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More Weekend Happenings: Find The Right Outfit

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Friday

Love Your Melon throws a block party that also helps support their nonprofit partner Be The Match. Cat lovers can head to record store Solid State to hear The Cat People and Dos GatosElectric Fetus hosts a listening party for the new deluxe/expanded edition of Purple RainCharlie Parr and his super fans will fill up the Hook & Ladder with throwback blues.

Saturday

Get your Anna Maria Marconi cosplay all ready for Blizzard World 4 Comicon at the Mermaid in Mounds View. It’s an Arts & Crafts show at Uppercut Boxing with both adult and kid-friendly activities. Speaking of art, 801 Gallery has Art of the Art Car & Art Bike, an exhibition of other art from the artists. Check out the new clothing line from Spades & Shade at Dumpling and also eat dumplings. We’re very excited to see the OTO Art show Visual Expressions of Hearing at Squirrel Haus Arts. Duluth phenom Gaelynn Lea will wow the Grand Oak Opry. Do you like your rock on the yachty side? It’s Yacht Rock 7 with DJ Jake Rudh at Psycho Suzi’s. You must obey the dance commander Dick Valentine and his Electric Six at The Turf Club.

Sunday

The Kaijus are back at brunch at the Parkway Theater. The Scandinavians take Minnehaha Park for a fest. The food trucks, 60 different ones, have their own fest at Lake and Hennepin with a mechanical bull for you to throw up on. Button Poetry fill up Icehouse with their selections of top notch spoken word.


Weekend Preview: Everything Is Pride, Really

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Out of all the correspondence we get, people asking for more lead time on weekend events is our readers’ biggest request. (Readers asking which Pride events to go to is next.) So with that in mind, here’s a quick look at some stuff that’s currently on our radar for this weekend.  

 

Friday

PRIDE: The Saloon spends the entire weekend celebrating with a 40th Anniversary of Pride block party and Friday they have Wilson Phillips! The Beer Dabbler sets up in Loring Park for one of their famous craft beer samplers. The always excellent Grown & Sexy Pride returns for its VIIth installment and will fill up First Ave with DJs, dancing, drag, and more. There’s more dancing happening at the Kitty Cat Klub for HipsIhaker!’s Pride Weekend edition. The competition for the sexiest women’s gay Pride event is tough, but Boobytrap at Muse is out front. 

Love Your Melon throws a block party that also helps support their nonprofit partner Be The Match. We’re telling you, don’t sleep on tickets to go see Kim Gordon (fr. Sonic Youth) play in her new project Body/Head at the Uptown VFW. Cat lovers can head to record store Solid State to hear The Cat People and Dos Gatos. Electric Fetus hosts a listening party for the new deluxe/expanded edition of Purple RainCharlie Parr and his super fans will fill up the Hook & Ladder with throwback blues. 

Saturday

PRIDE: The A-Mill lofts host Dirty Queer Show: The Bush Is Back, a show that pushes “boundaries of queer artists/performers & people in the non-mainstream side of sexuality & art”. En Vogue will give everyone something they can feel at the big Pride in Concert in Loring Park. If you miss the Big Freedia show, you can kind of make up for it by catching Blowtorch and Keezy plus other beat-slingers at Thank You, Cum Again: A Pride Dance Party at Icehouse. Of course Flip Phone XXL goes big during Pride, they’ll be playing all their throw back and contemporary fav jams with Valentina at First Avenue.

Get your Anna Maria Marconi cosplay all ready for Blizzard World 4 Comicon at the Mermaid in Mounds View. Check out the new clothing line from Spades & Shade at Dumpling and also eat dumplings. We’re very excited to see the OTO Art show Visual Expressions of Hearing at Squirrel Haus Arts. Spend your summer playing pinball around town—sign up for Pinball Twin Cities‘s summer league at their kickoff party at Tilt. Rockers BadNraD play at Surly Brewing. Check out some cool animation at the Hellavision Television Animation Show at Fool Proof. Duluth phenom Gaelynn Lea will wow the Grand Oak Opry. Do you like your rock on the yachty side? It’s Yacht Rock 7 with DJ Jake Rudh at Psycho Suzi’s. You must obey the dance commander Dick Valentine and his Electric Six at The Turf Club. Lady Midnight plays a killer show with Dream of the Wild and others at the Entry.

