Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 19-21

Your weekend to-do list around the Twin Cities includes Maria Bamford, the best local pizza, and three artful performances

Friday, October 19

Cantus Gets Intimate

What: Alone Together by Cantus
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. Second St., Minneapolis
Our nationally acclaimed men’s chorus, Cantus, performs three works written for them: One uses a Walt Whitman poem, another explores yearning, another dwells on technology with poetry. Cantus stops in Minneapolis before performing in Wayzata, Edina, Stillwater, and other cities in the upcoming weeks. Learn more.

Can’t-Miss Choreography

What: October2018/by Sarah Michelson
When: Friday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis
New York Magazine said, of choreographer Sarah Michelson: “Go see her work. Whatever it is and whatever she calls it, just go.” Alright, alright. This one’s mysteriously called October2018/\. If she’s not in NYC or Europe, Michelson’s often at the Walker. (Remember Daylight (for Minneapolis), in 2005?) Go see this one. Learn more.

Saturday, October 20

Maria Bamford Comes Home

What: Maria Bamford at the Ordway
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
The Duluth-bred comedian and star of the critically adored Lady Dynamite on Netflix delivers a set at the Ordway, with special guest Carmen Morales. We actually caught up with Bamford and dished about L.A., local comics, and Duluth. Read senior editor Reed Fischer’s Q+A with her here.

A Memorable Memorial

What: The Last Schwartz
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, 1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul
At a father’s memorial service, three brothers and their sister meet up with their painful pasts in a dramedy that looks into what happens to cultural tradition after a parent passes. The characters’ Jewish identity gets mixed up in family dynamics, and the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company continues its 24th season with a familiar cast. Learn more.

Sunday, October 21

The Best Local Pizza

What: Slice of the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center
Join us at our third event—and contest—devoted to the best pizza in the Twin Cities. It’s family-friendly, with a wide range of pies from makers including Montague’s Kitchen, Blue Fire Pizza, Red’s Savoy, Chanticlear Pizza, and seven others. You’ll also find seasonal beer and wine, live music, and games. Learn more.

The Best Local Cider

What: MN Cider Guild’s Bushel to Bottle Festival
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Milk & Honey Ciders, 11738 City Rd. 51, St. Joseph
The MN Cider Guild honors fall with a fest named after statewide apples’ transition from on-tree to on-tap. (You might remember it as the Cider Fair.) Expect all types of specialty drinks, riffing on apples and plying hops and grapes, plus food trucks serving pizza, wings, stew, and more. Learn more.