If you haven’t seen this cult TV sitcom from the early 2000s, then you should change that. The show is dense with recurring jokes and running gags that tie together absurd characters and situations. There are so many subtle jokes that it’s impossible to get them all on the first viewing. Even if you’ve seen it already, watch and enjoy “Arrested Development” again in all its glory. “No touching."
Author interviews from “The Paris Review”
Since the ’50s, “The Paris Review” has done interviews with famous writers, and they are all available free online. Their website has extensive discussions with nearly every major literary figure who’s been alive in the past 60 years, from Ernest Hemingway to Stephen King, along with many international writers. Get some insight into some of the greatest minds of the past half century.
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“I Am America (And So Can You!)”
Stephen Colbert is even more in the modern consciousness being on “The Late Show.” But let’s not forget his conservative alter ego of the same name who wrote an absolutely hilarious book called “I Am America (And So Can You!)” that runs down his political positions on various subjects. Even funnier is hearing Colbert read it himself in audiobook format, available from Amazon or Audible.com.
“The Trump Who Stole Christmas”
The title of Brave New Workshop’s new satirical show is pretty self-explanatory. With Donald Trump being such a ridiculous public figure, Brave New Workshop’s cast had a lot of material to work with when creating this original comic romp. Also playing at BNW that night is “The Danger Committee,” which specializes in comedy knife-throwing.
Where Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Hours 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., show continues until Jan. 30
Sonny Knight & the Lakers
After touring the country, local R&B group Sonny Knight & The Lakers are back in their hometown of Minneapolis to record their new live album. The recording takes place at the Dakota over two nights and four performances. It highlights the group’s return to a more classic take on blues and soul music.
Where Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Hours 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
“Jingle Bell Doc”
For 30 years, Doc Severinsen led the band that played Johnny Carson on during his reign on “The Tonight Show.” His band, which still tours the country, is playing a Christmas concert at Orchestra Hall this Sunday. Go see an 88-year-old man absolutely rip it on the trumpet.
Where Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Hours 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday