Weekend Best Bets: November 6-8


International Cinema

WHAT: Mizna Arab Film Festival
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater
The Mizna Arab Film Festival’s offerings include a romantic comedy (Single, Married, Divorced), a claymation story of Israeli and Palestine (The Wanted 18), and a documentary about the conflict in Sudan (Beats of the Antonov). The festival opens Thursday night and runs through Sunday. Check out the full schedule and buy tickets at Mizna Blog.

Mr. Universe

WHAT: Jim Gaffigan
”‹WHEN: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: State Theater
The Palest Man in Show Business is bringing his quick, quiet sense of humor to the State Theater. Dubbed the “King of Clean” by the Wall Street Journal, Gaffigan is known for laugh-out-loud comedy that manages to be family-friendly without being corny, so you can go solo, take a date, or bring the kids. Get tickets at Hennepin Theater Trust.


Art on the Radio

WHAT: MN Original at Art Attack
WHEN: Noon
WHERE: Northrup King Building
All weekend, the Northrup King Building (actually a ten-building complex) will be filled with more than 200 artists displaying their works. On Saturday, the second floor gallery space will be taken over by TPT’s award winning weekly arts series MN Original, with a special guest artist, interactive art activities, an MN Original viewing area, and an Instagram takeover. Learn more at Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association.

Acoustic Rock

WHAT: Yo La Tengo
”‹”‹WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Pantages Theater
Yo La Tengo has been rocking since their first album was released in 1986, and are on the road promoting their latest, Stuff Like That. They’re doing an instrumental show in Minneapolis with Dave Schramm, an original member who hasn’t been part of the band for 25 years. His inclusion turns the trio into a quartet and makes Yo La Tengo’s sophisticated pop sound that much richer. You can get tickets at Hennepin Theater Trust.


Elbows, Knees, and Speed

WHAT: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championship
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium
The WFTDA is the FIFA of roller derby, with 18 countries represented. This year, teams will come from as far away as London to compete in the international championship, hosted by the Minnesota Roller Girls. Cheer on our own hometown gals, or go just watch some seriously full-contact skating. The tournament runs Friday-Sunday. More info and tickets at WFTDA.

Laments and Arias

WHAT: Send Help—Narcissus, Ariadne, and other Masters of Complication
”‹WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Baroque Room
St. Paul soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw has been lauded by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and others. She will be backed in St. Paul’s Baroque Room by an eclectic instrumentation of harpsichord, triple harp, electric guitar and toy piano for a commedia dell’arte-inspired performance. Buy tickets at the Baroque Room.