Big Band Saxaphone - Mankato, MN

It’s already time for another Weekend Spin!

Time is flying by and my growing pregnant belly is evidence of that! Since I started writing the Weekend Spin, almost exactly a year ago, it has occurred to me that Mankato has a serious amount of eclectic creativity pumping through its veins.

On one night alone this weekend you could see a local original play, dance like it’s 1940, and then totally switch gears to some hip hop. Of course, this doesn’t come close to covering everything that this weekend in Mankato has to offer but here are some details to get you started.

From An Original Play!

Louis Jablowski, one of the teachers from my lesson studio Kato Music Lessons, is putting on an original play called Die Trying! at Vagabond Village.

The description from Facebook reads, “Die Trying! is a lively murder mystery/comedy which takes place in the sleepy community of Eden, Minnesota on the evening of New Year’s 1975. The story follows the incompetent and zany crew of the The Oddity of Commodity Curiosity Shop which reconvened for a New Year’s ball that goes awry. As the mysteries begin to unravel, the crew learns more about themselves and even more about the true meaning of love.”

I’m heading to the Friday night show, which is at 8 pm. Die Trying! Is also showing Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day-of-show.

And a Big Band Sound

Sounds like a fun date night if your partner is down with dressing up a bit and dancing like it’s 1940

Head over to the Kato Ballroom Friday night to show off some dance moves at their Big Band Dance Night with Southern Minnesota’s Real Big Band. They’ll be playing, you guessed it, big band music from the 1940s. I am intrigued. If I weren’t so pregnant it would be such a blast to put some dancing shoes on and do a one-evening time warp. Sounds like a fun date night if your partner is down with dressing up a bit and dancing like it’s 1940, I do declare! I’m not sure if that phrase was used in 1940 or not but it seemed fitting.

All the Way to Some Hip Hop!

FuzzTalk Radio presents Red Rocks Monthly Hip Hop Showcase is this Friday from 7-10 pm at Red Rocks. There is something about a hip hop beat that is automatically satisfying.

The Makerspace Too

There’s a great opportunity to check out what’s happening at Mankato Makerspace Sunday. Mankato Makers Market will be open to the public from noon to 5 pm. Yes, that’s right, the market will be your source for local fine art, home decor, coffee, and produce. This reminds me of a venue I visited in St. Paul called Keg and Case. A shared space with vendors inside, offering their unique and local products for purchase. What’s nice about this is having a conversation with the person who made the product or at least knows a lot about it.

And If You’re Leaving Town

For anyone venturing north, Art-a-Whirl in NE Minneapolis is on this weekend.

To Keep on Your Radar

May 23rd is F$ckIt Round 2, a new event series hosted by and at Mogwai Collaborative.

A little further out, Festival Solstice is coming up on June 21-22nd so mark your calendars!

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