Weekend Best Bets: May 9-May 11

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, May 9

Comedy Central

WHAT: Lewis Black: The Rant is Due
WHERE: The State Theatre, Mpls
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Need a reality check?  Lewis Black will give it to you. Known for sarcasm, shouting, and finger shaking, Black—a Grammy Award-winning comedian—offers audiences catharsis by way of laughs. His stand-up act exposing the absurdities of life and politics has sold out theaters including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the New York City Center. Get your tickets at hennepintheatretrust.org

Spring Forward

WHAT: Zenon Dance Company: Spring Series
WHERE: The Cowles Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Spring is in the air, and the Zenon Dance Company is ready to launch its 31st season.  In a dynamic blend of modern and jazz dance, the company will showcase two world premieres. Want to treat Mom? Reservations are available for a three-course dinner at Mason’s Restaurant & Barre before the show. Head to thecowlescenter.org for tickets and more information.

Saturday, May 10

Arts & Crafts

WHAT: St. Paul Craftstravaganza
WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Stop by the State Fairgrounds and check out this ninth annual urban craft fair, featuring handmade art from more than 80 vendors. With a wide range of crafts—including photography, organic body products, jewelry, ceramics, and household items—you might just find the perfect gift for the start of the summer wedding season. Feeling creative? Drop by the activity areas to get crafty, or have your fortune told with a tarot reading. Check out craftstravaganza.com for details.

Bikes and Brews

WHAT: Pedal for Pints
WHERE: Surly Brewing, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 a.m.
Bikers and beer-lovers, rejoice! The first-annual Pedal for Pints Bike Tour is here to help you earn those liquid calories. Start your 25- or 50-mile bike ride at Surly Brewing and end at the same location, where a pint of beer awaits. Each path has at least one spot to stop to refuel. To register, head to active.com.

Sunday, May 11

Sister Act

WHAT: Crimes of the Heart
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning play-turned-Academy Award-nominated film (starring Diane Keaton in 1986), three sisters are reunited in Mississippi to tackle family, emotional, and legal troubles. Watch Meg, Babe, and Lenny Magrath deal with the consequences of their “crimes of the heart,” and enjoy the dark comedy of playwright Beth Henley. For ticket information, visit guthrietheater.org.

Healthy Living

WHAT: Twin Cities Race for the Cure
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: 6 a.m.
Since 1993, Twin Citians have been racing for a cure for breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This weekend, get fit, fight the disease, and celebrate Mother’s Day with tens of thousands of other runners. After the race, stop by the outdoor health expo or join the Survivor Celebration inside in the Mall of America Rotunda. Pre-race activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. Check out komenminnesota.org to register.