It’s the annual St. Paul Art Crawl through the mostly Lowertown and downtown St. Easy artist lofts and open studios! Hear Sarah Manguso will read from her new book of brief insights 300 ARGUMENTS at Magers & Quinn. Most people think Cameron Crowe directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but it was just his script and the ace direction of Amy Heckerling that made it so good; see it again at the Trylon. At the Cowles Center, the Right Here Showcase presents The April Sellers Dance Collectives new work The Animal Corridor, a “darkly humorous, post-apocalyptic world” that is “devised to smash open expectations as we move towards a new gender utopia.” Public Functionary hosts the MCTC Photo Show. Rage against the “non-profit industrial complex” will a sure-to-be-great book discussion at Fresh Oysters Performance Research. Its all female funk and soul at this month’s Hipshaker! at the Kitty Club Klub. Learn to tap dance at a mini-golf course with Tappy Hour at Can Can Wonderland. It’s an extra extra extra special Y2K: That’s What I Call 2000s when DJ Jonathan Ackerman teams up with Shannon Blowtorch and ya boi DJ Slamdunkapher at honey.
Celebrate Songkran, the Thai new year, with a block party at Amazing Thailand in Uptown. We’ll be hanging out at Grumpy’s Downtown hearing a bunch of bands and eating brats for a food drive benefit show. The 12th Annual Craftstravaganza maker market returns to the MN State Fairgrounds. There’s a gun raffle happening all afternoon at the Uptown VFW, maybe steer clear of that area. There’s an opening reception at Center for Lost Objects for Christopher Sorenson‘s new show. Culture Piece Magazine is closing out Fashion Week MN #FWMN with a fashion presentation at Le Méridien Chambers. Fantastic writer Kiese Laymon will be doing a reading at The Loft Literary Center, def check out that if you’re a letters fan. Chillest music show of the weekend goes to Lydia Ainsworth, DEM YUUT, and Eric Mayson at the Entry. We can be, at times, fans of Marc Maron, especially with the right guest on his podcast, and there’s still tix to his late show at the Pantages Theater.
Why doesn’t Dick Valentine of the Electric Six just move here already? He’s doing another 2Become1 with Mr. Marathon Mark Mallman at the Entry. Been to Crooner’s off north Central yet? If not, use this cool Stevie Wonder unplugged show as a reason to check it out.
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.
Sounds: Very fun Afro-Latin groove machines Malamanya plays an early show at honey. Rocket 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Columbus. Bauhaus 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 Hexagon. Sleep 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.
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.
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.
Hijinx: All weekend, it’s Oktoberfest in Rice Park in St. Peazy!! We’re unreasonably excited for Maya’s fourth anniversary with their 2-4-1s, $1 beers, and more. It’s still Pizza Week, get in on the various pizza fun happening at a bunch of different pizza locations. There’s a huge social mixer at Gamut gallery with a short film premiere of Backyard, bands, visual art, custom clothing, and host (gotta have one) Claire Weatherly. Explore an oddity from the Christian Manson (home of the Henn Hist Museum) with Miss Teria’s Night of the Unknown.
Music: The Skatalites team up with the Prizefighters for a skanking good time at the Cedar Cultural Center; the after-party happens across the street at the Nomad. The combo of Highgraves, Comets Ov Cupid, and Wolf Council at the Seward Eagles Club will be so heavy that your bowels will empty. We say Rarasit, but the regular night of house music at the Kitty Cat Klub is really called RARE PARASITE.
Twincy, FilmTown™: Get over here! It’s Mortal Kombat at midnight madness at the Uptown Theater.
Arts: It’s the LoLa Art Crawl through the homes and galleries of Longfellow MPLS artists, plus after party in downtown Longfellow. Franconia Sculpture Park celebrates 20 years with tons of fun, including live music, art making, theater performances, and much more! Fox Tax hosts an opening reception for the new show by Neal Perbix. Royal Krew Co and FAB: Fashion & Business hosts the fash bash Reali Runway at The Exchange.
Outdoors: Need to get outside one last time? Remember it’s the kid-friendly Prairie Burn Music Festival at Camp St. Croix.
Bikes: It’s the return of the Konawerks Bike Show at Grumpy’s, lots of great motorcycles, bands, a butt dart game, and more.
Music: Don’t forget that Festival Palomino was moved closer to home at Historic Hall’s Island! Hear the music of the Final Fantasy series performed live at Amsterdam in St. Easy. 90s rock icons Belly play the First Ave Mainroom. It’s week two of the Sex Rays residency at Grumpy’s Downtown with Liquor Beats Winter and the outrageous and semi-shirtless Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club MPLS. There’s sets by the awesome Pytch crew and Tolliver at the Nomad forReception.
Taps: Surly battles Bent Paddle and everyone wins at the 331 Club.
Twincy, FilmTown™: Get your tickets to Minneflowta’s newest and smallest film festival happening at the Capri Theater.
Did you know that Armenians invented festivals, along with everything else? Just ask anyone at the Armenian Festival at St. Sahag Armenian Church! Trash Film Debauchery and The Haunted Basement will be showing the hilariously bad Lake Placid at Eat Street Social.