Weekend Best Bets: May 8-10

Friday, May 8

Rabbit’s Tale

WHAT: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
WHERE: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane follows the journey of a china rabbit doll after he’s separated from his young owner, and the people he meets on his way home. For tickets and more information, visit Stages Theatre Company.

Stunning Sound

WHAT: Eric Whitacre with the Minnesota Orchestra
WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Known for his digital work that brings together voices from around the world into collaborative online choirs, Grammy-winning conductor and composer Eric Whitacre joins the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale for an evening of contemporary orchestral works, including some of his own in-progress works. For tickets, visit the Minnesota Orchestra.

Saturday, May 9

Night Out in Northeast

WHAT: A NE Art Showcase
WHERE: Architectural Antiques, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was recently voted the #1 arts district in the U.S. by USA Today readers—what better way to spend a Saturday evening than seeing some of the best art that the area has to offer? Several painters’ and sculptors’ work will be displayed, along with a silent auction, refreshments, and music from jazz and blues band Patty and the Buttons. For more information, visit the NE Art Showcase.

Feeling Crafty

WHAT: St. Paul Craftstravaganza
WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Celebrate all things handmade at the 10th-annual St. Paul Craftsravaganza. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work, and workshops will be held for guests looking to try creating crafts of their own, including button making, accordion books, weaving, and spinning. For more information, visit the St. Paul Craftsravaganza.

Sunday, May 10

Celebrate Mom

WHAT: Mother’s Day Brunch
WHERE: Rivertown Inn, Stillwater
WHEN: 11 a.m.
It’s Mom’s special day, so what better way to show her you care than with a four-course brunch at Stillwater’s historic Rivertown Inn? The chef-prepared menu includes banana-chocolate-chip pancakes with peanut-butter whipped cream, and braised pork with a fried egg and roasted corn Hollandaise sauce. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Rivertown Inn.

Beautiful Bonsai

WHAT: Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
WHERE: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Fill up on brunch, then bring Mom to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for the annual Mother’s Day Bonsai Show. The Minnesota Bonsai Society will display their work at the Visitor Center, and experts will be available to answer questions about the art of caring for bonsai trees. For more information, visit the Como Park Zoo.

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