Sample Night Live!

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Looking for a smattering of entertainment from all over the Twin Cities, but conveniently located in one single venue? You got it: tonight at the Historic Theater, Sample Night Live! hosts another installment of its lively variety show. The first set is G-rated and features music from The Union Suits, Calamity and the Owl, and the acoustic stylings of Phil Berbig, as well as improv comedy from Morph. In the second, un-rated set, you’ll see everything from spoken word poetry to theater to even more music. All that for only $20! Tickets available online; for more info, visit the Sample Night Live website.

Grupo Soap del Corazón’s El Milagro

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In addition to their mission of celebrating Latin American culture in Minneapolis, the artists of the group Grupo Soap del Corazón (whose name means “art that cleanses the heart”) will also be celebrating their 11th year delivering the artwork of many, many accomplished creators with this new show at Intermedia Arts. Entitled El Milagro, the exhibition examines the  many facets of miracles—the cultural, mystical, political meanings, and impacts—for the people of Latin America through a variety of different art forms. And if you can’t make it to Intermedia Arts today, mark your calendar for Saturday, August 20, for the opening reception. For more information, visit the Intermedia Arts website.

Caitlin Karolczak Artist Reception

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Make a pit stop into the Denny Kemp Salon in Northeast Minneapolis after work today and check out the work of painter Caitlin Karolczak. The salon will be holding a reception to kick off its displays of some of Karolczak’s work, including wonderfully rich, layered oil paintings that often portray their individual subjects with muted colors and some framed, more affordable works. For more information on the reception, visit the Facebook event page.


China Insights: Unsettling Consequences

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Even though the opening reception isn’t until next Thursday, you can get an early look at the new and exciting exhibit that’s now at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the U of M. Today is the first day you can visit China Insights: Unsettling Consequences, a show of contemporary photography at the Nash Gallery from seven photographers from The People’s Republic of China. Curated by Gu Zheng and A. D. Coleman, the works illustrate, through a long-term photo-documentation process, the essential parts of China that are either emerging or vanishing. And even though the artists on display have collectively been featured in many publications and exhibits, this is the first time they’ve been shown in the United States. For more information on the gallery and the show, visit the Nash Gallery’s website.

Starry Eyes: A Night of Power Pop

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Since it’s the first Tuesday of the month, join DJ Jake Rudh at Kings Wine Bar in South Minneapolis for drinks and some deep cuts from his vast inventory of tunes. With the weather warming up—and thankfully cooling off a little in the evenings—Rudh will spend the night on the theme of “starry eyes” and spin feel-good pop nuggets that will make you sit back in your chair and say, “Summer in Minneapolis really is great.” What goes great with laid-back tracks and warm weather? Drinks. As fortune would have it, Kings has both beer and wine, and if you stop in you’ll also have a chance to win tickets to Rudh’s First Avenue Transmission dance party (Friday Night Videos) coming up on Friday. For more info, see the Kings’ website.