The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts turns a quiet cobblestone Main Street into a lively corridor with booths and displays from up to 250 artists in a juried show. The 10-year-strong riverfront art fest drew over 100,000 people to the fest last year.
But this colorful show isn't limited solely to visual works. There'll be plenty of sideshows: examine the Guthrie Theater's costumes, learn about the latest trends in doggie fashion, watch Segway demonstrations or cruise through "The Art of the Classic Car."
While you're touring the artwork and sampling refreshments from local eateries, trot with the Minnesota Tango Society, with music provided live from the MacPhail Center for Music (1128 LaSalle Ave.) and the Oregon Young Women's Choir. Participate in art demonstrations and kids' activities like the "budding artist" contest or Channel 45's "Extreme Art Challenge."
Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Main Street and Father, Hennepin Park, 219 Main St. Free. 378-1226.
'See How They Run'
A Russian revolutionary and an American Army sergeant make one obnoxious pair as they set out to disturb the peace of a sleepy English vicarage in the 1940s. "See How They Run" is the cocky title of a marathon of comic blunders that arise from inhibited infatuations, surprising acquaintances, fake clergymen and false identities. Add to the bubbling mix a cockney maid whose greatest fault might be an all-too-apparent penchant for American TV (a low sport even in 1945).
A formerly "dry" spinster is driven to drink for the first time when her critical eye witnesses half the cast posing as "men of the cloth." (I don't think this is what the vicar, Reverend Lionel Toop, means when he directs his congregation to "bear witness.") While the reverend's wife Penelope waits for her bishop uncle, another man appears, who also happens to be a past acquaintance -- ushering momentum in oohs and ahhs from the gossipy community. Intrigued?
Thru June 27, Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 and 7 p.m., (alternately), Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. $20. 333-3010.