On the radar
1. Matisyahu may have shaved his beard, but Jewbilee is still going strong—now in its sixth year, the Christmas Eve party for Jews (and Goys who need a drink) is happening at First Avenue.
2. Movies are a part of the holiday festivities for many familes; this year, our critics recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Young Adult, My Week with Marilyn, and The Muppets. (Also watch for my War Horse review, which will be a thumbs-up. If you go, bring Kleenex.)
3. The Walker Art Center’s collection of Merce Cunningham sets and costumes is an extraordinary new acquisition, and the public are currently getting their first peek at the portion of the collection created with Robert Rauschenberg. Stop by to see it if you haven’t, and cap your visit with lunch and/or a specialty drink at Gather.
4. Grant Hart, one of the Twin Cities’ living music legends—he was a founding member of Hüsker Dü—is at the Entry on Thursday for one of his typically intense solo performances.
5. If you need a last-minute gift for the sports fan on your list—particularly one old enough to remember the pre-Dome days—stop by the downtown Minneapolis Barnes & Noble at noon on Thursday to get a copy of Twins at the Met signed by author Bob Showers.
Under the radar
1. Last week I discovered the warm and entertaining “radio play” adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, performed with meal service at the St. Paul Hotel. There are a few remaining performances; though it’s not a cheap ticket ($55 for lunch, $75 for dinner), it’s a special event at one of the Twin Cities’ landmark venues.
3. Also at the BLB, Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumna premieres Man Saved by Condiments, a play based on the true story of a man who, after a crash, subsisted for five days on the contents of his glove compartment.
4. The visual playground/dance night Recess holds down at the Varsity on Christmas Eve Eve with special guest DJ Willy Joy, here all the way from the Windy City.
5. In another fun event making Dinkytown the place to be on the 23rd, the sartorially/musically fanciful Golden Bubbles are helming a festive holiday show at the Kitty Cat Klub.
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