Weekend Best Bets: November 13-15



WHAT: Sight Unseen Music, Film, and Art Festival
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: All around town
Started in 1999 to feature “films on music,” the sixteenth Sound Unseen music/art/film festival remains true to its original intent. Friday’s offerings include a biography of one one of America’s last great rock DJs and a slice-of-life from the rock scene in Mongolia’s capital city. It also gets a little experimental with Laurie Anderson’s “personal film essay,” Heart of a Dog. The festival runs from Nov. 11-15 with concerts, films, and parties sprinkled liberally through the weekend.

Speculative Sounds

WHAT: Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Studio Z
That’s right, the Twin Cities are hosting not one but two different festivals this weekend. The Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret focuses on the local music scene, showcases the rising talents of the TC avant garde in multiple genres including jazz, world music, improvisation, and more. Friday night has performances by Alyssa Anderson and Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, the Dave Hagedorn Quartet, and festival-namesakes Zeitgeist. You can find a full schedule for the weekend and buy tickets at Zeitgeist.


Treasure Hunt

WHAT: Minneapolis Craft’za
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Grain Belt Bottling House
This Etsy-in-real-life art market is a celebration of the same folk ethos that gave rise to the arts-and-crafts movement more than a hundred years ago. Jury-selected artists will be offering their unique, hand-crafted pieces of art, jewelry, clothing, and more. Gastrotruck will be parked right outside, offering handcrafted Midwest cuisine. For more info (and to look at some of the products) visit Minneapolis Craft’za.

Half-time All The Time

WHAT: 54th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert
”‹WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Northrup
”‹There aren’t many bands with a century of history, but the University of Minnesota Marching Band has been taking the field for 120 years. Annually for the last 54 years, they have taken the stage for their annual indoor concert at Northrup. This year they’re playing old favorites like “The Sound of Music” and chart-toppers such as “Uptown Funk”. You can buy tickets through the University.


Country Brunch

WHAT: Harvest and Sangria Bar Brunch
WHEN: 12 p.m.
WHERE: Schram Vineyards
Escaping from the cities, even if it’s only for a day every now and then, is a spiritual necessity. If it’s been too long since you’ve breathed some country air, take a little drive out to Waconia this Sunday to this family-run winery/brewery. Forsyth Catering will be serving up quiche, scones, fresh fruit, and pumpkin bread pudding. Also: Sangria bar. Visit Schram Vineyards for more info.

Foodies Unite

WHAT: The Charlie Awards
”‹WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pantages Theater
This fifth-annual celebration of the Twin Cities culinary arts promises to be an emotional night: A few well-loved establishments have closed, while a dozen more have opened since the 2014 Charlies. (MNMO’s Valerie Turgeon recently explored the history, parties, and after-parties of the Charlies.) Buy tickets at Hennepin Theater Trust.