Weekend Best Bets: January 29-31


The Face of Sounds to Come

WHAT: Future Classics!
WHEN:  8 p.m.
WHERE: Orchestra Hall
”‹Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Minnesota Orchestra performing pieces by some of the country’s emerging composers, who will be on hand to lend insight into their work. The seven composers were chosen from a pool of more than 150 applicants at the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. For a full list of the composers, and tickets, visit Minnesota Orchestra.

Making Gatsby Proud

WHAT: Roaring ’20s Cocktail Party
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Public Kitchen and Bar
Flapper girls, the Charleston, and Babe Ruth. Maybe it’s because of The Great Gatsby, but when most people envision the 1920s, it’s a non-stop party. Public is distilling this spirit of the time into a night of cocktails and hor d’oeuvres to benefit the Children’s Hospital Association. Stick around for extra entertainment and a silent auction. Details at Eventbrite.


Snow Time

WHAT: Frosty Fun Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Dodge Nature Center
As any Minnesotan will tell you, the trick to winter is to have fun outside. The Dodge Nature Center is hosting a mini-festival to highlight some of the most fun winter activities: sledding, snowshoeing, ice bowling, and ice mini-golf. Pack your own lunch to enjoy around the bonfire, or take advantage of the concessions at the center. Details at Dodge Nature Center.

Around the World in a Play

WHAT: Pericles
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Guthrie Theater
The directorial debut of new Guthrie boss Joseph Haj arrives with a welcome buzz—one of Shakespeare’s weirder plays, in this telling it’s sweetened with music and presented as a globe-tripping odyssey for our titular adventurer that lands in the zone of unlikely family reunion. This one is more than the sum of its parts, moving nicely and lending a welcome combination of entertainment and willingness to hit some of the play’s less comforting notes. Tickets here.


Switching Gears

WHAT: Twin Cities Bike Swap
WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHERE: National Sports Center Expo Center
Is it too early to start thinking about spring biking? No! This bike swap is 11,000 square feet of BMXs, fat tires, road bikes, lights, and just about everything else you can imagine to make your ride safer, faster, or more fun. If you are trying to get a jump on spring cleaning, you can bring a single bike to sell at the Bike Corral. More info at Twin Cities Bike Swap.

Music for the Family

WHAT: Chamber Music Society of Minnesota Annual Family Concert
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: Sundin Music Hall
This family concert is an opportunity to introduce a new generation to chamber music. There are some works by Beethoven, as well as the main attraction of a 12-piece arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Students K-12 are free. Tickets and more info at Chamber Music Minnesota.