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Things to do around the Twin Cities this week include ”Beetlejuice,” Black Fashion Week MN, Art Along the Lake, and more

Stars With Stripes

What: “Beetlejuice”
When: Sept. 19-24
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

You bet they’re talking about a certain politician’s audience participation at the performance in Colorado, and now “Beetlejuice” comes to the Twin Cities this week for some screaming fun. Based on Tim Burton’s popular film, the musical is a spirited tale of a dead couple, a teen, and a demon with a thing for stripes. 

Church Basement Ladies

Does Your Basement Have … Lutherans??

What: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement”
When: Through Nov. 12; and winter run from Jan. 4-Feb. 14
Where: The Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville

The Church Basement Ladies are back with a revival of this fan-favorite production. The year is 1960, and small dramas lead to big laughs as Beverly gets her first pair of high heels for confirmation; Pastor announces his impending nuptials; Mrs. Snustad and Mrs. Gilmerson plan a food booth at the County Fair to raise money; and Mrs. Engelson embarks on a spontaneous driving lesson. Through it all, these “bulwarks never failing” stand strong in their faith and in their friendships.

Celebrating BIPOC Creatives

What: Black Fashion Week MN
When: Sept. 22-Sept. 30
Where: Various locations across the Twin Cities

While Fashion Week Minnesota is taking a brief pause this season, Black Fashion Week MN is in full swing with its fall runway series, featuring five immersive events across the Twin Cities. Originally a part of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, Black Fashion Week MN has grown into a powerful independent platform across its six years, creating a space that emboldens and celebrates black creatives within the community. Dress in your runway best and grab a seat at these upcoming fall shows, kicking off with the Cognac Fashion Show Experience at the Glasshouse Lounge, and rounding out with the Black Man Magic Fashion Show at The District Edina.

Bluegrass Festival

What: Boats and Bluegrass
When: Sept. 21-Sept. 24
Where: Winona

This family-friendly music and camping festival on the shore of the Mississippi River in Winona has camping, live performances by Pert Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr and others, boat rentals, and more.

Cut It Up

What: Chainsaw Competition
When: Sept. 22-24
Where: Hackensack

The sound of chainsaws will reverberate through Hackensack during this three-day event, which features carvers from across the country who make sculptures from logs.

Art Crawl During Fall

What: Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour
When: Sept. 22-Oct. 1
Where: Cook County

Explore the fall colors both on the trees and in the art studios during this 10-day tour that includes 30 venues from artists’ home studios to popular galleries.


Minnesota Renaissance Festival

RenFest Weekends

What: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends through Oct. 1
Where: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee

Parking concerns have been resolved, so the popular Minnesota Renaissance Festival is back for another season of 16th century European village life entertainment, starting this weekend and running through Oct. 1.

“Cheaper Than Hamilton”

Decades of Laughs

What: Brave New Workshop’s “Cheaper Than Hamilton”
When: Through Nov. 4
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapoli  

Brave New Workshop celebrates three score and five years of promiscuous hostility and positive neutrality with a retrospective of their most popular sketches and songs from past performances.