Weekend Best Bets: October 23-25

Your weekend guide to the Twin Cities


Beyond the Pale

WHAT: The Thin Veil
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Open Eye Figure Theater
“Think corn on macabre,” reads one pun-and-games description of Kevin Kling’s new one-man show The Thin Veil. The NPR stalwart promises a night of spooky fun, with true horror stories and musings on our hearts, our minds, and our love of being scared: “If it’s hell than you know there’s got to be a hot dish.” You can buy tickets at Open Eye Theater.

Light Feet

WHAT: James Sewell Ballet
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
The Cowles Center is hosting a quartet of short pieces to open the 2015-16 season of the James Sewell Ballet. One is a new piece by James Sewell, one is a redux of his 2012 Grave Matters, and one is the pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s 1858 Le Corsaire. Finally, the ballet will perform the rest of everything, the product of Joanna Kotze’s one-week residency with the company. Tickets at Goldstar.



Sell Your Soul (To Rock and Roll)

WHAT: Darkness Day 2015
WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Surly Brewing Company
Surly Darkness Day is all about heavy beer and heavy metal. Try to guess which of these are from the beer list and which are from the band list: Todd the Axe Man; Dumpster Fire; Dumpster Juice; Damien; Witchden; Bloodiest. We promise it’s three and three, but you’ll have to check out Surly for the answers, more info, and tickets.

A Quiet Night in a Quiet House

WHAT: Victorian Ghost Stories
”‹WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: James J. Hill House
Halloween is a night steeped in tradition and history, and the Minnesota Historical Society is inviting you to take part in a remembrance of Halloweens past. Enjoy dramatic readings of Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and more over a hot cup of cider. MHS says the night is family-friendly, but discourages children under 8 from attending. Be sure to get tickets quick; several of the weekend’s shows have sold out. Find more spooky Halloween haunts here.



Symphony of Horror

WHAT: Nosferatu accompanied by live orchestra
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Parkway Theater
The subtitle of this terrifying vampire silent-film classic in English is A Symphony of Horror, and it was always meant to be accompanied by live music. While the original score has unfortunately vanished, Brien Seyle and Matt Pace of The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra Minnesota have taken a stab at arranging their own. They do not try to imitate the music of the 1920s, but have scored the film for modern audiences. Buy tickets at Vitalculture.

Comedy Cabaret

WHAT: See Jane Sing!
”‹WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Minnesota Orchestra
Jane Lynch, recently of the critically acclaimed television show Glee, is coming to Minneapolis and she’s going to sing. See Jane Sing! is vaudeville reborn: singing and dancing and quick banter between songs. With Kate Flannery (who played Meredith on The Office) and Tim Davis (who helped with the music and singing on Glee.) You can get your tickets at Minnesota Orchestra.