On the radar
1. One Minneapolis, One Read is the city’s first ever community read. The overarching issue of the book (The Grace of Silence by Michelle Norris) deals with race, so there will inevitably be heated discussion at Julie Landsman’s TalkAbout on Saturday at Homewood Studio.
2. Brought to you by the makers of the Zombie Pub Crawl is the Santa Pub Crawl. Now in its third year, the drink specials scattered through St. Paul Saturday night give you yet another excuse to get drunk and dress like Santa.
3. First organized by Curtiss A in 1980 as a spontaneous tribute to the fallen Beatle, the 32nd John Lennon tribute and Minnesota Beatle Project release party takes place at First Ave on Thursday, with a range of local artists covering songs by the best band ever.
4. Things to know about the Star Wars Holiday Special: (a) Yes, it’s legit, though George Lucas has tried to suppress it since its one-time showing in 1978. (b) It’s like Four Loko: when people tell you it’s bad, they don’t mean “bad,” they actually mean bad. (c) BEA ARTHUR. (d) Every year MNFilmTV sells out its benefit screenings at the BLB.
5. The holidays heat up as Ballet of the Dolls premieres its burlesque Nutcracker at the Ritz Theater (talk about visions of sugar plums!) and Smitten Kitten hosts a risqué local art fair including Carhartt sex harnesses and “paintings of Santa with his cock out.”
Under the radar
1. Songs of Africa—a concert to raise money for the Itungi, Tanzania Water Development Project—takes place on Friday at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul, presented by Earthtones Chorus directed with special guests Rocky Mjos and Bonnie Hering.
2. It’s Milkweed Editions’ turn for the spotlight this December in the city’s look at the literary presses. Author event An Evening of Travel, Politics, and Prose with Christopher Merrill will take place on Thursday at the Minneapolis Central Library. Then on Wednesday, BirchBark Books hosts an evening of readings by Black Twin Cities Women Writers.
3. Yes, technically, that toaster manufactured in China is an “imported gift”…but you can do better than that. On Sunday, La Conexion de las Americas hosts a fair trade holiday gift sale. For locally-sourced gift ideas, take a spin through the first annual Lowertown Art Show.
4. Take your sweetie, your family, or (probably most likely) your dog on a cozy carriage ride at Thursday’s Loring Park Winter Festival.
5. Mu Performing Arts’ New Eyes Festival concludes on Saturday with Her Back(Bone), a performance by Kavya Yang.
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