Weekend Best Bets: May 31-June 2

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Jillian Rae’s new album, Native American women at Mia, ”Dear Evan Hansen” on Hennepin, Open Streets Minneapolis, and more
Jillian Rae has an album release party at the Cedar
Jillian Rae has an album release party at the Cedar

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Art in Edina

What: Edina Art Fair
When: May 31-June 2
Where: 50th and France, Edina

There’s a mission behind the Edina Art Fair—along with some 280 fine artists from Minnesota. Also enjoy craft beer and wine gardens, all kinds of food, and a lineup of live entertainment. It’s art-fair season, people. Learn more.

Joni Mitchell in Choral Arrangements

What: Covers: A Pop Concert
When: May 31-June 8
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Cantus, our acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble, continues with what has become a yearly tradition: covering a pop album in its entirety. This year, it’s Blue, by Joni Mitchell. They’ll throw in songs by the Beatles, Queen, Michael Jackson, and others, too. Learn more.

Jillian Rae at the Cedar

What: Jillian Rae Album Release Party
When: May 31, 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

Raised in northern Minnesota, classically trained violinist-singer-songwriter Jillian Rae continues her journey as one of the most exciting artists to follow in the state. She’s made a name for herself with strong vocals and compelling pop songwriting. Now, her new full-length album drops, with a performance that also showcases Humbird and Graveyard Club at the Cedar Cultural Center. Learn more.

Life on Lyndale

What: Open Streets Minneapolis – Lyndale
When: June 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lyndale Ave. S., from 22nd St. W. to 54th St. W.

Lyndale Avenue closes to cars and opens for bikes, pedestrians, businesses, and local organizations. Make art, view performances, partake in activities, and connect with the neighborhood, in the first of Open Streets Minneapolis’ series. Learn more.

Native American Women at Mia

What: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
When: June 2-August 18
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

The first major museum exhibit celebrating the achievements of Native American women artists features more than 115 works, spanning ancient times to today. Artists hail from all over North America, and the exhibit seeks to identify how each related to her work and preceding generations of indigenous women. New pieces, commissioned by Mia, debut: a tapestry depicting snowy northern Minnesota, by master weaver DY Begay; and a contemporary take on a traditional Osage wedding coat, by Tulsa-based artist Anita Fields. Learn more.

Broadway on Hennepin

What: Dear Evan Hansen
When: Through June 9
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

It shook up Broadway: a show about an antisocial teen who builds popularity through ethically shady means. Doesn’t sound like showtune razzle-dazzle? It’s not, exactly—though that hasn’t kept it from netting practically all the awards. Catch it in Minneapolis through early June. Learn more.