Weekend Best Bets: January 7-9

What to do, see, and hear this weekend

Friday, January 6

Literary improv

WHAT: Lorna Landvik’s “Party in the Rec Room”
WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The effervescent author holds her popular annual series of solo improv, featuring characters from her imagination, and, per usual, margaritas made onstage. Learn more at bryantlakebowl.com

Friday, January 6

Hartnett returns

WHAT: Stuck Between Stations
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Cinema, Minneapolis
WHEN: 9:30 p.m.
Josh Hartnett returns to the screen, along with Michael Imperioli and local Sam Rosen (yes, of that Rosen family) in this locally produced indie feature starring the Minneapolis skyline. Learn more at mspfilmsociety.org/category/films/whats-playing

Saturday, January 7

Movie day

WHAT: Omnifest
WHERE: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
WHEN: Times vary
Get your fill of nature—larger than life—in this annual festival of five films (scheduled so you can watch all five in one day if you desire), from amazing caves around the world (narrated by Liam Neeson) to the Amazon to sharks to wolves. Learn more at smm.org

Saturday, January 7

Go snow

WHAT: Snocross Racing and Freestyle Derby
WHERE: Canterbury Park, Shakopee
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Winter may not have arrived yet in Minnesota, but the professional snowmobile racers will on Saturday, with speed races, stunts, and more daredevil trickery in store starting at 6 p.m. (amateur races in the morning). Learn more at canterburypark.com

Sunday, January 8

Go softly

WHAT: Acoustic Sunday
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
WHEN: For just a $5 cover, you’ll hear some of the best acts in town, unplugged, including Chris Koza, Kevin Bowe, Alison Scott, and Johnny and Molly of Communist Daughter. Learn more at dakotacooks.com

Sunday, January 8

Pop goes the Edo

WHAT: Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is your last chance to get one of the most-talked-about shows of the winter, a colorful and exhaustive trip back through the “pictures of the floating world,” the pop art of 17th-century Japan. Learn more at artsmia.org