Spend your lunch seeing Made Here‘s Radical Recess at the IDS Center with a performances from Anna Shogren, Ananya Dance Theatre, and Robert Keo. The Stupor Bowl Alley Cat bicycle race is now all weekend long and you can pre-register at the Hexagon before the shenanigans (photo cred to the super rad Bjorn Christianson!). There’s a very cool Mississippi River ice sculpture project that uses data to create a 3-D model of the river floor opening at the Mississippi Watershed Mgmt Org. Sheesh: HOTEL at the Kitty Cat Klub has the regular DJs, but also the ultra fresh DJ Str8reppin, which brings the night to an entirely different level of fleek.
We’re strangely excited for the City of Lakes Loppet, particularly the REI Luminary Loppet Party held at the Mall near Isles-Calhoon Lagoon. The Twin Cities Black Film Festival hosts a Black History Month Book Fair and Fundraiser at the Barnes & Noble at the MOA. East Side Pinball hosts a big time pinball tourney with a trophy and free pizza (IFPA endorsed). Better get your tickets now if you want to go to this Saturday’s Beer Dabbler at the St. Peazy Winter Carnival. Hank’s Pick: A bunch of lit types join Sierra DeMulder for the release of her new book Today Means Amen for a big event at honey. Nato Coles and that Blue Diamond Band start a Grumpy’s residency. Aaron Brand makes incredible artwork out of tape, and his new show opens at Showroom. DJ Jonathan Ackerman, the hunkerest DJ in MPLS + STPL, hunkers down at honey for House Party 97, where it’s all ’90s dance music and drinks all night.
The Nomad hosts a wonderfully named Blue Balls Frozen Bocce tournament (the beer will keep you warm). We don’t care at all about the real Super Bowl, but we do care about TECMO Super Bowl, which you can get in on at the Community Keg House‘s retro video game and beer party. Check out a crocheted miniature of the Workhorse Coffee Bar at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul. Get warm with an evening of hot flamenco from both hometown talent and guest artists from Spain at the Cedar Cultural Center.