A tattoo convention, a Scandinavian market and more

Credit: Photo by Joan Marcus courtesy of the Hennepin Theatre Trust

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, is coming to the State Theatre. The Broadway musical tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating eight relatives — all played by one man. The comic operetta-style musical is full of quick changes and clever wordplay — not to mention a little love and murder. 

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave.

When: Jan. 5-10

Cost: $39-$134

Info: hennpintheatretrust.org


The Frog Bride

 “The Frog Bride” will get its Twin Cities debut thanks to the Children’s Theatre Company. Writer David Gonzalez performs the modern take on this classic Russian folktale, which tells the story of princes who are sent out to find brides and one that returns with a frog. Gonzalez is joined by orchestra musicians, in addition to some jazz-funk music by Daniel Kelly, in this fantastical coming-of-age story. 

Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S.

When: Jan. 12-Feb. 28

Cost: $10-48

Info: childrenstheatre.org


Hard Wired

Love goes haywire in “Hard Wired,” an exploration of the quirks involved with modern dating in the age of technology. In this Fearless Comedy Productions work, Jesse and Noel go through a bad breakup but roommates Danni and Sam help them find love through online dating and a mess of texts and tweets. “Hard Wired” is a one-act performance that is ripe for the Tinder generation.

Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.

When: Jan. 7-16

Cost:  $12-15

Info: hardwired.dating


Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention

The Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention returns to the Twin Cities, bringing some of the country’s best tattoo artists and most devoted fans to downtown Minneapolis. The convention features hundreds of artists and vendors, along with celebrities in the tattoo world (including many artists from “Ink Master”) to inspire would-be 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, 1300 Nicollet Mall

When: Jan. 8-10

Cost: $20 per day, children under 12 are free

Info: villainarts.com


A Common Thread

The members of the Textile Center share one thing in common — a common thread, if you will — in their love of all things woven, knit — and, yes, threaded. More than 100 of the fiber artists are coming together for the Twin Cities-based organization’s annual A Common Thread showcase. The mixed-media exhibition, which fills up a huge four-gallery space, begins with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 6-8 p.m. where guests can meet the artists and check out their work.

Where: Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE

When: Jan. 7-Feb. 24

Cost: Free

Info: textilecentermn.org


Scandinavian Lifestyle Pop-up Shop

The American Swedish Institute is bringing in some of its favorite local designers and makers for an exclusive pop-up shop full of Scandinavian and Nordic-inspired goods and clothing. The Scandinavian Lifestyle pop-up shop will feature Troentorp Clogs, MAGUBA, Fjallraven, Bird Industries, Ruby3 hats by Anna Lee and Laurie Jacobi. The shop is open Friday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 10 from 12-4 p.m.

Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave.

When: Jan. 8-10

Cost: Free

Info: shopswedish.com


Charlie Parr. Photo by Peter Lee


Charlie Parr

Minnesota roots musician Charlie Parr will be playing shows at the Turf Club as part of a January residency every Sunday. Parr has gained fans around the world with his energetic and authentic performances, encompassing work from 13 albums. He’ll be joined by a new musician each show: Matt Sowell (Jan. 3), Amanda Standalone (Jan. 10), Matt Arthur and The Bratlanders (Jan. 17), Superior Siren (Jan. 24) and Wild Hands (Jan. 31). The shows are 21-plus. 

Where: Turf Club, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul

When: Sundays in January at 7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Info: turfclub.net


Winter Market

The Northeast Farmers Market will once again host its Winter Market at Chowgirls’ space in the Solar Arts Building. The event in Northeast Minneapolis typically runs on the third Saturday of Minneapolis’ colder months from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and March 19. Fans of the Northeast Minneapolis farmers market, in its sixteenth year, can expect music from DJ The Ring Toss Twins, activities for children and plenty of local vendors and artisans. The regular community-based market is located in the parking lot of the Church of St. Boniface. 

Where: Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave. NE

When: Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: northeastmarket.org