Your weekend outlook: award-winning


Yes the Oscars are this Sunday, and yes, there are some great films and actors up for awards this weekend. But rather than watch other people walk down a red carpet, why not imagine yourself the star of your own drama? Take yourself out for a night on the town, see and be seen, and enjoy some quality entertainment right here in your own home town.

Theater Latte Da presents “Violet” at the Guthrie Theater. Featuring a score by the same woman who wrote the music for Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change,” “Violet” tells the story of a young white woman, emotionally and physically scarred, who sets out on a journey in the Deep South to find a cure.

The Minnesota Cuba Committee and Minnesota Film Arts present the Cuban Movie Festival, featuring winners from this year’s festival in Havana, Cuba. Screenings will take place at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis; the festival will present general audience discussions after each showing.

This weekend choirs from around the region are descending on Minneapolis for the North Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association. While you probably aren’t interested in attending such sessions as “Why can’t my choir sing in tune?” or “Successful Middle School Survival,” you might be interested in any one of the several concerts at Orchestra Hall in conjunction with the conference. Performances run tonight through Sunday.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra takes Bruch’s Violin Concerto on the road this weekend (along with works by Rossini, Mozart and Strauss) to Wayzata Community Church on Friday and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on Saturday.

Mixed Blood Theater presents “Somebody/Nobody,” in which Hollywood starlet Sheena seeks refuge from her celebrity lifestyle and Loli, an unemployed mechanic from Kansas, wouldn’t mind getting a little fame for herself. Performances run through March 14.

The Old Log Theater presents “The Dixie Swim Club,” a play about five Southern women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team. The story focuses on four weekend reunions over the course of thirty-three years. Remember, Old Log is a dinner theater, so you can show up early for a meal and drinks before the show.

Got any plans for your weekend? Let me know…

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