Weekend Best Bets: November 25-27

Friday, November 25

Bad Santas

WHAT: The Santaland Diaries
WHERE: New Century Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Frank Theatre brings back its popular take on David Sedaris’s hilarious chronicle of working as an elf in a mall Santaland. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.org

Friday, November 25

Mandolin holiday

WHAT: Peter Ostroushko
WHERE: Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The beloved mandolinist, known from years of regular performances on A Prairie Home Companion, ushers in the holidays with dance tunes. Learn more at fitzgeraldtheatre.org

Saturday, November 26

Dance zeitgeist

WHAT: Choreographer’s Evening
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 and 9:30 p.m.
This annual showcase of local dance, 40 years running, is hosted by choreographer and bon vivant Chris Schlichting. Learn more at walkerart.org

Saturday, November 26

The farce side

WHAT: Charley’s Aunt
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Up-and-coming John Skelley stars in this quintessential farce, complete with misunderstandings and mistaken identities, about a British college student persuaded to impersonate the millionaire aunt of two fellow students hoping to persuade their girlfriends to marry them. Learn more at guthrietheater.org

Sunday, November 27

Classical heavyweight

WHAT: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1
WHERE: Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2 p.m.
Jeremy Denk joins the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as the solo pianist for this blockbuster concert of Beethoven’s famous piano concerto. Learn more at thespco.org

Sunday, November 27

Into the woods

WHAT: Hansel & Gretel
WHERE: Orchestra Hall
WHEN: 2 p.m.
The operatic Baldwin sisters join the Minnesota Orchestra once again for this playful, modern performance of the classic children’s tale. Learn more at minnesotaorchestra.org

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