Weekend Best Bets for January 28-30

A to-do list of sorts for events happening around the cities.

Friday, January 28

Arty Party

WHAT: Walker After Hours
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 9 p.m.
An outdoor ice bar, hot-dish appetizers, and special cocktails complement this opening-night party for the new “Spectacular of Vernacular” exhibit, which features contemporary artists riffing on folk art, domestic life, regionalism, and the homemade. Learn more at walkerart.org.

Friday, January 28

Irresistible Film

WHAT: Tiny Furniture
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater
WHEN: Various times, through Feb. 3
This film-fest darling, exploring the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion (winner of the best narrative feature at the South by Southwest Festival), makes its Minnesota debut. Learn more at mspfilmsociety.org.

Saturday, January 29

The Tudors, In Song

WHAT: Maria Stuart
WHERE: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
You don’t need to have seen the first installment of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy to appreciate the Minnesota Opera’s production of his second, chronicling the battle for the English throne between two of history’s most commanding women, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Gorgeous singers, gorgeous music. Learn more at mnopera.org.

Saturday, January 29

Shakespeare Does Minnesota

WHAT: The Winter’s Tale
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
In this take on the Shakespeare tragi-comedy, Sicilia resembles the Kennedy-era White House and Bohemia captures the freedom of rural Minnesota. Learn more at guthrietheater.org.

Sunday, January 30

Winter Fun

WHAT: The Saint Paul Winter Carnival
WHERE: Rice Park, St. Paul
WHEN: Through Feb. 6
The snow-sculpting competition, snow-plow competition, ice-cube castle contest, and more events, centered around the Landmark Center and Rice Park, heat things up during the first weekend of the annual festival, now in its 125th year. Learn more at winter-carnival.com.

Sunday, January 30

Comfort Food

WHAT: Winter Foods
WHERE: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m.
The global soup cook-off highlights this event promoting local and seasonal foods, as well as healthy living, with recipe and ingredient ideas, soup sampling, a cooking showdown between the Arts Institute and Le Cordon Bleau, and kids culinary activities. Learn more at midtownglobalmarket.org.

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