What to do with the relatives over the weekend!

So, having spent the past two weeks in southern Italy and Tunisia, I’m going through a bit of withdrawal: the streets here seem empty by comparison, what fun is it to cross a street without taking your life into your hands? And where can a person get a decent gelato around here?

On the other hand, the arts scene makes it that much more bearable to return, and this is the weekend when all the arts groups show what they’re working with, aiming for a piece of the holiday show pie. So if you’re looking for something to do with the relatives who didn’t disappear along with the pumpkin pie, here are some ideas.

“Holiday Traditions,” the annual displays in the period rooms at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, opens Friday. And while you’re there, check out the tremendous show of treasures from the Louvre, “In Pursuit of a Masterpiece.”

For your uncle who always wears the turkey tie, try “A Klingon Christmas Carol” opening Friday at Mixed Blood Theatre, which is, yes, in the Klingon language (with English subtitles for us Earthlings).

Send the kids to First Avenue on Friday get a rock education via the Replacements tribute featuring folks who were around for the sound and the fury (Curtiss A, Adam Levy) and the younger generation (Jeremy Messersmith, et al).

Also on Friday, don’t forget to take advantage of Park Square Theatre’s own take on Black Friday: half-price tickets to “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” and “Of Mice and Men” from 7 a.m. to  7 p.m. only. This deal is only available online; enter this discount code: BLACK50. Right after you pick up your new 60-inch TV for 60 percent off….