Weekend Best Bets: January 5–7

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities includes dogs, Mozart, Da Vinci, and more.

January 5, Friday

Speaking of Local Art…

What: Something to Say: Art as Commentary
When: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Inez Greenberg Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington
Three exhibiting artists show how art conveys cultural messages, from John Ilg entwining 3D and 2D imagery together for psychological iconography, to Nikki McComb using photography and video to capture those both on the streets and in elected office, to, at last, Jane Powers investigating the “culturing of the human body,” especially regarding women. Learn more.

Mozart in the Minor Key

What: Jeremy Denk Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos 20 and 25
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
Leading an “all-Mozart” program this weekend, the decorated, globe-touring pianist Jeremy Denk brings Mozart’s first minor-key piano concerto (of only two) to the Ordway, accompanied by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Another of Mozart’s concertos, this one noted for its “depth and expansiveness,” will round out the evening, plus your classical appreciation. Learn more.

January 6, Saturday

Saturday Morning Puppet Show

What: Lupita Doesn’t Want to Sleep by Gustavo and Julie Boada
When: 10 a.m., Noon
Where: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
Winter entails as many indoor activities for your kids as you can schedule. Kicking off its 19th season, In Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre lends a hand with its month-long, Saturday-morning puppet show series for kids, its first performance featuring a contumacious young girl who resists her bed time with play—performed in Spanish and English. Learn more.

Renaissance Revival

What: Da Vinci Fest
When: 1–5 p.m.
Where: Stillwater Area High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N., Stillwater
More than 30 Minnesota organizations representing artists and scientists fill an entire building with exhibits and demonstrations—from droid builders to dancers, pottery wheel throwers to meteorologists, chefs to bird handlers, and more—for the 10th annual, family-friendly, free Stillwater celebration of student art and science projects, with a film fest and spoken word, too. Learn more.

January 7, Sunday

We Have Heard on High

What: Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert
When: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul
Gifts have been given, the new year has arrived, but you don’t have to turn off your festive spirit yet. In fact, you’re more likely to enjoy the almost frighteningly angelic sound of the Minnesota Boychoir if you lean full-tilt into sentiment. They perform a mix of sacred and secular music, plus some holiday favorites, for their annual winter concert. Learn more.

Pooches in St. Paul

What: Land O’Lakes Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show
When: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
This weekend lifts a leg to mark the annual competition for Best in Show among more than 190 dog breeds at the capital, who all adorably show off their prowess in flyball, weight pulling, herding, standard tricks, and more. Sunday’s the last day for this January 5­–7 fest, which includes shopping opportunities for you and your own little mongrel. Learn more.