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.
Start stretching your laughing muscles — starting today, the fine funny folks behind HUGE Improv theater in Uptown host the 5th annual Twin Cities Improv Festival! Guests include TJ & Dave from Chicago, (they’re featured in the documentary Trust Us This Is All Made Up), and performances by local favorites such as the Brave New Workshop, ComedySportz, Fingergun, the Minneapples, Adventures of Tim, as well as national groups, and more. You can catch these shows for $10 each or get discounted admission by purchasing passes for multiple performances. And you better hurry, some of the shows have already sold out. For tickets and more information about the event, visit the Improv Festival website.
Over the course of their brilliant and enduring musical careers, Yo La Tengo have released a wide variety of music, from acclaimed albums to celebrated soundtracks, and performed with the likes of Daniel Johnston and Yoko Ono. During that time they’ve gained a dedicated cult following of fans and critics alike. Now YLT make a stop in the T.C. to play for two nights in the intimate confines of the 400 Bar on the West Bank in Minneapolis before the three make their way to Chicago. Tickets are $20 general admission; for more info on two night stand, head to the 400 Bar’s blog.
If you’re not yet in the Pride spirit, start celebrating Pride with your pup at a patio happy hour party Loring Kitchen & Bar. What could be better than patio time with your pooch? Well, drink specials and great food, for starters. Plus, dress up your four-legged buddy in his or her best Pride garb for a chance to win prizes. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (only humans need tickets, and we’re told this event will most likely sell out) and proceeds will go to benefit a local rescue group participating in Pride. For more info, visit Sidewalkdog.com.