Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 20-22

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Trylon turns 10, an artsy block party, a slime festival, more
Musicians Channy Leaneagh (Polica, left) and Mina Moore, with producers Mark McGee and Alex Nutter, perform at Avant Garden 2019

Photo by Sarah White/Courtesy Walker Art Center

All Shakes, No Alabama

What: Brittany Howard
When: September 19
Where: Palace Theatre, 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul

The frontwoman for blues-rock royalty Alabama Shakes breaks sonic boundaries on her soulful new solo debut album, Jaime.

Mankato Mending

What: 47th Annual Traditional Wacipi Honoring the 38 Dakota
When: Sept. 20-22
Where: Dakota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories Park), Mankato

In 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, the largest mass execution in United States history. The Mahkato Mdewakanton Association hosts an annual pow wow at the Dakota Wokiksuye Makoce—also called the Land of Memories Park—to honor traditions and encourage healing through education, storytelling, and the preservation of Dakota culture. (Read more about Mankato embracing Indigenous Peoples Day.)

Way to a Man’s Heart

What: Aubergine
When: Sept. 20-Oct. 20
Where: Park Square Theatre, 20 West Seventh Pl., St. Paul

A son cooks for his dying father in this Julia Cho play about love, levity, and loss at Park Square Theatre, where the gulf between Korean generations closes thanks to some home cooking.

Speculative Dance

What: Sutrajāl: Revelations of Gossamer
When: Sept. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

Indian dance powerhouse Ananya Dance Theatre poses a fantastical premise: Fictional Broken City streets pulse with the ghosts of the Global Feminist Funk Underground Club, who have disappeared, who have left behind their love. Original choreography weaves a story of social justice.

Block Arty

What: Art Pop! Block Party
When: Sept. 21
Where: Elliot Park Arts Quarter, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis

The inaugural block party will fill the intersection of 10th Street and Centennial Place of the Elliot Park Arts Quarter with a local artist market, live art, and music performances (including headliner Sarah White), plus interactive all-ages activities.

Ball for the Boundary Pushers

What: Avant Garden
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis (inside and outside tented garden)

The signature Walker Art Center party comes with gourmet food, craft cocktails, an art auction, and music by MC Lyte and Ringing Bell—a this-night-only collaboration between Poliça, Mina Moore, Mark McGee, and Alex Nutter (Lizzo, Boys Noize, Le1f). Proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programming.

Slime of Your Life

What: Slimesota
When: Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that children love them some slime. In the age of Instagram and ASMR, this tactile ’90s weirdness is back in a big way, with Minnesota now hosting its first “slime festival.” The gooey binding of glue and food coloring gets the full fest treatment: 15 slime vendors, slime demos, a slime contest, raffle prizes. Best of all, the whole thing was organized by a local 14-year-old.

Cult-Classic Commemoration

What: Trylon Cinema’s 10th Anniversary
When: Sept. 21, starting at 1 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema, 6250 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis

For a decade, the cult-catering micro-theater has screened B movies, deep cuts, nerd obsessions, and foreign classics. Now, on 35mm prints or restorations, the Minneapolis mainstay honors its humble warehouse origins and recent renovation with 10 hours of top-secret flicks, starting with Japanese comedy, wading through noir, ending with Kung Fu, and breaking for dinner.

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