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 Gatos. Electric Fetus hosts a listening party for the new deluxe/expanded edition of Purple Rain. Charlie Parr and his super fans will fill up the Hook & Ladder with throwback blues.
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.
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.
Check out both a large group show of extra-raw animations and the new Pintrest-y St. Easy collab space Fool Proof on Saturday night. The showcase features indie television cartoons for adults, aka hellavision, by almost two dozen artsy adults who were told so spend as little time as possible on their work. Their results will entertain, or at least confuse, as all great art does. Saturday, 7-9 PM. Free. —Pat G. Roening
Fool Proof, 550 Vandalia Street #210; thisisfoolproof.com
Regular Readers know we’ve been huge fans of Lady Midnight‘s music in its many various incarnations: Formerly lead vocalist of afro-cuban band Malamanya, she is a member of underground electronic group VANDAAM and ensemble member of 9th House, a collaborative project from Twin Cities elite MC’s I Self Devine & Muja Messiah with whom she performed at the 2016 hip-hop festival Soundset. In addition she has contributed to past and upcoming recorded projects from Brother Ali, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Sarah White, Jayanthi Kyle, Maria Isa, Mike the Martyr, Adept, Sloslylove and Noahs Heark (RBMA Paris alum).
On Saturday Lady Midnight plays First Avenue’s 7th St Entry with the laid back jammers of Dream of the Wild and up-and-coming alt-jazzy hip-hop group Seaberg, and we want to make sure all of our readers get to see her perform. You’re going to be downtown anyway, spend some time at this excellent show; Just reply to this email that you want to go for a chance at a pair of tickets to the show.
It’s darn near impossible to round up all the events happening for Twin Cities Pride weekend, which is great. Here’s our attempt to share some of the many things that are on our radar, including the parade, some big and small parties, performance and visual art, and even a family friendly event or two. Have fun, don’t forget to drink water!
Friday: 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 dance floor fun happening at the Kitty Cat Klub for the always fun Hipshaker!’s Pride Weekend edition. The competition for the sexiest women’s gay Pride event is very tough, but Boobytrap at Muse is close to the top. Queertopia’s curated performance series is back and more unapolegtic than ever with a bunch of different art in Revolting Bodies * Beyond Flesh.
Saturday: 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. Or maybe the sexiest party goes to Grrrl Scout Presents: Summer Camp at the Cabooze, a Queer party with 7 Minutes in Heaven, on stage truth or dare, a (fake) flash tattoo parlor, and much more. 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.
Sunday: The big annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade down Hennepin Avenue happens at 11 AM! Go to it! It’s great! Maybe also grab some brunch on the Union rooftop with Love On Top with Miss Brit and watch everyone go by. Lurcat next to the park festival has a luau with tropical drinks and dance floors. Lakes & Legends hosts a kid-friendly event in their tap room with Tiny Footprint Coffee to benefit Transforming Families.
Get in on the pinball renaissance happening in MPLS + STPL by joining Pinball Twin Cities’ summer league. They’ve got some great machine-filled locations lined up to host their summer competitions—locations that also importantly have beer—and you can sign up for the season during their pre-party with split flipper tourney happening Saturday afternoon at the new Tilt pinball bar. Pro tip: Regardless of summer-long commitment you’ll want to spend the Saturday eating Tilt’s top notch hot dogs as much as bumping their machines. Saturday, 3-7 PM. Free entry, pinball extra. —Ike Huggli
Tilt Pinball Bar, 113 East 26th St #110, MPLS; tiltpinballbar.com
Former Sonic Youth cohort Kim Gordon continues to be one of the coolest artists make new and innovative music, thanks in part to her experimental guitar project called Body/Head with Bill Nace. The duo will bring their sparse, dynamic, moody music to the Uptown VFW to a very highly anticipated show with locals Waveless, The Blight, and Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero filling in the sets as DJ. Friday, 9:30 PM. $20 advance, $24 door. —Caleb Roth
James Ballentine “Uptown” VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS; uptownvfw246.org