Weekend Greatest Bets: Oct. 15-18



Growth you can see

What: Not your garden variety show! (Live broadcast)
When: October 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Register online

Join Urban Roots’ annual fundraiser this week to support the nonprofit’s vibrant program. Urban Roots is located on the East Side of Saint Paul and works tirelessly to improve the health of the population, support the environment and empower young leaders in the twin cities. Urban Roots will team up with two-time James Beard Award-winning production company Perennial Plate to produce a variety show with writer and chef Samin Nosrat. Environmentalist, activist and farmer Winona LaDuke; Yia Vang, Twin Cities cook (with Mama Yang); Musician Lucy Michelle; and pollinator “Queen Bee” Erin Rupp. Find the live auction here – for checking out gifts, getaways, and deals while also contributing to Urban Roots’ mission to community development.


Rock ‘n’ Rock Online

What: Rock concert with the Dirty Nile: “Dancing 2 Thrash”
When: Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Where: On-line

This Thursday, October 15th, join Canadian rock band Dirty Nil for a virtual concert by 93X KXXR, live from Minneapolis. BrooklynVegan music blog has described Dirty Nil as “a band that is asking to be seen live,” but this has to be the next best as fans get the chance to watch the live, high-speed show from the comfort of their own home. The trio has received praise from Billboard, Stereogum, Pitchfork, and others. NOISEY called the group’s 2018 album, Master Volume, “the album that rock and roll deserves”.

Readers choice

What: 2020 Virtual Twin Cities Book Festival
When: 15.-17. October, events from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (view schedule here)
Where: Visit TCBF online at twincitiesbookfestival.com

This year the twentieth Twin Cities Book Festival will be virtual. The online festival consists of more than three dozen authors who present books for all ages, as well as over eighty exhibitors. (Ordinarily, the event would draw readers to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.)


What: Bug girl
When: October 15 to 24, 7 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis.

To update: Bug Girl is unfortunately sold out. Keep an eye out for ticket cancellations on openeyetheatre.org

Bug Girl is the story of a young girl who grows wings and shrinks after swallowing a strange insect. After her transformation, she is driven to consume the thoughts of others. Bug Girl travels between worlds looking for a way to control her new powers. The show will take place on the spacious green roof of the Bakken Museum and viewers will have to wear masks. City Pages praised Bug Girl, saying, “Creator Liz Howls and her hardworking team achieve incredible effects when they play with the scaling on adjacent panels.” This show, which is inspired by graphic novels, pulp comics, and B-horror films, is sure to be a great one. Bug Girl will also feature live music before the show.

Actor Duane Jones, the star of a Trylon Cinema double featureActor Duane Jones, the star of a Trylon Cinema double feature


Twice the shock

What: Celebration of Duane Jones: Night of the Living Dead and Ganja & Hess
When: 16.-18. October (show show times here)
Where: Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St., Minneapolis

This weekend, Trylon is hosting a film festival to celebrate the work of Duane Jones, who shaped horror film history with his role in the 1968 Night of the Living Dead as Ben, the film’s hero. The film – a mix of Cold War creatures and civil rights-era social commentary – has been restored from the original negative. The second film will be the rarely shown Ganja & Hess (1972). After the archaeologist Hess Green (Jones) was stabbed with an old knife, he longs for blood. The critically-acclaimed art-house film failed to make its box office, and some say that’s because it refused to please white audiences.

Socially conscious shopping spree

What: Midtown Global Market black flea market
When: 16.-17. October, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Following the success of the Black State Fair in August, producer Destinee Shelby and her team at Baked Brand, LLC are excited to present a Black Flea Market at the Midtown Global Market. Vendors are being organized all over the market and will be attended by more than a dozen black business owners. Admission is free and you can expect everything from barbecues and tasty treats to beauty and wellness products, clothing, candles and other decorative items. Many local businesses are struggling with the pandemic and civil unrest, particularly on Lake Street. This is a great opportunity to show your support. Guests over 3 years of age must wear masks and use hand sanitizer in the market.

Companies confirmed to participate include Baked Brand, Bratty Hair Creations, Buns and Guns, Chuarts, CrownTheWriter, D’Luxuries and Co., D Mo’s Place, E & G Styles Boutique, Herbs and Beauty, Diversity Hunt, Kid Editionz, Mari & Fo’s Hotspot, Notetorius, Prosperity Rose, LLC, Alluring Lashes, Strawberries and Things, Skin Care, the Home Grown Company, the Laboratory Skin Company, Mind Healing, Mi and Zen Zone wigs.

“Cord” at the Children’s Theater Company


Cozy classic

What: Digital production by Cord from the Children’s Theater Company
When: 90 minutes running time until October 25th
Where: On-line

Enjoy the Children’s Theater Company’s stage production, based on the classic children’s books Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, in the comfort of your home. The show was adapted by playwright Barry Kornhauser and directed by CTC’s Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. It shows a touching and nostalgic story of Cord, the bear, who searches for his beloved missing button in his department store. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to convince her mother to bring Cord home while the night watchmen look for the bear that is bringing him back to his shelf.

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