We’re as excited to see Christopher Corey Allen‘s new show Mere Bellies as we’ve been for an art show in recent memory. The short films and sculpture, created while in residence at Hair and Nails (such a great name for a gallery, of course it’s in the Witch District), assemble everything from video and print media, sculpture, performance and psaligraphy to cinema, religion, mythology, anthropology, and popular culture. The final product, from what we’ve seen so far, is vibrant, imaginative, full of ritual and archetype, weird and wonderful. Expect a full house for Friday’s opening reception! Friday, 7-10 PM. Free. —Hank Stacks
Hair and Nails, 2222 1/2 E 35th St, MPLS; hairandnailsart.com
Grab your favorite trucker hat and on head down to the Hook for two of the best locals making the next generation of classic country. For years Erik Koskinen has been working hard on many of the smaller stages around MPLS + STPL and the effort has honed in the straight talk musical sensibilities on his songs about everything from personal struggles to fracking. Plus his band cooks. Singer-songwriter Kari Arnett opens the evening with her lush storytelling style of Americana. Friday, 9 PM. $15 GA, $20 VIP seating. —Drew Cobb
The Hook & Ladder Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, MPLS; hookandladder.com
Trompe le Monde continues its album series and will be performing the Pixies’ Doolittle in its entirety. Book ending their show will be Pleezer, performing your favorite Weezer songs and 2F4D, a Motley Crue tribute founded by Jeremy Ylvisaker and fronted by Andra Lee Suchy (Prairie Home Companion). Friday, 8 PM. $10. Turf Club.
Look, sometimes you just want to have a few drinks and sing along to every single song at a night full of cover bands! We know, we really know. If you’re interested in tickets to this one, just reply with whatever fav song you’re hoping to hear for a chance to win!
Who isn’t turned on by the airbrushed artwork of a wolf pack or mountain lightning storm or southwestern pattern or wizard fighting a dragon on the side of a van? And then the roomy plush interior? It’s like the sexy promise of the ’70s come to life in transportation form! If you dig that vibe, The Twin City Vans Club is rounding up sweet vans and campers to show off their customized interiors and exteriors. And we have to say it: If these vans are rockin’, you’re in the right place. Saturday, noon. Free. —Anne Tonopolis
211 St. Anthony Pkwy NE, MPLS
We had a bunch of respondents in our survey suggest that we include some upcoming events every day in the newsletter. And when readers respond, we listen! So, starting today, we’ll include some future highlights that we’ve got on our editorial radar.
It’s the opening reception for Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni at Public Functionary. One of the best events of the year, the Powderhorn 24 Community Ride returns to the friendly streets of PoHo. Bent Brewing hosts a release party for their beer that also has whiskey cocktails, too. Check out the first installment of Minnesota Dance Collaborative’s 2017 season with Vivify at The Southern. An eclectic and exciting show with Black Widows, Dosh, and Kid Dakota takes the stage at the Triple Rock. We love the sound of “Book Art, Then Happy Hour Starts” at the MCBA. Happy Birthday to K. Raydio, who celebrates at the Entry. All weekend long: The Urban Farmer’s Almanac brings foodie-styled radio fun to Open Eye Theater.
“I Am Somali” at the Mia features three visual artists and their underrepresented (visual vs lyrical) work. Not a secret: Kendrick Lamar will pack the Xcel Energy Center. Play trivia all throughout Northeast for Trivia Mafia‘s made up holiday Laborial Day. Flip Phone wants to see your xtra short shorts at First Avenue. Modist Brewing throws a bash for the release of their False Pattern Pale Ale.
Button Poetry and internationally acclaimed poet Sabrina Benaim throw a book release party at Icehouse. Speaking of poets, there’s four excellent readers—Brian Beatty, Paula Cisewski, Haley Lasche & G Watson—scheduled at Common Good Books. Boarfest is this year bringing in bleachers so you can sit and eat meat, drink beer at Butcher & the Boar. The brewers in Northeast team up for a beer- (and cider-) filled block party at Sociable Cider Werks. Also Tattersall has a pig roast brunch. Central will be honoring Philando Castille. It’s Augtober Fest with a bunch of fun bands and good food at Tilia. Get out your pent up aggression at the President and Nazis at the DOOM crust lords show at the T-Rock.
Going to Lady GaGa? Plan for the after party at Amsterdam.
We’re getting excited for the MSP Film Society‘s Czech Film Fest.