If you’re looking for more intelligent discussion on the written word, this month’s installment of The Works: A Writers’ Salon assembles a wonderful dias of familiar names who will kick around the nuts and bolts involved in the craft of songwriting. Jay Orff hosts and will chat with writer Alex Grant, music reviewer Dylan Hicks, and singer-songwriter Ben Weaver about the technical and creative elements that go into converting stories and emotions into lyrics and song. The salon runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bryant Lake Bowl cabaret; cost is $6-12 on a sliding scale and tickets are available at the door or at the Bryant Lake Bowl website. 810 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-825-8949.
It was disappointing to see the 331 Club’s larger sibling the 501 Club close earlier this year, but when the door on that club closed, a window of opportunity was opened for owner Jarret Oulman. His new Amsterdam Bar and Hall has taken over the old Pop! space in St. Paul, and you can help celebrate its opening all this weekend with drinks, food, and a great line-up of live music. (The musical roster is thanks in part to the unofficial mayor of St. Paul, Martin Devaney, who will be booking at the venue.) Friday night’s party features the hard rockin’ trouble makers the Goondas, and Saturday features a folksy mix of the Bitter Spills with Germaine Gemberling. The opening is free, but bring cash because the credit card machines aren’t quite online yet. There’s also validated parking in the ramp next door. Get more info on the weekend’s celebration at Amsterdam’s Facebook page, and friend them while you’re at it to keep up with what will be a cool new venue in St. Paul. 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul.
Exercise your social conscience this weekend as Nomad World Pub hosts this benefit Saturday in conjunction with The Link and Youth Service Network to raise awareness about homeless youth. The music from Me and My Arrow, Howler, Kanser, Desdamona, with Solid Gold headlining, gets started around 4 p.m. and lasts ‘til 10 p.m. The concert admission is free, but if you want to drink you’ll have to buy a $5 wristband and all proceeds benefit Rock The Link. $5 pours on all beers, and they’ll have Summit Pilsner and Oktoberfest on tap, plus all proceeds from the purchase of Finnegan’s goes to Rock The Link as well. Stick around for the after party inside starting at 10 p.m. for more music, featuring Fort Wilson Riot, Demographics, and The Japhies. 501 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6424. For more information, visit nomadpub.com.
Summer’s coming to a close, so celebrate with 14 hours of non-stop music, dancing, and drink specials on the Crave rooftop in downtown Minneapolis! We hear it gets crowded, so get your spot early. A new DJ provides the beats every hour on the hour. Start your Sunday afternoon off with Slow Derek at 12 p.m., Kasper at 2 p.m., SovietPanda at 7 p.m., and Strangelove at 11 p.m. Lil Aaron finishes off the night with his set at 1 a.m. If you can’t make it an all-day event, definitely get there by 9 p.m. so you can take advantage of a few drink specials ($6 Grey Goose Red Bulls, $6 Jag Bombs, $5 Bacardi Mojitos & Bacardi Flavors, $6 Corzo Margaritas, and $5 Corzo Tequila shots), before they end at 10 p.m. 825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-1133. For more information, check out the Facebook event.
Minneapolis’ own Danielle Evervine may have been ousted from Project Runway’s Season 9, but Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen continues to host viewings for the show on Thursdays in its Caterpillar Lounge in conjunction with l’etoile magazine. Christopher Straub and/or Evervine may even make appearances, so stop by and you just might get an autograph. Sip stylish drinks, including the $6 special “Evervine Fizz,” and stay after the screening for a DJ set by Plain Ole Bill along with late night happy hour ($3 Tap Beer, $3.50 Rail Drinks, $5 House Red/White Wine, and more), which both start at 10 p.m. 533 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-1479, wondrousmpls.com. For more info, visit the Facebook event.