The Mespies: 2021

The Mespies

We’ve been remiss in not mentioning The Mespies, an independent film fest currently going on at the classic Heights Theater in Northeast MPLS. Tonight’s a great night to check out the addition to Twincy: FilmTown™—of the three films screening this evening, it’s the only time during the fest that 2021, an existential love story that actually has two scenes filmed at The Heights Theater, will be showing. 6 PM. $8.Curt Stanski 

The Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave NE, MPLS;

Hi-Lo Turns 1

hi-lo diner

When Hi-Lo first opened, we lamented its popularity—we already have brunch places with long waits—but in the last year the hip diner has really become a fun gem in our rich food scene. Along with their ice cream drinks and big Hi Top donuts, they’ve hosted really fun patio parties, cocktail nights, even a great pie eating contest during Open Streets. Help them celebrate their first birthday tonight with a rotating cast of distilleries—Lawless, Tattersall, Norseman—starting at 7 PM and party favors by Blue Door Pub. 11 AM-close. Free.Art Humes

Hi-Lo Diner, 4020 E Lake St, MPLS;

The Hustle Is Real: A Fundraiser

hustle is real

Comedy for a cause! TRASH improvManners and Misconduct: Improvised Jane Austen, Amanda CostnerDaina Sagal Ali, and Grace Thomas take over HUGE Theater to raise some laughs and some money for Family Tree Clinic. Along with the on-the-spot performances, there will be raffle tickets sold with the winner getting to participate in some trivia on the stage. Bonus: Glam Doll Donuts provides the treats! 7 PM. $10 suggested donation.Peter Armenian

HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS;

Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt

Five Watt

Another installment of one of our favorite arts and culture events in MPLS + STPL! Stop into ultra-hip Five Watt Coffee right at 8 PM to hear quick readings from fiction writers Beth Mayer and Senah Yeboah-Sampong, creative writer and poet Yesha Townsend, multi-disciplinary artist Dua Saleh, and music scribe and The Current’s Local Show host Andrea Swensson. It’s a great cross section of our hard partying and talented lit community, and it couldn’t happen at a more fun venue. To our venue owner/operator readers, please make more of these rapid fire readings and get-togethers happen in Twincy. 8 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford

Five Watt Coffee, 3745 Nicollet Ave, MPLS;

Walk Like a Subcaucus


It’s really dark days out there, but one of the absolute best things any of us can do is get more involved in the relative accessibility and sanity of MPLS + STPL city politics in their caucuses. That said, anything new can be a little intimidating, and that’s why you can learn all about your sub/caucuses tonight at Walk Like a Subcaucus: Learn How To Give More Shits at LynLake Brewing from MPLS politicos who’ve worked on both local and national campaigns. It’s going to be fun, there’s beer, and you’ll take away all the info you need to be effective in the political process next week. 6-9 PM. Free.Hank Stacks

LynLake Brewing, 2934 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS;

The Wanderers


Although released in 1979, the cult classic story of Bronx street gangs The Wanderers captures 1963 to a tee, from the nascent rock ‘n’ roll, teenage trouble, constant ethnic gang rumbles, and more. A sort of precursor to more well known gang fight film The Warriors from the same year, The Wanderers is as much about its earlier time period as its heavily conflicted subjects, making it a high point for The Trylon’s Timepieces series. Monday, Tuesday,  7 & 9:15 PM. $8.Curt Stanski

Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave, MPLS;

Moonsault Mondays

Fallen Heroes

MPLS + STPL are in the midst of a great return to our northern wrastlin’ roots, and Mondays are the night to get in on the top rope fun. Stop in to Grumpy’s Downtown at 10 PM (they’ll have RAW on before that, too) to watch classic wrestling matches, hear DJs spinning face-smashing tunes, and drink MN beers for half price until you tap out. And that’s the bottom line . . . 9 PM. Free.Sandler Genett

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Washington Ave S, MPLS;