Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 24-27

This weekend in MN: Franconia Sculpture Park expands, MeTooMPLS raises women’s voices, opera comes to CHS Field, and more
Sculptor Melanie VanHouten’s gravity defying barn sculpture, “Reclamation,” is at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer.

Photo by Liv Martin

Hear Them Sing

What: MeTooMPLS
When: Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Hook and Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

A group of 17 Minnesota songwriters—including Chastity Brown, Lydia
Liza, and Tina Schlieske—have a new project to center and raise women’s voices. The release show will be streamed live from the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. –Liv Martin

Belting in the Baseball Field

What: Opera in the Outfield
When: Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 26,
Where: CHS Field, 260 N. Broadway St., St. Paul

A rare chance to experience the Minnesota Opera outdoors, this event is at the St. Paul Saints’ home, CHS Field in St. paul. Selections from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and more will complete the evening, also available to stream for a limited time. –LM

Sculpture Park Upgrade

What: Franconia Commons Grand Opening
Saturday, Sept. 26, 3 p.m.
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail N., Shafer

On September 26, Franconia Sculpture Park, near Taylors Falls, opens its long-awaited Franconia Commons. The new space includes a gallery, café, gift shop, and flexible space for events and educational programs. The two-building complex is made up of new construction as well as an old farmhouse donated by long-time supporters the Cowles family. “In the nicest way, I call it the Winchester Mystery House,” says Ginger Shulick Porcella, Franconia’s executive director and chief curator. “In terms of aesthetics, it’s sort of like a park-visitor-center-meets-rural-farmhouse, but with a contemporary twist.” The new complex also has an outdoor space created by current Franconia fellow Tom Bierlein, a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Read more. –Sheila Regan

Selby Avenue, Assemble (Safely)

What: Selby Stroll
Saturday, Sept. 26,10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Selby Avenue, St. Paul

Lining Selby Avenue in St. Paul (from Fairview to Saratgoa), live musicians, patio and outdoor dining experiences, and sidewalk sales will keep the Selby Stroll festival alive into its fifth year, celebrating neighborhoods in the area. The outdoor event is free to attend.


What: Northrop Pipe Organ Music Series: Katelyn Emerson
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

Acclaimed emergent organist Katelyn Emerson performs her Sine Nomine program on Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in Minneapolis. –LM

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