Weekend Best Bets: March 3–5

Your weekend to-do list in the Twin Cities

Friday, March 3

Beer Appreciation

What: Lift Bridge Beer Dinner
When: 6­–8 p.m.
Where: FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, 31 S. 7th St., Minneapolis
“Five-course beer pairing experience” sounds like just the right amount of fancy, with barbecue to complement beers from Lift Bridge Brewing Co., including a brand new Irish coffee stout paired with a coffee-rubbed venison loin. Tuck into suckling pig brochette with grilled flatbread that’s teamed up with a hop dish IPA, and finish off with a beef-fat brownie and a barrel-aged silhouette imperial stout. Learn more

Bike Hype

What: 30 Days of Biking Pre-Party
When: 7­–11 p.m.
Where: Farmstead Bike Shop and the Warming House, 4001 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis
In preparation for April’s 30 Days of Biking event—when people worldwide will pledge to bike every single day for a month—celebrate with fellow new-leaf-turners and live bluegrass group the No Man’s String Band. Take part in a raffle that offers a Trek Bicycle District SSB as the grand prize, cheesecake bites from Muddy Paws Cheesecake Co., juice from Juiced Nutrition Uptown, and on-site sign-up. Learn more

Saturday, March 4

Touring the Mill

What: Washburn A Mill Tour
When: 1­–2:30 p.m.
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis
The Washburn A Mill was like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory—but with flour. There’s a conveyor belt carrying workers floor to floor, a machine called “The Octopus” sorting wheat into bins, and hundreds of boxcars arriving every day in the Rail Corridor. Check out nonpublic nooks, discover how the mill exploded, and poke around its many crannies to understand the way workers spent their days. Learn more

Reading Locally

What: Paula Cisewski Double Book Launch
When: 6­­–8 p.m.
Where: The Hook & Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Local writer Paula Cisewski releases two new collections of poems: The Threatened Everything, about “the lies we tell ourselves in order to be functioning grown-ups,” and Quitter, about “the kind of cavernously honest doubt that philosophers crave.” Join her for a multimedia poetry reading with refreshments and raffle prizes, plus an appearance by “hypermodernsupafunkrocksouldisco” band PANCAKE7. Learn more

Sunday, March 5

Food, Wine, & City Sights

What: MnMo Food & Wine Show
When: 1–5 p.m.
Where: Target Field, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis
For the 23rd year, MnMo hosts a day of savory dishes, specialty beers, and fine wines, coming together in the warm, elegant Metropolitan and Legends Clubs at Target Field. Take in sights of the baseball diamond and the full Minneapolis skyline while rubbing shoulders with national winemakers, local chefs, and craft brewers—or sitting in on a seminar to get to know the Twin Cities cocktail culture. Learn more

Strange Lands in Future Times

What: Idaho Transfer with Mark Mallman
When: 3­–6 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema, 3528 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
The Mini Apple’s artsiest cult theater Trylon Microcinema presents a series called Timepieces, where movie buffs introduce films that feature different eras and funky lands. For this installment, musician and soundtrack composer Mark Mallman introduces 1970s sci-fi pic Idaho Transfer, about time travellers marooned in the future—screened on the movie’s only known 35-millimeter print. Learn more

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