Weekend Picks: Thanksgiving with Jearlyn Steele and friends; Small Business Saturday; SPCO

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

Thanksgiving with Jearlyn Steele & Friends

No Thanksgiving plans? They have an invitation to the Dakota, where Jearlyn Steele is joined by sibling Fred Steele, who plays piano and keyboards, plus Kenyari Jackson on drums, Yonathan Bekure on bass and Spencer Christiansen on guitar. A legendary member of the Steele family who has toured internationally, Jearlyn Steele also shines as a radio and TV personality who brings audiences her warmth and humor in addition to a voice that rings like a bell. Thursday, November 24 at 7 p.m. at the Dakota ($25 to $35). More information here.

Vietnam Cuong

Photo by Aaron Jay Young

Vietnam Cuong

Barber’s Adagio for Strings

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For its post-Thanksgiving concert, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra debuts composer-in-residence Viet Cuong’s new work, “Now and Then,” born out of the orchestra’s new sandbox residency program (read more about this piece in Britt Robson’s interview here). Also scheduled for the evening is Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte”, adapted from Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2, which changes abruptly from major to minor during the minuet. After intermission, the SPCO will perform Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” followed by a tribute to Duke Ellington by composer Jeff Scott, performed 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 the Ordway Concert Hall ($12-$50). More information here.

Small business owner on Saturday

This weekend, skip the big department stores and head to local shops to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Here are a few Saturday small business 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 all at your disposal at Open Book for an artist market that allows you to skip the middleman and buy direct from the creators. While you’re there, you can also check out Small Business Saturday at Milkweed Books and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in the same building. The former promises snacks and drinks as well as surprise guests from the author, while the latter offers creative activities and rewards for shopping. Saturday 26 November from 10am to 4pm at Open Book, Milkweed’s event runs until 5pm (free). More information here.

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Comma, a bookstore opening

Minneapolis’ newest bookstore opens in Linden Hills on the former site of the Callahan Framing Company. They have freebies, snacks and show their inventory. Saturday, November 26, 10am to 6pm 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 Kingfield art gallery for examples of her photography, watercolor art and more. In addition to original pieces, ColorWheel will sell prints, cards, and more. Saturday, November 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the ColorWheel Gallery (free). More information here.

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Small Business Saturday at the Northrop King Building

Northrop King artists will 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 that special someone or people. Saturday, November 26 from 10am to 6pm at the Northrop King. More information here.

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Cindy Lawson

Post-Thanksgiving Music Festival at Barely Brothers

Visit Saint Paul’s vinyl-only record store for a post-Thanksgiving music session in-store. Get new releases from Beebe Gallini and Cindy Lawson, who will also be playing live. Also hear tunes from Warcake and Mad Mojo Jett. Saturday, November 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Barely Brothers (free). More information here.

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