Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 21-24

Things to do around the Twin Cities this weekend: Stillwater’s Ice Palace Maze, MLK Day continues, the Ordway at home, and more
The Ordway will stream the Red Hot Chilli Pipers
The Ordway will stream the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Courtesy of the Ordway

12,000 Years in the Making

What: Virtual Book Launch of Minnesota’s Natural Heritage
When: Jan. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul (available to the public via Zoom link)

Join experts on Minnesota’s natural history and ecology as they chat about this new, comprehensive, beautifully illustrated book all about how our state formed, from glaciers to lakes to prairies.

Continuing to Celebrate MLK

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations
When: Jan. 21
Where: Virtual (hosted by Minneapolis College and MNHS)

MLK Day continues all week long, culminating in Minneapolis College’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and a town hall-style meeting on racial healing and social justice (3-4 p.m.). Then, tune in to the Minnesota Historical Society’s program about the late John Lewis, U.S. representative and inspirational civil rights activist.

Get Lost in an Ice Labyrinth

What: Grand Opening of Stillwater’s Ice Palace Maze
When: Jan. 22-Feb. 28; Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
Where: Zephyr Theatre Parking Lot, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wander through Elsa’s castle from Frozen? This weekend, you can get pretty close. Stillwater’s Zephyr Theatre and Minnesota Ice (minnesota-ice.com/) present this 9-foot-tall, half-mile-long magical maze made entirely of ice. Plus, there’s an ice slide for the kids, an ice bar for the adults, and hot cocoa and s’mores for all ages.

The Ordway at Home

What: Winter Weekends with the Ordway
Jan. 22-Feb. 21
Ordway website

The Ordway will begin to stream concerts, Fridays through Sundays, through February, with a pay-what-you-wish model. Acts include Lee Rocker, Grammy-nominated Stray Cats founder; Naturally 7, an a cappella-style group; the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a rock group that emphasizes bagpipes; the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, a salsa ensemble from New York City; and Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, a zydeco- and Cajun-inspired band from Louisiana.

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