Your Weekend Best Bets: March 8-10

Friday, March 8

Classic Photography

WHAT: I’ve Tried to Let My Truth Be My Prejudice
WHERE: Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.
The Weinstein features the work of W. Eugene Smith, the LIFE magazine photographer called the greatest of the 20th century—by no less an authority than Ansel Adams. Learn more at weinstein-gallery.com
 

Friday, March 8

Women Face Off

WHAT: Women of the World Poetry Slam
WHERE: Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 and 8 p.m.
The preliminary round of poetic contenders, from as far away as New Zealand, narrows the field to 12. On Saturday, the dozen slam poets left will battle at Aria. Learn more at wow.poetryslam.com
 

Saturday, March 9

Party Hearty

WHAT: Bobby Z’s Benefit 2 Celebrate Life Concert
WHERE: First Avenue, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Bobby Z, Prince’s pal, gathers his celebrity friends to raise money for the American Heart Association. Among the guests: Questlove of the Roots, Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live, Alexander O’Neal, Nicholas David (of The Voice), and more. Learn more at first-avenue.com
 

Saturday, March 9

The Case of the Cherry Blossom Queen

WHAT: Yellow Fever
WHERE: Guthrie Theater Dowling Stage, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Mu Performing Arts presents Rick Shiomi’s play about detective Sam Shikaze in 1970s Vancouver, on the case to find the missing Cherry Blossom Queen. The play, directed by Shiomi, will be his swan song as the founding leader of Mu. Learn more at guthrietheater.org
 

Sunday, March 10

Hamlet in the Cold War

WHAT: The Minnesota Opera’s Hamlet
WHERE: Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
The Minnesota Opera sets the classic story in the Cold War and focuses on Hamlet’s inability to know who is a liberal or a conservative. Was his father a totalitarian or a visionary? Learn more at mnopera.org
 

Sunday, March 10

Friends in Addiction

WHAT: Bill W. and Dr. Bob
WHERE: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The Illusion Theater’s third staging of this popular play illuminates the unlikely friendship of a stockbroker and a surgeon who come together over their shared addiction to alcohol. They went on, of course, to found Alcoholics Anonymous. Learn more at illusiontheater.org

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