Mere Bellies: New Video & Installation By Christopher Corey Allen

mere bellies

We’re as excited to see Christopher Corey Allen‘s new show Mere Bellies as we’ve been for an art show in recent memory. The short films and sculpture, created while in residence at Hair and Nails (such a great name for a gallery, of course it’s in the Witch District), assemble everything from video and print media, sculpture, performance and psaligraphy to cinema, religion, mythology, anthropology, and popular culture. The final product, from what we’ve seen so far, is vibrant, imaginative, full of ritual and archetype, weird and wonderful. Expect a full house for Friday’s opening reception! Friday, 7-10 PM. Free.Hank Stacks

Hair and Nails, 2222 1/2 E 35th St, MPLS;

Erik Koskinen + Kari Arnett

Erik Koskinen

Grab your favorite trucker hat and on head down to the Hook for two of the best locals making the next generation of classic country. For years Erik Koskinen has been working hard on many of the smaller stages around MPLS + STPL and the effort has honed in the straight talk musical sensibilities on his songs about everything from personal struggles to fracking. Plus his band cooks. Singer-songwriter Kari Arnett opens the evening with her lush storytelling style of Americana. Friday, 9 PM. $15 GA, $20 VIP seating.Drew Cobb

The Hook & Ladder Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, MPLS;

Chariots of the Gods Custom Van and Camper Show

chariots of the gods

Who isn’t turned on by the airbrushed artwork of a wolf pack or mountain lightning storm or southwestern pattern or wizard fighting a dragon on the side of a van? And then the roomy plush interior? It’s like the sexy promise of the ’70s come to life in transportation form! If you dig that vibe, The Twin City Vans Club is rounding up sweet vans and campers to show off their customized interiors and exteriors. And we have to say it: If these vans are rockin’, you’re in the right place. Saturday, noon. Free. —Anne Tonopolis

211 St. Anthony Pkwy NE, MPLS

Fat Tire Presents Tour De Fat! Featuring The Record Company

tour de fat

Fat Tire Brewing might not be one of our own celebrated members of Minnesota Brewing (they’re from Co.), but they sure party like it. Along with bringing in Rock ‘n’ Roll trio The Record Company—oh and btw circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and “mind-blowing provocateurs”—their big touring variety show includes the hip sounds of Secrets favs Monica LaPlante and the whole thing benefits the Midtown Greenway Coalition, stewards of the Greenway. Crazy costumes for attendees encouraged. Saturday, 4 PM. $25.Bernadette Carpenter

Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave S, MPLS;

Indeed Brewing 5-Year Celebration

Indeed Brewing

How do we love Indeed Brewing? Let us count the ways (spoiler: there are 5 ways). 1) they convinced another drinking establishment to host the 5-year anniversary of their existence as a drinking establishment (6 p.m. at Icehouse). 2) in honor of said anniversary they’re providing $5 pints and $5 gumbo 3) one of those brews is called shenanigans, an activity most of us aspire to. 4) the entertainment lineup includes local notables Ayvah, PaviElle, and Black Market Brass. 5) they’re celebrating with cake, sliced up at their brewery from 12-6 on Saturday.
Saturday, Indeed Brewing Company, 12-6 PM. Free. Saturday, Icehouse, 6 PM. $5 (includes your first pint of Day Tripper and commemorative glass).Isabelle Wattenberg

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave S, MPLS;