Your Weekend Outlook: Off the Ball

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Blues legend Taj Mahal will be playing Saturday at the Minnesota Zoo. (AP file photo)

Understandably, there are going to be millions of eyes glued to television screens this weekend for the World Cup final between The Netherlands and Spain. Inevitably, about half of them are going to be sorely disappointed and wish they’d done something better with their free time. Looking for better odds? Read on…

If you’re at the Minnesota Zoo this weekend, you’ve got a choice between Greg Brown tonight, and Taj Mahal tomorrow night – both at the zoo amphitheater.

How far are you willing to go for good theater? How about to a cemetery? Theatre Pro Rata presents “Traveling Light,” the story of an imaginery encounter between Joe Orton and Brian Epstein just weeks before they both died. Performances run tonight through July 28 at the Layman’s Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Saturday, Al-Bahira Dance Theater presents Oyun Havalari, an evening of dance starring Artemis Mourat, international master Turkish and Rrom (“gypsy”) dance artist. The evening features a rich tapestry of ethnic and contemporary dance from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. At Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

Southern Theater presents “Solo,” world premieres performed by six of the Twin Cities’ finest dancers, all of them recipients of the McKnight Artist Fellowship. Performances run tonight through Sunday at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities Zinefest is back, with an art show, live music, craft demonstrations and more. Billing itself as a destination for “rebels” and “frustrated intellectuals” to connect, create and share ideas, Zinefest plays host to some of the Midwest’s best self-made talent. The event runs from 11am to 5pm Saturday at Stevens Square Center for the Arts.

Soo Visual Arts Center (also known as SooVAC) is opening up it’s new, expanded quarters on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis Saturday night, and to break it in, the gallery is hosting “Untitled 7” – the seventh year of SooVAC’s juried exhibition series. This year’s exhibition explores the “authenticity of experience” (check back later today for a more in-depth look at the new space and the new show).

On Sunday, soak in the sun and take in the sounds of Tapes ‘N Tapes, Eyedea & Abilities, Total Babe, Just Wulf, BubbleTeeth, and Wolf Mountain on the Walker Art Center’s rolling hillside as part of Open Exposure. This daylong festival of music brings high school musicians into the mix with established bands, rappers, and performers. Bring your best music mixes to trade in a mix tape exchange, create your own musical instruments in the art-making tent, and learn more about the professional arts community at the Young Artists Resource Fair.

Looking for family friendly fare? Steppingstone Theatre presents “Stinky Cheese Man,” a musical based on the children’s book, which features a twisted retelling of the Gingerbread Man.

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