Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 14-16

This weekend, your to-do list around the Twin Cities includes a few theatrical debuts, world culture in dance, and more

World of Dance

What: Solo
When: September 14-15
Where: The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Six extraordinary Minnesota dancers—all 2016 and 2017 McKnight Dance Fellows—perform six world-premiere shows spanning dance disciplines, from killer krump (a form of hip-hop) to spicy and sassy flamenco (ballroom dancing). Each dancer has tailored their original work in collaboration with a hand-picked choreographer, based anywhere in the world. Learn more.

Balloons over Duluth

What: Duluth Rising 
When: September 14-15
Where: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth
See Duluth from the basket of a hot air balloon or watch from the ground in Bayfront Festival Park as the colorful aircraft take to the sky. During the free three-day festival, take part in a kite fly, visit NASA and National Weather Service booths, and check out the Craft Brew Village featuring beers from around the region. Learn more.

It’s Alive!

What: Frankenstein: Playing with Fire
When: September 15-October 27
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis
The Guthrie opens its season with a stage version of Frankenstein: Playing with Fire. A Guthrie commission, the play sees a moribund Dr. Frankenstein meet up with his monster in the Arctic Circle after the events of the novel. In confronting the creature, the doctor re-examines the events prior and faces an ethical quandary. Learn more.

Drama in the Bronx

What: Awake and Sing!
When: September 15-October 7
Where: Artistry, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington
In this play at Bloomington Center for the Arts, a family in the Bronx lives together in a tiny apartment during the Great Depression. Despite tensions, they demonstrate an enduring hope that each generation might have a brighter future than the last. Check out the production of new and familiar talent at Artistry. Learn more.

A Theatrical World Debut

What: Little Women
When: September 15-21
Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
The Jungle Theater kicks off its season with its first solo commission, from playwright Kate Hamill, who was named playwright of the year by the Wall Street Journal in 2017. Directed by Sarah Rasmussen, with a cast including local actors Christina Baldwin and Wendy Lehr, this play is based on the mid-19th century coming-of-age novel by Louisa May Alcott. Learn more.