Weekend Best Bets: September 20-22

Friday, September 20

Say Uncle

WHAT: Uncle Vanya
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Anton Chekhov’s writing transformed modern theater, implementing such techniques as indirect action, read-between-the-lines conflict, and a plot that’s more a mirror than fantasy. Uncle Vanya includes all these things and more—especially in this revamped version by legendary Irish dramatist Brian Friel. Learn more at guthrietheater.org 

Friday, September 20

Dance, Dance Revolution

WHAT: Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum: Three and Three
WHERE: Cowles Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
In a sort of preview-plus-reveal, Flying Foot Forum’s Three and Three will include three sets of the stories told in typical percussive, playful FFF style (think folktales, clogging, fairytales), each one offering a peek into the upcoming season. It’s like a three-for-one deal, except you’ll probably leave wanting to see the full versions of each piece. Learn more at flyingfootforum.com

Saturday, September 21

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

WHAT: Flying Colors Kite Festival
WHERE: Valley View Middle School, Bloomington
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Get in touch with your inner child and grab a bright kite to take to the Minnesota Kite Society’s 26th Flying Colors Kite Festival. There will be kite-flying competitions, demonstrations, and kite-making workshops for kids. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the color-filled sky. Learn more at mnkites.org

Saturday, September 21

Oktober in September

WHAT: Munich-Style Oktoberfest
WHERE: New Bohemia Wurst+BierHaus, Mpls.
WHEN: Noon–11 p.m.
Northeast Minneapolis sausage-and-beer joint, New Bohemia, has gone all out for their inaugural Oktoberfest celebration, lining up 10 breweries to keep steins full and imbibers happy. The fest runs Friday through Sunday, but you’ll get the most bang for your buck Saturday, where $40 stretches into 11 hours of German-style fun. Learn more at newbohemiausa.com

Sunday, September 22

Southie in St. Paul

WHAT: Good People
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
This Tony Award-winning dramedy has been turning heads since its 2011 debut. The plot follows a down-on-her-luck heroine (Virginia Burke) living in South Boston who swallows her pride and reaches out to her old high-school boyfriend (James Denton) for help. It’s a tale of middle-class life, facing the past, and what it really means to be a good person. Learn more at parksquaretheatre.org

Sunday, September 22

More Than a Spoon and Cherry

WHAT: Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
It’s opening day for the Walker’s larger-than-life Claes Oldenburg exhibit, which features more than 300 pieces from the artist who’s credited as being the father of the Pop-art genre—the largest collection to date. Known locally for his iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, Oldenburg’s pieces span an impressive range, from a graffiti-inspired installation to sculptures of food. Learn more at walkerart.org

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