Arts MN: Saved By the Bell’s Mr. Dewey makes unlikely sounds, Freud meets C.S. Lewis, and more

By Naomi Crocker

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Art(ists) on the Verge 5


The Soap Factory, 514 Second St SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

The Soap Factory, in collaboration with Northern, presents Art(ists) on the Verge 5, an exhibition of works by recipients of the Art(ists) On the Verge fellowship. Art(ists) On the Verge initiative is an intensive, year-long fellowship program co-directed by Steve Dietz and Piotr Szyhalski. Through it emerging artists—many of whom consider their art outside the traditional notions of distinct media or disciplines—develop their craft under the mentorship of established experimental artists. Past mentors have included Ta-Coumba Aiken, Christine Baeumler, Chris Larson, Abinadi Meza, Sarah Peters, and Diane Willow. Exhibition hours are Wednesday–Friday: 1pm–7pm and Sunday: 12pm–5pm. Admission is free to the public. Find out more about the event here.

Beer bonus: It’s less than a five minute drive from the Soap Factory to Dangerous Man Brewing Co.’s taproom. Taproom hours are Tuesday–Thursday: 4pm–10pm, Friday: 3pm–12am, and Saturday: 12pm–12am.

Freud’s Last Session


Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Despite the Guthrie Theater’s opening of Othello this past weekend, all attempts should be made to see their production of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session before its run ends on Sunday, March 16th. Performed on an minimalist set in the intimate context of the Level 9 Dowling Studio, this imagined conversation between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis will allow you to ponder the extremely human subject of science versus faith with two of the 20th century’s literary and philosophical giants. Tickets range from $29–$39, but as always, you can chance the public rush line (cash or check only!) for discounted tickets 15–30 minutes before every performance. Find more information at the Guthrie’s website.

Beer bonus: Continue the philosophical conversation afterwards on Level 1 by grabbing some nosh and brews at Sea Change Restaurant & Bar.

Unlikely Sounds at Tom Cassidy’s “Sounds Unlikely”

Patrick's Cabaret Sounds Unlikely

Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

If you are old (or young) enough to remember Saved By the Bell, chances are you also recall the show’s beloved character Mr. Dewey (played by veteran actor Patrick O’Brien). Amazingly, Patrick’s Cabaret will host Patrick O’Brien, along with several other extremely talented experimental music/avant-poetry/animation/Fluxus-type artists, this Friday for Tom Cassidy’s “Sounds Unlikely.” Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door. Cash or check only! For more information, visit Patrick Cabaret’s website.

Beer bonus: Patrick’s Cabaret is a mere jaunt from Harriet Brewing’s taproom, which coincidentally is hosting its two-year taproom anniversary from March 11–March 22. Bottom-line, your dream of one day discussing algebraic equations with Mr. Dewey is about to come true.

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day Early with Boiled in Lead


Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55454

Unfortunately, Saint Patrick’s Day falls this year on a Monday. However, the Cedar Cultural Center has happily planned ahead to deliver an evening of appropriately themed Irish revelry on Saturday, March 15. Veteran music group Boiled in Lead (yes, it’s their 31st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Concert) promises a full evening “of rockin’ and reelin’ music drawn from their extensive catalog.” Dancing is highly encouraged. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. For more information, visit the Cedar Cultural Center’s website.

Beer bonus: Republic Seven Corners is a mere five-minute walk from the Cedar Cultural Center and has both a pre- (4pm–6pm) and post-show (10pm–12am) happy hour. In addition, the CCC offers a solid selection of craft beers at the venue itself.

The American Swedish Institute presents Papercut!

ASI After Hours Cocktail Tours: Papercut!

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue Minneapolis MN 55407

Not only will the American Swedish Institute’s psaligraphy exhibit provide you with a new vocabulary word (psaligraphy literally translates to “the art of drawing or painting with scissors”), it is also a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with the fine craft of paper cutting. The artist featured at the exhibit is Danish-Norwegian psaligrapher Karen Bit Vejle who continues the Danish tradition of paper cutting, albeit with updated motifs and elements of modern humor. The most notable Danish psaligrapher? Storyteller, artist, and The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid author Hans Christian Andersen! Admission to the ASI is free for members, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for individuals with a valid student ID. Exhibit runs through May 25. Find out more here.

Beer bonus: The American Swedish Institute’s affiliated restaurant, FIKA, boasts some of the best food in the Twin Cities and offers a satisfying array of craft beers.  

Leaves of Grass


The Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

Feel like spring can’t come soon enough? If so, know that The Grand Hand Gallery’s new exhibit, Leaves of Grass, creates a verdant environment in which to take refuge while waiting for winter to subside. The show, which runs through the end of March, features the work of Minneapolis painter Jill Van Sickle and St. Louis Park potter Sandra Shaughnessy. Known for their mastery of both color and texture, Van Sickle and Shaughnessy have selected pieces that allow one not just to “think spring”, but to virtually experience it as well. And if that wasn’t enough to get you in the door, know that proceeds from select paintings by Van Sickle (a longtime pet foster parent) will be donated to Secondhand Hounds in order to fund the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of at-risk animals. Exhibit admission is free. For more information, visit the Grand Hand’s website.

Beer bonus: The Happy Gnome and The Muddy Pig, both known for their myriad of taps, are located just up the street.


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