Weekend Best Bets: March 21-March 23

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

Friday, March 21

Bombshells and Beefcakes

WHAT: 7th Annual ARENA Bikini: Cherry Bomb Swimwear Fashion Show
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Round up your hepcats and head to this year’s ARENA Bikini show. ARIA will be transformed into a retro 1950’s lounge with carnival games and food, fortune tellers, a kissing booth, and more to set a perfectly Grease-esque backdrop for the evening’s main event: a runway show featuring local designers and a performance by members of the ARENA Dances company. For tickets, go to arena-dances.org.

Can You Hear Me Now?

WHAT: Dead Man’s Cell Phone
WHERE: Theatre in the Round, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Whoever knew that answering a ringing phone could open Pandora’s Box? In this Helen Hayes Award-winning play, picking up a dead man’s phone leads to a twist-filled and bizarrely comedic evening. It’s a little mysterious, a little edgy, and a lot of weird. For more information, go to theatreintheround.org.

Saturday, March 22

The Hills Are Alive

WHAT: Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
WHERE: Ordway Theater, St. Paul
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Embracing the classics is perpetually in style. This sing-along presentation of Sound of Music, complete with professionally led warm-ups and a costume contest, is just the ticket for musical-lovers. Belt out your favorite tunes with no worries—that’s what the subtitles are for, after all. Go to ordway.org to learn more.

Food on Fire

WHAT: Flambé: The Fun of Foods on Fire
WHERE: Whole Foods Market, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Looking to impress guests at your next dinner party? A little flame will take care of that. At this Whole Foods Calhoun class, you’ll learn to flambé everything from brunch to dessert (think Crepes Suzette and Bananas Foster) and, probably more importantly, how to make it look easy. For registration info, go to wholefoodsmarket.com.

Sunday, March 23

Who Nose?

WHAT: Cyrano
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
It’s one thing to be self-conscious about a crush—it’s another entirely to hide because of an oversized nose. The 1640s-set Cyrano features a flamboyant young poet who finds himself unable to admit his love for the beautiful Roxane due to his disproportional features, steering her straight towards the dashing Christian. Order tickets and see how it all shakes out at parksquaretheatre.org.

Celebrate Culture

WHAT: Philippine Day
WHERE: The Landmark Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 12 p.m.
A free day of fun celebrating the Twin Cities’ Filipino community: It’s the 27th-annual Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA) Day, a public event where you can taste dishes from the Philippines including adobo and halu-halo, check out a show by the CFSA Dance Troupe, and learn more about a rich and captivating culture. Go to landmarkcenter.org to learn more.