Weekend Best Bets: Dec. 6-8

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Handel’s ”Messiah,” holidays with the Craft Council, and more
Last year's "Thought in Motion" production
Last year’s “Thought in Motion” production

Photo by Randy Karels

Contemporary Trance

What: Thought in Motion
When: Dec. 5-7
Where: University of Minnesota, Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents an annual dance concet that, this year, center-stages contemporary performances from Robert Moses, Leslie Parker, and Gallim Dance.

On the Line

What: Lorie Line
When: Dec. 6
Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul

Back for her 30th year, award-winning pianist and singer Lorie Line is coming to the Fitzgerald Theater for her Christmas show. The interactive concert isn’t only about breathtaking music, it’s about storytelling and the spirit of Christmas. Line will be joined by her Pop Chamber Orchestra and a special featured vocalist.

Irish Tradition

What: Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas
When: Dec. 6
Where: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

As the original voice of Riverdance—a theatrical show of Irish music and dance—Katie McMahon has celebrated the season across the nation with her rendition of Christmas carols, stories, and dance. Watch McMahon, her accompanying singers of Minnesota Boychoir, and Corda Mor Irish Dancers take to the O’Shaughnessy stage on St. Nicholas Day.

Orchestral Classic

What: Handel’s Messiah
When: Dec. 6 and 7
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Handel’s Messiah has certainly withstood the test of time as it continues to captivate and inspire listeners 250 years after its composer’s death. With awe-striking instrumentals and vocals from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale and a lineup of acclaimed singers, this performance is a staple of the season. For something still traditional but not baroque traditional, see Minnesota Orchestra’ homely and heartwarming show, Home for the Holidays, December 14, 15, and 19. 

Homespun for the Holidays

What: Craft Bash
When: Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Parallel and Hennepin Made, 145 Holden Street N., Minneapolis

The American Craft Council hosts holiday shopping, with more than 70 Minnesota makers (think: home goods, ceramics, fashion, jewelry, candles, etc.). For activities, you’ve got mini self-portrait making (Minnesota Children’s Museum), printmaking (Proof Public), tintype portraits (Zoey Melf), and more. Plus, Juxtaposition Arts’ pop-up shop will celebrate creativity on the North Side.