Your Weekend Best Bets: March 1-3

Friday, March 1

Folk Forever

WHAT: Women of Red House Records: A 30th Anniversary Concert
WHERE: O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Red House, the influential St. Paul folk label, celebrates 30 years of Americana with a suite of its best female talents: Lucy Kaplansky, Claudia Schmidt, and Heather Masse. Masse’s star, in particular, has risen in recent months—and deservedly so—as the Wailin’ Jennys singer has toured behind her new album of jazz standards. Killer voice, killer label. Learn more at

Friday, March 1

Writing Reality

WHAT: Six Characters in Search of an Author
WHERE: Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.
This reshuffling of the classic play Six Characters in Search of an Author by the wise and playful writer Alan Berks transports the titular characters to the set of a reality show—one that’s set in a shape-shifting house. But that’s only the beginning: the cast insists they’re not people at all, but the products of an author’s imagination. Now that’s a reality show. Learn more at

Saturday, March 2

Could Be Freakin’ Worse

WHAT: How to Swear Like a Minnesotan
WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Joseph Scrimshaw’s one-man show offers edgy anecdotes of his youth in Brainerd and north Minneapolis, his passive-aggressive relationship with snow, a hipster Paul Bunyan, erotic Betty Crocker fan fiction, and more tales from the underbelly of Minnesota. Learn more at

Saturday, March 2

It’s Melting!

WHAT: Ice Castles
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
After a week of near-40-degree weather, this is the last weekend planned for the Ice Castles installation outside Mall of America. A surprise hit, the 30-foot-high towers of ice have been used for photo shoots, weddings, etc., but they’ll be like mammoth falling icicles in warmer weather so see them while you can. Learn more at

Sunday, March 3

Through a Jewish Lens

WHAT: The 20th Annual Jewish Film Festival
WHERE: Various locations
WHEN: 4 and 7 p.m.
The long-running festival brings 19 movies to local screens, 18 of which haven’t been shown here yet. The remarkable films include 6 Million and One, a documentary of filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings retracing the steps of their late father, a Holocaust survivor, and Supporting Characters, starring Alex Karpovsky of Girls as part of a New York editing duo hired to salvage a botched comedy. Learn more at

Sunday, March 3

Identity in the Artificial Age

WHERE: Soap Factory, Minneapolis
WHEN: 12 to 5 p.m.
The Soap Factory’s first new exhibition of the year features nine artists from across North America exploring the creation of human identity in a world of mechanical reproduction. The work ranges from glass sculptures formed by blowing glass onto denim jeans to industrial landscape photography to color theory manifested in towers of hand-dyed phone books. Learn more at

Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3

Your Date to Indulge

WHAT: Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience
WHERE: Metropolitan and Legends Clubs, Target Field, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1-5 p.m.
We’d be remiss to exclude The Most Delicious Weekend of the Year, our very own 19th annual food and wine event inside the swanky club level overlooking Target Field. Wear your walking shoes and come with an empty stomach: table after table serves up tastings of 350 wines, 90 beers, and innumerable bites from local restaurants and purveyors. Learn more at

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