Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 3-5

This weekend around the Twin Cities: dance, photos, dogs, Music Under Glass, margaritas with improv
"Blue Monarch," John Beaver
“Blue Monarch,” by John Beaver, as seen at Artistry this weekend

Courtesy of Artistry

Who’s a Good Boy?

What: Land O’Lakes Dog Show
When: Jan. 3-5
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Minnesota’s best in show strut their adorable, genetically tailored stuff while you check out exhibits, shopping, and dog seminars.

Margaritas on the Fly

What: Lorna Landvik’s Party in the Rec Room
When: Jan. 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Author and live-wire entertainer Lorna Landvik returns to Bryant Lake Bowl with her one-of-a-kind improv show. Flying solo, she takes suggestions from the audience, quickly devises characters, and lets loose with monologues onstage. With eight performances this month, there just aren’t a lot of people like Landvik out there. There aren’t a lot of shows wherein the lead fixes you a margarita, either.

Barely There

What: The Ephemeral Is Real
When: Jan. 3-Feb. 23
Where: Artistry, Atrium Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington

Artist John Beaver mixes technical wizardry with old photographic processes, producing fascinating manipulations that take a moment to register on the eye. At Artistry, he embraces the ephemeral, starting with black-and-white paper negatives.

No Filter

What: Just Kids
When: Jan. 4 opening
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Middle and high school students helped design Mia’s new exhibit, focused on “the complex relationship between young people and photography.” Those students also helped write and edit the gallery texts for almost 200 objects, including photos and photo books. “We live in a time when photography has never mattered more to the lives of children,” exhibit organizer Casey Riley says. “They are represented in millions of images, they communicate in images, and they care about photography—they’re making and sharing pictures all day, every day. They have broad expertise in the field and deserve to share it.” It’s not Snapchat, mom; it’s my art.

Open to Suggestions

What: Shaamya – Of Equality
When: Jan. 5, 2 p.m.
Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Katha Dance Theatre wants your input. The company has enriched the Twin Cities with northern Indian classical dance, and now, teaming up with musician and state treasure J.D. Steele (of the Steeles), they’re staging a work-in-progress. Inspired by 20th-century poet and activist Kazi Nazrul Islam, choreographer Rita Mustaphi has thought about how the oppression Nazrul Islam faced resonates today. Accompanying the live music and dance, writer Ifrah Mansour will perform her poetry. And, to round out the evening, a 20-minute Q&A will solicit feedback ahead of the production’s final version, to debut next October.

Music to Watch Plants To

What: Music Under Glass
When: Jan. 5-March 1
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul

Minnesotans know to prep for the Jan-Feb drag. We’ve got plenty of things to do to stay warm. Among them: the Music Under Glass series. At the Como Park Conservatory, this live music showcase—set among tropical plants—kicks off with Fellow Pynins, a contemporary folk duo, on Sunday. Seven more shows follow, through March 1.

Tell Us How You Really Feel

What: Scream It Off Screen
When: Jan. 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

If you haven’t heard of this monthly series, it’s time you did. Don’t like the movie that’s playing onscreen? Just start screaming until they shut it down. At Parkway Theater, the premise is just that. Random filmmakers submit 15-minute shorts. After the first three minutes, the crowd—either mercilessly boisterous or serenely transfixed—determines whether each continues or crashes.

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