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A Tribute To The Replacements

First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. November 28

We always wondered if First Avenue's annual tribute festival honoring the Replacements would call it quits when the band finally did a reunion show, but the popular night of covers shows no signs of stopping. Taking over both of the venue's main stages, A Tribute to the Replacements has found a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music, Benefits

Thee Oh Sees

Amsterdam : 8:00 p.m. November 28

Thee Oh Sees are the baby of guitarist John Dwyer, who for a decade or so has been tripping on a lysergic wave of psychedelia brewed in the garage. Over the years and numerous records, Dwyer's acid tide eye has shifted among punk, rockabilly, new wave, power pop, noise, and hard rock, among... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Music

The Ugly Sweater Run

Harriet Island : 11:00 a.m. November 29

Anyone can throw on an ugly sweater for the sake of getting bombed at the office holiday party, but it takes serious dedication to sport one for an entire 5K run. That's exactly what will happen this weekend, when thousands of runners and walkers will wear their most festive and awful holiday... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Sports - Participatory, Holiday, Fashion and Style, Benefits

8th Annual Post-Thanksgiving Pub Crawl

Saint Paul Athletic Club : 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. November 29

We're always hearing about family togetherness around this time of year, but Thanksgiving isn't one big heartwarming dinner party for everyone. Some folks are a long way from home, others have a family they wish was farther away, and some people just don't go for turkey and mashed potatoes.... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Thanksgiving, Holiday, Food and Drink, Barhopping

Live Transmission

The Varsity Theater : 7:00 p.m. November 29

November tends to be a very busy month for local art-rockers BNLX, and 2014 is no different. For the past couple of years, they've set up at Cause for a weekend to host a Fest featuring themselves and lots of their talented friends. With the Lyn-Lake venue still sorting its situation out, the... More >>

University Music

Choreographers' Evening

Walker Art Center : 9:30 p.m. November 29

Thanksgiving is a time for the mingling of disparate things: mounds of food colliding on the plate, sports and politics, relatives. So the perfect follow-up event is the Walker Art Center's annual Choreographers' Evening, a cornucopia of local dance in small, seven-minute bites. This year's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Dance, Arts

Cold Flows For Warm Clothes Benefit

The Cedar Cultural Center : 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. November 30

Originally envisioned by MC Tall Paul as a way to showcase some of the Twin Cities' best underground hip-hop talent in a benefit concert, Cold Flows for Warm Clothes has become something of a Thanksgiving tradition in the past few years. With donations and net proceeds funding the Division of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music, Benefits

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Orchestra Hall : 7:30 p.m. December 2

Led by world-class trumpeter and premier jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the best and most prominent contemporary large jazz ensembles, nicely continuing the legacy of folks like Ellington and Basie. And aptly so for this Big Band Holidays show, which... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets

First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. December 3

Who better to put the cool back into Yule than erstwhile Jesus of cool Nick Lowe? The eternally hip, ever clever Lowe has morphed over the years from ’70s pub rocker to grandfatherly pop crooner, although there’s still plenty of the former in the latter, along with a still wicked... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music, Holiday

Sturgill Simpson

Fine Line Music Cafe : 7:00 p.m. December 4

Sturgill Simpson was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky, served in the Navy, worked as a train conductor and was addicted to drugs throughout his 20s. In other words, there’s plenty of material to mine for his unique brand of alt-country. Now 36 years old, Simpson got a late start on... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Omar Souleyman

The Cedar Cultural Center : 7:00 p.m. December 5

A wedding singer from northeastern Syria, Omar Souleyman became known regionally via distribution of performance cassettes of his energetic mix of traditional dabka rhythms and shaabi, a kind of street-savvy urban folk-pop. The combination of Souleyman’s rapid-fire declarative vocals,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Narco States (CD Release Show)

Triple Rock Social Club : 9:00 p.m. December 5

Local mom-and-pop label Pinata Records has made a name by releasing mellow and groovy soul-tinged albums from groups like Black Diet and Southside Desire, but their deep roster has some heavy freaks lurking just below the surface. Exhibit A is Narco States, who’ve taken the garage and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Doomtree Blowout X

Turf Club : 9:00 p.m. December 6

Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Music

Forged Artifacts Showcase

Triple Rock Social Club : 9:00 p.m. December 6

While the majors brace themselves for another slump this holiday season, 2014 has been a great year for the Twin Cities’ micro label community. Forged Artifacts' diverse roster, handpicked by owner Matt Linden, comes together with top-shelf aesthetics to complement their vinyl and CDs.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

The Velveteens

Hexagon Bar : 10:00 p.m. December 6

The Velveteens are something a little more intimate than the crowd they run with at the Hexagon Bar nearly every weekend. Taking full advantage of their sparse power-trio instrumentation, the group is able to directly highlight the smoky, intertwining harmonies of drummer Kiera Coonan and... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Music

Doomtree Blowout X

Icehouse : 9:00 p.m. December 8

Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Music

Doomtree Blowout X

Triple Rock Social Club : 6:30 p.m. December 9

Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Doomtree Blowout X

The Varsity Theater : 8:00 p.m. December 10

Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a... More >>

University Music

Lucinda Williams

First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from November 29 until November 30

No longer a woman of constant sorrow, Lucinda Williams still finds plenty of pain, struggle, wickedness, and heartache in the world. But contentment in her personal life has allowed the queen of existential Americana to broaden her perspective, heighten her eloquent dissection of good and evil,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Doomtree Blowout X

First Avenue : 8:00 p.m. December 11; 8:00 p.m. December 12; 8:00 p.m. December 13

Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Brilliance! Made Here

Marin Restaurant & Bar : Daily

For its third edition of storefront displays, Made Here takes on the theme of light during these dark days of winter. Nearly 40 installations will feature the efforts of local artists as they interpret illumination in different ways. Among those participating is costume designer Sonya... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

The Whale

Mixed Blood Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 20; 7:30 p.m. December 1; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from December 7 until December 20; 7:30 p.m. every Wed. from December 17 until December 20

A play centered on a 600-pound man is going to offer a number of challenges, starting out with the actor playing the title character in Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale. Through the years, Zach Curtis has played baseball stars, brutal killers, and a fading heavyweight champ. This time out, he gets... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

James Davis

Rick Bronson's House of Comedy : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Fri. until November 28; 9:45 p.m. November 28; 7:00 p.m. November 29; 9:30 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from November 29 until November 30

"At this point, I'm really focused on my stories, my background, and how to tell those stories onstage," say comedian James Davis. Part of that background includes growing up in south Los Angeles. He points out that he's not from the 'hood, but is instead 'hood-adjacent. "People get put in the... More >>

Bloomington Comedy

A Stocking Full of Awesome IV: HUP! The Herald Angels Sing

Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage : 8:00 p.m. every Fri. until January 3; 7:00 p.m. every Sat. from November 29 until January 3; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from November 29 until January 3

Hurling knives isn't frequently cited as a holiday tradition. In fact, the flinging of razor-sharp objects at family gatherings tends to be followed by lacerations and criminal charges. With the exciting but potentially lethal diversion frowned upon in most homes, Twin Cities audiences can be... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Holiday, Christmas

Sample Saturdays

Minnesota History Center : 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 28; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 29; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 30; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. December 6

This weekend, there will be several opportunities to knock back a few tipples within the Minnesota History Center's hallowed halls. Dubbed Sample Saturdays, the event was created by the museum to celebrate Minnesota's rich craft-beer and -spirits culture. Previous Sample Saturdays have included... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Holiday, Food and Drink
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