We couldn’t have said it better ourselves: It’s been TOO gloomy for TOO long! Esker Grove at the Walker is helping break through the grey skies with chili, firepits, and a vodka, gin and aquavit tasting bar by Vikre Distilling. That’s the perfect warm-up ahead of internationally renowned artist collective Slavs and Tatars presenting their newest performance-lecture, Red-Black Thread, a piece that challenges this Atlanticist understanding of blackness and race through the artist group’s Eurasia perspective. Thursday, October 11th, 6 PM. $10. Free lecture at 7 PM.Terri Bennett

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, MPLS; walkerart.org