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More Weekend Happenings: Stage, Screen & In-Betwee

Gamut Gallery

Stage Shows

Lots of really good stuff this weekend: 12,828 Days in This Body mixes screen prints with a movement duet at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. [INFO] Can you speed up the process of making a rock by drinking coffee? We can’t wait to find out at Big Old Rock at Open Eye Theater. [INFO] A Cold War conspiracy full of 80s power ballads? That’s exactly what Chess at Gremlin Theatre is! [INFO] Do you take Star Trek over Star Wars (refuse to believe the positive reviews)? A Klingon Christmas Carol returns and lands at the historic Mounds Theater. [INFO


Dosh and his friends have been playing Cedar show for 10 years now and you can help them celebrate. [TIX] Do you take Star Wars over Star Trek? Think the new one is as good as the reviews are saying? How can you possibly do that? Well, if so you should definitely go see the In A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . . at Gamut Gallery that runs all weekend and free on Friday. (Pictured)  (93% fresh on the new Star Wars has to be a mistake.) [INFO]


Every new Public Functionary show is a cause celebre, and the upcoming show is Drew Peterson: Hurry Up and Wait and looks at the MPLS-based artist’s stripped down approach to screen printing. [INFO] Element Boxing has a very cool auction for their new Element Foundation for Youth scholarships and programming at the gym. [INFO] Lots of stuff happening at Can Can Wonderland over the whole weekend, including sets from DJ Queen Coopa. [FB

Manchita, Kristoff Krane & Sophia Eris

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What could possibly be better than seeing an insane bill with Kristoff Krane (who we’re glad to be hearing quite a bit of on the airwaves this week), rap hellion Manchita, and breakout Lizzo DJ and spectacular solo artist Sophia Eris? Seeing them at the award-winning Modist Brewing’s tap room, where you’ll be right up close, body shaking from their beats, drinking Dilly Dillys and Phreshes. Definitely grab tickets ahead of time and congrats to our ticket winner Lauren H! Friday, 8:30 PM. $8 advance, $10 door. —Hank Stacks

Modist Brewing, 505 North 3rd St, MPLS; 

Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience + The Transsexual Empire Strikes Back

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Some of the best trans women and AMAB nonbinary writers in the country stop into MPLS as a part of Heartspark Press‘s Great Lakes tour. The big event, Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience, features around a dozen performers—whose work has been featured everywhere from McSweeny’s to Vice magazine to underground zines, not to mention winning several awards and fellowships—presenting work Friday night at the Phoenix Theater. There’s also the very cool The Transsexual Empire Strikes Back (can the new Star Wars really be that good, it can’t be) with some of the evenings’ performers making a 3 PM appearance at Boneshaker Books. Friday, 7:30 PM. $10, pay what you can.Tracy Oxford

Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;

Tom Petty Celebration

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If you missed your chance to pay tribute to Tom Petty right when he died, do the right thing and take in this weekend’s big celebration from Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band. They’ll be playing a bunch of the Petty catalog, including some of the great wilder deep cuts and some limited Petty/Heartbreakers live band karaoke, and Americana punk rockers from La Crosse Barely Losing and bluegrass Petty tribute The Grass Is Growing will be adding in some different musical variants of Petty’s iconic music. Friday, 9:30 PM. Free.Paul Cajun

331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE, MPLS;

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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It’s mid-December, and you know what that means! Holiday movies! Classics like Frosty the Snowman and It’s A Wonderful Life . . . and Star Wars? . . . and Lord of the Rings? Anyway, the fantasy holiday trilogy tradition returns to the Riverview Theater with its one ring to rule them all, cosplaying fans, pizza sold in the lobby between films, and all Sunday-long 730 minute(!) run time. We recommend getting there early with your seating strategy pre-planned—if you’re going to lock in an aisle seat or try sit with all of your own fellowship. Sunday, 10:45 AM. $12 advance, $15 door.Tyler Arwen

The Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S, MPLS;