The 48 Hours Project: Museums, galleries, performance venues

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Editor's note: In response to Reuters' disastrous 48-hour travel itinerary, we decided to come up with our own suggestions for folks new to the Twin Cities. The following is the second post in an ongoing series exploring the great things about Minneapolis and St. Paul, with each installment offering a different approach to enjoying our fair cities. This suggested schedule focuses on some of the great theater and arts in the Twin Cities. Come take a look.

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4 p.m. For the start of your trip, head to South Minneapolis, a diverse, understated area that has lots of off-beat local businesses that give you a flavor of what Minneapolis is all about. SooLocal, a pop-up shop operated by local gallery Soo Visual Arts (SooVAC), is a highly recommended visit. The space's rotating programming always offers something new to discover. Since opening in late 2012, the shop has hosted gallery shows highlighting local artists, writers, music, performance artists, and more. You'll also want to stop next door at B-Squad Vintage, which stocks tons of vintage wear you can't find anywhere else.

5 p.m. Afterwards, you may want to travel across the street to El Paraiso, a dive bar/authentic Mexican restaurant that serves killer margaritas. Next, walk a bit further south to Blackbird, a quaint little restaurant on 38th and Nicollet that serves up a variety of foods from different global cuisines. Blackbird's cozy and cheery at the same time, and their wait staff are terrific.

7 p.m. If you travel down 35th street a bit further south you'll reach Chicago Avenue, which has been exploding in the last year with all kinds of interactive arts programming thanks to the Pillsbury House + Theatre's Arts on Chicago project. As you walk down Chicago toward 38th, you'll experience an outdoor gallery of Wing Young Huie's powerful photographs, located in shop windows along the avenue. You can also stop in Wing Young Huie's gallery, the Third Place Gallery, and, if they're open that evening, play a bit of ping pong. 

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Jojama Jones at Pillsbury House + Theatre

8 p.m. For your evening entertainment, consider seeing a show at Pillsbury House +Theatre, which produces some of the most provocative, engaging theater in Minneapolis. Productions here include wonderful performances by some of Minnesota's best actors, who present pieces from top-notch contemporary playwrights challenging audiences with different social issues.

11 p.m. For a night cap, make your way over to Uptown. Here, you can take a stroll by Lake Calhoun, which has a pleasant dock to hang out by the water. Finish your evening off at Barbette, where the wait staff is charming, the wine is tasty (and reasonably priced), and the steak fries are to die for.

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