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Hank’s pick will likely be (he hasn’t finished picking yet) Revolver at the Ritz: 9 Experiments, which takes place at the “intersection of words and risk” and the Ritz Theater. Gadfly Theatre does their 5th year of QUEERulous Cabaret, this one at honey. Rhymesayers has rightfully taken some heat for not having any ladies on their stacked 20th Anniversary Show bill at the Target Center, but it’s still going to be a great show. Lake Monster Brewing is finally opening their tap room at the ultra hot 550 Vandalia building. A very cool opening, Re-Riding History Opening Reception and Art Crawl, takes place at All My Relations and Two Rivers Galleries. Get your Glogg on at the American Swedish Institute’s Holiday Glögg Tour: Fantasy, Fairy Tales and The Myths Of The Season (Icelandic Libations). We’re excited for the Bower Bird exhibition—celebrating the craft (and lack thereof) of collecting—Opening Reception at the funky lil’ Light Grey Art Lab. Big Show at the Triple Rock as Ripper releases their cassette with Murder Shoes, Deleter, and DJ Cherry Cola.


Lakes & Legends Brewing celebrate the official opening of their Loring Park tap roomInstinct Gallery hosts an incredible event, One Hundred Lullabies, where attendees sing lullabies to be recorded and sent to Syrian refugees. Summit Brewing delivers some laughs in their Beer Hall during the Ha Ha Comedy Showcase. Artificial Smart takes over Public Functionary! Super exciting show at Mojo Coffee, with Grupo Soap del Corazon releasing their first ever zine. Big show at the Triple Rock with block party requirements Fury Things releasing their VHS(!) with Alpha Consumer, Kitten Forever, and Strange Relations. You have to attend the third installment of Girl Germs at the Turf Club, even though the Tribute to Women in Rock has men doing the tributes. Star Wars geeks will be all over the Return of the Jedi (the only good Star Wars movie) Drinking Game at the Phoenix Theater. It’s terribly sad we’re losing Taj Raj, go say goodbye to them at their farewell show at the 331.


There’s an afternoon open mic at Grumpy’s downtown that also has free donuts. Robert Borman and unsung dance community hero Michèle Steinwald host a “2-hour interactive think tank” on dance and increasing the medium’s market appeal at the Cowles Center. The Sandbox Theater screens its first ever film, June of Arc, and you better RSVP for that right now. All the scenesters will be at the Graveyard show at the Fine Line. It’s the 5th Annual Minneapolis Improvisor of the Year Awards at HUGE Theater.


Your whole month of December is either going to be going to holiday craft markets or avoiding holiday craft markets. With that said, Union Depot in St. Easy hosts an all-day European Christmas Market. Canteen in Uptown has some crafts. There’s even more crafts and cocktails at Tattersall Distilling. The American Craft Council, you guessed it, is have a craft sale.

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The Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest

It’s a sing-off, people! If your a capella group has the pipes, submit a 1-2 minute video for The Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest. The winner will sing onstage at Orchestra Hall as the opening group for Vocalosity on Jan 31 and receive FREE tickets to the performance. Two runner-up ensembles will also have the opportunity to sing in the lobby pre-concert, as a part of OH+ (Orchestra Hall Plus). The submission deadline is Dec 14. Contest info >>

Community Conversation for the Future of The Soap Factory

We were just as shocked as you to hear that the Soap Factory was closing after December; Since the announcement, the leadership of the arts org has been saying its more of a “purposeful pause” than a total goodbye. Whatever it may be, before the Soap Factory shuts down after the current exhibition—the absolutely fantastic Piotr Szyhalski‘s Three Factory Pieces, which you should see—they’re having a community conversation tonight about the future of the organization. You should go!

Our two cents: We’d love to see the Soap Factory organization combine a move into a new fixer-upper spot with a new cool identity (although rebrandings in Twincy seem to be total disasters, but still), sort of like what happened with the original move into the former soap factory building. We’ve often mentioned that the Soap Factory occupies an important space in our arts scene, filling in the gap between our multitude of ultra-hip small galleries and our massive art institutions, and we’d hope that continues. Yes, we’re huge fans of their Midwest Biennials and Artists on the Verge series, but we also especially appreciate the strength of their non-gallery programming like Common Room (heart emoji), this year’s Hand in Glove conference, that cash cow The Haunted Basement, Live Action Set’s Crime and Punishment, etc., and hope that continues in the Soap Factory’s next iteration.

More Wednesday Events: If ‘Black Friday’ Can Catch On, So Can ‘Dancegiving’

Before the Who’s Who of the performance community head to Choreographer’s Evening, they’re going to the BLB tonight for 9×22, which includes the lovely and talented powerhouse Angharad Davies. Get there early, it’s going to sell out. Take your visiting parents to the Turf to see Fleetwood Magic: A Tribute to the Mac with the Red Daughters, Brian Just Band, Chambermaids, and others. Corrosion of Conformity, with Pepper Keenan in the lineup, are at Mill City Nights. It’s going to be a raging party at Black Market Brass‘s Dancegiving Featuring Worldwide Discotheque DJ’s at the Nomad. It’s a big ol’ night of covers by several local coverers (like members of Private Oates and E.L.n.O. and the Non-Prophets) at Lee’s for their Drinksgiving party. Nothing but the hottest R&B at The Love Below with Tiiiiiiiiiip, Keezy, and Sophia Eris at the 7th St Entry. Flip Phone is doing a A Very Nicki Thanksgiving at honey and that is also going to be packed so get their early. It’s the famous and huge Thanksgiving Eve edition of Transmission at the Varsity and that will also fill up so get there early.

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