The pre-Christmas week full of Sioux Falls fun ... and government

Here are some highlights of news and entertainment options for the week ending on Sunday, Dec. 18

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The Screaming Females perform at Icon Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The New Jersey rock trio has seven studio albums and rave reviews.

A little bit of winter isn’t going to keep us down.

Is it?

There’s plenty to do and pay attention to this week in Sioux Falls, including some signature holiday events. For more details on these events or to see the full calendar, go here .

First, the news.

Mayor Paul TenHaken wants to appoint the city’s current head of finance to run the department of innovation and technology. Shawn Pritchett’s going to keep running finance, however. The mayor needs to run the plan past the city council first, which will happen Tuesday evening, Dec. 13, at Carnegie Town Hall.


The meeting starts at 7 p.m. You can go in person, or pop some corn and catch the livestream at

Also on the city council’s agenda is the creation of the Sioux Falls Active Transportation Board. The board will combine the activities of various groups and boards that are already in operation. Its goal is to improve safety and reduce injuries and fatalities for pedestrians, cyclists and other forms of active transportation.


If government and politics isn’t your sport, there are some other options available as well.

The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team is hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Sanford Pentagon on Thursday, Dec. 15.

It’s the latest big time college basketball team to visit the Pentagon. That’s the Gamecocks, who are currently the top-ranked women’s team in the country. The game starts at 6 p.m.

In hockey, the Sioux Falls Stampede face the Fargo Force on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the PREMIER Center. The Stampede are 8-14-1 on the year. Fargo is 15-5-3 and leads the Western Conference.

The puck drops at 6:05 p.m.


There are some great live music options, Christmas themed and otherwise this week.


OK, it’s mostly Christmas themed, but we’ll start with something, apparently, a little less holiday-ish.

The Screaming Females perform Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Icon Lounge. The New Jersey-based rock band has seven studio albums to its credit and a gob of gigs with some really cool bands to their credit. NPR called them “a constant in an ever-shifting music scene, spinning out album after album of punk anthems with a fiercely independent spirit, while incrementally evolving with purpose.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. with local acts Stem Cells and Thought Patrol opening.

Now, into the holiday season we go.

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The Dakota String Quartet will perform holiday music at Queen City Bakery at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra String Quartet makes its annual pilgrimage to Queen City Bakery on the East Bank. What could be better than chamber music, scones and espresso on a chilly Saturday morning?

This is the 14th year the quartet has performed holiday tunes at Queen City.

Music starts at 10 a.m. Saturday but you need to get there early if you want to sit down as it's usually SRO.

Good thing there’s plenty of delectable pastry and quiche to pass the time.


There are actually two simultaneous options at the Washington Pavilion on Saturday night:

  • The Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers is in the big room at the Pavilion. Local favorites, the Hegg Brothers pack ‘em in for Christmas. The brothers were the core of Spooncat for many years. Also in its 14th year, their holiday show features many of the musicians from Spooncat as well as featured guests and familiar faces from around the country. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Just down the hall in the Belbas Theatre, you can also catch A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing. Yes, that show also starts at 7:30 p.m. The band is named in honor of bluegrass legendy Bill Monroe. The band features and electrifying blend of the bluegrass styles and even a few outside the genre.

Then we get super Chirstmasey.
Christmas at the Cathedral runs Thursday through Sunday. It’s the 26th annual edition of the event, which supports the Bishop Dudley House and ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Perennial visitor Lorie Line is performing her solo piano show at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Washington Pavilion. This is an intimate performance that will run about 90 minutes. Promoters recommend that attendees are at least 10 years old.


How about some holiday laughs?

Preston Williams & Friends Comedy Show is Friday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boss’ Comedy Club in Tea.

The act is described thus: Preston is a young, energetic comedian who has performed on stages from North Dakota to California and is dedicated to bringing a great show to any stage he performs on. His authentic fast-paced style paired with his story centered comedy always makes for an entertaining show.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and drinks.


And if all you want is a little peace and quiet, how about the Winter Bird Walk on Saturday at the Japanese Gardens in Terrace Park. Registration is required which you do here .


Now for something completely different

And finally, Drunken Caroling at Full Circle Book Co-Op on Friday, 8 to 11 p.m.

What could go wrong?

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for Sioux Falls Live. Reach him at
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