On the radar
1. Local, handmade, and independent—MCBA’s 10th Annual Book Arts Festival starts the consumer season off right, with demonstrations and activities scattered throughout the day.
2. If you’re looking for something to put on the wall rather than the shelf, make your way to MCAD’s annual art sale, the largest college art sale in the entire U.S. of A.
4. Will Macalester become a regular presenter of indie rock shows in that deep buzzless valley between the Turf Club and Lowertown? They seem to be making a bid in that direction by hosting Architecture in Helsinki on Tuesday night. Just ten bucks, or a fiver for Mac-aroons!
5. “I told my nephews they had to come to A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie,” said a woman Jay spoke with recently. “It’s a Minnesota tradition!” True enough; though there are other great Carols in the Twin Cities (watch for our forthcoming holiday theater guide), there’s nothing quite like visiting Scrooge on his thrusting platform at Big Blue.
Under the radar
1. The Forever Young dance party at the VFW in Uptown will feature iconic (and ironic) music from the likes of Ace of Base, Outkast, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, TLC (etc., etc.) for you to unabashedly shake it to.
4. Vanessa Roth’s American Teacher—an examination of “the struggles of an underpaid profession”—makes its Minnesota premiere at Edison High School, and is incidentally free and open to the public. The documentary is co-produced by Dave Eggers and narrated by Matt Damon.
5. There’s approximately a zero percent chance of being disappointed at the Capri Theater this weekend as the remarkable Regina Williams pays tribute to Nina Simone.
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