Weekend Best Bets: March 23-25

Your weekend around the Twin Cities includes pork, yoga, Lorde, and bunnies (not in that order)

Friday, March 23

Oh, Lorde!

What: Lorde
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Alt-pop megastar Lorde released her second album Melodrama after the debut of her Grammy-winning record Pure Heroine. The multi-platinum artist is on her countrywide tour with special guests Run the Jewels and Tove Styrke. Lorde, the youngest artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, makes catchy, off-kilter music that continues to captivate audiences. See America’s favorite edgy teenager perform at the Xcel Energy Center this Friday. Learn more.

“The Fine Jeweler of Choreography”

What: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
Acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown—known for her work on Broadway—brings ink to St. Paul, the third and final piece in her dance company’s trilogy about personal identity. The dancers reclaim African-American narratives by mixing traditional and new dance forms, to examine the parts of black life that are often appropriated or silenced. The show is an amalgamation of tap, jazz, hip-hop, African-American social dance, and other genres. Learn more.

Saturday, March 24

Free Your Spirit

What: Minnesota Spirits Fest
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
Attend the first Minnesota Spirits Fest this Saturday. Enjoy various cocktails and liquors from more than 15 of the best distilleries in town, hosted by the Minnesota Distillers Guild. The event includes local mainstays: Du Nord Craft Spirits, Copperwing Distillery, Far North Spirits, Vikre Distillery, Twin Spirits Distillery, and more. This weekend marks a great chance to get to know the makers and shakers behind Minnesota’s fast-growing craft-spirit and cocktail scene. Learn more.

Nothing Yoga Can’t Fix

What: Minneapolis Yoga Conference
When: March 23-25
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Tired and sore from a long week—or year? Participate in the 2018 Minneapolis Yoga Conference (MYC) to explore the ancient art of yoga under the guidance of experienced instructors. The three-day conference includes workshops and live presentations on topics such as self-healing, relaxation, happiness, cleansing, and positivity. The nationally recognized event focuses on togetherness to generate an accepting atmosphere for attendees of all backgrounds. Learn more.

Sunday, March 25

When Pigs Fly…

What: Cochon555 Culinary Tour
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Loews Minneapolis Hotel, 600 First Ave., Minneapolis
This year’s Cochon555 Culinary Tour emphasizes the importance of understanding what’s in your meat. In addition to showcasing delicious preparations of pork, Cochon555 educates farmers and buyers on the benefits of eating and selling heritage pork. The hundreds of cooks, restaurant owners, and chefs at the event pride themselves on high-quality products that are not raised in a “buyer/seller” environment, aiming to change the food industry “one bite at a time.” Learn more.  

It’s. So. FLUFFY.

What: “Bunny Garden” Playdate
When: 1-2 p.m.
Where: Woodlake Nature Center Emily Day Pavilion, 6710 Lake Shore Dr., Richfield
Take your kids on a playdate with a fleet of furry friends in Richfield. The local STEM Bunnies non-profit hosts the “Bunny Garden,” a safe space where children can play with different types of rabbit while learning advanced agriculture science (the “STEM” part of the equation). The organization preserves endangered bunny breeds and protectively houses hundreds of them at Peacebunny Island. Spend an afternoon surrounded by fluff, with Easter a hop away. Learn more.