This weekend’s Twin Cities Style Off will keep 10 Twin Cities stylists on their toes. The challenge? Pull together outfits for men and women from resale items found exclusively at Goodwill offshoot, Second Debut, then show them off on models and everyday shoppers. Trendsetters Richard Moody and Bill Tamlyn will host, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Allison Kaplan will sit on the judging panel alongside Keith Dorset of Elsworth Menswear, style blogger Susan Kim, and more. Enjoy live music from Auburn, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, style advice, exclusive discounts, and a special appearance from DJ Phat of 96.3 NOW. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. Free parking. 4300 W. 36 1/2 St., St. Louis Park, 952-922-9640. For more information, visit tcstyleoff.org.
Join Tempo—the Minnesota Opera’s young professionals opera-goers group—at Minnesota Fringe for Super Spectacular!: To Opera with Love. Former Minneapolis actors Jonathan Niel and Joe Kolbow of The Donovan Ensemble, perform this comedic medley of absurdly reinvented classic operas such as La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen. For good measure, they’ll add in some Puccini, Guns N’ Roses, and Taylor Swift to their rendition of these operas. Following the show, Tempo members will head to Moto-i for drinks and discussion with members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Crescendo Project. Tickets are $12, plus the $4 Fringe Festival admission button. Augsburg Mainstage, 2211 Riverside Ave., Mpls. For more information, visit fringefestival.org
Add some color to your Thursday night and head to the debut of the new musical collaboration Coloring Time. Members of local hip-hop, jazz, and folk bands from the likes of No Bird Sing, Peter Wolf Crier, Guitar Party, and The Pines, come together at the Cedar for an improvisational music and art show. When we say improv, we mean completely conceived and executed on the spot. This show is for all ages (last we checked Guitar Party’s lead singer, Mijah Ylvisaker, was only 7-years-old), so bring the family down for three sets from Coloring Time and improv art by guest artists Michael Gaughan and Zach Koss. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Check out this vid for a teaser of this Coloring Time show. Tickets are $5 in advance (here) or $10 at the door. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674. For more information (and to RSVP if you so choose), visit the Facebook event page. —SB
Enough blogging, status updates, and tweets for one night . . . Meet your online friends (and bring some real-life friends, too) at LOL/OMG’s newest Social Media Meet-up at the 331 Club tonight. Tweet about the event (using the #LOLOMG hashtag of course) and check in with Foursquare upon arrival, then grab some cheap drinks and get to know your fellow social media geeks in real life. While you’re at it, get into scenester mode with live performances from swinging electro-pop act Sexcat and Umami. No cover. Meet-up starts at 9 p.m. and goes ‘til 1 a.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-331-1746, 331club.mn. For more information check out l’etoile magazine’s LOL/OMG blog.
In addition to the great programming that constantly comes through the main galleries, the Soap Factory’s adjunct Common Room has been another highlight of an arts venue. A new season of all-but-common programming is set to kick off at the space, and this year the Common Room creators Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci will be taking arts and Minneapolis history enthusiasts on instructional and informational tours throughout the Twin Cities. Tonight’s theme? Rail! The tours start at 6:30 p.m. from the Soap Factory. For more information, visit the Soap Factory’s website.