Sunday

PRIDE: Grab some brunch on the Union rooftop with Miss Brit and watch the parade. The annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade down Hennepin Avenue happens at 11 AM. Lakes & Legends hosts a kid-friendly event in their tap room with Tiny Footprint Coffee to benefit Transforming Families. Lurcat has a luau with tropical drinks and dance floors. 

The Kaijus are back at brunch at the Parkway Theater. The Scandinavians take Minnehaha Park for a fest. The food trucks, 60 different ones, have their own fest at Lake and Hennepin with a mechanical bull for you to throw up on. It’s the amateur cocktail competition Trophy Hunt at Eat Street Social.


Meauxr Weekend Happenings: To Ride Your Bike To

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Friday

Who doesn’t want to see some vintage Japanese motorcycles at the MN State Fair Grounds? (Drinking With) Ian Rans co-hosts a new monthly Facebook Live show at The Dakota with Garland Jeffreys over happy called Dakota Live; You can either pop in to see it with some drinks or watch it online. Chefs Yia Vang and Chris Her take over The Bird with a Union pop-up dinner. Lake & Irving are having their kickstand parking lot party Fulton beer and Sexy Delicious. There’s a big juried group art show show that includes painting, sculpture and performance works at Space 369 in St. Easy. The Walker Art Cinema will be showing the video recording of the legendary Monterey Pop ’67 concert. Hear rare funk and soul on vinyl at the Uptown VFW, courtesy of the Hotpants DJs, and do your dancin’ for free. The ridiculously titled Acid/Disco/House/Techno night Why Not? (pictured) returns to the Kitty Cat Klub.

Saturday

Who doesn’t want to see some vintage British motorcycles at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Northeast? Go bowling at Elsie’s in Northeast MPLS to help raise monies for the bunnies. The American Swedish Institute has an action packed Midsommar Celebration. Pryes Brewing opens it’s new tap room on West River Road. Insight Brewing hosts its Great Northeast Beer Carnival with their beer and actual carnival entertainers. Midtown Global Market brings back it’s Midtown Global Music Festival with Maria Isa, Roe Family Singers, and more. The fun lil’ Honkytonk Fest that fills up the patio of Grumpy’s Northeast with crooners has everyone from Country Mike to Thicky White. The Walker’s artist mini-golf opens at the MPLS Sculpture Garden. Get a jumpstart on Father’s Day with a pig roast at Du Nord Spirits. Dykes Do Drag returns to take over the late nights at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Speaking of drag, it’s the Legends of Drag PRIDE show at LUSH. The Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy students debut their new class on the stage at Amsterdam. Everyone loves Seu Jorge’s Life Aquatic soundtrack of Bowie tributes and he’ll be doing it live at the Pantages. Fun rock show with Little Man, Dirty Frames, and Black Widows at The Hook. Fitness? More like fitness whole pizza slice in our mouths at Galactic Pizza‘s pizza party.

Sunday

No motorcycle shows. You know what dads like? Pizza and beer (because they don’t have to cook or do dishes cleanup)! Parkway Pizza brings in their friends Rush River who brings in some Hawaiian themed beers. Culture Piece magazine celebrates their first anniversary with a fashion show at Can Can Wonderland.


Weekend Preview: A Hotbed of Classic Rides

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Out of all the correspondence we get, people asking for more lead time on weekend events is our readers’ biggest request. (Readers trying to get tickets to U2 at US Bank Stadium this summer is next (don’t hold your breath).) So with that in mind, here’s a quick look at some stuff that’s currently on our radar for this weekend.  

 

Friday

Who doesn’t want to see some vintage Japanese motorcycles at the MN State Fair Grounds? Chefs Yia Vang and Chris Her take over The Bird with a Union pop-up dinner (that will likely sell out). Lake & Irving are having their kickstand parking lot party Fulton beer and Sexy Delicious. There’s a big juried group art show show that includes painting, sculpture and performance works at Space 369 in St. Easy. The Walker Art Cinema will be showing the video recording of the legendary Monterey Pop ’67 concert. Iron Maiden bring their sold out Book of Souls tour to the Xcel Energy Center. ECID packs in a bunch of local rap talent for the release of his new album How To Fake Your Own Death at the Triple Rock.

