Weekend Best Bets: Nov. 22-24

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Charlie Parr, art at Mia, Christmas at the Jungle, and more
Winter Lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Winter Lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Photo by Jason Boudreau Landis

Sugarplum Pastoral

What: Winter Lights at the Arboretum
When: Nov. 22-Jan. 5
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum illuminates its gardens with festive displays and unveils its enormous poinsettia tree on Thursday (Nov. 21). Then, on Friday, walking tours open among 14 light-up vignettes, with twinkling botanical setups in the gardens.

On Parr

What: Charlie Parr
When: Nov. 21-22
Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis

Charlie Parr releases new record Charlie Parr with two shows marking his annual return to the Cedar Cultural Center. The much-loved Minnesotan’s 15th studio album comes after an accident, less than a year ago, that forced him to relearn guitar and compelled him to reflect on his catalogue.

St. Paul Standard

What: Black Nativity
When: Nov. 21-Dec. 22
Where: Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul

In St. Paul, Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy stages Langston Hughes’ gospel-tinted holiday classic, with choreography by the local TU Dance.

FOMO at MIA

What: Alyssa BagussWish You Were Never Here
When: Nov. 21-March 1
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Minnesota artist Alyssa Baguss explores our constant yearning to be somewhere else and the way technology continually breaks our bond with the outdoors, constructing three new works.

Ode to Wilco

What: Wilco – Ode to Joy Tour
When: Nov. 22-24
Where: Palace Theatre, 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul

Wilco returns with an album of big folk and earned joy, touring Ode to Joy nationwide and playing three shows in St. Paul.

Cookie-Cutter ‘Hoods

What: Gingerbread Wonderland
When: Nov. 22-Jan. 5
Where: Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

Frosted mini-Twin Cities buildings go on display under festive lighting for the fifth Gingerbread Wonderland.

Tall Tails

What: Storytelling: Julie Buffalohead
When: Nov. 23-Sept. 6
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

In three large-scale diptychs and two smaller works, artist Julie Buffalohead tells visual tales starring animal characters, exploring agency and individuality while blending the mythical with the ordinary.

Merry Mary Bennet

What: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
When: Nov. 23-Dec. 29
Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

The popular, contemporary sequel to Jane Austen’s blockbuster novel puts the characters in Christmas mode. It returns to the Jungle, spotlighting Mary, who rejects her place in the background.

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