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British ads at the Walker; Miss Richfield 1981 at Illusion

ALSO: Os Mutantes at the Cedar; thriller ‘Barbara’ at Film Society fundraiser; ‘A Tuna Christmas’; and more.

A scene from T Mobile's Silver Arrow Award-winning 'Wedding' advertisement, created by Saatchi & Saatchi.
Courtesy of the Walker Art Center
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Friday, November 30

Brit Wits

WHAT: British Arrows Awards
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m.

Nobody sells like the Britons. That is, if you can even tell what they’re selling until the very end of the commercial, and even then …. The best of British commercials from the past year have traveled once again across the pond to the Walker in the form of the British Arrows Awards, complemented by British pub food (bangers and mash, fish and chips) in the Gather restaurant. Learn more at

Friday, November 30

Taste of the Tropics

WHAT: Os Mutantes
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

The Brazilian tropicalia legends return, this time capped by a special after party. A fundraiser for the Cedar, the party features a number of bands, including the Sex Rays and Poverty Hash, with a special birthday shout-out to longtime Cedar staffer (and unofficial mayor of the West Bank) Mark Dudek Johnson. Learn more at

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Saturday, December 1

Keep St. Paul Weird

WHAT: A Tuna Christmas
WHERE: Cabaret at Camp Bar, St. Paul
WHEN: 7 p.m.

Zach Curtis directs this kooky comedy about the eccentrics of Tuna, Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline has never died, as they cope with preparations for Christmas. It’s a follow-up to Greater Tuna, believe it or not, a cult classic down in Austin, Texas, where it premiered in 1981. Peter Simmons and Scott Jorgensen are the costume-changing stars. Learn more at

Saturday, December 1

Christmas Apocalypse

WHAT: We’ll All Be Dead By Christmas
WHERE: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Miss Richfield 1981 lights up the Illusion with her latest campy Christmas show — now with new costumes! And the end of the world! Yes, before we all die in the Mayan-predicted blaze on Dec. 21, Miss Richfield 1981 wants to party. You best let her. Learn more at

Sunday, December 2

The Cold War Heats Up

WHAT: Barbara
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

This fundraiser for the Film Society’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival includes a special screening of the new Cold War thriller Barbara, a winner on the festival circuit. That will be prefaced by cocktails and appetizers next door at Vic’s. Learn more at

Sunday, December 2

Naughty and Nice

WHAT: Cinderella and Sinderella
WHERE: Ritz Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Ballet of the Dolls offers your choice fairy tales: the classic version (beautiful, charming, safe for kids) and the deconstructed version (set in a brothel). Yes, whether you want sweet or sassy, Cinderella with a glass slipper or with a madam for a stepmother, BOTD aims to please. Learn more at