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

Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage : 8:00 p.m. every Fri. from November 28 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

Drinksgiving Midweek Beer Geek Party

Nomad World Pub : 6:00 p.m. November 26

Each week at Nomad World Pub, the Minnesota Beer Activists invite brew lovers out for a special gathering that features special brews and talk of beer. This week's installment showcases Brewery Omnegang's creations. On tap tonight will be Valar Morghulis ("all men must die"), an Abbey Dubbel... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Food and Drink, Barhopping


Turf Club : 9:00 p.m. November 27

You ate an insane amount of food with your family at noon, went into a food coma by 4 p.m., and now it's 6 p.m. and you are up for the evening and ready to go. It's time to call up your friends, gather your rowdy relatives, and head on out to the Turf for some karaoke. The bar will open at 6... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Parties and Receptions, Barhopping

The One Love Movement

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. November 27

For music fans looking to dance off some calories after a Thanksgiving day spent overeating, the One Love Movement is the perfect way to snap you out your holiday lethargy. DJ Verb X and Don Dadda Steele will be spinning the hottest reggae and dancehall jams in First Ave's Record Room, digging... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Jim Denomie: Dialogues

Bockley Gallery : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 13

The irrepressibly irreverent Jim Denomie shows his most recent cache of paintings in this exhibition at one of his home bases, Bockley Gallery. In his vibrantly anachronistic work, Denomie jumbles pop culture, Native history, art history, and religious matters into trenchant commentaries that... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Galleries

Holidazzle Village

Peavey Plaza : 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily from November 28 until December 24

Sadly, the Holidazzle Parade is not returning this year. However, the name will live on in this season's Holidazzle Village, a winter market taking over Peavey Plaza. Here, you'll find plenty of things to do and see to get you into the holiday spirit. Holidazzle Village opens this Friday,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Holiday, Christmas, Arts

The One Love Movement

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but to go out and wash that start-of-the-week ennui away. But what about Thursday, the day of the week where people are most likely to put... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

The Cocktail Hour

Guthrie Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 4; 7:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 4; 1:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from November 29 until January 4

Harmonious facades are known to fracture easily, especially when strong libations are involved. To outsiders, the loosening of slurred tongues is when the fun really begins. Such is the case in playwright A. R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour, wherein one particularly fraught family dinner riffs on... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

International Reggae All-Stars

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill : 9:00 p.m. every Tue.

Make all the jokes you want about the climate differences between Kingston and Minneapolis, but the cultural ones aren't as hard to reconcile. The aptly dubbed Lynval "Golden Voice" Jackson and his band have been a welcome and frequent presence in Twin Cities clubs for years now, and they're... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Dr. Mambo's Combo

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill : 9:30 p.m. every Mon., Sun.

1987 was a notable year for Minnesota: the Twins won the World Series, Prince released one of his best albums in Sign 'O' the Times, and St. Louis Park's own Coen Brothers released their first great comedy Raising Arizona. 1987 was also the year that Dr. Mambo's Combo was formed, and it just so... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

Walker Art Center : Daily until September 11

This year, the Walker Art Center is celebrating a huge anniversary. It's been 75 years since T.B. Walker, an art-loving lumber baron, founded the museum. Since then, there have been major dance performances from Merce Cunningham Dance Company; a growing collection that includes the work of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

St. Paul European Christmas Market

West 7th Place : 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. November 28; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. November 29; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. November 30

Just because it's Black Friday doesn't mean you have to spend it in a mall or a big-box store. Minneapolis will have its Holidazzle Village this season, and St. Paul will host several great events, including the St. Paul European Christmas Market. This free, three-day open-air festival takes... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Holiday, Festivals, Arts

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from November 28 until December 28; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. from November 29 until December 28

Thanks to televised broadcasts that seem to multiply exponentially as the titular holiday approaches, A Christmas Story has achieved such cultural ubiquity that children born decades after the film's 1983 release can quote entire lines of dialogue verbatim. Never mind that the film is suffused... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater, Holiday, Christmas

Sights, Sounds, and Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

Minnesota History Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

If you've wisely picked up Purple Snow, the Numero Group's recent collection of Twin Cities R&B from the '70s and '80s, you'll have seen many of Charles Chamblis's striking color photos. Active from the '60s through the late '80s, Chamblis was a versatile professional photographer, taking... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

Rice Park : 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from November 29 until February 1; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until February 1; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. from December 1 until February 1

You've eaten turkey and indulged in leftovers, you've sat on the couch and watched football, and you've slept in. Now it's time to get a little exercise in during your holiday break. This Saturday, Rice Park is turning into a winter wonderland worth checking out, whether you're on a romantic... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Sports - Participatory, Holiday, Festivals

Love's Labour's Lost

The Lab Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 21

Born partially from the ashes of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Moving Company has continued that late company's inventive drive with a string of innovative productions that stretch the definition of theater, dance, movement, and music. The Moving Company's latest work takes on the biggest... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7

Walker Art Center : Daily until November 22

The New York-based artist receives her first solo American show at the Walker, which is turning its seventh-floor gallery over to the camera-less photographer for a "photographic intervention." Meaning, Deschenes has recently eschewed actual camera work, choosing instead to employ photography's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Hot Dish Happy Hour

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Wed.

Throwing the words "hot dish" together with "happy hour" might sound odd. One usually entails booze, while the other reminds us of Grandma's comfort food. Yet somehow at Grumpy's this combo works spectacularly. Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can load up on the carbs, meats, and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

Get Cryphy!

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

We may be a few years past the point where crunk and hyphy are the hot-trend hip hop subgenres, but First Ave's recurring "Get Cryphy!" night isn't just a matter of trying to find new life in a couple aging styles by portmanteauing them together. Jimmy2Times¬, Plain Ole Bill, DJ Fundo and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Holiday Lights in the Park

Phalen Park : 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily until January 1

Enjoying Christmas lights while riding in a warm car is a holiday tradition for many. Those looking for giant sparkling displays need look no further than the Holiday Lights in the Park. The yearly event features over 60 displays, with light tunnels, dancing snowmen, and flashing sugarplums.... More >>

Phalen Holiday, Family Events, Christmas

Burlesque Rocks!

Mounds Theatre : 7:30 p.m. November 29

Throughout the year, the fine folks at Toil & Trouble have presented saucy theme nights that have included science-fiction homages, Saturday-morning cartoon-inspired stripping, and more. This Thanksgiving weekend, they'll be taking the stage for their season finale. Thankfully, there will be... More >>

Phalen Burlesque, Arts, Adult

Afterlife Merriment

Gallery 122 At Hang It : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 29

Two St. Paul artists take on the mysterious unknowns of life after death with vivid folk-style portraiture a la Dia de los Muertos. Tattoo artist Jessie McNally creates mixed-media work in which embellished skulls emerge from petal-like flames crowned with symbols of wisdom in their rebirth.... More >>

University Arts, Art - Galleries

Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag: Native Kids Ride Bikes

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

This exhibition of lowrider bicycles festooned with regalia by urban Native youth and contemporary indigenous artists appeals to our love of two-wheeled transportation. The mobility bikes give to riders is the show's primary theme, and it has fueled participating artists' imaginations. They... More >>

University Arts, Art - Museums

Aldo Moroni: Master Sculptor/Ceramic Artist

Gallery 13 : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 3

Life is never dull around Aldo Moroni, a ceramic sculptor known for crafting whole cities — in miniature — in his studio, then destroying them during a wine-fueled bacchanal. This show is billed as his first major exhibition in a decade, and no doubt will be a more formal affair.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries
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