Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 23-26

This weekend in the Twin Cities: rock concerts, a short film, an art fair, and a grand opening
A still from the upcoming short film KEON, playing at the Walker Art Center

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José, Rufus, and Bob

What: Rufus Wainwright, José Gonzales, and Bob Mould perform songs from their latest albums
When: Thursday, September 23, 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 25, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Northrop at UMN, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, and First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis

It’s a big weekend for concerts in the Twin Cities.Rufus Wainwright and José Gonzales will be performing together and debuting their new albums at Northrop at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, and rock legend Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü (!) will be playing songs from his latest album, the politically charged Blue Hearts, at First Avenue on Saturday. 

Art at the Arboretum

What: Opening of Teo Nguyen’s “A Reflection on Being”
When: Thursday, September 23
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Painter Teo Nguyen’s latest art showing of large-scale photorealistic paintings will be available for viewing at the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this Thursday. Paintings include abstract and realistic works, with some inspired by the Arboretum itself.

A Moving Movie Night

What: Walker Cinema and Bentson Mediatheque Reopens with KEON
When: Thursday, September 23
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

KEON is a black-and-white short film of “uncensored Black joy captured in the course of one day” through the lens of the titular character, an aspiring photographer working on his college entrance portfolio. It is produced by E.G. Bailey (one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and a recipient of the 2021 Bush Fellowship) and Shá Cage, winner of an Emmy and multiple Ivey awards and holder of TCG, McKnight, and Lloyd Richards New Futures Fellowships. 

A Little Night Music

What: James Dahl performs at the Eagan Art Block
When: Friday, September 25, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagan City Hall, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan

The second weekend of the 25th Annual Eagan Art Block will feature art, music, film, and dance in support of the creative community of Eagan. On Friday, attendees can enjoy cuisine from a local food truck while listening to a free sunset concert from James Dahl.

Glass Arts Center Gets a Glow Up

What: Grand Opening of the New Minnesota Center for Glass Arts
When: Saturday, September 25, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, 2213 Snelling Ave., Minneapolis

Get blown away by the new Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts facilities. The tour includes food, beverages, and, of course, glass blowing and flameworking demonstrations.

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Katherine (Kate) Lawless is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she studied journalism and history and discovered her passion for magazine writing after she joined Moda, UW’s fashion and lifestyle magazine, in her sophomore year. Three years later, she became Moda’s deputy editor and started an editorial internship with BRAVA, Madison’s women’s magazine. After completing the post-graduate Columbia Publishing Course, Kate is excited to grow as a writer and contribute to Greenspring's publications as an editorial intern.