Your Weekend Outlook: A complete mystery


Steve Hendrickson in the role of Sherlock Holmes at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? It's elementary, my dear Watson! Read on for clues...

Park Square Theatre in St. Paul presents "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily." Watson pines for Lillie Langtry, Holmes chases the infernal Moriarty, and Oscar Wilde gets some of his best lines. Written by Katie Forgette, the show is billed as a delightful escapade that includes seduction and secrets, lies and lilies, mistresses and mayhem. On stage through July 3.

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It's a bit of a coup for an artist to be in two shows concurrently, but photographer Osama Esid has managed to pull it off. Esid is part of a group show (featured last week) at Franklin Art Works, and starting this weekend is the subject of a solo show at Gallery 13.

Amidst the haunted halls of The Soap Factory (once a storage space for rail freight), artists contemplate the echoes of their own artwork over time in "What Remains." Up through July 25.

Looking for a good laugh to counteract the effects of the week's news? How about an evening of sketch comedy? The aptly named Recovery Party presents Department of Redundancy Department. Again. At Bryant Lake Bowl.

One of my favorite old-time films is "Auntie Mame" starring Rosalind Russell as the eccentric aunt who takes in her adoring nephew and teaches him how to live life to the fullest. The story was also turned into a musical, "Mame," which starred Angela Lansbury in 1966. Minneapolis Musical Theatre decided to remount the musical, but thought Mame needed an update to make her suitably outrageous by today's standards. The answer? MMT co-founder Kevin Hansen takes on the part of the great diva. Performances run June 11 - 27 at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.

And why not spend a lazy Saturday morning watching cartoons? Classical Minnesota Public Radio kicks off the summer with the Magical Classical Cartoon Morning - a vaudeville inspired movie party projecting the funniest cartoons and other performances with classical accompaniment. The fun runs from 10am - 1pm at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.

So tell me, now that I've revealed my hand, what good fun have you detected on the horizon?