Weekend Best Bets: September 12-September 14

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

Friday, September 12

Magical Mystery Tour

WHAT: The White Snake
WHERE:  Guthrie Theater
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
No, this one looks far more promising than that ’80s hair metal band. Director Mary Zimmerman, a Tony winner for her recent work, helms this mystical concoction: one part love story, two parts epic journey of a snake through humankind. see for yourself how Zimmerman snaps this ancient Chinese fable to life on the stage. For tickets to the show, go to guthrietheater.org.

The Show Must Go On!

WHAT: Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week
WHERE: Citywide
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
Producer Ignite Models, Inc. takes the reigns this fall for the Twin Cities Fashion Week and final best-in-show runway of 2014. Check in for more flashy fun at events like Avant Garden at the Walker Art Center throughout the week. Strut over to MNfashion.squarespace.com for more info.

Saturday, September 13

Operation: Appreciation

WHAT: 10th Annual Say Thanks Day
WHERE: Boy Scout Base Camp, Fort Snelling       
WHEN: 8 a.m.
Support your troops and have some fun. Take your choice of activities; it’s all for a good cause. Enter the 10K or 5K Run. Undertake the Marine RECON challenge. Who knows? You might even walk way with Twins tickets or a grand prize of airline ticket vouchers for two. Visit thankmntroops.org to register.

The Learning Loop

WHAT: Bike with a Ranger
WHERE: Mathews Park, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Travel back through time to discover why the Twin Cities stand where they are today. Don’t miss the summer’s next-to-last opportunity to explore the mighty Mississippi with a National Park Service ranger.  This 10-mile bike tour should be a fun ride for eager learners of all ages. Register soon at NPS.gov.

Sunday, September 14

A Russian Occasion

WHAT: Lake Harriet Community Concert
WHERE: Lake Harriet Bandstand, Minneapolis
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Spend an afternoon with the Minnesota Orchestra as they perform a variety of Russian classics. The free show will include several numbers from crowd-pleasing composers like Glinka, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. For more information, go to exploreminnesota.com.

Cape Town Sounds

WHAT: Die Antwoord
WHERE: Myth Live Event Center
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
If you’re into electronic music or hip-hop and haven’t heard Die Antwoord by now, you should. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, with music in three different languages, the group has made waves across in recent years across South Africa and much of Europe. As the creators of a mock style that they call “Zef” culture, Die Antwoord may be the downright weirdest thing you’ll see all year. Get ahold of tickets at mythlive.com.