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Art Attack at Northrup King; ‘Company’ at the Ordway

ALSO: Laurie Anderson workshop for kids; MST3K creator Joel Hodgson’s one-man show; and more.

Weekend Best Bets from Minnesota Monthly
Friday, November 2

Harvest of Art

WHAT: Art Attack
WHERE: Northrup King Building, Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m.

The largest collection of artists’ studios under one roof opens up all weekend, with some 200 artists showing jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics, etc. You’ll also find food trucks, henna body painting, and, in the third-floor gallery, Rework Participatory Art Projects, where you can make your own art. Learn more at

Friday, November 2

Day of Doughty

WHAT: Mike Doughty
WHERE: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, and HUGE Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Mike Doughty, the memoirist and former frontman for Soul Coughing, a literate rock band perpetually popular in the Twin Cities, will make the most of his Friday in the Twin Cities. First he’ll join comic actor Dave Foley (NewsRadio, The Kids in the Hall) in Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater. Then he’ll cross the river to HUGE Theater, where his storytelling will provide the resident improv actors with inspiration for sketches. Learn more at and

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Saturday, November 3

Play with Laurie

WHAT: Experimental Expressions
WHERE: McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m.

Laurie Anderson, who’s performing her signature brand of music and monologue both Friday and Saturday at the Walker, will also lead this free workshop for kids on electronic music and experimental performance, sharing the secrets of her unique violin and voice sound. It’s free, but tickets are nonetheless required; they’ll be available in the lobby starting at 10 a.m. Learn more at

Saturday, November 3

The Cult of Joel

WHAT: The Gizmocrat, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson’s one-man show
WHERE: Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.

Hodgson, who created the cult hit TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000, takes the stage for one night only, sharing photos and videos that shed insight into his creative process, discussing the origin of the MST3K, and screening one of the show’s greatest episodes. Learn more at

Sunday, November 4

The Third Wheel

WHAT: Company
WHERE: McKnight Theatre at the Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.

Theater Latté Da, directed by Peter Rothstein, performs this handsome update of Stephen Sonheim’s groundbreaking musical. The plot, such as it is, revolves around the romantically uncommitted Robert, the perpetual third wheel to his properly coupled friends. The terrific acting turns the familiar songs into bright moments of revelation. Learn more at

Sunday, November 4

Dancing in the Dark

WHAT: James Sewell Ballet’s Dance Macabre!
WHERE: Cowles Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2 p.m.

A tongue-in-cheek tribute to Edgar Allen Poe and other dark-siders, this thematic program weaves in references to everything from magicians to Garrison Keillor’s Guy Noir schtick. It’s family-friendly, assuming your family has a bit of Addams lurking in it. Learn more at