We’re ticking down the days until Art-a-Whirl, the open studio festival that’s grown into weekend-long party that now encompasses damn near everything in Northeast. But before that, and if you’re into something less chaotic than whirling, we definitely recommend stopping into NEMAA’s Art-a-Whirl Preview Party at Northrup King. The event is much lower key, but still very fun, and showcases a bunch of artwork that you get an early chance to silently (and this year electronically) bid on while enjoying food and drink from neighborhood spots like Indeed and Red Stag. Friday, 6-9 PM. $3-5 suggested donation.Bill Blaisley

Northrup King, 1500 Jackson St NE, MPLS; northrupkingbuilding.com