Friday, January 10
Gimme Some Lovin’
WHAT: The School for Lies
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Romantic intrigue and skullduggery were already firmly lodged in Moliere’s high-society spoof of manners and all things stodgy; this adaptation ratchets up the irreverence with off-color verbal sparring amid a backdrop of period costumes and all sorts of pleasing onstage machinations. Learn more at parksquaretheatre.org.
WHAT: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
WHERE: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The Victorian era was notable for, among other things, a profound interest in the supernatural. This one-hour program delves into séances, spirit writing, and the ways in which with world of the spirits influenced people of the time. Includes fortune-telling games in the parlor and excerpt from period letters. Learn more at mnhs.org.
Saturday, January 11
WHAT: Keith Urban
WHERE: Target Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
More than a decade into a solo career spawning 15 Country Number Ones, Urban mixed things up with a more ambitious sonic palate in last year’s Fuse. Bet he plays the hits as well as the new stuff, though. With Little Big Town and guest Dustin Lynch. Learn more at targetcenter.com.
Crescent City Meets the Tundra
WHAT: Davina and the Vagabonds
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Davina Sowers has been compared to singers as diverse as Bonnie Raitt and Amy Winehouse, with an expressive range that spans all sorts of styles and guiles and a musical mix that combines blues, roots, and an undeniable spice of New Orleans. Learn more at dakotacooks.com.
Sunday, January 12
Swinging Good Time
WHAT: Café Accordion Orchestra
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Dan Newton’s outfit celebrates two decades with an afternoon dance following a Saturday evening concert. They tackle waltz, tango, foxtrot, cha cha, and swing with a wildly infectious spirit of fun. Learn more at thecedar.org.
WHAT: Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
It was more than 35 years ago that then-Minnesota governor Perpich declared “Tattoo Art Appreciation Day,” which means that body ink has been pretty firmly in the mainstream for about the time it takes a really well-applied tattoo to begin to fade in earnest. This is the last day of an all-weekend event that combines guests from the royalty of the tatooo world with exhibits and the chance to get inked. Learn more at villainarts.com.