Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 6-8

Your weekend to-do list in the Twin Cities

Friday, January 6

Go to the Dogs

What: Land O’ Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show
When: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
The weekend-long dog show kicks off Friday, bringing more than 1,500 purebreds representing more than 155 breeds to the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Service dogs give live demonstrations and more than 70 vendors showcase canine accessories, supplies, and collectibles. Learn more at landolakeskennelclub.org.

King for a Day

What: Fête des Rois (Feast of the Kings)
When: 6­–7:30 p.m.
Where: Alliance Française, 113 N. First St., Minneapolis
In France, they celebrate Epiphany, a day for eating King cake, or galette des rois, in recognition of Christ’s nativity story—a holiday more cultural than religious. At the Alliance Française, try the flaky puff pastry, and if your slice has “the bean,” or the fève, you’re crowned king or queen for the day. Reserve tickets online or by calling 612.332.0436. afmsp.org

Saturday, January 7

Contemporary Art for Kids

What: Free First Saturday: Here and There
When: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: The Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis
Artist Chris Larson leads hands-on art activities for parents and children, teaching them how to make photograms, or negative shadow images, that don’t require a camera. Meanwhile, Hayao Miyazaki’s film My Neighbor Totoro plays in the Walker Cinema at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. walkerart.org

A Child’s Protest

What: How to Have Fun in a Civil War
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
Minnesota-based Somali playwright and actor Ifrah Mansour brings her one-act, one-woman, multimedia play back to the Children’s Theatre. Drawing from community interviews, Mansour tells the story of a child’s resiliency in the midst of the 1991 Somali Civil War. Purchase tickets onlinechildrenstheatre.org

Sunday, January 8

Last Day of Lights

What: Nordic Holidays: Celebrations of Light
When: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Where: The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Don’t lose your holiday spirit just yet. The American Swedish Institute’s holiday exhibit is on display until Sunday. Catch the magic of the authentically designed holiday rooms, Aurora Borealis photo series, and Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates. asimn.org

Singing for the Solstice

What: Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert
When: 1 and 3:30 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center Musser Cortile, 75 W. Fifth St., St. Paul
In its 55th season, the Minnesota Boychoir celebrates winter with two concerts at the Landmark Center, presenting both religious and secular songs in various genres. boychoir.org