Your Weekend Best Bets: May 3-5

Friday, May 3

A Fantastic Life

WHAT: Out of the Pan Into the Fire
WHERE: Southern Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The Moving Company, comprised of former Jeune Lune partners Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand, combine with Jeune Lune regulars Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin in a return to their former troupe’s marvelous physicality and myth. Epp, as a homeless man, finds his adopted children (Baldwin and Keepers) in a garbage can. Hilarity and fantasy ensue. Learn more at

Friday, May 3

Tender Youth

WHAT: Paradise: Hope
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
A 13-year-old girl is sent to diet camp while her mom takes a vacation in this brand-new German film about the awkwardness and curiosity of youth. In the end, it’s a kind of reversal of Lolita, as the girl and the middle-aged man she’s attracted to end up sharing more vulnerabilities than romance. Learn more at

Saturday, May 4

The New Haley

WHAT: Haley Bonar
WHERE: Icehouse, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 p.m.
Haley Bonar debuts new music from her forthcoming album. If the rest of the songs are similar to the already released single, “Bad Reputation,” they’ll take the groovier, more confident feel of her last album and put some pop muscle behind it, an irresistible combination. Learn more at

Saturday, May 4

Soul of the Twin Cities

WHAT: Secret Stash Soul Revue
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Secret Stash Records, the enterprising musical archaeologists who last year resurrected the lost music of Twin Cities soul and blues bands, stage this two-night reuniting of one of the project’s best finds, the Valdons. Other musicians involved include Chastity Brown, who brings the local soul sound into the present day. Learn more at

Sunday, May 5

Spring (Finally) Arrives

WHAT: May Day Parade and Festival
WHERE: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m.
The 39th annual parade, organized by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, will trundle once more into Powderhorn Park. The obstacles this year have been great, from tight finances to a stubborn winter. Luckily, the sun should come out (literally and figuratively) on Sunday. Learn more at

Sunday, May 5

Coming Home

WHAT: The Primrose Path
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 and 7 p.m.
Crispin Whittell, who provided the Guthrie’s sharp new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, penned this play about a man who returns to his Russian family estate after years in Paris. He finds a crazy cousin—and her lovely daughter—but not his adored wife. Learn more at

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