Weekend picks: Thanksgiving with Jarlyn Steele and friends; Small Business Saturday; SPCO

Friendsgiving is a time-honored tradition for people who live far from their families or don’t feel close to their family. If you crave community, head to the Dakota for a little warmth and soulful music (you must order a Thanksgiving meal in advance). After the holidays, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will debut a new work by Sandbox resident artist Viet Cuong. Then support local businesses on Saturday, while finding the perfect gift for someone on your list – or for yourself at the same time.

Thanksgiving with Jarlyn Steele & friends

Don’t have Thanksgiving plans? You have an invite to the Dakota where Jearlyn Steele is joined by brother Fred Steele playing piano and keyboards, plus Kenyari Jackson on drums, Yonathan Bekure on bass guitar and Spencer Christiansen on guitar. Jearlyn Steele, a legendary member of the Steele family who has toured internationally, also stars as a radio and TV personality, bringing her warmth and wit to audiences, on top of a voice that rings like a bell. Thursday, November 24, 7 p.m. in Dakota ($25 to $35). More information here.

Photo by Aaron Jay Young

Viet Cuong

Barber’s Adagio for Strings

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For its post-Thanksgiving concert, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra debuts resident composer Viet Cuong’s new work, “Now and Then,” which emerged from the orchestra’s new Sandbox residency program (learn more about this piece in the interview here with Britt Robson). The evening also features ‘Entr’acte’ by Caroline Shaw, inspired by Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2, which switches abruptly from major to minor during the minuet. After the interval, the SPCO will play ‘Adagio for Strings’ by Samuel Barber, followed by a tribute to Duke Ellington by composer Jeff Scott, played by a quintet to close the evening. Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m., Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m. at Ordway Concert Hall, ($12 to $50). More information here.

Small Business Saturday

Skip the big box stores this weekend and head to local businesses to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Here are a few Small Business Saturday events to get you started:

Small Business Saturday Artist and Writer Mart at Open Book

Artists, zinesters, printers, writers, bookmakers, game makers and more are waiting for you at Open Book for an artist mart where you can skip the middleman and buy directly from the makers. While you’re there, you can also check out Small Business Saturday at Milkweed Books and Minnesota Center for Book Arts in the same building. The former promises snacks and drinks, plus surprise author guests, and the latter offers creative activities plus shopping rewards. Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Open Book, Milkweed’s event runs until 5 p.m. (free). More information here.

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Comma, a grand opening of a bookstore

Minneapolis’ newest bookstore opens in Linden Hills, at the former location of Callahan Framing Company. They have giveaways, snacks and show off their inventory. Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Comma, A Bookshop (free). More information here.

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ColorWheel Gallery: pop-up artist Amy Sundby

Guest artist Amy Sundby Jeanchaiyaphum visits this art gallery in Kingfield to showcase samples of her photography, watercolor art and more. In addition to original pieces, ColorWheel sells prints, cards and more. Saturday 26 Nov. from 1pm to 4pm at ColorWheel Gallery (free). More information here.

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Small Business Saturday at the Northrop King Building

Northrop King’s artists sell everything from jewelry and glass art to photography, graphics, paintings and more. From textile pieces to home decor and ceramic works, grab that special gift for your special person or people. Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Northrop King. More information here.

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Cindy Lawson

Music party after Thanksgiving at Barely Brothers

Visit Saint Paul’s vinyl-only record store for a post-Thanksgiving music session at the store. Hear new releases from Beebe Gallini and Cindy Lawson, who will also play live. Also hear tunes from Warcake and Mad Mojo Jett. Saturday 26 Nov. from 1pm to 5pm at Barely Brothers (free). More information here.

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