1. Burn baby burn!

It’s that time of year again! That time when the artists hunkering inside the studios of the Benson Building band together to host the annual Benson Burner Group Art Show. Artists like Jamie Bowers, Ron Johns, Brian Joel Damon, Michael Frizzell, Debra Knealing, Karen Emenhiser Harris, Susan McCulley and more have worked tirelessly to create their works, which will be available for purchase at the two-day event. Get your hands on locally created paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media artwork and custom-made surfboards, among others. Guest artists’ pieces will also be available. The show begins at 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) and 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) at various studios inside the Benson Building.

2. It runs in the family

And that “it” is magic. Jay Owenhouse has made plenty of appearances in Sioux City alongside his Bengal Tigers Shekinah and Sheena, but he has yet to perform magic here with members of his own family before. The authentic illusionist will make audiences experience the impossible with his new touring show “Family Magic.” See audience members float in mid-air, get sawed in half and predict the future in this stunning performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) at the Orpheum Theatre. Prepare to be astonished!

3. Little bit country, little bit heavy metal

There’s a stark contrast between the two acts playing this weekend at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. Sure, they sound different, but they look different, too. Country singer Tracy Lawrence prefers to don a cowboy hat and jeans while Gwar prefers… um… spikes. Lawrence is scheduled to play a sold out show full of hits like “Sticks and Stones,” “If the Good Die Young” and “Time Marches On” at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3). The next day (Nov. 4), the heavy metal group made of interplanetary barbarians will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and give the audience what is likely to be one of the more memorable metal shows to come out of Anthem.

4. Back-to-back Muskies

Well would you look at that! Our Sioux City Musketeers have two home games with different opponents this weekend. That’s a lot of hockey, but I’m sure you all can handle it. Sport your green and gold and cheer on the Muskies as they face off against the Waterloo Black Hawks at 7:05 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) and then the Lincoln Stars at the same time Saturday (Nov. 4) at the Tyson Events Center. 

5. Hole-in-the-skull music

So the word “trepanation” is a medical term. It’s a surgical procedure in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull. Yeah, we got the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it. But it does make for a cool band name. Trepanation comes from Omaha and is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) inside Scooter’s Coffee on Hamilton Boulevard. Grab some coffee and enjoy some tunes!

6. Russian pianist

Need a break from your regular live music shows? Try something a little classier at Morningside College. Russian pianist Boris Slutsky will perform a solo recital including works by Harden, Schumann, Chopin and Ravel. His performance is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) at Eppley Auditorium. 

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