Weekend Best Bets: October 7-9

See a show, take a hike, buy some art, and repeat

Friday, October 7

Art to go

WHAT: St. Paul Art Crawl
WHERE: Lowertown, St. Paul
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The area’s original art crawl still charms, especially in the warehouse studios, where the artists’ lifestyles are as much on display as their wares. Learn more at stpaulartcrawl.org

Friday, October 7

Funny and funnier

WHAT: Escanaba in da Moonlight
WHERE: Centennial Showboat, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Tim Stolz, of the Old Log Theater, has produced this comedy gem of a play written by Jeff Daniels, better known for his feature-film work. The play, set in Yooper country in Upper Michigan, takes deer hunting as a metaphor for a spiritual quest. Learn more at riverrides.com

Saturday, October 8

Landscapes of advertising

WHAT: Richard Barlow’s “A Crow’s Nest” art show
WHERE: Macalester College, St. Paul
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Macalester College Art Gallery, up-and-coming art star Richard Barlow shows his series of landscape drawings based on record covers and SUV advertisements, as well as images inspired by worn floorboards and ships named after presidents. Learn more at macalester.edu/gallery

Saturday, October 8

The kiss that kills

WHAT: The K of D: An Urban Legend
WHERE: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
While not a Halloween show per se, The K of D (kiss of death) has a ghostly edge to its tale of a boy who kissed his sister goodbye in his dying moment, giving her the curse—or talent—of killing anyone she wants with a kiss. An absorbing one-woman tale. Learn more at illusiontheater.org

Sunday, October 9

Fall colors

WHAT: National Wildlife Refuge Week
WHERE: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bloomington Visitor Center of this lovely refuge is an ideal place to head out for a hike among the changing fall colors—through prairie, hillside forest, and wetlands. Learn more at fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley/visitor_center_bloomington.html

Sunday, October 9

No holds barred

WHAT: Neighbors
WHERE: Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN 3 p.m.
You’re unlikely to see a more frank and wickedly hilarious exploration of black and white relations in America than in this fearless play, a hit on the West Coast, which suggests that the complexities of race relations are more disturbing than we acknowledge. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Mixed Blood’s all-free-all-the-time season, make it happen. Learn more at mixedblood.com