Friday: About now, you can't swing a lush red beard without running into a year-in-review list, but all the others can only aspire to reach the heights of Salon Saloon, an eclectic series that mixes arts, smarts, storytelling and music with food and booze. Host Andy Sturdevant has lined up two rosters for back-to-back, highly subjective roundups of "the year's most notable achievements in all fields of human endeavor." The talent includes writers Dennis Cass and Maggie Ryan Sandford, musician Mike Gunther and Soap Factory director Ben Heywood. (7 & 10 p.m. Fri. $6-$12. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949 or www.bryantlakebowl.com).