Best bets: Reina del Cid, celebrities dance and Shakespeare
Reina del Cid plays Sacred Heart
Reina del Cid, a singer-songwriter-prolific YouTuber, is a Twin Cities musician with a touch of folk, a touch of rock, and seemingly unopposed to throwing down a touch of twang. She's best sampled online, where her nearly 100,000 YouTube subscribers get access to super-casual quick takes: a Grateful Dead cover with guitarist Toni Lindgren, a full-band original song "1970" in-store at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, or some Hank Williams on railroad tracks. Her original tunes, like those on the band's 2017 release "Rerun City," are filled with smooth stories and clever phrases. Superior Siren and Sarah Krueger are also playing.
Reina del Cid plays at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $15 at eventbrite.com.
Local celebrities hit the dance floor
A professional chef, do-gooders, and a real estate developer walk onto a stage ... The Minnesota Ballet's annual Celebrity Dance Challenge pairs civilians with professionals from the company for a night that includes a mix of styles: hip-hop, swing, waltz and, well, even classic ballet. This year's celebs include Nyanyika Banda of Martha's Daughter Culinary Arts Space and Restaurant, Charlie Deville of the Lincoln Park Business Group, Marcia Doty and more. Audience members get a say in who wins top prize.
Minnesota Ballet's Celebrity Dance Challenge is at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Marshall School's Fregeau Auditorium. Tickets: Start at $30 adults, $20 students at minnesotaballet.org.
Meet Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, born in 1858, the suffragist-composer-author behind an opera that considers old Cornish legends of the ships that were plundered by villagers. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will perform "On the Cliffs of Cornwall," piece from her opera "The Wreckers," during Saturday's concert at Symphony Hall. It's the Minnesota premiere.
The program also includes Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and Elgar's Enigma Variation. The soloist is violinist Erin Aldridge, DSSO concertmaster.
DSSO's "British Isles" concert is at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Symphony Hall. Tickets available at (218) 623-3776, dsso.com and the DECC box office.
The University of Minnesota Duluth's theater department is considering the Shakespearean case of three men who have taken a three-year hiatus from the ladies. But, well, you know. "Love's Labor's Lost" is professor Kate Ufema's final directorial production at UMD. She's retiring in 2020.
University of Minnesota Duluth's "Love's Labor's Lost" is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 13-16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 senior/UMD faculty, staff/veteran, $10 student, $8 UMD student at z.umn.edu/LovesLaborsLost.
Norwegian folk musician to play Nordic Center
Nordic folk musician Vidar Skrede of Milwaukee via Haugesund Norway, will perform on Tuesday at the Nordic Center.
Skrede, a fiddler-guitarist-bouzouki player who toured the United States with the Swedish ensemble Geitungen, has recorded with Secret Carpet Club. His group, Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band, which includes musicians from the Finnish super group Tsuumi Sound System, also just recorded together.
Vidar Skrede performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door.
Party like it's 2199
The year is 1999 ... or is it? Neo, a part-time hacker, learns that life isn't what he thought, and he is way, way in the future in the 1999 sci-fi movie "The Matrix." He's not the only one existing in this alternate place, and the future isn't bright for humans. Zinema 2 is offering a 20th anniversary screening of the movie starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.
The New Yorker wrote of "The Matrix": "The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style — black on black, airborne, spasmodic."
"The Matrix" plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.