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December 21, 2009 // UPDATED 10:32 am - December 21, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
\'A Christmas Carol\'

Here’s some trivia on this year’s “A Christmas Carol” production at the Guthrie:

— It takes 700 pounds of dry ice each week for the show’s fog effects.

— Nine cubic feet of fake snow is needed for the show’s run.

— The show’s shortest performer Kyle Feller, who plays Tiny Tim, is 52.5 inches tall.

— There are 161 links in the chains used by the Ghost of Jacob Marley.

— Twenty-five wigs are used in the production.

If any of those fun facts have piqued your interest, you have until Dec. 31 to see the Guthrie’s 35th anniversary of the classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol.”

This year’s production features a new 90-minute adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ tale. Guthrie veteran Peter Michael Goetz plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets range $34–$70.  

When: Thru Dec. 31

Where: Guthrie Theater,
818 S. 2nd St.

Party Downtown for NYE

Last year I played Wii Tennis in my pajamas at a house party in Northeast for New Year’s Eve. I wiped out during a backhand on the hardwood floor.

This year I’m hoping to ditch the green reindeer pants I wore last year, and find a way to usher in the new decade with a little bit more style (and without any injuries).

There are so many grand NYE party options Downtown this year. Here are a few top picks:

— Solera, 900 Hennepin, is billing its celebration of 2010 as a “four-level party of intergalactic proportions.” The event, “SOL2010: A Space Odyssey,” will feature four music and performance rooms, break dancing robots, go-go astronauts and alien contacts. Tickets are $75 in advance/$90 at the door. The party runs 9 p.m.–2 a.m. (

— At W Minneapolis–The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave. S., partiers are promised “absolution” at the “White Out Party.” Brian Johnson, general manager of the W’s Living Room, said: “Confessions  will be taken. And if that doesn’t wipe away your sins, our New Year’s Eve cocktails will at least wipe away your memory.” Highlights include a complimentary champagne toast, a large dance floor and TV tuned into the ball drop in NYC. Party hours are 9 p.m.–2 a.m. (

— Vic Volare and his eight-piece orchestra will be playing at Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S. 9th St. Tickets to the lounge show get you access to unlimited champagne, appetizers, gambling tables, midnight party favors and more. Tickets are $65 in advance and $85 at the door. The party is 10 p.m.–1 a.m. (

— For the third year, The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, will be part of National Public Radio’s Coast to Coast Countdown. The festivities include a three-course meal by Executive Chef Jack Riebel and performances by local pianist Paris Strother, gospel performers Jevetta and Jearlyn Steele and the Irvin Mayfield Quintet. The dinner show is $130 and the cocktail show is $80. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m. (

— Spin Night Club,
10 S. 5th St., is holding a “Fire & Ice” party. There will be an interactive countdown and an
explosion of confetti to celebrate the arrival of 2010. The club also promises to have the area’s largest balloon drop, fire dancers, trip giveaways and much more. The cover is $20. Doors open at
9 p.m. (

‘Brightly Shining’

If you’re a last-minute holiday shopper like me, there’s one more place worth hitting before you wrap up your gift gathering for the season — the annual Interact Holiday Exhibition and Studio Sale.

This year’s event, “Brightly Shining,” will feature a variety of crafts and artwork made by Interact artists, including jewelry, ceramics, ornaments and sculptures.

When: Thru Jan. 31

Where: Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 212 3rd Ave. N.
Suite 140