Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 11-13

This weekend around the Twin Cities: a book festival, Zombie Pub Crawl, Lizzo, Baby and Beyond Expo, and more
Zombie Pub Crawl

Photo by Matt Mead

Arab in America

What: Zafira and the Resistance
When: October 11-27
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Minnesota playwright Kathryn Haddad’s captivating commentary on the realities of the Arab American identity looks critically at institutional racism, generational fears, and collective punishment of Arabs and Muslims.

Target Center Standup

What: Mike Epps
When: October 11
Where: Target Center, 600 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

In addition to many acting roles, Mike Epps has landed a 2006 comedy hour, Inappropriate Behavior, and the Netflix comedy special Mike Epps: Only One Mike. Also enjoy comedians Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, Lavell Crawford, and Tommy Davidson.

Good as Hell

What: Lizzo
When: October 11
Where: Armory, 500 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis

What more can be said of Lizzo’s supreme rise in 2019? On return to Minnesota, the pop star and actress plays her thrilling blend of hip-hop soul—captured on the excellent Cuz I Love You—to more and more people.

Between the Lines

What: Twin Cities Book Festival
When: Octboer 12
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

Join the crowds at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul to chat with dozens of authors and peruse hundreds of exhibitors at this event for all ages.

Dance of the Undead

What: Zombie Pub Crawl
When: October 12
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

Get your ghoulish make-up, fake blood, and best undead walk ready for a gathering of revelatory zombies and live music in downtown Minneapolis.

The Great Pumpkin

What: Stillwater Harvest Fest
When: October 12-13
Where: Downtown Stillwater

Go big or go home: Stillwater’s fall festival includes a pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkins dropping from cranes, and a giant-pumpkin regatta down the St. Croix River.

All about Baby

What: Baby and Beyond Expo
When: October 12-13
Where: The Saint Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights

Hosted by Greenspring Media (Minnesota Monthly‘s parent company), this convention covers all things parenthood: more than 60 exhibitors, a fashion runway, a book walk, plus seminars on your child’s education, different ways of giving birth, and more.

Hearing Stars

What: VocalEssence: Divine Light
When: October 13
Where: Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, 1524 Summit Ave., St. Paul

The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers are joined by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Ruggero Allifranchini on violin for a night of celestial chamber music, including György Ligeti’s 16-part “Lux Aeterna,” popularized by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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