Weekend Best Bets: March 14-March 16

What you need to do, see, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, March 14


WHAT: MN Book Awards Nominee Reading
WHERE: The Loft Literary Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
It’s any Minnesota bookworm’s dream: The nominees for the Minnesota Book Awards will all be in one location, providing live readings from their works. Copies of their books will be for sale, and the authors will be available for meeting and greeting. Refreshments will also be available. Learn more at loft.org.

A Melodic Collaboration

WHAT: Minnesota Sinfonia presents: Clair de Lune
WHERE: Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Funded by the McKnight Program, which assists nonprofit organizations and public agencies, the Minnesota Sinfonia is set to put on a show. Clair de Lune is a free concert featuring young pianist Loren Fishman playing a piece alongside the Sinfonia, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Learn more at mnsinfonia.org.

Saturday, March 15

Run ’o the Irish

WHAT: Get Lucky Twin Cities 7K & Half Marathon
WHERE: S. Second St. and Portland Ave. S., St. Paul
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Running 13 miles is no easy feat, and those having a go at it will certainly need all the support they can get at this weekend’s Get Lucky 7K & Half Marathon. Whether you’re running or watching, this race is a great way to kick off a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Learn more at getluckytc.org.

Second Star to the Right…

WHAT:  Peter and the Starcatcher
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Mpls.
WHEN: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
In the vein of Wicked, this Broadway musical delves into the backstory of the perpetually young Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatcher is the winner of 5 Tony Awards (as well as nominations for Best Play and Best Score) and gives the audience a peek into Neverland that doesn’t require any fairy dust. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.com.

Sunday, March 16

Tragically Beautiful

WHAT: Cloudlands Staged Reading
WHERE: Mixed Blood Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 p.m
Cloudlands tells a poignant story relatable to everyone, covering issues ranging from parental hardships to childhood confusion to homesickness. A modern-day Greek tragedy with hints of humor, this is a staged first peek at a show full of insight and possibility. Learn more at mixedblood.com.

Smooth Grooves

WHAT: JazzMN Featuring New York Voices
WHERE: Hopkins High School Auditorium, Hopkins
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning group New York Voices will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Hopkins this weekend, working with Minnesota nonprofit JazzMN. The Voices’ sound meshes Brazilian tunes, R & B, and pop for a unique and fun experience not quite like anything you’ve heard before. Learn more at jazzmn.org.