Weekend Best Bets: Aug. 30-Sept. 2

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Taylor Swift, Alice Cooper, the Wizard of Oz, strange art, and more

Thursday, August 30

A Rock Psycho-Drama

What: A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Theater, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
If you’re like us, you’re planning to treat Taylor Swift’s U.S. Bank Stadium show on Saturday as a chaser to Alice Cooper’s “paranormal evening” at the Ordway on Thursday. Cooper’s garishly theatrical take on hard-edged shock-rock fills the stage with guillotines, boa constrictors, electric chairs, and fake blood. Learn more.

Friday, August 31

Somewhere Over Lake Harriet

What: VocalEssence Presents: The Wizard of Ox Movie Sing-along
When: 7:30-11 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Band Shell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis
Choral music nonprofit VocalEssence kicks off its 50th season with a family event: a sing-along to The Wizard of Oz at the Lake Harriet bandshell. This bittersweet way to say good-bye to summer 2018 includes a pre-movie show, too. Songs from Broadway, folk, pop, and other movies start at 7:30 p.m. Once the sun goes down, settle in with some popcorn for the classic film, and enter the costume contest. Learn more.

Friday, August 31

Nature Reimagined

What: Form and Influence
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington
A dreamlike landscape of paintings and sculptures turns the Inez Greenberg Gallery into an extraterrestrial fantasia, inspired by the idea of “ephemera” combined with memories of hiking in forests, on mountains, and through gardens. St. Paul artists Tesera Cox and Alexander Tylevich install statues resembling an alien populace and paintings that reimagine natural environs in color-syncopated weirdness. Learn more.

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Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3

An Evening with Amy

What: Mina Moore Presents “Back to Black: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse”
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Mina Moore covers Amy Winehouse. “Back to Black isn’t just about unrequited love and messy break-ups and scandalous affairs,” Moore says. “It’s just as much about the morning after, when everybody’s gone and your makeup is still on from the night before, the bottles are empty, you’ve missed all your engagements and spent all your money.” Read more.

Saturday, September 1

A Swift Rise to the Top

What: Taylor Swift
When: 7 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
“Last summer I developed a love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift’s brand. I think most people did, though.” Read more.