday, March 10

A Dance Classic Electrified
What: Techno Contra
When: 7:30–10 p.m.
Where: Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Contra is a type of American folk dance where people pair up and unlink in long lines. Join a modern twist on that tradition: with only glow-stick necklaces to identify dancers in a dark, club-like atmosphere pulsing with high-energy contemporary music you already know. If you’ve never danced the contra before, stop in a few minutes early for lessons. Learn more

Irish Jiggy with It
What: Kickin’ It Irish!
When: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day early this year with Irish river dancing featuring 20 world-class dancers, including O’Shea Irish Dance, plus live music acts such as a five-piece band and the jigging Irish group Two Tap Trio. When else during the year do you get to hear a bodhran, or Irish drum, pounded along to an Irish flute, a guitar, and a fiddle? Learn more


Saturday, March 11

Matrilineal Recordkeeping
What: Finding Female Relatives
When: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Gale Family Library, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
It’s hard to parse your family history for information about the women who made you who you are today because, no surprise, patriarchal society typically documents men’s lives. A professional genealogist will help you dig up the stories of grandmothers and aunts through DNA testing and traditional research methods, so bring any queries you might have. Learn more

A Blend of Ballet
What: Classical Connections
When: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Dance can be a lot of things: tutus or cowboy boots, with references to rodeos or classic literature. Saturday combines all that when the Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota performs a thematic exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein alongside some Aaron Copland Americana—for a grab bag that treats both the new and seasoned fan. Learn more


Sunday, March 12

Drinks & Downward-Facing Dog
What: LynLake Brewery Yoga
When: 11 a.m.–Noon
Where: LynLake Brewery, 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Mix up Sunday brunch by bringing your friends to a vinyasa yoga class at a brewery, where you’ll stretch out, sweat a bit, then start the day right with a pint of beer included in the cost—something brewed up at the Lyndale taproom. Come with your own mat or rent one for $3 and get some eats delivered there by World Street Kitchen or Taco Cat. Learn more

Theater at the Stadium
What: Safe at Home
When: Noon and 6 p.m.
Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul
Mixed Blood Theatre presents a show about baseball performed in the St. Paul Saints’ stadium—probably making this the only time immigration and the sport’s racial politics will get cracked open and explored on site. The 90-minute show guides audience members through the stadium, where they’ll witness scenes in a locker room, luxury suite, press box, and more. Learn more

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