A weekend worth celebrating

This is one of those weekends that makes me wish I could replicate myself. There are simply too many great things going on! Here’s just a partial list; do yourself a favor and make an effort to see/participate in at least one of these many cultural offerings.

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May Day Parade

Photo: Heart of the Beast

Festivals:

Cinco de Mayo offers a full day of entertainment in West Saint Paul, including live music, contests and a lowrider car show.

The 38th annual MayDay Parade is this Sunday in Minneapolis. Featuring community built floats, Heart of the Beast puppets and lots of good fun, the parade and subsequent ceremony focus this year on the end of the world as we know it, and the transition to a better one.

Dance:

Zenon Dance Company presents its first of two weekends of performances, including premieres of new choreography by Wynn Fricke and Morgan Thorson. At the Cowles Center in Minneapolis.

Tonight Ballet of the Dolls presents a one-night-only performance at the Ordway Center in downtown Saint Paul. Faith: A Dance for Life, is a world premiere ballet work based on one man’s dream and/or reality in the time required to take a singular breath.

Theater

Penumbra Theater presents The Amen Corner, James Baldwin’s play about a woman’s spiritual crisis when reunited with her estranged husband. The show, which runs through June 17 at the Guthrie Theater, stars Greta Oglesby, who received rave reviews for her starring role in Caroline, or Change.

A young woman ventures into a dangerous woods to confront Baba Yaga the witch. Ten Thousand Things presents Vasa Lisa, a new play by local playwright Kira Obalensky based on Russian folk tales. Performances run four weekends – the first two at Open Book, the second two at the MN Opera Center.

So what are you doing this weekend?

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