A theater smackdown, tattoo convention, plus winter markets

Credit: Photo by Annette Navarro

Calhoun Square Winter Market

If you’re not quite done with shopping after the holiday season, Calhoun Square has options on Saturdays throughout the winter. The Uptown mall will have unique vendors, from apparel from Sugar Lake Designs to baked goods from Tantalizing Treats, among many other shops with gourmet foods, health items and jewelry. Shoppers can also enjoy the rest of the mall’s shops and restaurants. This month, look for the market on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10.

Where: Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S.

When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: calhounsquare.com


Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention

The Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention returns to the Twin Cities for its sixth year, bringing some of the country’s best tattoo artists and most fervent enthusiasts. The convention features hundreds of artists and vendors, along with celebrities in the tattoo world (including many artists from “Ink Master”) to inspire would-artists, skilled veterans or those simply interested in the art form. The convention is also a catchall of body modifications, with piercings and other art forms represented in the entertainment and vendor lineups. The convention runs on Friday (2 p.m. to midnight), Saturday (11 a.m. to midnight) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) downtown.

Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall

When: Jan 9 through Jan. 11

Cost: $20, $40 for a three-day pass

Info: villianarts.com


To The Bridge Benefit

Now one of the biggest names in Twin Cities hip-hop, Lizzo has been taking local and national stages by storm, from “Late Show with David Letterman” to First Avenue’s Best New Bands. The concert, also featuring locals Toki Wright & Big Cats, will benefit To The Bridge, which was formed to educate communities about chemical dependency. This 18-and-up show follows three other popular benefit concerts helping the organization.

Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE.

When: Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $21.50

Info: varsitytheater.org


Sticky Valentines

The Form+Content Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings from Minneapolis-based artist Mark Ostapchuck. The show,  “Sticky Valentines,” is named as a nod to both the sticky paint of the work and an Elvis Costello lyric. The paintings are small, capturing lush colors and quirky shapes and layers.

Where: Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St.

When: Jan. 2 through Feb. 21

Cost: Free

Info: formandcontent.org


Xtreme Theatre Smackdown

Theatre Unbound’s Extreme Theatre Smackdown is a unique performance: Teams of two playwrights, along with directors and actors, create and perform six new plays in just 24 hours. The plays are based on “ingredients,” such as dialog, props or emotions, which the public votes on (this year’s choices include “pet rock” and “jazz square,” among many others). Theatergoers can witness the results of this theater experiment at Hamline University’s Anne Simley Theatre. Theater Unbound creates thought-provoking shows conceived and created by women.

Where: Anne Simley Theatre, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul

When: Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.

Cost: $20

Info: theatreunbound.com


Andy Steiner

When Twin Cities-based writer Andy Steiner chose to write a book about survival, she could’ve chosen a glamorous or fantastic subject, but instead she chose ordinary people. Her book, “How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People,” published locally by Think Piece Publishing, is just the opposite. Steiner tackles real-life difficulties — the death of a spouse, the loss of a child, bankruptcy — in her book out Jan. 14. She’ll present the book, fresh off the press, at Magers & Quinn.

Where: Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: magersandquinn.com