Weekend Best Bets: May 10-12

This weekend around the Twin Cities: the inaugural Wordplay festival, the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, a Mother’s Day show, and more
Siena Forest as Galatea
Opera on the rooftop: Siena Forest as Galatea on the A-Mill Artist Lofts

Photo by Mike Madison

For a roundup of Mother’s Day events, click here. For Mother’s Day shopping ideas around the Twin Cities, click here.

Fungi Feast

What: Morel Feast
When: Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Hook and Ladder Theater, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Six local chefs—from Butcher & the Boar, Kaskaid Hospitality, and other restaurants—prepare morel mushrooms in myriad ways. Think: butter-fried morels, morel kabobs with beef, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with garlic-and-morel butter, and even morel ice cream. (What’s with all the fungi-fuss? These are the mushrooms even mushroom-haters love, elevated in French cooking.) Also: wine, ciders, Fulton brews, live music by Parisota Hot Club, and more. Learn more.


When: Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m.
Where: Mystic Lake, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake

The web series #IMOMSOHARD hits the road for the second year, as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley bring their comedy routines—about the messy trials and sleepless tribulations of motherhood—to Mystic for a Mother’s Day weekend show. Learn more.

Operatic Odyssey

What: The Amazing Adventures of Acis and Galatea, the Wonder Nymph
When: Saturday, May 11; 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Where: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

This is a “roaming opera”—meaning it takes advantage of the Pillsbury A-Mill space, hauling audiences on the superhero-esque romp of a boy, a nymph, and a cyclops, down to the dungeon-like hydro power tunnels, built before the Civil War, and up to the rooftop, overlooking the river and downtown, for the final act. Learn more.

Literary Land of Lakes

What: Wordplay
When: May 11-12
Where: Various Minneapolis locations

The Loft Literary Center’s first take on a book festival, Wordplay, has attracted some big names: Stephen King, Amy Tan, Jared Diamond, our own Marlon James. Events include book talks, panels, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations—and Stephen King’s band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, even plays at First Avenue on May 10. Learn more.

Minnesota’s Pottery Mecca

What: St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour
When: May 10-12
Where: Locations throughout the St. Croix Valley

Seven studios east of the Twin Cities, in the pottery mecca of the St. Croix Valley, host local ceramicists, who sell professionally made, one-of-a-kind wares. It’s a 27-year-old tradition in a part of Minnesota that has put us on the map for crafts. Learn more.

Running and Root Beer

What: Third Annual Root Beer Run
When: Sunday, May 12, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis

At this casual half- or full-mile run at Boom Island Park, find free root beer floats, a jump house for kids, arts and crafts, and a food truck, all in support of the People for Parks nonprofit. Learn more.