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Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Fair; last chance for ‘Vampire’

ALSO: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at the Jungle; LoLa Art Crawl; S. Carey and ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’; and more.

This weekend at the Fair: the Fabulous Thunderbirds
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Friday, August 24

Bon Iver’s Beat

WHAT: S. Carey and O Brother Where Art Thou?
WHERE: Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

Bon Iver’s drummer, who goes by S. Carey, isn’t so scary on his solo debut, All We Grow, a lusher if no less delicate affair than his mentor’s music. Paired with the Coen Bros’ most humane, music-driven movie. 

Friday, August 24

Worth the Wait

WHAT: Waiting for Godot
WHERE: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

With Nathan Keepers and Jim Lichtscheidl waxing metaphysical, this promises to be the funniest take on Godot in some time. In fact, the physical comedy underscores the theatrical potential in what remains a potent, groundbreaking examination of life’s dramatic scope. Learn more at

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Saturday, August 25

All’s Fair in Music

WHAT: Minnesota State Fair
WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul      
WHEN: 6 a.m. to midnight

The four best days for fans of (free) music at the fair are, not surprisingly, the weekends. This Saturday and Sunday you can catch the Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Bandshell Tonight!, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps at Heritage at Sundown, and Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys at Leinie’s Lodge. Learn more at

Saturday, August 25

You’re so Vein

WHAT: Vampire!
WHERE: U of M Centennial Showboat, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Even the dead must die, at least when it comes to Vampire! — tonight is your last chance to catch the popular melodrama aboard the showboat. Peter Moore directed the play; Vern Sutton directed the olios (song and dance interludes) that often steal the show. Learn more at

Sunday, August 26

Walking for Art

WHAT: LoLa Art Crawl
WHERE: Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LoLa may not have caught on as a neighborhood name, despite its merits. But this namesake art crawl has — perhaps the laziest, most casual crawl in town, despite the potential distance covered. You’ll probably start at an acquaintance’s house and mosey down the block, where someone might have a stationary bicycle rigged up to make milkshakes. It’s art for dog days. Learn more at

Sunday, August 26

Best Brunch Ever

WHAT: Andra Suchy/Andrew Pierzina
WHERE: Icehouse, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m.

Nick Africano had to cancel his acoustic Icehouse gig this evening. But his fans’ thirst for folk and blues need not go unquenched: Prairie Home Companion regular Andra Suchy and her musical/life partner Andrew Pierzina will play a free show guaranteed to make you linger over eggs and toast. Learn more at