Weekend Best Bets: October 30-November 1

Friday

Prize-Writer

WHAT: Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James
WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Hopkins Center for the Arts
The Friends of the Hennepin County Library secured local author Marlon James as the second speaker in their PenPals series before anyone knew he would be rocketed to international fame less than a month before the event. James’ novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary honors in the world. Visit Hopkins Art Center to get tickets.

Spooky Spokes

WHAT: The Ghost Ride
WHEN: 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lakewood Cemetery
The temperature is falling like a dry leaf, and the temptation to stay in with Netflix and your favorite indulgence is growing. Fight the urge to slide into hibernation with a 10-mile midnight bike ride that includes occasional stops for ghost stories, mischief, and beer. Plus, the Ghost Ride is an opportunity to break out your Halloween costume a night early. You can connect to other attendees at the Facebook event page.


Saturday

Spirited Performance

WHAT: Bare Bones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hidden Falls Park
Last year it had giant mechanical dinosaurs, aerial silk dancers, and fire breathers. The Bare Bones Halloween show is dedicated to the things we experience but can’t explain: the death of a loved one, the anxiety that someday we’ll all go the way of the dinosaurs. It’s not scary or sad, just a reminder that we’re part of a community which together faces the same destiny. It’s free, but consider supporting this Minneapolis institution either at the door or online. Bring a blanket or two, and stick around after for hot cider.

Dancing and Debauchery

WHAT: BLACK: Halloween Party
”‹WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: IDS Center
Ignite Models and V2 is throwing a Halloween party straight out of a movie: half a dozen DJs, four themed rooms to wander, and a $500 prize for best costume. It all happens on the top floor of the IDS Center, looking down on the lights of the city. The Facebook event page promises even more thrills. You can get tickets and here.


Sunday

A Familiar Face

WHAT: David Sedaris
”‹WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: State Theater
For a few years now, best-selling writer David Sedaris has made an annual pilgrimage from his home in West Sussex, England, to the Twin Cities to entertain us with his Grammy Award-nominated humor. Sedaris has spanned more than twenty years, from 1992’s SantaLand Diaries to 2013’s Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. You can get tickets from Ticket Master.

Day of the Dead

WHAT: Festival De Las Calaveras
”‹”‹WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Cedar Cultural Center
The Twin Cities are a cultural mosaic of Scandinavian, East African, and Latin American influences, the gaps filled and sealed with ice. The Cedar, Tlalnepantla Arts and The Zenteotl Project are hosting a Dia de las Muertas celebration of the blending of Latin American cultures that has happened in Minnesota. Performances are by emcee Maria Isa, DJ Don Cuco, Afro-Mestizo band Son Monarcas, and more. You can buy tickets and listen to songs by some of the performers at Cedar Cultural Center.

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