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Minnesota-made war film perfect for Memorial Day weekend

ALSO: Works Progress’ mobility exhibit; flour power; and an Orchestra Hall “funeral procession”; and Russian and French tales.

Weekend Best Bets from Minnesota Monthly
Friday, May 25

The Things They Carried

WHAT: “Memorial Day”
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Cinema, Minneapolis
WHEN: Various screenings

This well-made movie about two wars, fought by two generations of soldiers and recalled back home in Minnesota, was filmed a couple of years ago in southern Minnesota with the cooperation of the National Guard and is now making its debut. (It was named “Souvenirs” then.) Learn more here.

Friday, May 25

Step by Step

WHAT: “A Mile in Our Shoes”
WHERE: Shoebox Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m.

Works Progress hosts this hyper-local exhibit with broader implications of place and mobility: an exhibit of shoes paired with the stories of people who travel around the Lake Street neighborhood. During the reception, guests can take a mile-long walk around the area. Learn more here.

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Saturday, May 26

Flour Bombs

WHAT: “FLO(we){u}r”
WHERE: Soap Factory, Minneapolis
7 to 11 p.m.

The exhibit of artist-created ceramic “bombs” filled with flour, a nod to actual World War I training practices, closes with a reception and plaster mold sale. Learn more here, and read Andy Sturdevant’s The Stroll about it here.

Saturday, May 26

A Funeral Celebration

WHAT: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
8 p.m.

The last concert for some time at Orchestra Hall, this downriver showcase shutters the joint with two bands (PHJB and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by Irvin Mayfield) and a traditional New Orleans funeral procession — literally closing the doors. Learn more here.

Sunday, May 27

Women of the Woods

WHAT: “Vasa Lisa”
Minnesota Opera Center, Minneapolis
4 p.m.

It’s your last chance to see a terrific cast (Sally Wingert, Luverne Seifert, Jim Lichtscheidl, Tracey Maloney, Elise Langer) in the new play by Kira Obolensky. Based on Russian folk tales, it follows a young woman into the woods to confront a witch. Learn more here.

Sunday, May 27

The French Laugh Best

WHAT: “An Absolute Turkey”
Gremlin Theatre
4 p.m.

This classic French farce (the French called it “Le Dindon”) is something we haven’t seen much around here since the demise of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, bless its lunatic soul. Here, we get the usual array of eccentrics — the wry playboy, the pompous authoritarian, the cuckold husband — with an unusually deft cast. Pure fluff, well done. Learn more here.