What to do this weekend: Great film, dancing, comedy and sports

Here are some entertainment options on a wonderful winter weekend in the city

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<i>Tokyo Story</i> may be the greatest movie you've never heard of.

SIOUX FALLS — It's a perfect winter weekend to get out and do something.

What's that? Not sure what's going on?

Here are some options, from high-quality film on the really big screen, dancing with the music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan at the Washington Pavilion, local comedy or top-notch sports, take your pick.

Great movies

The historic State Theatre on Phillips Avenue has a wonderful selection of films this weekend, including one of the greatest movies of all time that you've probably never heard of.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, you have a chance to see "Tokyo Story" on the big screen. Made in 1953 by Yasujiro Ozu, the movie was the top pick in a poll of the world's great directors conducted by the film journal Sight and Sound.


"Simple but brilliant in its framing and quietly devastating in its script and performances, 'Tokyo Story' is a true masterpiece and cements Ozu’s legacy as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Prepare yourself: You’re gonna want to call your mama after this one ends," said Andy Heller, Fat Dude Digs Flicks Podcast.

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Banks Repeta and Anthony Hopkins in <i>Armageddon Time.</i>

If black and white Japanese films from the 1050s aren't your thing, "Armageddon Time" is another option. Don't make assumptions based on the title. Playing on Saturday and Sunday at the State, "Armageddon Time" has "Oscar buzz" as they say.

From the description: "From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, 'Armageddon Time' is a deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong."

So, if you're not into high-minded Oscar stuff, you still have options.

Friday and Saturday is "Skinamarink," described this way on the State's website: "I haven’t felt this challenged or this horrified by a film in a very long time. Literal guttural sounds of the purest terror fell out of me at several points across its span. This is quite plainly the scariest movie I have seen in a very very long time."

OK, then.

Friday you can catch the late-night showing of "Friday the 13th Part III" in 3D. No explanation needed there.

Or how about the singalong version of "Frozen" on Saturday and Sunday. Again, no explanation needed.


Pick your brand of horror, we guess.

Plus, anytime you go to the State is a great time. Big cushy recliners, adult beverages and the best popcorn in the city. You can get all the showtime and ticket details here.

Get on your feet

The “rhythm is going to get you” at a handful of toe-tapping events in Sioux Falls this week.

The musical “On Your Feet” tells the true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan through some of their most well-known songs.

“On Your Feet” will be performed three times at the Washington Pavilion: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $27 to $111 and can be purchased on the Washington Pavilion website .

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The "On Your Feet!" musical that features the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will have three performances this weekend at the Washington Pavilion.
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The New York Times in 2015 said the musical “offers a music-business bio-drama laced with hurdles, and a score stuffed with familiar songs.”

  • The El Riad Shrine hosts a Winter Wonderland Dance from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, with a variety of music such as swing, ballroom, Latin, tango, polka and more. The event begins with a lesson followed by dancing until 10:30. Business casual or “dressy” attire is suggested. Cost is $14 per person or $7 with a student ID.

Laugh it up, fuzzball!

  • Who is the best comic in Sioux Falls? See 12 contenders and vote for your favorite during Boss’ Comedy Club’s Funniest Comic 2022 event at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online. Comics featured are Ian Reiland-Smith, Jerry Irby, Aleda Windels, Andrew Koerner, Logan Hartnett, Tim Jastram, Zach Dresch, Chris Freier and TR Risk.


Coyotes-Jackrabbits face off for first time this season

Mirror scheduling sure is fun, isn’t it? The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and South Dakota Coyotes women’s and men’s basketball teams play against each other for the first time this season on Saturday, Jan. 14, but you’ll need to pick one to watch — or drive if you want to see both.


The Summit League mirror scheduling means that the Jackrabbits host the women’s game at 1 p.m. and the Coyotes host the men’s game at 6 p.m. We miss the old days when you could watch both games back-to-back. Get off my lawn and all that.

Anyway, if you can make it work, stop at Frost Arena as the Jackrabbits, the top team in the Summit League, play the No. 2 Coyotes in a likely preview of the Summit League championship game this March. The men’s field is more wide open, but that won’t make Saturday’s rivalry game any less interesting. If you make it to both, we salute you.

In minor league action, the Sioux Falls Stampede host the Fargo Force at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and the Omaha Lancers at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Saturday’s game is “Hockey Day South Dakota Night” and features several youth and high school games prior to the Stampede taking the ice at the Premier Center. The Sioux Falls Skyforce host Raptors 905 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the NBA G League.

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