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West Side Story: Film with Live Orchestra

west side story

These live accompaniments of fan-favorite films by the Minnesota Orchestra have become Twincy Bucketlist-type evens with packed houses for flicks like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Little Mermaid, and more. Check it off your list this weekend when the Orchestra goes back to the street battles and songs of West Side Story, and join in when the singing starts. Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $39-101.Curt Stanski

Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, MPLS;

Win Tix: POLIÇA + s t a r g a z e


A year in the making, audiences finally got to hear the results of Liquid Music’s first virtual residency that created music as a collaboration between the acclaimed renegade Berlin ensemble and MPLS + STPL’s own acclaimed post-pop band POLIÇA. The collab continues at First Avenue with a show next Wednesday that includes openers IN // VIA and Divide and Dissolve and will reach the edges of the musical van guard—and we want you there. Just reply that you’re interested in ticket for a chance to win ours! Wednesday, Feb 21st, 7 PM. $27.50. 


Survey: Upcoming Shows

No Fiction Fest

Pillows + Pints: A Ski Movie Night

Use your love of beer and new found love of winter activities (thanks Winter Olympics!) to support of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy with a big bash featuring Able’s brews, gear from lots of vendors, and ski films. “Stoke Level: High”. FEB 22nd. [INFO]

Winter Beer Dabbler

The super-duper outdoor beer sampler returns to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with 160+ local, regional, and national craft breweries pouring more than 500 beers, music from deM atlaS and McNasty Brass Band, a meat & cheese showcase, and lots more. Last year sold out, btw. FEB 24th. [INFO]


Verdi’s classic sinister tale, Rigeletto kicks off at the MN Opera in mid-March and runs through the month. [INFO]

SPCO’s No Fiction Festival

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra holds a small festival of concerts at the Capri Theater, Turf Club and Saint Paul Academy that highlight true stories and personal histories through music. Performances include two exciting Liquid Music presentations, too. [INFO]

Masaki Kobayashi 

Following up on their tremendous Shaw Brothers kung-fu series (which you should all keep going to), the Trylon showcases the work of highly influential Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi with iconic films Harakiri, Samuari Rebellion, and the entire Human Condition trilogy (which we expect to sell out and will have Onigiri rice balls at concessions thanks to Ramen Kazama!). [INFO]

MN Cuban Film Festival

Tired of the cold? Warm up with the beautiful climate of Havana-ana-na and the MN Cuban Film Festival that kicks off its weekly showings at the start of March. [INFO]

Kyle Kinane

Comedy fans have seen the gravely-voiced stand-up everywhere from the late night shows to his Comedy Central special to Netflix’s Love, and Kinane’s fan base already bought up all the seats to his first show at The Cedar. Grab spots to the late show before they’re all gone. MAR 6th. [INFO]

Wolf Alice

It’s absolutely shocking that Wolf Alice in the First Ave Mainroom isn’t sold out—the UK upstarts are no less than one of the last great hopes of rock music, highlights of Coachella and Lala, and the band that does that “Sad Boy” that’s ubiquitous on local radio (although it’s their least rocking). [INFO]

Fulton Pintwood Derby

Race your own pinewood derby cars in the Fulton tap room while drinking some beers. Car kits are currently on sale and last year it sold out, so grab yours parts now and get to work on your designs. MAR 11th. [INFO]


Coach Said Not To + ZibraZibra

coach said not to

Ten years ago, before they built up their families, cool careers, and spots in other notable local bands, the young ladies of Coach Said Not To wow’d crowds with their magical lo-fi twee pop songs. And now that they’ll all be in MPLS at the same time, there’s a palpable excitement among their fans new and “established” for Tuesday’s reunion show at Icehouse. Making the blast from the past even bigger, the space funksters ZibraZibra will open the evening. Tuesday, 9:30 PM. $8 advance, $10 door.Paul Cajun

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave S, MPLS;

Tony the Scribe: Mixed Messages EP Release

mixed messages

To properly release his new EP Mixed Messages—check out the new title track from the album, which has a definite Drake vibe, but with with a grittier beat—artist and MC Tony the Scribe has lined up an exciting one-time installation planned for his show, plus he’s also bringing in some similarly chill electro-soul performers Sarah White, Andrew Broder, and DJ minnie blanco to spin in-between sets. We suggest getting your tickets early for this one. Thursday, 10 PM. $8.Paul Cajun 

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave S, MPLS;

Dark Energy Presents: ADULT. w/ Hide and Plack Blague


Fans of the Dark Energy goth and industrial night can skip Wednesday and go right for the big treats on Thursday night: A collection of techno artists from all over the country, including the pioneering Detroit duo ADULT.. They’re joined by their new labelmates HIDE from Chicago, the leather-clad, “too punk for punk” Plack Blague, and the Dark Energy DJs themselves. We can see it selling out early, grab those spots now. Thursday, 8:30 PM. $14 advance, $16 door.Johnny Cairo

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS;

Rostam + Joy Again


Have you considered Rostam, Vampire Weekend’s co-founder-gone-solo, for your Valentine’s Day nightcap? You oughta. We find his debut album, Half-Light, impeccably romantic. It’s a hazy set, full of little moments and melodic repetition that’s earned accolades from national critics at the New Yorker and Pitchfork. Vampire Weekend fans can turn a happy ear to his recognizably aloof voice, but even if you weren’t on that train, there’s a thoughtful trippyness to his sound we all can get into. Good music for the besotted and coldhearted alike. Philly-based Joy Again opens. 18+ Tuesday, 7 PM. $17. —Isabelle Wattenberg

 Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave N., MPLS;