Weekend Best Bets: September 30-October 2

Bid September adieu and welcome October with these must-do events

Friday, September 30

The season starts now

WHAT: Minnesota Orchestra season opener

WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

WHEN: 8 p.m.

Osmo Vänskä opens the Minnesota Orchestra’s classical season with a twist: jazz. Local jazz greats Adam Linz on bass and Michael Lewis on sax join the orchestra in a jazz concerto by Minnesota’s own Stephen Paulus. mnorch.org

Friday, September 30

Changing the rules

WHAT: August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

WHERE: Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

August Wilson’s momentous play about a gentrifying Pittsburgh neighborhood is an allegory for the start of the Civil Rights movement; an inspiring story about standing up for those about to be bulldozed. Plus, Saturday is Minnesota Monthly Night at Penumbra Theatre: Use the code MMnight when you order your tickets online and get $10 off, plus a complimentary pre-show reception including wine and treats from La Grolla Italian Restuarant. Order tickets at penumbratheatre.org

Saturday, October 1

Scary art

WHAT: Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement

WHERE: Soap Factory, Minneapolis

WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight

Well known by now as perhaps the only truly scary—and then some—haunted house in the Twin Cities, this is a Halloween experience as only artists (with slightly warped imaginations) could have conceived. Learn more at soapfactory.org

Saturday, October 1

Lovers sing

WHAT: Minnesota Opera’s Così fan tutte

WHERE: Ordway Center for the Arts, St. Paul

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

Mozart’s operatic equivalent of Sex in the City puts a quartet of lovers through the paces, a sublime masterpiece about the ideals of love and the confusing reality—with gorgeous music. Learn more at mnopera.org

Sunday, October 2

Get them apples

WHAT: The AppleHouse is open

WHERE: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Purchase apples from an inventory of more than 50 apples at this longtime favorite for apple fans, then hop over to an apple tasting at the Oswald Visitor Center before driving around the arboretum to enjoy the changing fall colors.  Learn more at arboretum.umn.edu

Sunday, October 2

Football alternative

WHAT: Mimosa Movies: The Way We Were

WHERE: Loring Theater, Minneapolis

WHEN 2 p.m.

While your guy’s glued to Sunday football, you’ll have something to watch, with Mimosa Movies at the Loring Theater, where you can sip a mimosa while watching classic movies on the theater’s great old screen. And it’s only $12, including the drink. Learn more at loringtheater.com

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