Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 4-6

This weekend around the Twin Cities: ”Mean Girls,” Twin Cities Marathon, Haunted Basement, more
"Mean Girls" at Orpheum Theatre
“Mean Girls” at Orpheum Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

You Can’t Sit with Us

What: Mean Girls
When: October 1-13
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Just as sharp, pink, and traumatically reminiscent of the horrors of high school, this updated musical rendition of the 2004 Lindsay Lohan-Tina Fey film is “so fetch!”

Caught between Worlds

What: Pipeline
When: October 1-27
Where: Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul

True to Penumbra’s artistically diverse tradition, Pipeline explores the modern insecurities and dualities of race through the story of a mother’s love and a boy torn between school and the streets.


What: Team Coco House
When: October 3-5
Where: Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. First St., Minneapolis

It’s kind of a confusing concept. Team Coco is a group of comedians under late-night host Conan O’Brien. This weekend, 70 of them perform at once, in 10 cities, at comedy clubs that they “take over.” Minneapolis gets NYC comic Sam Morril. Conan describes it as being a lot like Ocean’s 11, except not at all.

Scene Change

What: Dizzyland
When: October 3
Where: Muse Event Center, 107 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis

St. Paul multi-disciplinary artist and rising star Dizzy Fae headlines at an event intended to showcase queer and POC talent. Other performers include Suzi Analogue and SHYBOI.

Bon Amis

What: Bon Iver
When: October 3
Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

The Eau Claire-based experimental folk musician pulls in a load of Minnesota’s best musicians for his fourth studio album, i,i. Singer-songwriter Feist (“1, 2, 3, 4”) opens.

Paper Politics

What: Sherin Guirguis: Here I Have Returned
When: October 3-March 1
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert St. N., St. Paul

For her new installation, Egypt-born, L.A.-based artist Sherin Guirguis has taken inspiration from an oft-overlooked historical figure: Doria Shafik, the Egyptian writer who led the country’s feminist movement in the mid-1940s. Shafik herself found inspiration in architecture, poetry, and crafts. So, Guirguis fills the two-story Rauenhorst Court with a sculpture of hand-cut works.

Art Takes a Village

What: Partners in Action: A Community Exhibition
When: October 3-27
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert St. N., St. Paul

For months, local artists Witt Siasoco (at Createch, a program through St. Paul Public Libraries), Nicole M. Smith and Larry Waddell (at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center), and Hlee Lee-Kron (with Hmong Museum at Hmong Elders Center) taught St. Paul residents to express themselves creatively. Now, “the M” showcases the results, in partnership with four St. Paul community organizations.

Stellar Cellar

What: Haunted Basement
When: 10/3-11/2
Where: Rosedale Mall (in the old Herberger’s space), 1595 Minnesota Hwy 36, Roseville

The interactive and psychological horrors of the Haunted Basement return, but now to the Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville, for a 13th (yikes!) year.

Get German with It

What: Oktoberfest
When: 10/4-5, 11-12
Where: Downtown New Ulm

Celebrate German culture in New Ulm’s historic downtown with parades, live music, good food, and craft beer from Schell’s Brewery.

Run of the Mill City

What: Twin Cities Marathon
When: 10/4-6
Where: Minneapolis to St. Paul

As the trees burst with color, it’s great to get out with friends and family and run a 5K, 10K, 10-mile, or full-blown marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul this weekend.

The Gaelynn Way

What: Gaelynn Lea
When: October 5
Where: The Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

A gifted singer and violinist, Gaelynn Lea brings together the spirit of northern Minnesota and the great beyond in her heartfelt, genre-defying material. This is a full-band show with special guests.

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