These Norseman featured artists continue to impress us, and the next selection will likely keep the trend going: Printmaker Ian Babineau debuts Techno Trash, his newest collection of work that showcases his very cool techno-industrial aesthetic. Plus, as always, the art gets ever more enjoyable after one or two of the damn delicious drinks. 5 PM. Free. —Margeaux Devereaux
Norseman Distillery, 451 Taft St NE #19, MPLS; norsemandistillery.com
It’s always a big deal to become a McKnight Fellow—thank you, the mix of our market’s tight monetary resources and notoriety. But even outside the well-deserved recognition, this lineup of McKnight Theater Artist Fellows showing works in progress tonight at Mixed Blood each have well-deserved reputations for their incredible talents. Sonya Berlovitz shows Familie, a poetic multi-disciplinary, semi-autobiographical glimpse of life’s stages and relationships; Thomasina Petrus shows Pulling A Groin, a hilarious staging of two sisters ditching emotional and physical junk; and to top it off the incredible Kim Richardson shows Follies, a delightful and surprising art cabaret made and performed with Ryan Patrick based on Ziegfeld’s Follies. All in all, must-attend evening for performance fans. 7 PM. Free, reservations accepted. —Peter Armenian
Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S 4th St, MPLS; mixedblood.com
Did you know that Boo Boo from OITNB is an excellent singer? Don’t take our word (or this Newport Jazz Fest performance) for it, there’s still some great seats left tonight at Lea DeLaria‘s two performances at The Dakota so you can see her live jazz tune performance for yourselves. Btw, we also love this tidbit from the Obie award-winner’s bio: “Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless Television and Film roles portraying Police Lieutenants, PE Teachers and the Lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women.” 7 & 9 PM. $52-62. —Tracy Oxford
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, MPLS; dakotacooks.com
Check out both a large group show of extra-raw animations and the new Pintrest-y St. Easy collab space Fool Proof on Saturday night. The showcase features indie television cartoons for adults, aka hellavision, by almost two dozen artsy adults who were told so spend as little time as possible on their work. Their results will entertain, or at least confuse, as all great art does. Saturday, 7-9 PM. Free. —Pat G. Roening
Fool Proof, 550 Vandalia Street #210; thisisfoolproof.com
It’s darn near impossible to round up all the events happening for Twin Cities Pride weekend, which is great. Here’s our attempt to share some of the many things that are on our radar, including the parade, some big and small parties, performance and visual art, and even a family friendly event or two. Have fun, don’t forget to drink water!
Friday: The Saloon spends the entire weekend celebrating with a 40th Anniversary of Pride block party and Friday they have Wilson Phillips! The Beer Dabbler sets up in Loring Park for one of their famous craft beer samplers. The always excellent Grown & Sexy Pride returns for its VIIth installment and will fill up First Ave with DJs, dancing, drag, and more. There’s more dance floor fun happening at the Kitty Cat Klub for the always fun Hipshaker!’s Pride Weekend edition. The competition for the sexiest women’s gay Pride event is very tough, but Boobytrap at Muse is close to the top. Queertopia’s curated performance series is back and more unapolegtic than ever with a bunch of different art in Revolting Bodies * Beyond Flesh.
Saturday: The A-Mill lofts host Dirty Queer Show: The Bush Is Back, a show that pushes “boundaries of queer artists/performers & people in the non-mainstream side of sexuality & art”. En Vogue will give everyone something they can feel at the big Pride in Concert in Loring Park. If you miss the Big Freedia show, you can kind of make up for it by catching Blowtorch and Keezy plus other beat-slingers at Thank You, Cum Again: A Pride Dance Party at Icehouse. Or maybe the sexiest party goes to Grrrl Scout Presents: Summer Camp at the Cabooze, a Queer party with 7 Minutes in Heaven, on stage truth or dare, a (fake) flash tattoo parlor, and much more. Of course Flip Phone XXL goes big during Pride, they’ll be playing all their throw back and contemporary fav jams with Valentina at First Avenue.
Sunday: The big annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade down Hennepin Avenue happens at 11 AM! Go to it! It’s great! Maybe also grab some brunch on the Union rooftop with Love On Top with Miss Brit and watch everyone go by. Lurcat next to the park festival has a luau with tropical drinks and dance floors. Lakes & Legends hosts a kid-friendly event in their tap room with Tiny Footprint Coffee to benefit Transforming Families.
Get in on the pinball renaissance happening in MPLS + STPL by joining Pinball Twin Cities’ summer league. They’ve got some great machine-filled locations lined up to host their summer competitions—locations that also importantly have beer—and you can sign up for the season during their pre-party with split flipper tourney happening Saturday afternoon at the new Tilt pinball bar. Pro tip: Regardless of summer-long commitment you’ll want to spend the Saturday eating Tilt’s top notch hot dogs as much as bumping their machines. Saturday, 3-7 PM. Free entry, pinball extra. —Ike Huggli
Tilt Pinball Bar, 113 East 26th St #110, MPLS; tiltpinballbar.com