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More Weekend Happenings: Arts & Culture To The Max

Air Max Day

Friday

Good riddance to The Sunrise Inn in South MPLS, but if you want to say your “good whatevers”, do it now. Want to watch some USA footie with other fans? Brits + Fulton show the World Cup Qualifier matches. Ah dang, it’s the last show ever for Secrets favs Disasteratti at Reverie. The all vinyl, powder on the floor, foot-scootin’ party Hipshaker! is back at Kitty Cat Klub. Get the best of the long-forgotten Oughts at Y2K: That’s WHAT I CALL 2000s hosted by DJ Jonathan Ackerman at honey. It’s a pre-KLITUATION bash at Silk Haze: MicaMay & Keezy Special Guest: Tiiiiiiiiiip at the Nomad. Why would you go see any of the new movies when you can go to The Trylon and see Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, a part of their women filmmakers series. Actually, Trainspotting 2 is getting good reviews and opens this weekend at The Uptown Theater. There’s also some super good film from Indigenous filmmakers still going on at The Walker Art Center.

Saturday

The indoor beer for charity festival Hops for Hunger 5.0 returns to the Solar Arts Building. Everyone has to see the Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery at the MCBA, and this party with translators and Ghostband is a good option to do so. The MN Opera celebrates Mexican music with a cool free performance. New exhibition opens at the Kolman & Pryor gallery in Northrup King—Sensitive Indicators, paintings by Betsy Ruth Byers. Equilibrium (EQ) is the Loft’s Spoken Word series and this weekend it features the Loft’s Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem with Giles Li. The North Star Roller Girls pay tribute to The Purple One with their next bout Purple Pain at the Lee & Warner Coliseum. The Rocky Horror Picture returns to The Uptown Theater‘s midnight madness.

Sunday

Rebel Donuts will pop-up at Anelace Coffee, one of the best coffee spots. Lonesome George Thorogood still cooks and also swings by the State Theater. Grand Cafe is doing an oyster pop-up, continuing their pop-ups. Red Stag Supperclub has a few seats open for their fancy foodie dinner that features menu items from purveyors around the foodie scene. Celebrate Air Max Day and honor the innovative kicks with a party at Constantine. Name your show at Amsterdam Fartsterdam Slam and you automatically get included in our picks, but UnderCurrentMPLS’s lineup of underground bands is killer, too.


On Our Radar: Weekend To The Max

Air Max Day

Out of all the correspondence we get, people asking for more lead time on cool events is our readers’ biggest request. (Where to get razor-style motorized chairs is next.) So with that in mind, here’s a quick look at some stuff that’s currently on our radar for this weekend. We’re also going back to our big stack of happenings since folks weren’t crazy about the breakouts.

Friday

Good riddance to The Sunrise Inn in South MPLS, but if you want to say your “good whatevers”, do it now. Get an early peek at the new exhibition The Weather Diaries at the ASI with a party that includes RONiiA, cocktails, fashion talk, and more. Ah dang, it’s the last show ever for Secrets favs Disasteratti at Reverie. The all vinyl, powder on the floor, foot-scootin’ party Hipshaker! is back at Kitty Cat Klub. Get the best of the long-forgotten Oughts at Y2K: That’s WHAT I CALL 2000s hosted by DJ Jonathan Ackerman at honey. It’s a pre-KLITUATION bash at Silk Haze: MicaMay & Keezy Special Guest: Tiiiiiiiiiip at the Nomad.

Saturday

The stacked-with-programming two-day-long Black and Funny Improv Festival kicks off at HUGE Theater. It’s the Second Annual Smoke Signals beer party at Insight Brewing. Speaking of beer, Hops for Hunger 5.0 returns to the Solar Arts Building. Everyone has to see the Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery at the MCBA, and this party with translators and Ghostband is a good option to do so. The North Star Roller Girls pay tribute to The Purple One with their next bout Purple Pain at the Lee & Warner Coliseum. DJ Keezy’s The KLITUATION, one of the biggest dance parties in MPLS + STPL, returns to First Avenue with a ton of special appearances. The Rocky Horror Picture returns to The Uptown Theater‘s midnight madness.

Sunday

Rebel Donuts will pop-up at Anelace Coffee, one of the best coffee spots. Lonesome George Thorogood still cooks and also swings by the State Theater. Celebrate Air Max Day and honor the innovative kicks with a party at Constantine. Name your show at Amsterdam Fartsterdam Slam and you automatically get included in our picks, but UnderCurrentMPLS’s lineup of underground bands is killer, too.


