Weekend Best Bets: March 4-7

Things to do in the Twin Cities this weekend: a local music fest online, a bike film fest, ”Tiger King” drag brunch, and more
“The Six Day Race: The Story of Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor” is showing as part of the Bicycle Film Festival Minneapolis

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Virtually Historical

What: Alice in France
When: Thursday, March 4, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Online

Historian Nancy O’Brien Wagner explores the letters of Alice O’Brien, a Minnesotan who volunteered in France during World War I. Alice served as a chauffeur, canteener, and truck driver, and the stories told in her letters shed new light on the roles of women on the frontlines of the Great War. 

Onstage Online

What: Land of 10,000 Streams
When: Friday-Sunday, March 5-7
Where: Online

A virtual music festival sponsored by the Current goes all out on local music. The click-to-listen format features 10 hours of live music Friday through Sunday by more than 50 bands and musicians from Minnesota and nearby states. Artists include Annie Mack, Mark Mallman, and Jeremy Messersmith, each livestreaming a 30-minute set. Tune in via LandOf10kStreams.com or the festival’s Facebook page. Listeners are encouraged to give directly to the musicians and bands, using PayPal or Venmo at links provided.

Orchestral Appreciation

What: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) Special Broadcast: Musician Appreciation Concert
When: Saturday, March 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Streaming via the SPCO Concert Library

Join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) for its third annual Musician Appreciation Concert, a virtual event showcasing old and new performances by SPCO musicians. Additionally, viewers can get to know the musicians through interviews, demonstrations, and conversations throughout the program. The event is free, but participants are encouraged to make a contribution to support SPCO musicians.

Kids Outing

What: Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit at the Minnesota Children’s Museum
When: Thursday-Sunday, March 4-May 4
Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 Seventh St. W. St. Paul

Take the kids to explore the first children’s museum exhibit based on the Disney Junior channel’s award-winning series Doc McStuffins. Kids will help Doc and her friends work in the new McStuffins Toy Hospital during a storytelling experience. Reservations are required in advance. Masks are required for visitors age 5 and older and encouraged for children ages 2 to 4. 

Carole Baskin’ in It

What: Tiger King: The Drag Brunch
When: Sunday, March 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! Enjoy a blast from the past (well, from the beginning of quarantine) and experience a Tiger King-themed drag brunch starring Sasha Cassadine, Julia Starr, Domita Sanchez, and Sissy Tops. Guests are encouraged to come in animal print. Tables will be six feet apart, masks are required when not seated, and capacity is under 50%.

Cinematic Cyclists

What: Bicycle Film Festival
When: Through March 7
Where: Online

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and Our Streets Minneapolis have been participating in the 20th Bicycle Film Festival this week, offering online access to a 90-minute series of short films that center the stories of bicyclists, whether they’re riding through a Black Lives Matter protest, teaching refugee women to ride, or part of the first BMX crew in Nigeria. Purchasing a ticket also provides access to a panel discussion featuring locals diversifying the cycling community and culture.

For more event ideas, check out Minnesota Monthly’s calendar.