Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 6-11

Things to do this weekend around the Twin Cities: Annie Mack, ice skating, puppies, and more

Nordic Fun

What:  Winter SKOLstice
When: Thursday, Jan 4-Sunday, Feb 27
Where: Vikings Lakes, 2611 Nordic Way, Eagan

Ice skating, pond hockey tournaments, curling practice, Olympics watch parties, and holiday lights are all part of the new Winter SKOLstice outdoor recreation program at the Minnesota Vikings training facility grounds in Eagan. Bring your skates to spin around the rink on the Omni Vikings Lakes Hotel patio or join a nightly pond hockey league on the north lake of the campus.


Golden retrievers at the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show.


The Big Dogs

What:  Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show
When: Friday, Jan. 7-Sunday, Jan. 9
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre,

Nearly 200 breeds of dogs—including the newly eligible Russian Toy—compete for American Kennel Club awards at this popular annual event that includes demonstrations, obedience training, a puppy party, and K-9 units.

Annie Mack

What:  Annie Mack’s “Testify” EP Release
When: Friday, Jan. 7; 7 pm
Where: The Dakota

Blues vocalist Annie Mack is a favorite Twin Cities performer known for her folk, gospel, and rock influences. Celebrate her new EP, Testify, which she co-produced, at this release party.

Rednecks Researched

What:  An Evening with Joe Bob Briggs // How Rednecks Saved Hollywood
When: Saturday, Jan. 8; 8 pm
Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Deemed “the Ken Burns of redneck movie history,” Joe Bob Briggs spends a breakneck two hours deconstructing and reconstructing the history of rednecks in film. See clips ranging from Thunder Road to Cannonball, Forrest Gump to Sling Blade and discover why the redneck is the “scariest monster” in film.

Adverts On Point

What:  2021 British Arrows Awards
When: Online through Sunday, Jan. 16
Where: Streaming through Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

Now in its 35th year, the British Arrows Awards is a screening of the best of British advertisers from 2021, including works from directors Spike Jonze and Taika Waititi. The programming has just been extended to Jan. 16.

Gander This

What:  Come From Away
When: Opens Tuesday, Jan. 11
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Based on a true story, this Best Musical Broadway hit tells the story of residents in a small town in Canada who welcomed thousands of stranded travelers after their flights were diverted to the area airport in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

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