Your Weekend Best Bets: June 7-9

Friday, June 7

Race Relations

WHAT: Clybourne Park
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner follows one Chicago neighborhood, first in 1959 then in 2009, as it deals with gentrification, race, and what happens when the roles are reversed. An all-star cast of Guthrie faves makes this a must-see. Learn more at

Friday, June 7

Art on Wheels

WHAT: “Bike Art”    
WHERE: Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis
WHEN: Opening reception, 7 p.m.
Minneapolis loves its bikes. And what better way to honor the two-wheeled idols than with an art exhibition? Altered Esthetics brings back its eighth-annual exhibit inspired by bikes and bike culture this Friday. Ride on. Learn more at

Saturday, June 8

Fashion on Fire

WHAT: Voltage
WHERE: First Avenue, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Want to know what’s hot in fashion and music? Be at First Avenue Saturday night, where the best of Minnesota designers and rockers will unite to show you just how far the boundaries can be pushed. Learn more at

Saturday, June 8

Night Bright

WHAT: Northern Spark
WHERE: Lowertown, St. Paul
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.–5: 30 a.m.
Every artist in the Twin Cities will be flocking to Lowertown Saturday for what’s quickly become the most talked about, see-and-be-seen arts event of the summer. The one-night creative fest drew 40,000 attendees last year; be one of the thousands to set a new record this year. Learn more at

Sunday, June 9

Sexy Scientist

WHAT: Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
WHERE: St. Catherine University, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Shanan Custer channels her creative wit and feminine prowess to play Emilie du Châtelet, the revolutionary 18th century French scientist who’s long overdue for some hard-earned street cred. A smart play about a smart woman, it’s sure to leave you enlightened. Learn more at

Sunday, June 9

Moon Flowers

WHAT: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
WHERE: Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 4 p.m.
The last performance by Gremlin Theatre company in their current space will be Paul Zindel’s nerdy yet cool, lovable yet inexplicable play, which combines a wide array of subject matter and emotions—just like the company performing it. Learn more at

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