Weekend Best Bets: January 20-22

What to do, see, and hear this weekend

Friday, January 20

Cube life

WHAT: Chelfitsch/Toshiki Okada
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
As part of the Walker Art Center’s Out There 2012: Global Visionaries performance series, Toshiki Okada directs Japan’s acclaimed Chelfitsch theater troupe in three short plays about low-level office workers—just in time for the global economic meltdown and with a charming dose of self-effacing Japanese humor. Learn more at walkerart.org

Friday, January 20

Dressing Minnesota

WHAT: “Character in Costume: A Jack Edwards Retrospective”
WHERE: Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.
Jack Edwards has dressed Kate Hepburn, Prince, actors at the Guthrie, and more than a few Minnesota matriarchs. He also helped create the Dayton’s holiday shows and the Holidazzle Parade. Now, Minnesota’s greatest designer is getting his due, in a career-skimming showcase of drawings and costumes. Meet the man himself at tonight’s opening reception. Learn more at goldstein.design.umn.edu

Saturday, January 21

The ice-men cometh

WHAT: 7th Annual Pond Hockey Championships
WHERE: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
About the time you’re rolling out of bed this Saturday, the puck will drop in an entertaining and friendly celebration of hockey’s rustic roots. Head over for ongoing matches between teams from around the country, and bring your own blades for all-day open skating near the action. Learn more at uspondhockey.com

Saturday, January 21

Save your soul

WHAT: DJs Jim McGuinn and Bill DeVille toast Mickey Murray
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Mickey Murray was a rising soul singer in the late 1960s—until his racially tinged lyrics became too hot to handle. Jim McGuinn and Bill DeVille from the Current will revive his legacy with a night of music, dancing, and a performance by Murray himself. Learn more at thecedar.org

Sunday, January 22

The ace of bass

WHAT: Meshell Ndegeocello
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Meshell Ndegeocello has 10 Grammy nominations, a virtuoso command of funk, folk, and African roots music, and a killer reputation as a bass-playing truth-teller. She also has a new album—and you have a great excuse to stay out late on a Sunday. Learn more at dakotacooks.com

Friday, January 22

Et tu, Twin Cities?

WHAT: Julius Caeser
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Acting Company of New York has settled in at the Guthrie for a contemporary spin on Shakespeare. This time, employing a large cast of young local actors, the troupe explores the conflicting demands of patriotism and decency in the bard’s conspiratorial classic. Learn more at guthrietheater.org