More Weekend Happenings: Chasing Snakes

holy trinity

Friday

If you missed the Chef Shack “back from Southeast Asia vacation” party, you can still get some Bangkok HOT wings on their special menu. Need some hip MPLS + STPL gear? Stop by Bauhaus Brew Labs for the Northmade Co pop-up. Contemporary critical periodical The Third Rail throws a huge party on Holden Street for their new issue. Theatre Pro Rata kicks off their run of Goodbye Cruel World at the Crane Theater. It’s a multi-disciplinary showcase of several different Native American artists and performers at the Two Rivers Gallery. Hometown hip-hop hero Allan Kingdom takes the stage at the SkywayHotpants returns to the Uptown VFW with the Hold Tight DJs Booka B and Tony Dosen.

Saturday

Leslie Barlow talks with Public Functionary curator Tricia Heuring about the current, and quite excellent, Loving show and then later on the gallery hosts a fundraiser for the Midwest Mixed Conference. Rain Taxi proudly hosts its first event ever at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, join them as poet Susan Stewart and artist Ann Hamilton, both acclaimed figures in their respective fields, present their collaborative pieces. The M continues their interactions with the current, and very powerful, Shadowlands show, and on Saturday Serita Colette, Jessica Lopez Lyman, and Junauda Petrus provide an artistic response named Futuristic Moves. Some of our favorite local musicians play the Entry, including Lunch Duchess (as a full band), MAKR is Sier Sass, and more. Aloha from Hell and The Toxenes play one of the most Palmer’s bills at Palmer’s in awhile. And we think you should get the pic from Flip Phone Holy Trinity: Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki as a tattoo, either before or after the party at Rev Ultra Lounge. The boozy bluesmen of Liquor Beats Winter provide the backing sounds for the Burlesque Performers at Rock Hard Burlesque at Icehouse.

Sunday

Fashion designer Samantha Rei introduces the next installment of the MN History Center and Trylon’s Film Screening Tank Girl. The Scene + Be Seen™ Award for the weekend goes to the What She Said/ by Niche Debut at the W/Foshay that’s part panel, part cocktails, part networking, all fashion fun. Grand Cafe keeps trucking along after their closing, they’re got an art show (with food) for the opening reception for artist Dietrich Sieling.


On Our Radar: Do Not Forget It’s St. Patrick’s Day

holy trinity

Out of all the correspondence we get, people asking for more lead time on cool events is our readers’ biggest request. (Where to get paczkis is next.) So with that in mind, here’s a quick look at some stuff that’s currently on our radar for this weekend. We’re also going back to our big stack of happenings since folks weren’t crazy about the breakouts.

Friday

Tell work you’re going to be late because you’re going to hear artist and local treasure Frank Gaard talk at CreativeMornings/Minneapolis at MCAD. Arts organization Dissonance will host a pop-up at Five Watt Coffee. It’s the first night of the Dillinger Four St. Patrick’s Day massacre at the Triple Rock which somehow has the same amount of drinking than a regular D4 show. Contemporary critical periodical The Third Rail throws a huge party on Holden Street for their new issue. Theatre Pro Rata kicks off their run of Goodbye Cruel World at the Crane Theater. Hometown hip-hop hero Allan Kingdom takes the stage at the Skyway. Blackout Presents: That’s What She Said, which is going to be a hot comedy ticket this week, at the Phoenix Theater. Hotpants returns to the Uptown VFW with the Hold Tight DJs Booka B and Tony Dosen.

Saturday

Leslie Barlow talks with Public Functionary curator Tricia Heuring about the current, and quite excellent, Loving show and then later on the gallery hosts a fundraiser for the Midwest Mixed ConferenceThe M continues their interactions with the current, and very powerful, Shadowlands show, and on Saturday Serita Colette, Jessica Lopez Lyman, and Junauda Petrus provide an artistic response named Futuristic Moves. Some of our favorite local musicians play the Entry, including Lunch Duchess (as a full band), MAKR is Sier Sass, and more. Aloha from Hell and The Toxenes play one of the most Palmer’s bills at Palmer’s in awhile. And we think you should get the pic from Flip Phone Holy Trinity: Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki as a tattoo, either before or after the party at Rev Ultra Lounge. The boozy bluesmen of Liquor Beats Winter provide the backing sounds for the Burlesque Performers at Rock Hard Burlesque at Icehouse.

