Help the Walker celebrate its second successful summer of Open Field tonight with an exciting evening jam-packed with activities. Want to learn about the art of yarn bombing? The Swatch Team will show you how. In the mood to run around? There’s flag football in the field! Feel like working on your own art? Drawing Club will be open all night and will even have some architect-y types joining in. Want a drink? AIGA Minnesota will be mixing in its regular “Cocktails with Creatives” night at the Walker, so you can sip on some spirits and mingle with other art fans. Want to belt out some songs about capitalism and communism after a few of those drinks? Guess what, they even have that lined up, too. (We told you it was jam-packed.) Things get going at 6 p.m., and you can get more details about the activities at the Walker’s blog. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.,612-375-7600
Head to Lee’s Liquor Lounge tonight at 9 p.m. for Ghost Radio, then stay for Johnny Cash . . . well, almost. Missing the good old Cash classics? The Church of Cash will serenade you with the sweet sounds of Johnny’s Americana and blues songs, primarily from his early career. Cover’s just $5, so you can enjoy a few 16 oz. Buds, Bud Lights, or PBRs for $4 each. Ghost Radio starts at 9 p.m. and Church of Cash plays around 10:30 p.m. 101 N. Glenwood Ave., Mpls., 612-338-9491. For more information, visit leesliquorlounge.com.
If you’re going to pick a day to play hooky from work and head to the State Fair, today’s the day. Not only can you get your fill of the regular deep fried on-a-stick fare on one of the few remaining beautiful summer days, but Minnesota Public Radio has a powerful one-two punch lined up in the afternoon. At noon the lauded classical musicians of Brooklyn Rider will perform their power renditions of classical tracks for an hour. Afterward, take a break to get some roasted corn and then go back to the MPR booth at 3 p.m. when Mary Lucia hosts musical guest Sims of Doomtree, who just this week put out a killer EP as a free download. For more info on where to find these guys at the Fair, see MPR’s website.
The Soap Factory’s Common Room tours continue, and tonight your hosts, local arts ambassadors and men of letters Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, take you on a bicycle trip to several “wish list” locations throughout Minneapolis. While the destinations haven’t yet been disclosed, attendees will need to bring their bikes, swimsuits, $20, and also fill out a waiver—if you’re not intrigued by the possibilities, the thought of seeing what kind of fashionable swimsuit Mr. Sturdevant wears is enough to brave the risk. The tour leaves the Common Room at 6:30 p.m. sharp. 514 SE 2nd St., Mpls., 612-623-9176. You can RSVP on Facebook.
Set sail for the Turf Club in St. Paul for a night of cheap drinks and rockin’ ditties. DJ Hook Hand, aka Christy Hunt of local super group Pink Mink, and DJ Scurvy Pants, aka Kristina Lund, will be programming the music for the evening. Belly up to the bar for 2-for-1s from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and share a shot and a story with yer maties. Music starts at 9 p.m., free. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486. More info at the Turf Club website.