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WONDER WOMEN II: A Party for The Divas, The Dimes & The Dancing Queens

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If you’ve ever wanted a dance night that only plays monster jams from your favorite musical ladies—Whitney and Mariah to Janet and En Vogue to Princess Nokia and SZA—Friday at First Ave is gonna be your night. DJs Keezy, Miss Brit, izzie p, plus YSHEYELLIN (aka Mina Moore) and host LVNDSCVPES, will fill up the Mainroom and its dancefloor for the second ever Wonder Women night of tunes and moves for you and the divas, dimes, and dancing queens you know. Friday, 9 PM. $7 advance, $10 door. 18+.Margeaux Devereaux

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; 

DEEP CUTS: Featuring Matt Franzen + Jonny Kelson

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Even the art in MPLS + STPL is getting into the spirit(s), although dark artwork is nothing new for the Rogue Buddha gallery. The new exhibition DEEP CUTS, which combines Matt Franzen‘s noir cinema-esque paintings with Jonny Kelson‘s shadowy figurative pieces (that’s his strange devotion pictured), will fit perfectly with Rogue Buddha’s dim red interior and the increasingly dark fall season. Friday, 7 PM. Free.Hank Stacks

Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave NE, MPLS;

2017 Twin Cities Book Festival

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MPLS + STPL: No One Parties Harder Than Our Lit Scene!™ Or mingles harder, for that matter. The largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest The North, The Twin Cities Book Festival brought to you by Rain Taxi, returns this Friday night and Saturday to the Fine Arts Building at the State Fair. The free fest brings in big name authors—everyone from Cory Doctorow to Yrsa Daley-Ward to Senator Al Franken—local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers and more, and they all hang out to connect over great books and conversations. Plus there’s a massive book fair, mingling events for book lovers and writers, Young Adult and kids events, a poetry bus and more. Also be sure to attend the opening night reading and discussion of Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. The general talk is free and open to the public, but you can also get a ticket to the pre-party reception at 6 PM before hand that also guarantees a spot at the reading. Friday, 7 PM. Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford

Minnesota State Fair Grounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, STPL;

Zombie Pub Crawl


If you’re confused as to brains why the annual Zombie Pub Crawl continues to be a major fall brains happening and A-List event, look passed the hodge podge brains brains music lineup (Third Eye Blind, T-Pain, and Tech N9ne top the grab bag) to things like brains an actual zombie wedding, hidden Snapchat filters brains and a “porta-party” that moves brains throughout the route, a huge drag show with national headliners brains, and even someone dressed up brains as a minotaur in the middle of their brains “lav-yrith” bathroom maze. All while there’s brains thousands of people brains running around, spitting blood brains, and drinking Brain Belt Cranium (Grain Belt Premium) beers. Plus they’ve even brains brains brains got a 6.66K in the morning where zombies chase brains the runners. And our annual reminder: If you’re not excited about maniacs covered in fake(?) blood running around the city yelling brains, look to one of our more low key recommendations for Saturday night. Saturday, 4 PM. $39-90.Taylor Carik

Target Center, 600 First Avenue North, MPLS; 

The Monster Squad + Evil Dead Trilogy (Remixed)

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Are you tired of classic horror movies yet? Well good, you’ve got another half a month of them left! And there’s still plenty of good ones to get through. The Psychotrons have several good screenings this weekend at the Parkway, but we wanted to highlight two. First, if you want to get someone in the next generation into monster movies, there’s no better gateway than The Monster Squad (1987), where a young group of friends take on classic movie monsters (by kicking them in the “nards”!) overrunning their town. Monster Squad, 4 PM. $5. Then even the most well-versed horror movie fans will want to see the Evil Dead trilogy again for the first time with a local edit that combines all three films into a single three-hour master disaster-piece! Plus it’s in the original 35mm big screen format! Evil Dead, 7 PM. $15. Curt Stanski 

Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave S, MPLS;