Weekend Best Bets: May 22-24

Friday, May 22

The Art of Putt Putt

WHAT: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
WHERE: The Walker Art Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Summer has arrived, and the artist-designed mini-golf holes are back at the Walker Art Center. Play your way through the Sculpture Garden on repeat-favorite holes including Curling Club and Guess What? Chicken Putt!, as well as plenty of new holes that will also challenge your putting skills and artistic sense. For more information, check out the Walker’s site.

A Clever Con

WHAT: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: the Musical
WHERE: Old Log Theater, Excelsior
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Based on a 1988 film, this musical ay comedy depicts two con men who charm and swindle (in that order) women on the French Riviera. When the pair wagers who can con an American heiress, the result is a string of double-crosses and masquerades unfolding in hilarious farce. For tickets, check out Old Log Theatre.

Saturday, May 23

Baking for Bambinos

WHAT: Beginning Baking
WHERE: Whole Foods Calhoun, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Got a kid with Food Network fever? Sign him up for this Whole Foods class, where kids ages 5–12 can learn how to bake classic sweets such as chocolate-chip cookies, double-chocolate cupcakes, and biscuit sandwiches. They’ll get the inside scoop on ingredients and baking vocab, and maybe they’ll even share the spoils of their work. To register, go to the Whole Foods site.

A Stroll Down…

WHAT: Memory Lanes Block Party
WHERE: Memory Lanes, Mpls.
WHEN: 3:45 p.m.
The onset of summer means it’s time for a block party at one of the Cities’ kitschiest spots. Featuring local acts including Fort Wilson Riot and Dead Larry, the live outdoor music at Memory Lanes’ seventh-annual block party will be perfect for hanging out with a cold beer, and the late-night afterparty features DJs to get your hips shaking. The whole event is bike-and-pet friendly, so grab your pooch and wheels and get out for some fun. Get more details from Memory Lanes Block Party.

Sunday, May 24

To Thine Own Self Be True

WHAT: Hamlet
WHERE: The Cowles Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
All of the performers in Shakespeare’s day were men—so today’s Twin Cities actresses are making the story their own with this all-female Hamlet by Theatre Unbound at the Cowles Center. Following the matinee, University of Minnesota professor Katherine West Scheil will give a lecture about women and Shakespeare throughout history. For ticket information, go to Theatre Unbound.

Cork It

WHAT: Tap the Barrel Weekend
WHERE: Winehaven Winery, Chisago City
WHEN: 11 a.m.
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday than with a glass of red, and the Tap the Barrel weekend at Winehaven gives you the chance to sample straight from the cask. And at 12 and 2 p.m., take a tour of the vineyard with winemakers to check out the new grapes popping up, take in the St. Croix River scenery, and ask all of your vino questions. Go to Winehaven Winery for more info.

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