5 things to do in the Twin Cities this weekend: 1/6-8

Don't let the cold keep you inside this weekend!
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Sims More Than Ever Album Release

Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree cruised past the 15-year mark in 2016, and Sims is a big part of that. All the while, he has released stellar solo albums and backed up his teammates on guest features and tours. Since his debut, Lights Out Paris, he has proven reactive to the changes in hip-hop, absorbing playful sing-song cadences and hop-skip trap flows. In honor of his killer new album, More Than Ever, the rapper is throwing his first solo release show in the Mainroom with the help of WebsterX, Air Credits, and Nazeem & Spencer Joles.

Glam Doll Donuts Northeast Grand Opening Party

Retrophile donut slingers Arwyn Birch and Teresa Fox realized their dreams of opening a Voodoo Donut-style bakery on Eat Street in 2013, and a second location arrives in northeast Minneapolis this weekend. Sharing a space in the newly renovated Red 20 building with their Eat Street neighbors Bad Waitress, Glam Doll's new digs will feature an expanded brunch menu, a beer/wine list and this incredible-looking mac and cheese donut. Guests at the grand opening party will be treated to free samples, beer from Fair State Brewing, and music from Get Cryphy's Last Word. Prepare your arteries.

Melvin Carter Birthday Fundraiser Feat. Heiruspecs and Toki Wright

Whatever your politics, it's clear St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter III has pretty fantastic taste in local music. His birthday party/fundraising event at Amsterdam Bar is stacked with local hip-hop and this show won't cost you a dime. Featuring St. Paul live-band-rap legends Heiruspecs, Rhymesayers MC Toki Wright, diva-in-waiting PaviElle French and even rising funk/R&B band Ayvah, even the most hardcore apolitical music fans should consider attending.

Art Shanty Season Kick-off at Soo Visual Arts

The Art Shanty Project is one of those only-in-Minnesota phenomena that folks in warmer climates look at with a mixture of horror and wonder. Inspired by the temporary ice fishing communities that spring up around local lakes during the frozen months, the project's organizers create a village of wildly creative ice huts on White Bear Lake with artistic themes ranging from "planetarium" to "chef shanty" and everywhere in between. Soo Visual Arts Center's kick-off event will feature shanties from years past and present, a gallery of photos and artwork, and even karaoke.

How to Have Fun in a Civil War

Finding humor and compassion in the story of the catastrophic Somali Civil War must be akin to wringing water from a stone, but Somali refugee playwright and artist Ifrah Mansour's one-person play How to Have Fun in a Civil War manages exactly that. Portraying herself as a young girl in wartorn '90s Somalia, Mansour makes imaginative use of life-sized puppets to bring a childlike sense of adventure to one of the darkest periods in African history. Mansour became the first Somali artist to showcase their work at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015, and Civil War has developed into an acclaimed show that will make a 3-day stand at Minneapolis' Children's Theater.

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