The B List: Bizarre Finds in the Twin Cities
Le Cirque Rouge
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Minnesota Roller Girls
The annual ArtCar Parade proves that people shouldn’t be judged by the cars they drive; they should be judged by how they decorate the cars they drive. Crazier is better, because crazy gets way more mileage than dull.
The Olivetto, Pip Hanson’s sour-strange cocktail, contains egg white and full-bodied extra-virgin olive oil to create a lush, smooth, ripe drink that is peerless in the city. Marvel Bar 50 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-206-3929
LE CIRQUE ROUGE
An entertaining mix of good fun and bad taste, Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show re-creates the nostalgic naughtiness of a 1920s speakeasy. Call it strip polka. As the liquor flows and the clothes come off (almost), the show bounces between risqué and raunchy, with only a few tassles and some strategically designed undergarments separating the two.
MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL
They don’t call it the “fringe” for nothing. Every year in August, thousands of Twin Citians flock to this 11-day exhibition of theatrical high jinks to see how strange—and entertaining—plays can get when budgets are as low as the temperatures are high. fringefestival.org
Muscled women in tight clothes, on roller skates, bashing into each other to pulse-pounding rock music while men in dresses cheer them on. What’s not to love? Bouts happen at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. 612-296-4743, mnrollergirls.com