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WEEKEND PICKS: Chess, Berbers, Amahl, A Very Die Hard Christmas

A promotional image for A Very Die Hard Christmas at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater.

Weather this week vacillates between the 20s and 30s, but will rise above freezing as the weekend arrives. Here are the weekend’s picks for getting out and about:

Thursday, 12/14

Amazigh (Berber) women from southern Morocco. Photo courtesy of the Tropenmuseum.

Head down to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see Amazigh Women’s Arts: Visual Expressions of Berber Identity. This talk by Cynthia Becker of Boston University will show and discuss Amazigh (Berber) women’s distinctive fabric, tattoos, hairstyles, and jewelry made from silver, amber, and coral. 6:30 PM, Minneapolis Institute of Art. $10; $5 My Mia members, free for African Art Affinity Group members.

Friday, 12/15

Grandma and Grandpa coming over to put the kids to bed? Step out to dinner in Uptown, then head over to Bryant-Lake Bowl at 10 PM for A Very Die Hard Christmas. This hilarious action movie parody has been selling out – get your tickets in advance! 10 PM, Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. $15 in advance/$18 day of the show.

Saturday, 12/16

In Really Spicy Opera’s production of Amahl, the three Wise Men are played by female actors in this all-women cast.

Visit Lake of the Isles in the morning for a turn around Minneapolis’s most beautiful lake, then step into Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church for Really Spicy Opera’s family-friendly production of the children’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. The performance lasts just 45 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to take the kids to Sebastian Joe’s for a round of ice cream. $20 adult/$10 children 4-18. Children under 3 are free.

Sunday, 12/17

Slip out after church or your mid-day nap to catch the closing performance of the Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of Chess, a rarely performed show written by the male half of ABBA. Come for the Cold War confrontations that remind you of current events, stay for the ending duet that the Arts Reader‘s Basil Considine calls “heart-wrenchingly beautiful”. 2 PM, Gremlin Theater in St. Paul. $25 general admission/$22 students and seniors.

The cast of the Chameleon Theatre Circle production of Chess. Photo by JHinz Design and Photo.
Twin Cities Arts Reader
The Twin Cities Arts Reader is an arts and lifestyles magazine whose coverage examines arts and selected activities in the state of Minnesota and across the country. It provides Minnesota's largest source of in-depth, critical theatre coverage, and reaches more than 600,000 readers per year.
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