Saturday

Who doesn’t want to see some vintage British motorcycles at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Northeast? Extreme Noise hosts their annual Punk Rock flea market. No One Parties Harder Than Our Lit Community™—especially when it’s a picnic! Rain Taxi hosts a Lit Community Picnic at the Vikings Stadium Park. It’s the Stone Arch Bridge Festival down on the waterfront by St. Anthony Main. The American Swedish Institute has an action packed Midsommar Celebration. Pryes Brewing opens it’s new tap room on West River Road. Insight Brewing hosts its Great Northeast Beer Carnival with their beer and actual carnival entertainers. Midtown Global Market brings back it’s Midtown Global Music Festival with Maria Isa, Roe Family Singers, and more. The fun lil’ Honkytonk Fest that fills up the patio of Grumpy’s Northeast with crooners has everyone from Country Mike to Thicky White. Get a jumpstart on Father’s Day with a pig roast at Du Nord Spirits. Mortified moves from Amsterdam to Como Dockside for its summer installment of teen journals, adolescent poetry, and other shameful and painful things people wrote when they were young. Everyone loves Seu Jorge’s Life Aquatic soundtrack of Bowie tributes and he’ll be doing it live at the Pantages. Fun rock show with Little Man, Dirty Frames, and Black Widows at The Hook. Fitness? More like fitness whole pizza slice in our mouths at Galactic Pizza‘s pizza party.

Sunday

No motorcycle shows. 


More Weekend Happenings: Tank Tops + Water Bottles Edition

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Friday

Congrats to Gamut gallery, who celebrates 5 years with Hi 5 and the closing of BRIGHT SIDE. Also congrats to the indispensable Mu Performing Arts—they’re hosting a gala at Paikka at Vandalia Tower. Let some duality wash over you like electro-soul sounds at ÅŠTRÖ Gēmînï at Public Functionary with Talia Knight and others doing DJ sets. What would the weekend be without a themed prom? The First Ave Mainroom has Forever Young 90s/00s Prom. It’s all Bowie Bowie-aoke party at the Uptown VFWRed Eye Theater‘s New Works series continues with a double header of Mai by Magnolia Yang Sao Yia and How Is It Ever Any Different Than? by an ensemble-led performance group 600 Whale. The Rondo neighborhood in St. Easy throws a block party for a potential reconnecting land bridge over 94 earlier in the day. 

Saturday

There’s big tug of war party that includes Heiruspecs vs Doomtree, the Twins vs the Saints, MPLS vs St Small, with entertainment, beer, and free candy(!) at Hidden Falls. The postponed reopening of the Walker Sculpture Garden happens Saturday. Stop into the MPLS Convention Center early to catch a local strong man/woman competition. Another beer tasting takes over the MN State Fair Grounds: The St. Paul Summer Beer Fest has 100+ vendors for you sampling pleasure. Charlie Parr, Jillian Rae, Ginstrings, Mississippi Hot Club, and other’s play a free show in Loring Park with beer from Lakes & Legends. Indeed Brewing takes over Hi-Lo Diner for Beach Peach Bum party with their new IPA. There’s no better named event this weekend than Bacon n L’eggs Brunch with Divas at Amsterdam. Congrats to Lena S., out winner to the St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour hosted by the MNHS. The Cabooze hosts a block party for the mult-genre Buck Fest with deM atlaS and more. Soul Queen PaviElle plays the intimate Aster CafeThe West Egg Literati (made up of Hamline MFA students) hosts a reading with open mic at Eat My Words bookstore. There’s still some tickets left to the Haunted Basement tiki-themed fundraising gala Tiki-a-goRE-goRE happening at Squirrel Haus Arts.

Sunday

Spend the morning at the Capitol marching for equality, unity, and pride before heading to Queer Prom at Hell’s Kitchen. Northbound Smokehouse hosts another beer-friendly bike trip from their gastropub to LTD Brewing and Excelsior Brewing. Open Streets shuts down the North Loop area in MPLS. St. Easy doesn’t have an Open Streets . . . YET. Superstar Kevin Hart will be signing books at MOA. DJ night Communion is back at The Pourhouse with superstar DJs TML, King Otto, and more.


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.