Weekend Best Bets: November 17–19

This weekend around the Twin Cities: cheese and chocolate, skating the downtown St. Paul rink, and a “whodunnit” à la Agatha Christie

Friday, November 17

And Then There Were None…

What: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis
Experience the opening night of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, played on Theatre in the Round’s unique circular stage. One of the best-selling mysteries of all time, the story follows ten strangers on an island, murdered one by one. Even if you’ve read the book, don’t expect to know who did it: The market-savvy Christie wrote an entirely new ending when she adapted her work for the stage. Learn more.

Help Art Students Pay Tuition

What: MCAD’s 20th Annual Art Sale
When: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
Looking for something to hang in your living room and impress your relatives during Thanksgiving? MCAD’s annual art sale offers hundreds of works by students and alumni, priced at less than $100 to more than $1000. Artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, glasswork, and just about anything else imaginable. If you miss Friday’s sale, art is still available Saturday. Learn more.

Saturday, November 18

Brewery Birthday Party

What: “A Trip Around the Sun” Annual Party
When: 2 p.m.–Midnight
Where: Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
“A Trip Around the Sun,” the name of Insight Brewing’s annual party, celebrates the brewery’s third birthday this year. It’s also the yearly release of the barrel-aged Gravity Wells line of beers. To go with it, they’ll have food from Red Cow, donuts from Glam Doll Donuts, coffee from UP Coffee Roasters, and live music. Learn more.

Tree-Lighting Tradition

What: Rice Park WinterSkate Opening & Tree Lighting
When: 3:30–10 p.m.
Where: Rice Park WinterSkate, 109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul
Grab your ice skates and head down to Rice Park for the rink’s annual kickoff event. Skating is free (with equipment rental available), but before the rink opens at 7 p.m., there will be photo opportunities with live reindeer, a teddy bear band, ice skating performances, and fireworks leading up to the lighting of 15,000 LED lights in Rice Park. Learn more.

Sunday, November 19

76 Trombones Led the Big Parade

What: 56th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis
It’s a bit chilly for outdoor parades, but no problem: The University of Minnesota Marching Band, directed by Betsy McCann, is putting on its annual indoor performance. The show features both classic tunes from the band’s 125-year history as well as more modern halftime favorites. Learn more.

Wine. Cheese. Chocolate.

What: Cheese & Chocolate
When: Noon–5 p.m.
Where: Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill St. W., Cannon Falls
Eat your fill of cheese and chocolate while you sample Cannon River Winery’s wine selection and listen to local crooner Andrew Walesch sing Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin classics. Check out the creative edible offerings from local artisans for some holiday gift shopping, or save it all for yourself—we won’t judge. Learn more.

All Weekend

A Courthouse Christmas

What: 25th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse
When: 6:30–9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Where: Washington County Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater
On Friday night, the historical Washington County Courthouse puts on a Gala Preview Fundraiser, featuring Northern Vineyards wine, Lift Bridge beer, hors d’oeuvre from local eateries, and live music. On Saturday and Sunday, shop the holiday bazaar, enjoy the festive decorations around the courthouse, and get into the holiday spirit with locally baked goodies. And what’s a Christmas bazaar without a visit from Santa (noon–3 p.m.)? Learn more.