Weekend Arts Roundup: Spokes, Smiles and Submarines

The Matchmaker cast
Lindsay Marcy, Dan Hopman, Karen Wiese-Thompson, Alan Sorenson, and Christian Bardin in Girl Friday Productions presentation of 'The Matchmaker' by Thornton Wilder. (Richard Fleischman)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about a bicycle-centric event and two lively plays happening in the Twin Cities area.

Third Thursday: Bike Night — Tonight is the annual Bike Night at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This is the one where they celebrate cycling, and because it's the 100th birthday, they'll be featuring bikes inspired by art. There will also be free bike checks, a performance by Rank Strangers a photo booth and bike-night bingo — essentially, all kinds of activities to celebrate cycling in Minnesota. Third Thursday: Bike Night happens tonight (Thursday, July 16) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The Matchmaker — This play by Thornton Wilder is not as heavy as his Our Town; it's more romantic and fun, and the message is about having adventure in life. The play centers on matchmaker Dolly Levi — the musical Hello, Dolly! is based on this character — but the play looks at the characters in more depth. Presented by Girl Friday Productions and directed by Craig Johnson, The Matchmaker is at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, and it runs until July 26.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — This is an immersive theater experience inspired by Jules Verne and video games. "It's like you're in a submarine and you're trying to catch Captain Nemo," Marianne explains. "You end up being completely engaged in a way that you don't when you're in a seat in a theater audience." This very mobile and active show is recommended for ages four and up; the show works like a video game, but as if you're in the video game. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where it runs until Aug. 23.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read all the latest arts news from MPR News.

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