Sunday

Fashion designer Samantha Rei introduces the next installment of the MN History Center and Trylon’s Film Screening Tank Girl. You should for sure go pick up a copy of Err: Volume One at their release party at Boneshaker Books.


More Weekend Happenings: Nov 11-13th

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Twincy, Filmtown™: Don’t forget there’s a bunch of really great films and parties happening around the killer Sound Unseen films about music festival, including Bad Rap, the documentary about the international impact of hip-hop, and Who Is Lydia Loveless, a film that follows the musical prodigy and her conquering of a post-music sales world. There’s also the Spanish- and Portuguese- Language film festival Cine Latino, for which we also have some recommendations.

Friday

Sounds: Very fun Afro-Latin groove machines Malamanya plays an early show at honeyRocket Appliances play Inbound Brewco with their buds in Earthquakes & Heartaches and Lakewood Cemetery. DJ Slamdunkapher’s new crazy dance night is Slip n Slide at the Kitty Cat Klub and describing it would be pretty NSFW.

Screen: Princess Mononoke is the Midnight Movie at the Uptown Theater.

Stage: Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES stops at The Fitzgerald the finale of its 20th Anniversary Season. We’ve heard good things about Marisol by José Rivera, “a dark fantasia that reflects the social and spiritual turbulence of the early 1990s” that’s at Rarig.

Saturday

Sounds: Icehouse is probably the best venue you could see Aby Wolf and Eric Mayson play a show. Third Annual KISS Music From The Elder Celebration is devoting a day to KISS. The Blind Shake play an intimate show at Hymie’s. Black Market Brass releases their album with Duffel at The Hook.

Food + DrankTBSP Waffle Pop-Up at Blackeye Roasting Co. Clockwerks Brewing, the first local steampunk brewery, has a grand opening celebrating.

Art: Are you excited for the big new Martin Luther exhibition at the MIA Mia? We’re excited to check out the new Soap Factory basement space, Gallery Four, for paintings and installations by University of Minnesota Professor Mathew Zefeldt. There’s two exhibitions opening at Rosalux, Cat’s Whisker Diode Pulses by Dan Buettner and Wander by Elaine Rutherford. Round out the art tour with a stop at SooVAC for Hot Chroma, with the physicality of oil paintings by Jordan Clark, Kayla Plosz, Matt Reimers and Jeremy Szopinski.

Sunday Funday

Missed the launch party for the very cool new book Heyday-35 Years of Music in Minneapolis? Grab brunch at the Turf Club and pick up a copy. United Noodles Deli hosts a Indoor Autumn Luau that includes Kahlua pig. It’s another big show in the Aster’s River Room series with John Hermanson of the acclaimed duo Storyhill.


More Weekend Events: Nov 4-6th

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Friday

Arts: Swing into the big fall open studio tour Art Attack at Northrup King in Northeast MPLS.

Sounds: The heavy blues duo Buffalo Fuzz release their anticipated album at The Cabooze. Pretty solid rock lineup at the Triple Rock with Birthday Suits + Fury Things + Lutheran Heat. Celebrate six years of one of the best electronic music nights in Twincy with System at The Pourhouse.

Words: The GLBT library Quatrefoil launches new book of poems by the award-winning Greg Hewett.

Food + Drink + Fashion: Northern Grade teams up with Upton 43 for a Marknaden Middag dinner at The Machine Shop where they’re holding Northern Grade.

Stage: Don’t forget the Twin Cities Horror Festival is still going on!

Twincy, Filmtown™: Wonder what Amélie would be like if it was about a murderous chef? The Uptown Theater had Delicatessen for Midnight Madness.

Saturday

Parties: The Day of the Dead party Festival de las Calaveras continues with a big bash at The Cedar. Help Doug from Day Block Brewing fund his dream of being a Red Bull Crashed Ice competitor.

Sounds: Prairie Fire Lady Choir fill up McNally Smith for a show with Matt Latterell. We’re pretty excited to see the Hot Lava quintet play inside of Sawatdee in St. Easy. Mallman plays with Minnie/Bluntz + up-and-comers Graveyard Club at the Uptown VFW. Since Twincy is TributeTown™, there’s a big bill of coverbands at the Triple Rock for the Dimebag Darrell Tribute.

