Weekend options: icy cold, steamy hot, or just dang funny

We saw a pretty drastic change in weather this week, from 52 degrees on Tuesday down to 10 degrees this morning. While some folks are thrilled at the more winter-like conditions, others miss the unusually balmy temps.

So this weekend I thought I’d offer you a variety of options that should be fun, no matter where you set your thermostat.

Steaming Hot: Dangerous Liaisons

Sexy, naughty, and bitingly funny, Christoper Hampton’s searing adaptation of Pierre de Laclos infamous 1782 novel sizzles with intrigue, romance, and revenge among the aristocracy on the eve to the French revolution. As their servants look on impassively, former lovers the Marquise de Merteuil (Stacia Rice) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Middleton) set into motion a series of seductions that ultimately threaten their own “dangerous liaison.”

Performances run through Feb 4 at the Theater Garage in Minneapolis.

Very Warm: Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival

Nothing warms you up like a good laugh. The 2012 Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival combines one-person shows, stand-up routines, improvisational comedy, story-telling, film, and more–all celebrating the Jewish contribution to the world of humor.

Performances run Jan 14 – 28 at Sabes Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis.

Ice Cold: Art Shanty project

Art Shanty Projects is a four-week exhibition that is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment, inspired by traditional ice fishing houses that dot the state’s lakes in winter. Now a biennial, this year’s Art Shanty Projects include a “Monsters Under The Bed Shanty” and a “Letterpress Shanty” which will print up a daily newspaper. Definitely a family friendly event, it takes place on Medicine Lake weekends from Jan 14 – Feb 5.

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