Weekend Best Bets: March 18-20

Your weekend to-do list.

Bare It All

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

WHAT – Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s bare
WHERE – Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN – 7:30 p.m.
This striking and critically acclaimed musical—the Brokeback Mountain of musicals—relates the anxieties of two gay high school students at a Catholic boarding school, with all the expected themes of forbidden love, alienation, and spiritual confusion. aboutmmt.org

A “Classics Rock” Musical

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

WHAT – Four Humors Theater’s The Age of Wordsworth
WHERE – Southern Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN – 7:30 p.m.
The indie-theater troupe premieres a new rock musical focusing on innocence and loss using the writings of Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. southerntheater.org

Mexico in Pictures

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

WHAT – Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Mexico
WHERE – Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN – 12 to 5 p.m.
The work of the great modernist Mexican photographer, last shown at the Walker Art Center a handful of years ago, returns featuring images of poets, farmers, revolutionaries, nude models, and the 1930s landscape of Mexico. weinstein-gallery.com

Party Arty

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

WHAT – Midnight Party
WHERE – Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This playful new confabulation of the Walker’s collection (along with pieces from the MIA, the Weisman, etc.) will be up for three years and includes great, rarely seen pieces by Rothko, Cindy Sherman, and many other groundbreaking artists. Be sure to check out the “meat dress” in the final room, a twist on old-school natural history museums. walkerart.org

Hello, Cello!

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

WHAT – Bakken Trio’s Forget Bach, Cello Now!
WHERE – MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
WHEN – 4 p.m.
The Bakken Trio’s Mina Fisher welcomes her cellist friends to explore the creative, new repertoire for cello from sprightly, jazz-like tunes to computer-enabled music to classical takes on heavy metal: music so new you can only find it on YouTube. bakkentrio.org

Movie Night

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

WHAT – Of Gods and Men
WHERE – Uptown Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN – Various times
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film from the National Board of Review, this story follows eight French Christian monks living in harmony in North Africa with their Muslim neighbors—until Islamic fundamentalists begin to assert power. landmarktheatres.com

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