DJ Keezy is back with the KLITUATION, an all-woman dance night that will once again dominate First Avenue’s Mainroom with an unparalleled platform for ladies in the Twin Cities hip-hop/R&B scenes. For this December 23rd installment, Keezy will get help from Lexii Alijai, Maria Isa, Dj Sophia Eris, Sarah White, Manchita, Lady Midnight, Micamaryjane, Dj Shannon Blowtorch, Destiny Roberts, Mayda, and a dozen more performers and artists, in filling up the club with beats, moves, and great party vibes. It’s not something any fan of dance nights can miss. Saturday, 9:30 PM. $15.
Regular Readers know we think KLITUATION is one of the most fun parties in Twincy, so we want as many of you to go as possible. Reply to this email with who you’d bring for a chance at free tickets, we got a couple so we can send multiple winners!
The fast and furious Ripper have been spending the month of December spreading the best gift they can give—High octane rock ‘n’ roll! For free!—and tonight they’re joined by Jeff Allen (formerly of the beloved Plastic Constellations) up-tempo and melodic band Tyte Jeff (speaking of fun song titles, “From the Mouths of Major Babes”!) and talented Josh Harmony & Co.. We’re big fans of Harmony’s older tunes like “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” as much as his newer rock pop like RollerCoaster, so we’ll see you there early to catch all the acts. 9 PM. Free. —Paul Cajun
Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave S, MPLS; nomadpub.com
If you’re up for a movie tonight, but want something with more creativity and fewer plot holes than, say, a certain inescapable blockbuster film that’s out right now, head to Bryant Lake Bowl for the December installment of FilmNorth‘s Cinema Lounge. Local indie filmmakers will be on hand to see short films from Alan Tracy, Micah Dahl, Matthew Dressel, and Mark Hanson and Cameron Nelson (a slate curated by Valérie Déus), and hear them in discussion with host Joshua Carlon. Plus, just like a VIP movie theater, the BLB cabaret also has drinks available while you watch. 7 PM. Free. —Curt Stanski
Bryant Lake Theater, 810 W Lake St, MPLS; bryantlakebowl.com
For the past 94 weeks we’ve been on a wild adventure all across Twincy hunting for burgers. We learned so much on this ride and it all felt like one giant party between buns. The restaurants, the chefs, the service, and all the owners that help to elevate the greatest sandwich ever, we thank you! Without a doubt Minnesota, and especially the MSP area, has taken the lead on burger creativity. There’s a respect for traditional flavors yet we continue to move forward. Not a week goes by without another new spot offering their take on the best burger around. It’s quite the market here.
Now this is an official announcement: I’m taking a long extended break from hunting for burgers. Yes, I know that I’ve missed many spots (Shaw’s!) and I understand that there will be new ones to come, but the groundwork has been laid and it’s your turn. You see a bar that has neons in the window with a crowded parking lot, go hunt it! Finding these burger gems is the real reason for the season. It’s the delight in trying something different or someplace maybe you wouldn’t have gone before. That’s how to really make good memories. I want to thank each and every single one of our readers for your support along the way. Your encouragement, ideas, criticism, and comedy has made this journey feel like a team effort. Thank you and it’s time for a salad.
The Great American Burger Hunter
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We know this is pretty short notice to try and get over to The Playwright’s Center for an afternoon reading, but at the very least we’d like to get Carson Kreitzer’s CAPITAL CRIME!—a new “Brecht-meets-Riot-Grrl” play with songs about the gilded age (no, not now, the previous one)—on your radar for its full showing in the future. Along with Kreitzer’s script full of lust, murder, greed, and unfettered capitalism, Annie Enneking (of Annie & The Bang Bang) composed the tunes. Pop by to see and hear a staged go-through of it all if you’re free this afternoon. 2:30 PM. Free. —Hitara
The Playwright’s Center, 2301 E Franklin Ave, MPLS; pwcenter.org