Black Friday beer, Mu's Asian Xmas: A-List 11.22-28

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Beau Brandner

This week in great stuff to do we have a cider birthday party, a crazy documentary set in a parking lot, and Holidazzle. Come take a look.

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'Heavy Metal Parking Lot'

WEDNESDAY 11.22

Heavy Metal Parking Lot
Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

Pre-gaming isn’t just football tailgating. As most concert-goers know, there’s a lot of epic shit that happens in the parking lot outside of major arenas. In 1986, filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn arrived at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, for a Judas Priest concert. Armed with a camera, they chatted with super fans, casual concert goers, and people on acid. The result, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, is simply awesome. This Wednesday, Muddy Waters in Lyn-Lake will screen the documentary short (it’s super-short—about 17 minutes long) as part of the Sound Unseen music film fest. These days, the piece is a beloved cult classic and time capsule of the way we were. See the big mall hair, the tiger-print Spandex bodysuits, and the confused—but happy—people on drugs. Come in your ’80s best; there will be a contest for the best costume/hair this evening, with the winner taking home a Zubaz outfit. 9 p.m. Free. 2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-872-2232. —Jessica Armbruster

Tommy Ryman
Acme Comedy Co.

If you’re looking for gift ideas this holiday season, Tommy Ryman has one. His new CD, Having the Time of My Life, is out this month. “I recorded it last year,” he says, “so in my new headlining set, I might do some old stuff, but I’ll want the majority of it to be newer stuff.” He reports that he’s been working on goofier bits about technology, while still looking to his family for inspiration. “My father watched a documentary about people who live in their cars,” he notes. “He said he’s thinking about doing that because he doesn’t like stuff. I told him, ‘That’s a pretty drastic decision. If you don’t like stuff, there are places that will take it away. You can donate it.’” He also wondered how the news would go down with his mother. “You like this four-bedroom, two-bathroom house? How about a no-bed, no-bath, but with way more doors?” 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393.Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson

Jodie Maruska, Jason Schommer
The Joke Joint Comedy Club

“I’ve been performing standup for over 20 years,” says comedian Jodie Maruska, who will co-headline with Jason Schommer at the Joke Joint. “I started way back when comics were still rock stars.” She got into improv first, but after attending an open mic, she decided to have a go at standup. “I absolutely fell in love,” she recalls, “and I killed. The next time I bombed, of course.” She eventually wound up doing it full-time for many years. “I had an agent, worked the road, and did a lot of events. I had a really great gay male following, so I did a lot of gay pride events and things like that and had such a good time.” Lately she’s been performing more, and plans to submit to several comedy festivals around the country in 2018. “I’m blessed that 20-some years later I can still go out and make people laugh. I try to get up onstage every week. I’m aware I don’t do it as much as I should, but I love it. I’m not right if I don’t get onstage at some point during the week.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $14-$23. 801 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale; 651-330-9078. Through Saturday—P.F. Wilson

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FRIDAY 11.24

Four-Year Anniversary Party
Sociable Cider Werks

Sociable Cider Werks will celebrate their fourth anniversary on Friday, but the big number to remember is 12. That’s how many new ciders will be unleashed throughout the day, one every hour from noon to midnight (12 p.m. to 12 a.m.). The special releases have been aged in bourbon, rum, and sauvignon blanc barrels—there’s even the Belgian Quad Spoke Wrench and a Funky Freewheeler. Mindful of the season, Sociable’s hot mulled cider will be flowing throughout the day, and Santa will be onsite posing for photos to send home to Mom and Dad. For those who have to indulge in the spirit of Black Friday, Minneapolis Craft Market will have vendors on hand from the Linden Hills Farmers Market. Noon to midnight. Free. 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105. —Loren Green

Third Annual Leftovers Ride
Surly Brewing Company

For hardcore cyclists, there truly is no such thing as a day off. This Friday, bikers will haul their overstuffed bodies over to Surly Brewing Company for the third-annual Leftovers Ride. Hosts the Joyful Riders Club and Freewheel Bike invite everyone to meet up at 4 p.m. before cruising to an undisclosed location. Once you arrive, prepare to witness the crew going full Lord of the Flies as they burn a table. We’re not really sure why they’re burning a table, but it’s an annual tradition, and it sounds fun as hell. Once they’ve burned off holiday calories through biking, people will bring their sweaty bodies over to the Kitty Cat Klub to show off their sweet moves at the Hipshaker dance night. This is the best way to get a workout on Black Friday that doesn’t involve fighting someone at Walmart. 4 to 10 p.m. Free. 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis. —Patrick Strait

