Weekend Best Bets: May 11-13

Your weekend to-do list takes you to the St. Croix for 62 potters, the Ordway for an opera, and on the road for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
May 11

62 Potters, 7 Studios

What: 26th Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Various locations, St. Croix Valley
While the studio tour may take place in Minnesota homes and studios, the potters themselves are from 17 states and England. Peruse for a ceramic decoration, a functional piece of art, or simply for a day out and about meeting artists and visiting quaint barn, hilltop, and woodland studios in the picturesque St. Croix Valley. Learn more.

That Mandatory Shakespeare Class

What: Taking Shakespeare
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul
An increasingly existentialist professor tutors a slacker gamer on Othello, and the power of the bard strikes again as an unlikely friendship forms and Shakespeare’s words reveal new revelations about themselves and each other. This regional premiere by John Murrell features Linda Kelsey (best known for playing Billie Newman in Lou Grant) and John A.W. Stephens (recently in Illusion Theater’s The Privateer). Learn more.

May 12


”‹What: Thaïs
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
The Minnesota Opera presents Thaïs, a three-act French opera that follows a devout monk in fourth-century Egypt. When the monk seeks to convert Thaïs, a stunningly beautiful courtesan, he realizes too late that his pious obsession is motivated by lust rather than religion. Massenet’s sensual and harmonious work explores the battle between the passion of the flesh and the salvation of the soul. Learn more.

Get Your Beer On

What: Minnesota Monthly’s Beer Week
When: Hours vary depending on the brewery
Where: Various breweries in Minnesota
Don’t miss Minnesota Monthly’s first annual Minnesota Beer Week. Beer Week, which started May 7 and goes until May 13, features more than 30 breweries, restaurants, and bars, including Lift Bridge Brewing, Bryant Lake Bowl, and The Bird. Your ticket comes with a complementary beer from participating locations, so you can enjoy anything from craft beer to stouts, ales, and ambers. Learn more.

May 13

Running for a Cause

What: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
When: Various start times for different races
Where: Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina
What better to do on Mother’s Day than raise money for breast cancer research and prevention? Join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and motivate people to take steps that may reduce their risk of breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the race’s earnings stay in Minnesota to help fund local screening, treatment, and education programs for the medically underserved. Participate in the largest 5K series in the world. Learn more.   

Rock Out with Todd Rundgren

What: SiriusXM presents Todd Rundgren’s Utopia
When: 7 p.m.
Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Since the 1970s, record producer and electronic music revolutionary Rundgren has been known for his often eccentric music, bold stage outfits, and experimentation with interactive entertainments. While best known for songs like “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light,” Rundgren has performed a range of music styles during his solo career and as a member of bands like Utopia. Hear him at State Theatre. Learn more.