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Saturday: Daddy: Queer Variety Show


The relatively new Daddy variety show that’s “Queer, subversive, weird and full of love” sizes up with an extra-special installment in the First Avenue Mainroom with some of our favorite entertainers in Twincy—Nick Jordan, Symone Smash It, DJ KEEZY, Marcel Michelle Mobama, and more special guests. Along with the musicians, DJs, drag performers, burlesque dancers, and top game fashion, there’s a new latex line and Face to Face Health & Counseling will also doing rapid HIV Testing onsite at the party/celebration. Saturday, 9 PM. $10 advance, $12 door. —Hank Stacks

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS;

Carolyn Swiszcz: New Suburban Mysteries

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Highpoint Editions artist Carolyn Swiszcz creates beautiful monoprints that mix the crispness and vibrancy of a traditional print with subtle blending of a watercolor, and her familiar settings— Rocco’s Pizza in West St. Paul, Mai’s Deli in the Hmong Village Marketplace, the Shamrock Shopping Plaza in St. Paul., among others—add yet another element of connectivity that draws in viewers. We can’t wait to take in the whole exhibition on Friday at the opening reception at Highpoint. Friday, 6:30 PM. Free.King Rojas

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W Lake Street, MPLS;

Friday: Reading: Virginia Eubanks + Automating Inequality


A book that fills in the details on the trends that you already know—that algorithms not only increasingly run important facets of daily life and decision-making, but that algorithms are also not free of bias or strive for fairness—Automating Inequality from Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the often very negative impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. (Think of it as a prologue to Black Mirror. *sigh*.) On Friday Eubanks will read from her highly researched, eye-opening, and at time heart-wrenching, new book in a can’t miss appearance for techies and the socially conscious alike. 7 PM. Free.Tracy Oxford

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;

Dear Audience, I Love You

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One of the very humors in beloved stage troupe Four Humors, writer, performer, director, and seductress Jason Ballweber will take the stage at the Strike Theater for a one-off early Valentime’s Day show that’s just like a true relationship—full of improvisation, a little bit of storytelling, maybe some comedy, probably drama. And also like true relationships, the resulting mix will undoubtably be worth your money to check out. Grab tickets early, we can see this one filling up fast. Friday, 7:30 PM. $10 door.Johnny Cairo

Strike Theater, 824 18th Ave NE, MPLS;

Wild at Heart & Raising Arizona 35mm Double Feature

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If you like your Nicholas Cage on the younger side, when he was still a unique acting talent for daring directors—before he became the caricature of his own caricature, before he dared to . . . steal the Declaration of Independence—the Cult Film Collective fills up the Trylon with a wonderful two-fer of early Cage classics. Grab a ticket to Wild at Heart, a wicked road film directed by David Lynch, and also Raising Arizona, the outlandish crime comedy that helped set the tone for many of the Coen brothers’ other works, it will be more economical and entertaining to just do both. Friday-Sunday, various times. $8 one film, $12 both.Curt Stanski

Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS;

Crushing 300


Just last night we spent a full pints-worth of time talking about how much we love the exploding wrestling scene! It’s the personalities, it’s the unique events, it’s the unabashedly wild fun—like Monday’s can crushing party with Fulton Beer pro wrestler 300. To start building anticipation for the upcoming wrasslin’ extravaganza in March at the Uptown VFW (which only has a few tickets left to it, ringside already sold out) attendees can grab a can or two of Fulton’s beer of the same and the chaotic ring rocker will do his signature smash on his helmet! Monday, 7 PM. Free.Rich Morgan

James Ballentine “Uptown” VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS;

Cedar Commissions 2018

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Last year the Cedar Cultural Center renamed its flagship program for supporting new forward-looking music from 416 Commissions to simply The Cedar Commissions, but the excitement level—and artists selections—were as high as ever, thanks to their artist selections. Once again we have that same giddy anticipation thanks to their two-day showcase that includes Julia Hobart re-imagining tradition murder ballads, Shawn Mouacheupa fusing Hmong culture with his American indie-pop, singer and composer Ashantiva creating a coming-of-age story with experimental electronic soundscapes, and more. Any fans of new and creative music will want to get tickets to both nights before they sell out. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 PM. $10 advance, $15 both shows.Margeaux Devereaux

Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, MPLS;