Imperial Black Friday
Republic

While some folks will be fighting car and foot traffic on Black Friday, others will be engaging in a different sort of darkness. Republic at Seven Corners will be celebrating Imperial brews, those dark, full-bodied stouts that pack a punch. Today’s menu will include 44 rare and barrel-aged selections, all brought up from the restaurant’s storage. Hard-to-find offerings include Lift Bridge’s Silhouette, a 2015 AleSmith Hammerhead Speedway Stout, and one keg of 2013 Rum King. “I don’t even know if there’s any of that left anywhere anymore,” owner Matty O’Reilly told City Pages a few weeks back. “The patience of not tapping those things... it was sort of this exercise, if you will, in restraint.” Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and 2016 and 2017 Surly Darkness will also be served. Flights will be available, but all of these selections are only while supplies last. 11 a.m. to midnight. Free. 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6146. —Jessica Armbruster

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Erin Smith Photography

Holidazzle 2017
Loring Park

Once a glitzy holiday parade that ran down Nicollet Mall for 20 years, the Holidazzle has morphed and adapted over time, turning into a village and market on Peavey Plaza and eventually finding its way to its current location in Loring Park. The heart of the event remains the same: to bring some light and joy and entertainment to downtown Minneapolis. Holidazzle has plenty of attractions, including fireworks displays, Santa visits, movie nights, free skating, bonfires, and musical performances. There’ll be a chance to call the Santa Hotline with gift requests, and a Winter Open Streets will go from Loring Park to Fifth Street and Nicollet via Grant Street. Say hi to a lit-up Wolf and Moose created by Christopher Lutter-Gardella, and don’t forget to come hungry, as there will be plenty of roasted almonds, mini pancakes, pierogies, mulled hot cider, wild rice and cranberry sausages, and adult beverages. Score a free ride to the event from MetroTransit on Saturdays. More info can be found at www.holidazzle.com. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Free. 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis. Through December 23 —Sheila Regan

The Indiana Jones Trilogy
The Trylon Cinema

Those seeking thrilling escapism this Thanksgiving weekend need look no further than the Trylon. The schedule judiciously opts to omit the fourth installment in the franchise (sorry, Crystal Skull fans) and focus on the widely lauded original three films. Watch as the titular hero narrowly averts an array of gruesome fates as he races Nazis to locate a mythical object capable of biblical destruction (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981), liberate enslaved children from a sinister cult (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984), and square off against fascists thirsting for the immortality-bestowing power of the fabled Holy Grail (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989). Collaboratively designed by director Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas as a throwback to the action-packed serials of early cinema, each of the three films is permeated with unforgettable set pieces, astonishing stunt work, and charismatic characters. Evincing an enviable combination of intellectual curiosity and cool tenacity, Harrison Ford established his second iconic role as the globetrotting archaeologist whose field research kit comes fully equipped with a revolver and a bullwhip. Check online for showtimes each night. 7 p.m. Friday; 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $8; $18 all three films. 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-424-5468. Through Sunday —Brad Richason

Schmidt Holiday Market
Schmidt Artist Lofts

This Thanksgiving weekend, start your holiday shopping extravaganza off by visiting the Schmidt Holiday Market, an event featuring over 40 local artists and vendors selling their wares. Find affordable prints and paintings by Stephen Poling, beautiful photographs by Lisa Roy, artsy tutus by Tulip, cozy knit goods by STITCHESbycarin, and some soul-soothing remedies by Lien Tran-Doan. As part of the market, visit the Sculpt, Weave & Etch Holiday Sale with Maggie Thompson, Brad Menninga, D.C. Ice, Guillermo Guardia, and Stuart Loughridge. You’ll find ceramic art, contemporary pieces, fabric arts, and more. If you’re hungry, you’re in luck, as there’ll be plenty of treats to eat, including from Saintly Sisters Baked Goods and Sweet Science Ice Cream. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 882 Seventh St. W., St. Paul. Through Sunday —Sheila Regan

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Gene Pittman

SATURDAY 11.25

Choreographers’ Evening
Walker Art Center

 

Call it a Thanksgiving palate-cleanser, a Whitman’s sampler of choreographic bonbons, or a smartly curated revue of movement (or non-movement) makers. Whatever your take on this post-holiday institution (for 40-plus years now), Choreographers’ Evening is always a great getaway into the more obscure, most accomplished, up-and-coming, and well-established dance happening in the Twin Cities. That said, the show also reflects the aesthetics and proclivities of its curator. This year, that’s the widely respected, astute multimedia artist Megan Mayer. So the wildly entertaining DaNCEBUMS is on the docket, as is the esoteric Charles Campbell, the take-no-prisoners Vie Boheme, and sassy Erin Search-Wells. And so much more. Grab a pal and enjoy this guilt-free indulgence. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $25. 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600. —Camille LeFevre

