Thanksgiving weekend: a feast of art

Four day weekends should not go to waste.

For many the Thanksgiving weekend – intended to be spent with family and friends in the spirit of gratitude – has become little more than an extended consumption binge, from the food on the table to the flat screen TVs at Walmart.

What to do?

I propose you fill your soul and spirit this weekend with something healthier and more satisfying… and most likely, cheaper.

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Here’s a sampling of what you could do with your weekend; most are family friendly.

DANCE

Zenon Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis.

Walker Art Center presents its annual Choreographer’s Evening, featuring new works from a wide array of local talent.

MUSEUMS

Also at the Walker Art Center, check out the Cindy Sherman retrospective of ‘self-portraits.’

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is having its own “Black Friday” special, offering free admission to China’s Terracotta Warriors from 6-7am on Friday morning.

Get into the Christmas spirit at the American Swedish Institute with A Nordic Christmas. The museum opens at 10am on Friday.

MUSIC

You could spend Thanksgiving with Davina and the Vagabonds at the Dakota, or if you prefer to hang with the family on turkey day, the Cedar Cultural Center is offering a lovely line-up of bands that will make you thankful for the Minnesota music all weekend long.

FRI 23rd, 8pm – LOW with Germaine Gemberling & Rich Mattson

SAT 24th, 8pm – ROGUE VALLEY with Joey Ryan & The Inks and Meredith Fierke

SUN 25th, 730pm – PETER MAYER

Theater:

For theater companies, Thanksgiving weekend tends mark the opening weekend of their holiday shows.All the usual suspects are in place for the traditional holiday celebration.

Guthrie Theater presents A Christmas Carol

Children’s Theatre Company presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Brave New Workshop presents Fifty Shades of White, an evening of holiday themed sketch comedy.

Now pass the stuffing…

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