Best Bets: No shortage of theater

Published 10:07 am Friday, April 12, 2013

If there were ever a weekend to see a show, this would be it. Austin has no shortage of encores, and there are even some critters mixed in. Moo—ving on.

Classy cows

It’s no ordinary show, but it’s a staple in Austin. The Minnesota Junior Spring Classic livestock show will start with registration on Friday afternoon, which will continue on Saturday morning. Participants can experience a livestock showmanship bootcamp on Saturday and ready themselves for shows that begin 8 a.m. Sunday. The sixth annual event, as always, is held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW.

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Craving chorus

If the mooing of cows isn’t music to the ears, perhaps some choral ensembles will be. The Austinaires will hold a weekend concert at Austin High School’s Christgau Hall, 301 Third St. NW, at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and $1 more at the door. The performance will also be given at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Be wary of witches

Matchbox Children’s Theatre is set to go again with another spin on a classic tale. The theater group will perform “Rapunzel and the Witch,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 1245 Fourth Ave. NE. The show will also open 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children.

Pacelli performers

OK, by this time it may be a little hard to decide which event to watch, but here is another, just in case. Pacelli High School, 511 Fourth Ave. NW, is hosting its own play, “Fools.” The presentation will be both 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7.

Other events

For those who want more performing arts, check out a young artists concert at Austin High School on Sunday. Or support the arts by attending the Austin Symphony Orchestra fundraiser at the Hormel Historic Home on Sunday. Tickets are $40.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the homepage.