Friday, February 24
The Rolling Stones and Steak Tartare
What: Victor’s on Vinyl: Let It Bleed
When: 6:30–11 p.m.
Where: Victor’s on Water, 205 Water St., Excelsior
Want a thorough knowledge of the Rolling Stones’ seminal 1969 work Let It Bleed? Music historian Rob Chapman leads an in-depth listening experience and discussion of the album that comes with a 4–5-course meal: a steak tartare starter; beet carpaccio salad; venison tenderloin with horseradish and potatoes; and for dessert, cherry pie and Coke. Learn more
Like Public Speaking for Fun
What: Spoken Word Workshop
When: 6:30–9 p.m.
Where: Living Spirit, 4501 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis
Spoken word is perhaps the most accessible form of poetry because it takes words off the page and puts them in the more compelling context of live confessionals, protests, and paeans—and anybody can do it. Local artist Joe Davis helps you compose your own during a two-hour workshop, with a focus on self-advocacy. Learn more
Saturday, February 25
Books at Just Over a Minute
What: 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
When: 3–4:30 p.m.
Where: Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central
To celebrate children’s lit, kids across the country crafted short films retelling Newbery Award-winning books. This festival, the third annual, screens the top videos from Minnesota and nationwide, curated by authors James Kennedy and Kelly Barnhill—who keep the crowd entertained with comedic skits in between. Learn more
‘Twas the Weekend Before Fat Tuesday…
What: Traditional Mardi Gras Seafood Boil
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Como Dockside, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, St. Paul
A boil of shrimp, mussels, clams, house-made Andouille sausages—dumped right in front of you, all-you-can-eat style, the weekend before Fat Tuesday, with potatoes, corn, beer, and the Jack Brass Band bringing you all the bombast of a New Orleans Mardi Gras in St. Paul, because ’tis the season for going whole hog. Learn more
Sunday, February 26
Up Close with a Raptor
What: Masters of the Sky
When: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
End your week with your head in the clouds: trek out to Hastings for a presentation on birds of prey, featuring seven “avian ambassadors” from the World Bird Sanctuary, including an owl, a hawk, an eagle, a falcon, and a vulture—and discover how falcons attain their top speeds and why barn owls are whispered of as ghosts. Learn more
Haven’t You Been My Valentine?
What: Valentines Then, Valentines Now
When: Noon–3 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Valentine’s Day has come and gone—and so has the one before it, and the one before that. Learn about the history of Valentine’s Days, building up to the one just a week ago. Families can connect over hands-on art projects, games, and other activities providing an opportunity to share stories. Designed for ages four and up. Learn more