Weekend Best Bets: January 8-10


Mixed Media

WHAT: Dance Flicks Film Festival
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Intermedia Arts
The Twin Cities Film Fest and Christopher Watson Dance Company are merging the aesthetics of dance and cinema with 11 films that explore the possibilities of the human body in motion. Every art form has its own grammar—the rules and conventions that artist and audience agree on so they can understand each other. When two mediums are combined, a whole new set of rules must be invented—which is why it’s exciting. Tickets and more info at Twin Cities Film Fest.

Gallows Humor

WHAT: Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: State Theater
This Tony Award winning musical comedy is a surprising classic. It tells the story of Monty Navarro’s crusade to murder the dozen-or-so members of his family who stand between him and becoming an Earl. It’s based on a 1907 novel and was preceded by a 1949 film that saw Sir Alec Guinness play all eight victims, a sight gag this stage production recreates. You can get tickets at Hennepin Theater Trust, which says the play is actually suitable for children 10 and up.


Snow Party

WHAT: Winter 4Play
WHEN:11 a.m.
WHERE: Snelling Lake Beach
Our state has four seasons to play in. While summer is undoubtedly most Minnesotans’ favorite, winter comes in a close second for those who know how to do it right. That means bonfires, ice fishing, and strapping contraptions to your feet to navigate snow banks. Throw in music and food trucks, and you have the best of both classic and new-millennium Minnesota winter. And if you’re inexperienced, don’t worry—the entire point of 4Play is to experiment. You can read more about it at Eventful, or check out some of the events that have been coordinated to go along with 4Play: Break the Bubble and Newcomer Nosh.

TC Glitterati

WHAT: The Second Annual Winter Bash”‹
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bedlam Lowertown
Minnesota Playlist has been a voice in the Twin Cities performing arts community since 2008. Their Winter Bash is intended to be a place for that community to gather and celebrate the year, but they open the doors to everyone, performer and fan alike. Socialize over drinks, win prizes, and enjoy the music of a live band followed by a dance party. Tickets and more info at Minnesota Playlist.


The Point of It All

WHAT: Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention
WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Tattoos have changed a lot in the last 70 years. For decades, only sailors and those on the fringes were tatted. In the ’70s, they became fashion statements for rock stars. Today, more than a quarter of adults sport ink. Villain Arts is celebrating skin art with a three-day festival of tattoos, burlesque, and sideshows. While the schedules for Friday and Saturday focus on the unruly rockabilly culture of tattoos, Sunday is all about the art, with dozens of contests showing off the best tattoos and artists in the region and beyond. More info at Villain Arts.

Two Guitars and a Foot Drum

WHAT: Charlie Parr”‹
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Turf Club
Charlie Parr is a Minnesota treasure, a brilliant regional star whose not rising to national acclaim baffles. His bluesy acoustic music reverberates with a wintery Northwoods charm, which, like Parr himself, is best suited for an intimate venue such as the Turf Club. Tickets and more info at Turf Club.