5 things to do this weekend

Published 9:31 am Thursday, January 19, 2017

1. “Romeo et Juliette”

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City will present “Romeo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod in a live transmission Saturday to Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

The opera will begin at 11:55 a.m.

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Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as the tragic lovers in Shakespeare’s tragedy, whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets.

The story of Romeo and Juliette continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. The opera is in five acts and is known for the love duets between the main characters.

The production is directed by Bartlett Sher and was first seen in co-production in 2008.

The opera runs about three hours with an intermission. It is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Prior to the opera, “Meet the Met” will begin in the theater at 11:30 a.m. This provides facts about the opera and the star singers.

2. “Portals” art exhibit

“Freeborn County Arts Initiative’s newest juried exhibit, “Portals,” will be open this weekend. It explores the transforming powers of windows and doors into other worlds.

The mixed-media group exhibition opened Tuesday and runs through Feb. 25. An artist reception will be Feb. 25.

The gallery will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

3. Geneva Cancer Auction

The 33rd annual Geneva Cancer Auction will continue all day Friday and Saturday at Geneva Bar & Grill.

Established in 1985, the Geneva Cancer Auction raises funds for cancer research in an effort to eradicate cancer.

4. The Albert Lea Art Center’s All-Member Show

The Albert Lea Art Center’s All-Member Art Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 226 W. Clark St.

At least 50 artworks from about 18 artists are on display.

The show continues through Feb. 15.

5. Fit for Kids event

Parents are invited to bring their children 5 and younger to the Fit for Kids event on Saturday at Northbridge Mall.

The event, set up as an outlet for children to use some of their energy, will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

There will be parachutes, an obstacle course, ball play and yoga adventures.

People are asked to register ahead of time for the event through Albert Lea Community Ed. The event will also be held Jan. 28.