Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 27-29

This weekend around the Twin Cities: artists reflect on Vietnam at Mia, the Black Keys, Grilled Cheese Fest, more
“Mi Vida,” by Jesse Treviño, 1971-73, at Mia

Courtesy of Gabriel Quintero Velasquez

Keeper of the Keys

What: The Black Keys with Modest Mouse: Let’s Rock Tour
When: September 28
Where: Target Center, 600 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

Returning from a five-year hiatus, Grammy Award-winning rock band the Black Keys are back with fresh hits like “Lo/Hi” and “Eagle Birds.” Joining them on their 31-date comeback tour are Modest Mouse and Repeat Repeat.

Take Five

What: The Temptations
When: September 28
Where: Mystic Lake, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW, Prior Lake

Legendary R&B quintuplet the Temptations started in the 1960s with songs like “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Cloud Nine,” and other classics. Now, their music enlivens a new generation of fans with soul-stirring melodies and vocals.

Look Sharp

What: Grilled Cheese Festival
When: September 28
Where: The Commons Minneapolis, 425 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis

Put an end to the daily rind at a grilled cheese festival where you can sample and judge the gourmet creations of local chefs.

Get Crafty

What: Marydale Arts Festival
When: September 28
Where: Marydale Park, 542 Maryland Ave. W., St. Paul

Here’s a chance to bring out your artistic side and support local craftspeople. Participate in activities—like a bouncy house, birdhouse workshops, and pavement painting. Enjoy live music—by the Center for Irish Music, alt-country group Granger’s Moonshine, and others. Hang out in the beer garden by Tin Whiskers Brewery, peruse food trucks, and purchase some one-of-a-kind artwork.

Head in the Game

What: Mullet Party: Arcades & Craft Beer
When: September 28-29
Where: Inbound BrewCo, 701 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis

Relive your favorite childhood memories at Inbound BrewCo’s $5 all-you-can-play arcade party. Pick up a Hazy Shades IPA in the taproom then head to the back for 20 classic games, including Ms. Pac Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Elvis Stern Pinball, and Nascar Stern Racer.

2 Actors, 7 Dwarves

What: Snow White
When: September 29-December 8
Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Two fabulous, quick-paced actors portray all the characters in this quirky take on the Snow White fairy tale. It’s geared for kids, but all ages can enjoy.

Vietnam, Then and Now

What: Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American WarArtists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975
When: Opens September 29
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

This past spring, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., debuted Artists Respond, an exhibit of 100 works made during the Vietnam War by nearly 60 boundary-pushing U.S. artists. Alongside paintings, sculptures, installations, and other forms that grapple with the Nixon administration, war atrocities, and social upheaval, the Minneapolis Institute of Art presents a companion exhibit, Artists Reflect. Artists of the Southeast Asian diaspora (including two Minnesotans, Pao Houa Her and Teo Nguyen) unpack trauma, memory, and migration through photography, video, installation, and more. (Read about more fall arts.)

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