Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 21-23

This weekend in the Twin Cities: snow sculptures, Greek wine tasting, and more
Past snow sculptures created by participating teams at the World Snow Sculpting Competition
Past snow sculptures created by participating teams at the World Snow Sculpting Competition

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What: The Current’s 17th Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, Jan. 22; 7:45 p.m.
Where: First Avenue, 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

What better way to celebrate 17 years of The Current than with live music? A great lineup of musicians will take the stage in First Avenue’s Mainroom, including Low Cut Connie, Jade Bird, and local artists Kiss the Tiger and Miloe.

Cold Creations

What: World Snow Sculpting Championship
When: Through Sunday, Jan. 23
Where: Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater

Teams from around the world will show off their best snow sculpting skills in hopes of being named the world champion. Visitors can browse the extravagant winter artwork while sipping on beer and enjoying concessions.

An ’80s Musical

What: An Officer and a Gentleman
When: Various dates through Sunday, Jan. 23
Where: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Based on the Oscar-winning film, this musical tells the story of Zack Mayo, a young U.S. Navy trainee who’s journey to self-discovery involves romance, tragedy, and courage. The score includes a handful of ’80s hits from artists like Pat Benatar, Survivor, Styx, and more.

Wine and Dine

What: Greek Wine Flights–Winter Edition
When: Saturday, Jan. 22; 2 p.m.
Where: The Naughty Greek, 2400 University Ave. W., St. Paul

This wine tasting experience offers a brief escape from Minnesota winter to the sunny Grecian shores. The event will highlight wines from four Greek grape varieties, paired with chef-prepared specialty dishes.

Australian Alt-Rock 

What: Courtney Barnett with Julia Jacklin
When: Saturday, Jan. 22; 9 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 17 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul

Australian-born alternative rock artist Courtney Barnett will take the stage following the release of her newest album, Things Take Time, Take Time. Opening for Barnett is fellow Aussie rockstar Julia Jacklin.

Cool Art

What:  Art Shanty Projects
When: Opens Saturday, Jan. 15; Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m .
Where: 
Northwest corner of Bde Unma/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

This popular event is back this year with artists creating colorful and artistic ice shanties and other interactive activities and performances on a frozen portion of Bde Unma/Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. New this year, all events will be completely outdoors and allow for social distancing.

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