Weekend Best Bets: February 14-February 16

Friday, February 14


WHAT: Art Shanty Projects Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
WHERE: White Bear Lake County Park, White Bear Lake
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Support local art with your sweetie at this fun-filled evening with a full slate of events. Don’t worry: The artistically crafted ice shanties are heated, and will feature pizza, hot drinks, and more to keep you toasty. The night will also include bonfires, dancing, and rides atop White Bear Lake in specially designed “ArtCars.” Put in a donation at artshantyprojects.org.

A Sultry Evening

WHAT: Valentine’s Day “Sultry Divas” featuring Connie Evingson and Ginger Commodore
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club, Mpls.
WHEN:  6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Connie Evingson and Ginger Commodore take the stage on Valentine’s evening, covering some of Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee’s iconic love songs at the Dakota. The tunes range from blues to ballads, and a special tasting and dessert menu is included along with the show (there are vegetarian-friendly options, to boot). Get your tickets at dakotacooks.com.

Saturday, February 15

Not Your Mom’s Fairy Tale

WHAT: “Out of the Pan, Into the Fire” by the Moving Company
WHERE: The Lab Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The Moving Company incorporates its signature physical imagery into a new-wave fairy tale that exceeded its goals in a Kickstarter campaign last year—it was so popular, it’s back for a second round. Although it evokes a “happily-ever-after” world as a setting, this production is no children’s story: Expect more Grimm than Disney. Learn more at themovingco.org.

In the Darkroom

WHAT: Prints
WHERE: Torch Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
A first for Torch Theater, Prints is an original script by Minnesota’s own John Middleton. Explore a fun, stylish, bygone scene of gangsters, bootleggers, and crime in 1930s Minneapolis in this production when William Hamm (yes, of Hamm’s Brewing) is kidnapped—if you’ve ever had a Hamm’s Golden Draft, you’ll be rooting for his safe return. Get more info at torchtheater.com.

Sunday, February 16

Arts Smarts

WHAT: St. Paul Civic Symphony Children’s Concert with ArtStart
WHERE: Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
Kids get the chance to experience the arts form a variety of captivating angles. The afternoon kicks off with art and dance activities, followed by a peek at the world of classical music with a special concert geared towards the little ones. Learn more at saintpaulcivicsymphony.org.

Heart of the Matter

WHAT: Red Dress Collection Fashion Show
WHERE: Graves 601 Hotel, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
In an event entering its 3rd year, local celebrities strut down the catwalk in red dresses designed by local designers at the Graves 601 Hotel. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” program, which encourages women to take a stand promoting heart health. For tickets, go to reddressmn.com.