Weekend Best Bets: January 22-24

Friday

GUERRILLA ART

WHAT: Guerilla Girls Opening, Reception & Artist Panel
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Walker Art Center
The feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls have a more than 20-year relationship with the Walker, beginning with the museum’s 1993 purchase of a collection of posters. After that early acquisition, the Girls have visited the museum a few times over the years. This reception is a kick-off for a larger city-wide takeover by the collective, which has been focused on sexism and racism in the art world since 1985. More info at Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover.

MATCHMAKING

WHAT: The Great Love Debate
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Southern Theater
Equal parts interactive theater, singles mixer, and panel discussion with bona-fide experts in the field, The Great Love Debate seeks to answer the question “Why is everyone still single?” The format is unique, with men and women segregated on opposite sides of the theater. The panelists provoke a conversation about obnoxious behaviors, relationship goals, and gender stereotypes, followed by drinks and (maybe) a little matchmaking. Everyone is welcome every night; the show on Jan. 27 is exclusively LGBT. Tickets at Eventbrite. More info at The Great Love Debate.


Saturday

GLOBAL CONTEXT

WHAT: Sokol MN’s 13th-Annual Roast Duck Dinner
WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall
Czechoslovakia existed as a nation from 1918 until 1993, but Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota has maintained its C.S.P.S. (ÄŒesko-Slovanský Podporující Spolek) Sokol Hall on Michigan Street in St. Paul since 1879. In celebration of Czech and Slovak culture, and to ward off the mid-winter blues, Sokol Minnesota is hosting a special duck roast. The fowl is accompanied by ethnic food such as sweet-and-sour red cabbage, caraway rye bread, potato dumplings, and more. Reservations and more info at Sokol MN.

ROCK STEADY

WHAT: The Current’s 11th-Anniversary Party
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: First Avenue
Over the last decade-plus, the Current has become a part of the Twin Cities identity. From celeb-studded events such as Rock The Garden to more quotidian pleasures like the occasional A-Z weekend, the Current has woven itself into the Cities. They’re celebrating eleven years on the air at First Avenue with performances by Tommy Stinson, Cactus Blossoms, and more. Tickets and more info at The Current.


Sunday

A LEGEND ON STAGE

WHAT: Leon Russell
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center
If you haven’t heard of Leon Russell, you’ve probably heard his music. As a studio musician, he recorded for bands like the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra. He co-wrote Superstar, which has been played by the Carpenters and Sonic Youth, and wrote A Song For You, which has been covered by artists from Ray Charles to Mariah Carey. As a solo artist, he has collaborated with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, multiple Beatles, and dozens more. Tickets and more info at Cedar Cultural Center.

DREAMY SOUNDS

WHAT: The Dream Songs Project: New Music for Voice and Guitar
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Dreamland Arts
This concert features new works by a quartet of avant-garde composers who have stripped down their work to two classic instruments: guitar and voice. Works by Abbie Betinis, Michael Karmon, Justin Henry Rubin, and Ted Moore will be performed by mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and classical guitarist Joseph Spoelstra. The music is accompanied by poetry readings, which Dreamland Arts warns may not be suitable for all ages. Tickets and more info at Dream Songs Project.

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