Weekend Best Bets: December 1–3

Your weekend to-do list includes lessons in horse training, Swedish meatballs, and holiday music brought to you by a German quintet

Friday, December 1

Theater for Puerto Rico

What: Night of Theater for Puerto Rico
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Strike Theater, 824 18th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
According to MPR, there are about 13,000 Puerto Ricans living in Minnesota, two of whom are Beliza Torres Narváez and Javier Morillo. Narváez, an assistant professor of theater at Augsburg University, and Morillo, a storyteller and labor leader/activist in the Twin Cities, will both perform their solo shows at the Strike Theater to raise money for the continuing relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Learn more.

Horses, a Movie, and Wine 

What: Taming Wild: Meet, Mingle, and Movie Screening
When: 5–9 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center, 1801 Dudley Ave., St. Paul
Let your childhood love of horses run wild at this documentary screening and meet-and-greet with Elsa Sinclair, a professional horse trainer. The documentary follows Sinclair and Myrnah, a 5-year-old wild mere, for a year as Sinclair works to train Myrnah through a human-horse partnership, no ropes or tools involved. A demonstration of “freedom-based training,” appetizers, and wine will be included. Learn more. 

Saturday, December 2


What: In-Visibility: Black Muslim Women in the Arts
When: 1–3 p.m.
Where: East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul
Five panelists will sit down for a discussion on the challenges that black Muslim women must navigate on a daily basis when working in the arts. Islamophobia, sexism, racism, and erasure are some of the topics that will be covered by the Minnesota-based artists and activists. The event will include a live musical performance. Learn more.

God Jul 

What: Julmarknad: American Swedish Institute’s Christmas Market
When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Work on your Swedish vocabulary at this annual event. Make crafts, eat Swedish meatballs, drink hot cider, and enjoy special Nordic and Romanian music and dance performances throughout the building. If you are looking to get a little holiday shopping done, peruse the handmade items made by nearly 40 different artists and craftsmen. Clothing, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and other items will be for sale. Learn more. 

Sunday, December 3

Shop for a Cause 

What: Fair Trade Market
When: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Find a handcrafted item at this annual fair-trade market. Each vendor sells goods by artists who live in the developing world and create to support themselves and their families. Goods include Mayan textiles, Peruvian gourd boxes, bowls, and hand-knit alpaca accessories, baskets, soaps, and jewelry from Ghana; and much more. Learn more.

Holiday Music from Near and Far 

What: Calmus: Music in the Park Series
When: 4–6 p.m.
Where: Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave., St. Paul
This internationally acclaimed and award-winning German quintet is bringing traditional carols from around the globe to Minnesota. Songs range from 16th-century Italy to those traditionally sung in France, Sweden, Germany, and more around the holiday season. They will be performed alongside popular American holiday songs, too. An hour before the concert, attend a pre-concert talk with the musicians. Learn more.