What: Chilly Open
When: Feb. 7-8
Where: Wayzata Beach, 220 Grove Lane E., Wayzata
Upwards of 1,700 golfers compete on Lake Minnetonka. Instruments of choice? Clubs, hockey sticks, and tennis balls. Spectators get down with snowkiting, ice skating, snow yoga, on-ice Porsche excursions, and a chili contest that taps big-name local restaurants.
What: Twelfth Night
When: Feb. 8-March 22
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis
In Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, a love triangle gets complicated—and the Guthrie is turning up the love in time for Valentine’s Day.
What: Superman Becomes Lois Lane
When: Feb. 8-March 1
Where: History Theatre, 30 10th St. E., St. Paul
Susan Kimberly, the first transgender woman to become deputy mayor of a major American city (St. Paul), tells her story with heart and wit at St. Paul’s History Theatre.
What: 11th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off
When: Feb. 8
Where: Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Top restaurants compete in a vegan chili cook-off: J. Selby’s, Reverie, Root to Rise, Seed Cafe, Trio Plant-based, and Vegan Affairs MN. First 300 attendees are promise a Kakookies cookie.
What: Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby
When: Feb. 9
Where: Lake Minnetonka
A new dog sled race skirts Lake Minnetonka’s shores, inspired by metro races from the ’30s. Social events include Meet-the-Mushers and Hug-a-Husky, with Lakeside restaurant Lord Fletcher’s hosting weekend events.
What: Yours Truly Chairlift Speed Dating
When: Feb. 9, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Afton Alps, 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings
Have you ever looked at a ski lift and thought, “A futurist architect designed that thing for speed dating”? So did Afton Alps. To start, participants pair off according to compatibility, with help from matchmaking service It’s Just Lunch. Couples go up and ski down together. Afterward, further the conversation in a yurt or request another chairlift match.