Even though heavy metal makes up a small cross-section of the music in the Twin Cities, practicing musicians know that metal bands somehow make up the majority of local rehearsal space tenants. It really begs the question: Where do these guys ever play? The answer is “Take the Stage Mondays” at Station 4 in Lowertown St. Paul, which offers one of best chances to see the guys next door shred in front of an actual headbanging audience. This Monday’s line-up includes Call to Arms, Forge Room, and Gryzor, the latter of whom regularly play on bills with other talented, brutal bands from the Minnesota Metal circuit. And if the music isn’t enough for you to pay a neighborly visit, Station 4 is also offering $3 PBRs and $1 slices of pizza. The event is 18+ and starts at 7:30 p.m.; for more info, visit www.Station-4.com.
If you’re hankering for some brainy bar games, but your cranium doesn’t do so well with straight up trivia, get your drinking establishment entertainment tonight at $50 Pyramid and Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian notoriety. Just like the original TV show, this version of Pyramid partners celebs (local of course) with contests in fast moving rounds of clues and answers to see who can climb up the pyramid. And even though the game is for $50 in bar credit instead of game show grade cash, the Jager version features more excitement than any episode Dick Clark’s ever hosted. The games begin at 9 p.m. and the event is free and open to the 21+ public. To sign up for a spot and get more info check out the Facebook event page.
The last few shows at XYandZ Gallery have been great places to see cool artwork and an the who’s who of your favorite scenesters, and this weekend’s Mass Portrait will surely follows suit. The show displays new collaborative work from by local artists Anna Tsantir, a printmaker focused on symetry and enveloping patterns, and Daniel Luedtke, a silk screener who was just singled out by City Pages’ for his work co-founding the Madame, an LGBT community arts center, while his band Gay Beast was on hiatus. The team-up has produced visual work that’s vibrant and subtle, structured while showcasing organic shapes, and very worth checking out right at the opening. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more info, visit the XYandZ Gallery website.
There’s so much to do during Pride that it’s hard to single out one event during the entire celebration, but if you’re looking for a party or break from the parade, be sure to find time to check out the “Memoirs of a GAYsha” party taking place all day Sunday at Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen. The restaurant sits right on the route for the parade, which starts at 11 a.m., and the wondrous kitchen will be open for early morning cocktails and all you can eat Dim Sum for $20. (There’s a 10 a.m. seating and one at noon, best to call to reserve a spot.) Then for the rest of the day, you can sip sake as a roster of DJs keep the music going, and keeping with the theme, kimonos will be available if you’d like to slip into something a little more festive. Part of the proceeds from brunch to Open Arms of Minnesota. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page or call 612-338-1479.
Do you hail from “up north” and have a bit of mid-summer homesickness? Or maybe you’re yearning for some out state small town fun, but don’t want to spend the time or cash driving on a day trip? Yes or no, head to Cuzzy’s this Saturday for a homecoming party for ex-pat Iron Rangers who’ve moved to the metro. There will be food, brews, and music from a range of performers that includes Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl, the Dana Thompson Trio, and Rich Mattson and the Tisdales. You’ll also have the chance to hear some oom-pa-pa from Johnny “Polka” Pouchnik. The blast is $10, general admission, and entertainment runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for more information visit IronRangeBlast.com.