Aesthetically It! is a list of picks from the editors of Aesthetically Speaking. Aesthetically It! features venues, events, outings and more that are worthy of “It” status. If you have a venue, event or outing that you feel is It worthy, email us at

Monday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 30

Monday, Dec. 17



Autotune Karaoke


2001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.


No cover

Autotune Karaoke is a weekly karaoke night with the addition of autotune to your voice.

Tuesday, Dec. 18


An All-Star Tribute to Roy Hargrove

The Dakota

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Roy Hargrove was considered by many as the greatest trumpeter of his generation. He established himself as one of jazz’s best and most forward-thinking musicians, leading a youth movement in the genre.

Wednesday, Dec. 19


“Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Children's Theatre Company

2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis

7 p.m.

All ages


The Children's Theatre Company presents an original production based on the book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss.

Thursday, Dec. 20


Les Nubians

The Dakota

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Hailing from Chad, these French speaking songstresses had a major hit with 1998’s “Makeda” and are pioneers in the neo-soul/alternative soul movement.

Friday, Dec. 21


Old School Reggae Hip-Hop

The Cabooze

917 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.



Party to old school reggae, hip-hop, R&B and more with music by Sound of Fujun.

Saturday, Dec. 22


Sounds of Blackness – “The Night Before Christmas”

Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota

8 p.m.

$28.50 - $58.50

A holiday tradition, Minnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness presents its soulful and comedic take on “The Night Before Christmas – A Musical Fantasy.”

Sunday, Dec. 23



“Khephra: A Hip-Hop Holiday Story”

Howard Conn Fine Arts Theater

1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m.

$15, $10 for kids 10 and under

Shá Cage’s new work offers an alternative holiday tradition. Shá Cage's culturally-charged work, “Khephra: A Hip-Hop Holiday Story” looks at a young girl and mother who move from Africa to the United States to start life in a very new community after the child’s dad passes away.

Monday, Dec. 24


Holiday Light Tour

Sheraton Minneapolis West

12201 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka

5 p.m.

$30 adults, $25 children

Tis the season for holiday lights galore. Join Twin Cities Trolley for this 2-hour tour through the Northwest metro. Please note that while the Trolley is temperature controlled, it can still get chilly, so dress warmly.

For more information about the Holiday Light Tours or to purchase tickets, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 25


The Bad Plus


1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


The “Progressive Jazz Scientists” The Bad Plus play Christmas night at the Dakota.

Wednesday, Dec. 26


Kwanzaa Celebration

Martin Luther King Recreation Center

271 Mackubin St., St. Paul

12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All ages

No cover

Celebrate Kwanzaa with activities that will include spoken word, community art collaboration, and musical performances by youth. All are welcome.”

Thursday, Dec. 27


Lila Ammons Jazz Group

Vieux Carré

408 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.



Join the quartet of Lila Ammons on vocals, Tom West on piano, Matt Peterson on bass and Jay Epstein on drums.

Friday, Dec. 28


Nooky Jones


2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.


$17 advance, $20 door

Nooky Jones has been selling out venues across Minnesota. Catch them tonight for their annual holiday party with Mina Moore and DJ sets from Lazerbeak.

Saturday, Dec. 29


Soul Sessions featuring Mayyadda

Heritage Tea House

360 W. University Ave., St. Paul

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


No cover

The soulful Mayyadda is this month’s featured artist for Soul Sessions at Heritage, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Sunday, Dec. 30


Bey Brunch

Union Rooftop

731 Hennepin, Minneapolis

4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Flip Phone brings their wildly popular Bey Brunch back to Union Rooftop with performances by Jaidynn Diore, Tygra Trinity Slarii, and Genevee Ramona Love.

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