Arts Orbit Radar 11/24/11

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On the radar

1. With Thanksgiving out of the way, holiday theater takes over full time. A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol and The Harty Boys Save Christmas start their runs on Friday at New Century Theatre and Bryant-Lake Bowl respectively. Browse this year’s comprehensive guide to all shows in production this season.

2. Brandi Carlile is the headliner at the Fitzgerald Theatre back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday. Fans of the acoustic soloist are asked to bring unopened and unwrapped gifts to donate to Toys for Tots.

3. Minnesota favorite Mason Jennings woos an already-wooed crowd at First Avenue on Saturday with his new album Minnesota. 

4. For four decades, the annual Choreographers’ Evening at the Walker Art Center has been one of the essential events for fans of our stellar local dance scene. Saturday night, see what all the fuss is about.

5. The Replacements tribute at First Avenue is one of the loosest, most fun events to hit the famous club each year. Things get even looser this year as an all-star lineup of local vocalists yelp their way through the Mats’ 1981 debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash.

Under the radar

1.The Tellebration storytelling festival at Open Book Friday and Saturday features a “World of Stories” theme with guests like deaf storyteller Peter Cook, Story SlamMN champion Ward Rubrecht, and other worldly raconteurs.

2. If, for whatever reason, you didn’t consume enough Thursday-Friday (and you happen to be in the area), stop by Franconia Sculpture Park for a potluck soiree to continue the festive tradition of eating.

3. The Triple Rock is always a great refuge for those who’ve had enough family time by Thanksgiving night—all the more so this year, as the late great local band Aneuretical reunite for their first gig in years.

4. Local Hmong rapper and spoken-word artist Tou SaiKo Lee recently returned to his birth country of Thailand, and Daily Planet contributor Justin Schell was there to document the journey. Both Lee and Schell will be at the U on Wednesday for a discussion and screening of their film Travel in Spirals.

5. The Playatta-fueled audiovisual playground Recess returns to the Varsity Theater on Friday for you to get your ya-yas out in high style.


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