Weekend Best Bets: April 19-21

Around the Twin Cities this weekend: a new Guthrie show, baby farm animals, a cappella, and more
A scene from the Guthrie’s production of “Metamorphoses”

Photo by Dan Norman


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A Modern and Ancient Classic

What: Metamorphoses
When: Through May 19, various showtimes
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Based on the myths of Roman poet Ovid, this staging of Metamorphoses uses an actual pool. Writer-director Mary Zimmerman introduced this play more than 20 years ago in Chicago and New York, debuting it on Broadway in 2002 and picking up a Tony Award for Best Director. Some of the original cast returns, in a piece that examines all facets of love. “It’s about the desire to shed our skin and change,” says Joseph Haj, artistic director at the Guthrie. “One could be dropped into the show with little to no knowledge of Ovid. It’s visually stunning and playful.” Learn more.

The State’s Superior Singers

What: Tonic Sol-fa
When: April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville

One of the Midwest’s top vocal groups came out of St. John’s University in St. Joseph. The a cappella team has made Emmy-winning arrangements, sold some 2 million independent releases, been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and, most of all, has shared a stage with Weird Al Yankovic. Catch them in the Ames Center’s Masquerade Dance Theater. Learn more.

Spooky Dancing

What: Notes from a Séance
When: April 19-20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Described as a “seriocomic, mock gothic romance, dance theatre work,” this number by Shapiro & Smith Dance comes to the Twin Cities for the first time in 20 years, after touring the U.S. It’s inspired by a Russian occultist, Helena Blavatsky, who founded a card-reading 19th-century brand of spirituality and magic trickery. There are plenty of cues for dance, as in channeling spirits and liberating oneself from one’s lower nature. The New York Times called the show “quirk and sharp witted.” Learn more.

Cute Little Baby Farm Animals

What: Spring Babies and an Easter egg hunt
When: Through May 5; egg hunts this weekend only at noon
Where: Twin Cities Festival, 8001 109th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

The third annual Spring Babies event brings little goats, little sheep, little bunnies, ducklings, chicks, calves, and ponies to the Twin Cities Festival in Brooklyn Park. The fest runs through May 5, but there are Easter egg hunts on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. Kids can also enjoy a corn pit, pony rides, and a giant slide. And there’s a straw-bale maze, and a hay ride. And, again, little goats, little sheep… Learn more.