Weekend Best Bets: Dec. 27-29

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Kwanzaa, end-of-year comedy, music, and more
Lizz Winstead
Lizz Winstead

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Local Treasure

What: Nick Swardson at Treasure Island
When: Dec. 27
Where: Treasure Island Resort & Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch

Twin Cities-bred comic Nick Swardson has gone from early-career standup at Minneapolis’ Acme Comedy Co. to shows on Comedy Central and, now, back—to Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Blues Christmas

What: Randy Sabien and Corky Siegel’s Holiday Show
When: Dec. 27-28
Where: Crooners Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis

To round out the holiday season, Corky Siegel pairs his harmonica with Randy Sabien’s violin for a jazzy, bluesy send-off.

All Grown Up

What: Peter Pan & Wendy
When: Dec. 27-30
Where: Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 Fourth St. S., Minneapolis

Peter Pan and Wendy, now 23, reunite—and push the old story in new directions. The two-person show highlights trans identity as the duo explore girlhood, boyhood, and their new selves.

Laughing into 2020

What: End of the Decade Comedy Weekend
When: Dec. 27-31
Where: Cinema Grill, 2749 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope

Comedian Tiffany Norton hosts a weekend of laughs for the end of the decade—all the way up to New Year’s Eve. Featured comics include Gabe Noah and Shannan Paul.

Kwanzaa at Midtown

What: Kwanzaa at Midtown Global Market
When: Dec. 28
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

The Midtown Global Market food hall celebrates African and African American heritage with live music, a traditional ceremony, games, soul food, crafts, and more.

Try Lizz Instead

What: Lizz Winstead: Sharknado X
When: Dec. 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

Comedian, The Daily Show co-creator, and Minnesota native Lizz Winstead has summarized the year, each year, for the past 10 years. She does it with snark, clearing the way for another shot. Catch her at the Cedar Cultural Center as she takes on not just 2019 but the entire past decade.

Gully Boys at First Ave

What: Gully Boys
When: Dec. 29
Where: First Avenue, 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

Minneapolis’ beloved three-piece brings their youthful, genre-flouting energy to the 7th Street Entry stage, with guests Lydia Liza and Tiny Deaths.

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