Arts MN: Saints & Sinners, a Victorian Carnival, and Making Your Own Beer Stein

Whether the current streak of summer-like weather has awakened your long-dormant night owl, or if it simply has you feeling at peace once again, this week’s edition of Arts MN presents a spectrum of events that are sure to fit any disposition. For those of you wishing to embrace your wild side, we’ve highlighted both an authentic Victorian carnival performance and an involved beer tasting. Looking for something a bit more innocent? Consider our featured family-friendly dance performance or an evening devoted to the totally harmless, but fascinating, art of basket weaving.

OutLoud! presents Saints and Sinners

The Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, MN

May 30–May 31 // 8:00pm


Fitting for this week’s theme, and according to the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus’ website, the upcoming OutLoud! production of Saints and Sinners will “sway you into guilty musical pleasures…You won’t want to miss the good boys of OutLoud! misbehavin’. You’ll have a devilishly good time.” Come support the TCGMC through an evening of amazing musical talent, humor, and spectacle. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or by calling the Ritz Theater box office, and are $29 for general admission.

Beer bonus: Lucky for those of you who attend the show, The Ritz Theater is located smack dab in the middle of the Northeast Minneapolis brew disctrict. There are myriad excellent establishments to choose from, but make sure to peer in the soon-to-be-opened Bauhaus Brew Labs located near 612 Brewery.

L’Huere de Minuit

The Lab Theater, 700 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN

May 29­–June 1 // 7:00pm evening performances, 2:00pm Sunday matinée

L'Heure de Minuit

Although a theatrical, interactive Victorian Carnival performance may sound intruiging, several of you are also probably wondering, what the heck does it entail? For the most part, it’s exactly what you’d expect from any event featuring ‘carnival’ in the title: music, costumes, side-show acts, carnival games and prizes, albeit minus the cotton candy and elephant ear food stalls. However, the evening will also include surprising “twists” on the traditional carnival atmosphere, courtesy of both M-SHE and Rowby Productions. Finally, know that the best costume at each performance (yes, the audience is encouraged, if not required, to dress up) receives a prize, so make sure to spend some time this week researching “Victorian Carnival”  images. Tickets can be purchased online and are $30 for general admission, or $25 for seniors and children under 12.

Beer bonus: Not only is the Fulton taproom located minutes away from The Lab, it also has ideal hours for a post-show drink. In addition, if you’re someone who frequents Minneapolis’ North Loop, know that your beer options are soon going to expand: a third Red Cow location is officially set to open in the Warehouse District next February.

Northern Clay Center’s Beer Stein Workshop

Northern Clay Center and Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

May 30 (and June 13) // 7:00–9:00pm each Friday


Choosing the perfect beer-related vessels, either for yourself or to give as gifts, can be quite difficult. Thus, why not make your own at Northern Clay Center’s upcoming beer stein workshop and ensure your new drinkware’s status as a conversation piece? The workshop is a mere $25 per participant, no previous class experience needed, and will feature one session (led by longtime NCC instructor David Swenson) dedicated to handbuilding the bier stein, as well as a second tasting session hosted by Dangerous Man Brewing. Lastly, you may want to hurry and complete the online registration. While there is a waitlist for all NCC classes, this one seems to be filling up fast. Must be 21+ to enroll.

Beer bonus: If you haven’t already grasped that this event perfectly marries the art of ceramics with beer, hopefully this sentence has helped to reiterate the notion.

Out On a Limb Dance Company & School’s Annual Student Showcase

Roseville Area Middle School, 15 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN

May 28–May 29 // 7:00pm


Because art should be enjoyed by individuals of all ages, and because we realize that many of our devoted readers have little ones of their own, we wanted to highlight Out On a Limb Dance Company & School’s annual student showcase. The performances will take place this Wednesday and Thursday evening at the Roseville Area Middle School auditorium and will present pieces—original student and teacher choreographies featuring children ages 3–17—that are perfect for the entire family. As an added treat for any budding, school-aged artists, students from OOAL’s Performing Arts Ensemble will also perform Sidewalk, an original and imaginative set of vignettes set to the poetry of Shel Silverstein. Tickets are $12 at the door and know that profits go toward supporting OOAL’s scholarship fund and community outreach efforts. For more information on such efforts, and to view OOAL’s mission, visit the company’s website.

Beer bonus: Two words: Grumpy’s Roseville. That’s right, the familiar, bar & grill has a family-friendly, suburban location.

Baskets on the Bias

Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN

Artist lecture May 29 // 7:00pm (Exhibition runs through June 24)


Perhaps the only thing more wholesome and innocent than a children’s dance recital is the art of basket weaving. Although, have you ever gotten a paper cut from basket reeds? They can be quite devilish. Regardless, this Thursday’s lecture with basket scholar and artist Jackie Abrams at the Textile Center is not to be missed. Fresh off her Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition, A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets, the event will feature both a discussion, as well as images from the more than 40 years Abrams has spent traveling and researching her art around the United States, Australia, and Africa. The cost to attend is $5 and while space is limited, know that registration is easy and can be completed online, or by calling the Textile Center at 612-436-0464.

Beer bonus: After the lecture, consider stopping by Turf Club for a brew and some live music. Although you should most likely be prepared for a small cover fee, know that the Turf Club’s ample tap selection and classic Minneapolis music club atmosphere makes it well worth it.


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