Weekend Best Bets: June 3-6

This weekend around the Twin Cities: cocktails, sea lions, nerdy things, drag for Pride month, and more
A new drink menu marks Tattersall's reopening this weekend
A new drink menu marks Tattersall’s reopening this weekend

Courtesy Tattersall Distilling

New Space for Seals

What: Como Harbor Grand Opening
When: Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul

A ribbon-cutting for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s latest exhibit, Como Harbor, introduces St. Paul to a new, improved habitat for seals and sea lions. The redesign and overhaul brings in some new species, plus “needed upgrades” for Sparky the Sea Lion. Among new visitor amenities, included with the improvement, Pier 56 is an outdoor cafe near the new harbor. Reserve a spot online.

Tattersall’s Comeback

What: Tattersall Distilling’s reopening
When: Thursday, June 3, 4-10 p.m.
Where: Tattersall Distilling, 1620 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis

A new drink menu and the Nashville Coop food truck (serving seriously hot chicken) mark a reopening for Tattersall Distilling. The patio is first come, first served. Reserve a spot online.

Pride Month: A Drag Revue at the Black Hart

What: Power: A New Drag Revue
Friday, June 4, 9:30-11:59 p.m.
The Black Hart of Saint Paul, 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul

To ring in Pride month, drag queen Lily White hosts the Pumps & Pearls drag revue on June 3 at the Black Hart bar in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, for a night of old-school drag. Then, a new Friday series kicks off on June 4, featuring a showcase called Power and presented by the Twin Cities-based, Black-owned Luzious Entertainment. Performing drag artists and musicians include Eden T. Lareese, Harrie Bradshaw, Lala Luzious, special guest Monica West, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, according to a press release.

Outdoor Orchestra

What: SPCO at Mears Park
When: Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Where: The Plaza at the Capri, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra plans to set up in the Mears Park bandshell in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, presenting Vivaldi’s Summer violin concerto (from the much-beloved Four Seasons), featuring Nina Tso-Ning Fan as a soloist, as well as Lyric (George Walker), new music by acclaimed composer Viet Cuong, and more.

Book Ahead: Dessa at the Turf Club

What: Dessa at Turf Club
When: Pre-sale tickets on sale Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m.; tickets on sale Friday, June 4, 11 a.m. (performances on July 8-9)
Where: Online

Pre-sale tickets go on sale for two nights of performances by local hip-hop artist and recently appointed podcast host Dessa at the Turf Club in St. Paul on June 3, with the regular sale starting June 4 at 11 a.m.

Geek Retreat

What: GeekCraft Expo Twin Cities
When: June 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

A unique blend of one-of-a-kind nerd paraphernalia awaits at this Twin Cities stop on a traveling expo that purveys geeky handmade items. The focus is on local crafters and makers.

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