Arts: Lots of good stuff this week at the Midway Contemporary Art Library, including the opening for The Geo Politics of Monetized Airspace.

Sunday Funday

Pig Ate My Pizza throws a pizza party with beer from Fair State Brewing. Tired of monochrome MN? Fresh Traditions throws a must-attend SOLD OUT! show at A’Bulae for local fashionistas. Uptown Tattoo celebrates an incredible 17 years with a big bash. ACME Comedy celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a bash as well.


More Weekend Events: Oct 28th-30th

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Twincy, FilmTown™: Don’t forget about the big time Twin Cities Film Fest films—and panels and other events—are still going on out at the Showplace Icon Theaters through Saturday. Also the Trylon is doing multiple showings of must-see Japanese psychedelic horror classic Hausu in 35mm all weekend. And of course the Uptown is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.

Friday

Stage: We’re really intrigued by Frank Theatre doing Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan at the old Rainbow Foods on Lake and Minnehaha in MPLS. Also don’t forget it’s the annual autumnal Barebones extravadanza at down at Hidden Falls Regional Park.

Parties: Head out to the suburbs (Bloomington, specifically) to catch some zombie-themed pro wrastlin’ at the Knights of ColumbusBauhaus Brewing hosts probably the biggest Stranger Things party with The Spins Halloween: Stranger Things Vinyl Listening Party with Andrea Swensson of The Current and DJ Shane Kramer of Transmission DJing. Straight 90s and live cover band You Outta Know play a Halloween Bash at the VFW Uptown.

Words: The merry jester essayist David Sedaris makes a stop at the State Theater.

Sounds: Who cares about Halloween? It’s a tribute to Sade at The Parkway Theater. Jayden James & The Hunger headline a funk and soul spook-tacular at The Nomad. It’s a regular ol’ show, but a good one, at Amsterdam with Sleep Study, North By North, TABAH, Graveyard Club. Some of the baddest ass bands in Twincy—Nightosaur! Wretch! Burn Fetish! Swimsuit Area!—will try to burn down the HexagonSleep Study, North By North, TABAH, Graveyard Club play a non-holiday show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. We’ll hopefully pop in to catch the underground sensations Shimmy/Quilt The Rand, Velhasa, and Whale in the Thames play the Terminal Bar.

Saturday

Parties: Last year when the Northeast Brewers and Distillers got together with Bitter Minnesota for a Halloween tap room crawl it was b-a-n-a-n-a-s, so just a heads up on that. Transmission is doing another Stranger Things party with Halloween 1983 at Psycho Suzi’s. Spend Halloween with lots of dead stuff at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Genrebeast 5: The final beast returns for one last party with bands, the 7 Sins show closing, cable access fun, and a lot more at Gamut Gallery.

Jams: Hipshaker! helps Bedlam Lowertown raise some funds before the venue’s last day. DJ Willie Shu will be playing bootie jams at honey. It’s an all-star DJ lineup for PHAT! at the Kitty Cat Klub with Mike Davis, Nak, King Otto (the one true king), and Shannon Blowtorch.

Screen: The Heights Theater has a really cool screening of the sweeping epic Nicholas and Alexandra. We didn’t know Hocus Pocus was such a big movie, it’s showing a bunch right now, including the Trylon in the afternoon.

Spoopy Sounds: Who’s more Halloween than the Misfits!? (Well, Helloween, but still.) Hear a bunch of covers from Gravezig and also The Toxenes and The Von Tramps at the 331 Club! What’s more Halloween than some Black Widows and go-go dancers? They play another Greatest Show Ever at Grumpy’s Downtown, stick around after Limited Action. All the Twincy Flannel Dads™ will just dress up in flannels and cons for the Arcwelder show at the Turf Club. And at the Tommy Stinson (of Guns ‘n’ Roses fame, among other bands) and Cowboys in the Campfire show at the Triple Rock. It might get loud at The Blind Shake album release with Fury Things and Tongue Party in the 7th St Entry.

Sunday Funday

Actually the most Halloween band is Morticia, who returns for a rare show at Whiskey Junction. Honeyblood, Jay Som, and our favs Monica LaPlante play at the 7th St Entry. Park it at the Nomad to see a bunch of new takes on classic horror films for Drive-In.