Coco’s Diary: A Christmas Gift to Remember
History Theatre

The pains of growing up recalled by Coco’s Diary are likely to strike a chord with members of every generation. Staged by the History Theatre, this production revives one of the group’s most singular works, an adaptation drawn from the pages of a 13-year-old girl’s diary. The strikingly candid diary in question was penned by young Clotilde “Coco” Irvine, who grew up in a Tudor home located at 1006 Summit Ave. in St. Paul. (The stately home now serves as the Minnesota Governor’s residence.) When Coco received her titular diary as a Christmas gift in 1926, however, she had no inkling of any future significance, either for the home or herself. She was merely a young person using her diary to make a record of her teenage angst. Whether obsessing over the attentions of a neighborhood boy or railing against the restrictions imposed by overbearing parents, Coco’s writing is remarkably revealing, reflecting an idiosyncratic personality that collaborators Bob Beverage and Ron Peluso (who also serves as director) bring to life onstage. The show is in previews on Friday, November 24. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $15-$52. 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul; 651-292-4323. Through December 23 —Brad Richason

Chad Daniels
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

“Last year was busy,” comedian Chad Daniels says casually over the phone between shows. The Fergus Falls native and Acme Comedy Co. alum has seen his career steadily rise in recent years, but 2017 has been his best yet. After a wildly successful album, Footprints on the Moon, and signing with the prestigious William Morris Endeavor (WME), Daniels will cap off his year by performing in front of his biggest Twin Cities audience to date Thanksgiving weekend. “The last time I did a week at Acme, every show was sold out,” Daniels says. “Louis [Lee, Acme owner] said that maybe we should try a bigger venue next time. I was skeptical, because I always wonder how many people are coming out to see me as opposed to just coming to Acme because they know it’s going to be good, but I figured it was worth a shot.” If you’ve never heard Daniels perform, you’re missing out on one of the best comedians out there today. Not just locally, but anywhere. From horror stories about raising children to fantastically self-aware opinions on gender dynamics in relationships, Daniels gives no fucks about coddling the audience. “My kids are coming to the show. I might bring them out at the end for Q&A or something,” he says. Take a break from your family drama this weekend and come watch someone else’s unfold. 7 p.m. $28. 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis; 612-813-5300. —Patrick Strait

A Very Asian Christmas Carol
North Garden Theatre

A popular holiday tradition, Mu Performing Arts brings Charles Dickens’ classic tale to the stage with a stellar cast of Asian American performers. Artistic director Randy Reyes stars as Jasmine, a slightly clueless gal who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. She’s named after Jasmine 26, the Eat Street venue where Mu launched the show about eight years ago. Jasmine is the comical driving force of the story, helped along with a cast of characters who are up to their own funny antics, music, and seasonal sizzle. A ticket gets you admission plus an appetizer and dessert. It’s a great way to support Mu’s fantastic programming, and have some laughs in the process. For tickets, go to muperformingarts.org. 7 p.m. $35. 929 Seventh St. W., St. Paul; 651-789-1012. —Sheila Regan

Blithe Spirit
Guthrie Theater

If the ghostly emissaries haunting A Christmas Carol are too morally upright to abide, the Guthrie Theater is offering an apparition of a more unseemly disposition courtesy of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Delivered with Coward’s signature dry martini wit, this supernatural farce involves a married novelist who, in an effort to give credibility to his paranormal-themed latest work, enlists a psychic to host a séance. Unfortunately for the novelist, the phantom responding to the summons is none other than his deceased former wife, whose quarrelsome nature seems to have been further exacerbated by death. Refusing to depart the mortal realm, the scorned specter sets out to make the household—particularly the man’s second wife—absolutely miserable. The play is lighthearted, with verbal jests and slapstick entanglements, but not without satirical suggestions involving the frailty of reason when opposed by desire. This theme is personified by Madame Arcati, an eccentric clairvoyant whose beliefs are scoffed at until they become the only means of exorcising the ghostly irritant. Brazenly bizarre, the character remains one of Coward’s most ludicrously unhinged creations, especially when portrayed by Sally Wingert, a performer with great comic sensibilities. The show is in previews November 25-30. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays;  7 p.m. Sundays. Check online for matinees and time variances. $29-$77. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-377-2224. Through January 14, 2018 —Brad Richason


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