Comedy Suitcase is putting a distinctly Minnesotan spin on today’s favorite superheroes with “The Averagers.” According to the local theatrical company, the team, led by middle-aged gym teacher turned not-so-super solder Captain Average, consists of trust-fund kid turned inventor Iron Range Man, brilliant scientist turned bottled rage monster Passive-Aggressive Bulk, overworked mother turned super spy Black Wood Tick and God of Lumber turned idiot man-child Paul Bunyan. The family-friendly show brings the big screen to the Bryant Lake Bowl’s stage.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
When: March 3 through March 19
Cost: $12-15, $6 for kids 12 and under
The Fear of Islam
Todd Green, author of “The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West,” will be interviewed about his new book at the Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the University of St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus. Hans Gustafson, associated director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is hosting the event, which is sponsored by the center. In his book, Green, associate professor of religion at Luther College, explores the historical roots and contemporary forms of anxiety regarding Islam within the Western world.
Where: Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
The Minneapolis skyway will yet again become a miniature golf course unlike any downtown workers and residents have seen before. The 2016 Skyway Open, presented by the Downtown Council, features a challenging and innovate mini golf course with holes designed and built by local architects and designers. The transformation of downtown’s skyways will bring in teams of mini golfers to take on the course’s 17 holes — 10 new and seven classic — for one whole weekend. Golfers can register online or on-site at the City Center’s first floor. Golfers will also get free admission to the 19th Hole Celebration on Friday, Feb. 26 at Union’s REV Ultra Lounge.
Where: Minneapolis City Center, 40. S. 7th St.
When: Feb. 26-28
Cost: $5.45-$36.35 per person, ticket packages available
WARM Guerrillas: Feminist Visions
The Guerilla Girls are taking over the city with art events all over Minneapolis to celebrate their 30th anniversary. One such event, the “WARM Guerillas: Feminists Visions” exhibition at the Grain Belt Bottling House, features work from artists who introduced feminist art to the Twin Cities art scene with the founding of WARM, the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota. Totaling 75 pieces of art, the multi-generational show addresses sexism and racism in a variety of mediums. The exhibition opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 12 with a “Hot Flash!” event on March 4 with the artists and refreshments from Dangerous Man Brewing and Sociable Cider Werks.
Where: Grain Belt Bottling House Gallery, 79 13th Ave. NE
When: Friday, March 4 from 7-10 p.m.
The Working Dead
The comedians of the Brave New Workshop once again bring their knack for satire with “The Working Dead,” a workplace comedy at heart — “with some zombie thrown in for good measure,” the company promises. The show marks the cast debut of Nissa Nordland and Kory Pullam alongside veteran BNW cast members Lauren Anderson, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed and Taj Ruler. With a Brave New Workshop twist, the show hits home for anyone who has been, or will be, a working stiff.
Where: Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave.
When: Feb. 13 through June 11
Art(ists) on the Verge
The Soap Factory and Northern Lights presents Art(ists) on the Verge 7, which features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. Art(ists) on the Verge is an intensive, yearlong, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology and digital culture. This year, the exhibition will showcase work from Eric Avery, Torre Edahl, Jessica Henderson, Joshua McGarvey and Liza Sylvestre. Art(ists) on the Verge 7 will have an opening reception on March 12 from 7-11 p.m. The Soap Factory’s gallery hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 12-5 p.m. on weekends.
Where: The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE
When: March 12 through April 17
The Wong Street Journal
Described as “part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza and part travelogue,” “The Wong Street Journal” breaks down everything from global poverty and privilege using live hashtag wars and more. San Francisco-based performance artist, comedian and writer Kristina Wong puts on the one-woman show, which will get its Twin Cities premiere at Intermedia Arts. The performance blends self-skewering personal narrative with an interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world against an all-felt, handmade backdrop of the New York Stock Exchange. “The Wong Street Journal “tells the true story of how Wong, as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda.
Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
When: March 11-12 at 7:30 p.m.
Twin Cities Auto Show
This year, the Twin Cities Auto Show will be your once chance to see more than 525 vehicles from 37 foreign and domestic brands all in one place. The annual car convention, perfect for both auto enthusiasts and those in the market for a new ride, features new models in every category, from compacts and family sedans to the latest in SUVs and luxury cars. This year’s show will have family-friendly entertainment with Camp Jeep with a rock climbing tower and Jeep Kids Course. The convention will also have appearances from Minnesota Wild players, iHeart Radio personalities and more.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.
When: March 12 through March 20
Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for kids 11-15, children under 10 are free