Leslie Hall (gold-jumpsuit-wearing, gem-sweater-flaunting hip-hop singer) has a dash of Lady Gaga garb (think ridiculous, octopus-shaped shoulder pads) and Napoleon Dynamite style. Her outfits might be stuck in the ’80s, and she may sing about tight pants, gold pants, her booty, and shooting zombies, but her zany ways and crazy lyrics are probably the reason this Ames, Iowa native has such a large following. Listen for yourself tonight at the Triple Rock Social Club, where she’ll appear along with Pennyhawk, DJs Judy & Judy, and Ramona & The Swimsuits. Get advance tickets ($12) at Triple Rock, Electric Fetus, Red’s Savory Pizza in Uptown, as well as online. This 18+ show starts at 9 p.m. For more information visit triplerocksocialclub.com. —SB
Get your fashion fix this Friday evening by soaking up great styling, music, photography, and film—all while helping raise money for TC kids. Dress Rehearsal is a cocktail party kickoff to raise money for art supplies and musical instruments for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (BGCTC). You’ll get to see an Emma Berg fashion show featuring Stephanie Lake Jewelry, and then be able to shop their designs (custom dresses and one-of-a-kind jewelry) in a pop-up shop where proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. What’s more, you can view a screening of a new short film by Capture Studios and preview a photography project by Brandon Werth and Chelsey Paul, both in conjunction with BGCTC. You even get to see a musical performance by BGCTC kids. The base ticket ($50) gets you valet, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks; a $100 ticket offers the same perks as the base ticket, but you’ll donate more to the kids in need. The VIP ticket ($200) comes with valet, and table seating with butler service. Dress: Cocktail attire. 7 to 10 p.m. Hillswood Estate, 3340 Hill Lane, Deephaven. To buy tickets, visit events.org/dressrehearsal.
Feeling lucky? Have a go at art-inspired carnival games during Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Art Perchance event tonight. This fundraiser for the Friends of the Institute offers you a chance to impress your friends with your Midway skills and warm up for the Great Minnesota Get Together. The evening’s entertainment, including music from Trailer Trash, is free, so you’ll be able to have enough funds for the cash bar and a $10 wristband. With the wristband, every time you win a game, you earn the chance to win art donated by local artists. Want to further support the arts? Become an Art Perchance patron, which affords extra benefits: all patrons meet the artists in a private pre-party reception (5 to 6 p.m.), and get access to the VIP area (read: gourmet fair treat buffet). For $100 per person you’ll also get six tokens for the art drawing, valet parking, and a free drink ticket. Levels of $250 and $500 per person are also available—with even more advantages—if you’re feeling especially philanthropic. 6 p.m., MIA Target Park, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls. For more information, go to artsmia.org. —SB
Nikka Costa was something of a child prodigy; the LA-based funk, rock, and soul singer recorded her first single at age 5, released a self-titled album at the age of 8 that went platinum, and sang on the lawn of the White House at age 9 . . . with no less than Mr. Frank Sinatra! After being in the biz for 30+ years, Costa still turns out hits and is taking her talents on the road to support her recently released 2011 album, “Pro*Whoa.” She’s making a stop at the Varsity Theater tonight, along with Minneapolis artist Chastity Brown, who mixes the stylings of her influences Lauryn Hill, Van Morrison, and Janis Joplin into an incredibly powerful delivery of music. 18+ show. Tickets: $18-$20, doors are at 7 p.m. For more information, visit varsitytheater.org.
Looking for something a little more underground for your evening? Head over to Club Med on the West Bank in Minneapolis and catch a screening of From the Back of the Room, a documentary about women working to find their place in—and in some cases having to throw some elbows to actively get into—the last 30 years of DIY punk music scenes. The film features interviews and concert footage from a number of female musicians, including Annie from The Soviettes, that illustrates and examines the impact they’ve had on all of punk music. The screening starts at 7 p.m. and afterwards Cokskar, NightCrusade, and ThrashComp will play. Be sure to check out the trailer and the Facebook event for more info.