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This week around the Twin Cities: Twin Cities Book Festival, Black Flea Market, horror double feature, and more

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Growth You Can See

What: Not Your Garden Variety Show! (Livestream)
When: October 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Register online

Join Urban Roots for its annual fundraising event this week to support the nonprofit’s vibrant programming. Located on Saint Paul’s East Side, Urban Roots works tirelessly to improve community health, support the environment, and empower young leaders in the Twin Cities. Urban Roots will be teaming up with two-time James Beard Award–winning production company the Perennial Plate to produce a variety show featuring writer and chef Samin Nosrat; environmentalist, activist, and farmer Winona LaDuke; Twin Cities chef Yia Vang (with Mama Yang); musician Lucy Michelle; and pollinator “queen bee” Erin Rupp. The live auction can be found here—for checking out gifts, getaways, and deals while contributing to Urban Roots’ mission of community development.

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Rock ‘n’ Rock Online

What: Rock concert with the Dirty Nil: “Dancing 2 Thrash”
When: Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Online

This Thursday, October 15, join Canadian rock band the Dirty Nil for a virtual concert presented by 93X KXXR, live from Minneapolis. Music blog BrooklynVegan has called the Dirty Nil “a band who beg to be seen live,” but this will have to be the next best thing, as fans will get a chance to experience a taste of the high-velocity live show from home. The trio has been praised by Billboard, Stereogum, Pitchfork, and more, with NOISEY calling the group’s 2018 record, Master Volume, “the album rock ’n’ roll deserves.”

Readers’ Choice

What: 2020 Virtual Twin Cities Book Festival
When: October 15-17, events from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (view schedule here)
Where: Visit TCBF online at twincitiesbookfestival.com

This year, the twentieth Twin Cities Book Festival goes virtual. The online fest features a lineup of more than three dozen authors presenting books for all ages, plus over eighty exhibitors. (Usually, the event would draw readers to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.)

Bugging Out

What: Bug Girl
When: October 15-24, 7 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Update: Bug Girl is sold out, sadly. Keep an eye out for ticket cancellations at openeyetheatre.org

Bug Girl is the story of a young girl who grows wings and shrinks in size after swallowing a strange insect. After her transformation, she is driven to consume the minds of those around her. Bug Girl travels between worlds, searching for a way to control her new powers. The show will run on the Bakken Museum’s spacious green roof and audience members must wear masks. City Pages praised Bug Girl, saying “Creator Liz Howls and her hardworking team create incredible effects as they play with scale on adjacent screen panels.” Drawing inspiration from graphic novels, pulp comic book, and B-horror movies, this show is bound to be a great one. Bug Girl will also include live pre-show music.

Actor Duane Jones, the star of a Trylon Cinema double feature
Actor Duane Jones, the star of a Trylon Cinema double feature

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Twice the Fright

What: Celebration of Duane Jones: Night of the Living Dead and Ganja & Hess
When: October 16-18 (view showtimes here)
Where: Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St., Minneapolis

This weekend, Trylon is hosting a back-to-back film festival to celebrate the work of Duane Jones, who made his mark on horror-movie history with his role in Night of the Living Dead (1968) as Ben, the film’s hero. The film—a blend of Cold War creature feature and Civil Rights–era social commentary—has been restored from the original negative. The second film presented will be the rarely screened Ganja & Hess (1972). After getting stabbed with an ancient knife, archaeologist Hess Green (Jones) begins craving blood. The critically lauded art-house film failed to gain box office traction, and some say that’s because it refused to gratify white audiences.

Socially Conscious Shopping Spree

What: Midtown Global Market’s Black Flea Market
When: October 16-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

After the success of the Black State Fair in August, producer Destinee Shelby and her team at Baked Brand, LLC, are excited to present a Black Flea Market at Midtown Global Market. Vendors will be arranged throughout the Market, with more than a dozen Black business owners are set to participate. Admission is free, and you can expect everything from barbecue and tasty treats to beauty and wellness products, clothing, candles, and other décor items. Many local businesses have been struggling due to the pandemic and the unrest, especially on Lake Street, so this is a great opportunity to show your support. Guests over 3 years old must wear masks and use hand sanitizer at the Market.

Businesses confirmed to participate include Baked Brand, Bratty Hair Creations, Buns & Guns, Chuarts, CrownTheWriter, D’Luxuries & Co., D Mo’s Place, E&G Styles Boutique, Herbs & Beauty, Hunt for Variety, Kid Editionz, Mari & Fo’s Hotspot, Notetorius, Prosperity Rose, LLC, Seductive Lashes, Strawberries N’ Things, Take Care Skin, the Home Grown Company, the Laboratory Skin Company, Thought Healing, Wigs by Mi, and Zen Zone.

"Corduroy" at the Children's Theatre Company
“Corduroy” at the Children’s Theatre Company

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Cuddly Classic

What: Children’s Theatre Company’s digital production of Corduroy
When: Through October 25, 90-minute runtime
Where: Online

Enjoy Children’s Theater Company’s stage production based on the classic children’s books Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, from the comfort of your own home. Adapted by playwright Barry Kornhauser and directed by CTC’s artistic director Peter C. Brosius, the show features a touching and nostalgic story of Corduroy the bear searching through his department store for his beloved missing button. Meanwhile, Lisa attempts to convince her mother to let her take Corduroy home as the Night Watchmen searches for the bear to return him to his shelf.

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