We recommend an awful lot of fun, crappy films for our readers, but don’t think for a second we’ve given up on the artsy and experimental flicks. Everyone who appreciates the evolving medium and craft/history of film should check out Funeral Parade of Roses at the Trylon this weekend. The kaleidoscopic New Wave Japanese picture by Toshio Matsumoto presents the subversive world of transvestites, drugs, and performance art in 1960s Tokyo, and has long been unavailable in the U.S. Just the trailer alone will get you hooked. Fri-Sun, various showtimes. $8. —Curt Stanski
Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS; trylon.org
Returning for a fifth year, this weekend November 16-19, 2017, Cine Latino is among the key showcases of Ibero and Latin-American cinema in the United States. The festival showcases a rich tapestry of stories from across the vast cultural, social and historical landscape that is Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, taking us on a journey across geography, history, age, gender, social and political issues and the complexities of human relationships. The 2017 showcase will have a focus on Mexican cinema.
The anticipated 5,000 audience members can view some of the best Latin American and Iberian films being made today, meet and connect with talented visiting filmmakers from those regions, and participate in a variety of engaging film-related events: workshops, panels and parties, with great food and music to round out the experience. This year, screenings and events will take place at the Film Society of Minneapolis & St Paul’s hub, the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis MN.
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Inara Verzemnieks reads from her new book, Among the Living and the Dead, at Milkweed Editions. Finesse releases their album at Icehouse with Graveyard Club, Cheap Fantasy, and Xylophone Jetty. There’s still a few newly released tickets for the incredible show Black Violin at the Ordway. Midway Contemporary Art opens a new exhibition including new paintings by Silke Otto-Knapp. We’ve been hearing really great things about the new MN Opera show, The Marriage of Figaro. Cuban art, So Hot Right Now!™ Squirrel Haus Arts will become a mini-version of Havana’s famed Fábrica del Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory).
Looking to give back for Thanksgiving and love bikes? Sign up for Cranksgiving a ride to pick up food to donate that kicks off from Peace Coffee. The super loud dudes of Blackbird Bridge bring in also loud dudes Buffalo Fuzz for their Grumpy’s residency. Patrick Kolman (of the famous Kolman Pryor gallery in NE) has new work on display at Traffic Zone Gallery. Brit’s and Old Speckled Hen are throwing a Hen Party with music from RuDeGiRL (all female Clash tribute) and gifts for the first 50 ladies. The craziest event of the weekend is the viewing party of the Violent Shifters episode of The Milk Show at The Eagles Club. Watch the public access TV show on the big screen (a bed sheet) and see the Shifters, Speedbilly, and more play live.
The local late night show Late Nights MPLS brings in the comedians fromBaddies Comedy Co for their show and you can be in the audience at the Phoenix.
Yeah man, Uptown! We’re doing it! Swing through Calhoun Square on Saturday to get your caffeine fix from the largest coffee expo in MPLS + STPL. Along with lots of coffee and tea sampling, there’s a few coffee-flavored craft beers on hand, comedy from ComedySportz, and everyone gets a commemorative mug to show off how serious you are about your early morning (and late morning and early afternoon and mid-afternoon) cups of joe. And if you’re worried about parking, they’ve also got you covered—your ticket includes a $5 parking voucher to the ramp. Saturday, 10 AM-3PM. $10. —Art Humes
Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave, MPLS; calhounsquare.com
Visiting the Wat Thai Buddhist Temple during their street food-filled celebrations is definitely on the Secrets bucket list, and this Saturday’s Festival of Lights gives you the perfect opportunity to check it out. Along with the food, there’s a Thai fashion show, Thai and Lao dancing, and attendees can celebrate the Goddess of Water by floating a krathong, a small boat made of banana leaves, down the river. Saturday, 4-9 PM. Free. —Margeaux Devereaux
Wat Thai of Minnesota, 2544 Highway 100 S, Saint Louis Park;