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Things to do around the Twin Cities this week include an ”Ecology of Muppets,” a Y2K dance party, a wedding planning event, and more
Reverend Matt's Monster Science
Reverend Matt’s Monster Science


Henson Heads

What: “The Ecology of Muppets”
When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

The first Friday of each month brings forth Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater’s horrid tribute to “monster science.” The Uptown hub kicks off its 2023 run of this show by the esteemed “Reverend Matt” on Thursday, with a multimedia exploration of the lore of a certain fuzzy, friendly species of monster: the Muppets.

Drag & Dine

What: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” at Roxy’s Cabaret
When: Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. showtime (7 p.m. doors open)
Where: Roxy’s Cabaret, 1333 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

The Twin Cities’ magnificent, recently opened performance space for drag shows, Roxy’s, in Loring Park, hosts an ongoing series of dinner shows celebrating the divas, from Barbra Streisand to Whitney Houston and others. Impersonation is at the heart of this flashy new entertainment venue, and the playful premise of this show is to guess which stars will show up. (Read our 2022 feature on Twin Cities drag here.)

Y2K Dance Party

What: “Y2K: That’s what I call 2000s” dance party
When: Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 p.m.
Where: Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

Exactly as it sounds. Get nostalgic at Icehouse, featuring DJ Shannon Blowtorch.

Bad Taste

What: Midnight Mayhem 2023
When: Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 p.m.
Where: The Main Cinema, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis

At the Main Cinema, this bloody double feature includes “Blood for Dracula” and “Flesh for Frankenstein,” two films made in poor taste by Paul Morrissey. The night’s special guest is beloved local hip-hop artist Nur-D.

Ready for the Aisle

What: Unveiled: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
When: Sunday, Jan. 8, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel-The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

A bridal shower for the bride-to-be and friends. Take note of trends, stay for the fashion show, get pampered at the beauty bar, and check out different cakes and desserts.