Weekend Best Bets: September 27-29

Friday, September 27

One Man’s Trash…

WHAT: Junk Bonanza
WHERE: Canterbury Park, Shakopee
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Searching for the perfect antique table? How about a vintage Polaroid camera? Instead of driving all over the metro to different shops, head to Canterbury Park this weekend for The Junk Bonanza. It’s a treasure-hunter’s paradise, with more than 100 purveyors of antique, vintage, and repurposed goods at your beck and call, meaning that kitschy neon sign is definitely in your future. Learn more at junkbonanza.com

Friday, September 27

150 for $99

WHAT: The $99 Sale
WHERE: The Soap Factory, Mpls.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Good art at a good price can be hard to come by. Luckily, there’s the Soap Factory’s annual $99 Sale. Featuring original works from more than 150 artists, the event has something for everyone, plus live music, tasty treats, and lots of cocktails. If you can’t make it to the party, don’t fret: leftover pieces will be sold online. Learn more at soapfactory.org

Saturday, September 28

Ellis Island, Minnesota

WHAT: Steerage Song
WHERE: Theater Latté Da, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Ellis Island served as the gateway to America for 5,000 immigrants a day in mid-19th century. Theater Latté Da’s Steerage Song tells the stories of those families in a world premiere “docu-musical” featuring songs from two-dozen countries sung in 17 different languages. And given the company’s stellar track record, it’s sure to be an experience that’s both moving and informative. Learn more at theaterlatteda.com

Saturday, September 28

Something to Say

WHAT: Take Away
WHERE: Intermedia Arts, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
The VERVE program at Intermedia Arts is further proof that Minnesota loves its art: it’s the first and only grant in the nation available for spoken-word poets. Take Away is a production that helps support the Twin Cities literary community and celebrates the seven 2013 VERVE winners, each of whom definitely has something to say. Learn more at intermediaarts.org

Sunday, September 29

History, Remembered

WHAT: the road weeps, the well runs dry
WHERE: Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 3 p.m.
A piece of U.S. History that probably didn’t make it into your high-school textbook forms the core of Pillsbury House Theatre’s latest production. Under the capable direction of award-winning director Marion McClinton, the road weeps, the well runs dry resurrects the story of Wewoka, Oklahoma: America’s first all-black settlement. The script highlights the racial, social, and internal conflicts that faced the group then, and doesn’t shy away from serving as a mirror for society today. Learn more at pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org

Sunday, September 29

Time Travel

WHAT: Medieval Fair
WHERE: Caponi Art Park, Eagan
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Ditch your cell phone and put away your iPod: it’s time to go medieval. The eighth-annual Medieval Fair in Eagan is all about escaping the 21st century for a few hours, complete with costumes, storytelling, combat demonstrations, and artisan-made goods. Bonus: Potter’s Pasties is catering. It’s the Renaissance gone gourmet. Learn more at caponiartpark.org

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