Weekend Best Bets: May 20-22

Your guide to a stellar three days

Friday, May 20

Art, whirled

WHAT: Art-A-Whirl studio tour
WHERE: Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
WHEN: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of artists in a dozen buildings open their studio doors on this self-guided tour for browsing and buying. Start at the Northrup King Building, the largest facility, or explore the smaller delights of the California Building, the Casket Building or elsewhere. Learn more at nemaa.org

Friday, May 20

For the love of theater

WHAT: Penumbra Theatre’s I Wish You Love benefit
WHERE: Penumbra Theater, St. Paul
WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight
Dennis Spears sings the swooning tunes of Nat “King” Cole from Penumbra’s sold-out I Wish You Love show at this benefit for the theater. A live and silent auction includes such items as Spears performing at your next party, Twins seats behind first base, spa packages, etc. Learn more at penumbratheatre.org

Saturday, May 21

Movie music

WHAT: Chan Poling presents “Score!”
WHERE: Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Chan Poling is joined by guests like Jeremy Messersmith, Janey Winterbauer, and others in a cool, laidback evening of songs from film, from swinging ’60s and European numbers to hip takes on Mancini, Bacharach, and others. Learn more at fitzgeraldtheater.org

Saturday, May 21

Forgotten art

WHAT: The Erasers
WHERE: Soap Factory Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m.
A group show of contemporary artists explore the conceptual realm of memory and the tricks of time and emotion, inspired by the French novel, The Erasers, in which a detective realizes the object he’s been searching for only existed in his memory. Learn more at soapfactory.org

Sunday, May 22

Leggo my LEGOS

WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center
WHEN: 3 to 8 p.m.
LEGOS aren’t just for kids anymore—as evidenced by the incredible creations presented here by top designers. Go for the kids, stay for yourself. Learn more at legokidsfest.com

Sunday, May 22

Vinyl and vibes

WHAT: Hoolie Fest
WHERE: Shuga Records, Minneapolis
WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m.
One of the top spots in the Twin Cities for vintage vinyl hosts this mammoth music festival of local indie-rock and hip-hop favorites, cashing in on the Art-A-Whirl festivities in the neighborhood. Learn more at hooliefestmpls.com

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