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Pride Festival at Loring Park; Rembrandt (and not) at MIA

ALSO: ‘When a Man Loves a Diva’ at The Lab; Springsteen-laden ‘Anytown’ at the Guthrie; and more.

Weekend Best Bets from Minnesota Monthly
Friday, June 22

Out And About

WHAT: Twin Cities Pride Festival
WHERE: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Starts 5:30 p.m.

The 40th annual Pride festival kicks off with the Beer Dabbler, a new event combining local craft beer with gourmet food trucks. The annual parade begins as usual at 11 a.m. on Sunday with live music all weekend in Loring Park capped by the main act on Saturday: Kelly Rowland.

Friday, June 22

Money, Money

WHAT: Medium of Exchange: The Art of Cash
WHERE: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
Public reception 6 to 9 p.m.

That’s not Johnny Cash, that’s dollars, bucks, dinero. In an adventurous move for Banfill-Locke, it’s assembled work from numerous local provocateurs, including Pete Dreissen, Rob McBroom, and Beth Parkhill commenting on the pervasive, inevitable role of currency in our lives. Learn more at

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Saturday, June 23

The Boys Of Summer

WHAT: When a Man Loves a Diva
WHERE: The Lab Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

This reprise of the recent revue, again starring Ben Bakken, Julius Collins, and Dane Stauffer, expands on the winning formula—men singing women’s songs about love—with a bigger band, new song list, and a fresh script. Learn more at

Saturday, June 23

Bruce Is Back

WHAT: Anytown
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 and 4 p.m.

Shapiro and Smith Dance found a perfect musical backdrop for its gritty, energetic choreography in the music of Bruce Springsteen, his wife Patti Scialfa, and Soozie Tyrell. The story underlying it all is similarly Springsteenish: three families struggling with loss, desire, and simple survival. Learn more at

Sunday, June 24

Solid As Rock

WHAT: Holly Newsom Mass
WHERE: Mercy Seat, Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 p.m.

Mercy Seat, a uniquely artistic Lutheran church in northeast Minneapolis, has recruited some of the city’s highest-profile indie-rockers (Chris Koza, Ben Kyle, etc.) to compose new musical masses. And this month it’s Holly Newsom’s turn. The grunge-pop songwriter of Zoo Animal has created Resonance Mass, a sparsely elegant meditation on being, and leads the 5 p.m. service. Learn more at

Sunday, June 24

Rembrandt, And Not

WHAT: Rembrandt in America
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thirty paintings by Rembrandt, the most ever assembled in the United States, are displayed alongside another 20 or so that are still in question as to their authenticity. It’s a pleasure to try to see the differences, and, of course, a pleasure to see masterpieces up close and alongside lesser-known works. Learn more at