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The 10th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is already underway in North MPLS, find time to get up there and check out the redeveloping Northside. MTN is hosting another wild live Downrange Telemetrics After Dark: A Live Television Experience at the new MTN studios in Nordeast. Cal Surf somehow has one of the hippest parties of the weekend with S U B U R B I A featuring new artwork and music from one-man-meme DJ Buju Fanta. Sponsored by Norseman Distillery and Bittercube, Fashion Odds Magazine throws The Party of Your Life at Gallery13. LUNGS release their new album with Zebulon Pike at the Triple Rock. The Fairfields and Shawn Stelton play at The Aster Cafe. It’s Hipshaker! time again at the Kitty Cat Klub.
It’s the second annual Lowertown Blues Festival in Mears Park, and they’ve got Big George Jackson among many other notable guitarists. Showroom hosts an opening reception for the new exhibition from Matthew Gaulke. Workhorse Coffee Bar also has a reception for Masanari Kawahara’s: Summer Collection 2015. Even Our Lady of Lourdes, the little church next to Nye’s, is having a block party. And it’s a lineup of St. Easy favorites at Amsterdam with Heiruspecs, Ashley DuBose, and Jordan Looney.
Don’t forget about the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Brunch at the Turf Club. There’s also the Rock ‘n’ Roll Breakfast series at Treehouse Records with Eleni Mandell. And Sociable Cider Works hosts their 2nd Annual NE Brewer’s Block Party.
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Throughout the Weekend
It’s the Stillwater Log Jam in Stillwater, with lumberjacks, the 4ontheFloor, magic shows, Charlie Parr, karoake, food, and a lot more stuff. (Could be a fun getaway for you.) It’s a bocce tournament, spaghetti-eating contest (for real), meal and more, Festa Italiana at Harriet Island. It’s the 2nd annual Belgium Independence Day celebration at Boom Island Brewing for Boom Days 2015, plus there’s a 5K, food, and more.
Bockley Gallery has a big new group show, Artists Singular. Sierra DeMulder releases her new poetry book We Slept Here with a bunch of great guests at honey. Sample a refreshing Norwegian-style salmon or a hearty northern-German bratwurst at the Germanic-American Institute‘s Nordic Night. Du Nord‘s tap room celebrates Cuba with a trailer screening, photography exhibition, and live music from a Cuban guitarist. Nimbus Theatre presents the Final Frontier Festival: Horror, which is six great shows by six great playwrights directed by six directors who are focusing on ghosts, gore, and glitter! The wacky Como Ave Jug Band plays at the new Vieux Carré in St. Easy. There’s a big rock show at the T-Rock with American Scarecrows, Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, and The Evening Rig. And there’s a big hip hop show at Icehouse with Blueprint, Supastition, Greg Grease, and DJ Rare Groove.
Rogue Buddha Gallery will be open during the Bearded Lady and will be teaming up with Tiger Rose Tattoo and Heavy Clothing for a special group art show and sale. Speaking of cycles, we saw that Twin Cities Harley Davidson in Lakeville is having a big party with music from Kat Perkins. ASI and North House Folk School host the massive The Great Makers Exchange, just a ton of workshops for makers in every discipline and material, as well as a market to showcase the wares. A lot of the same folks from Log Jam Days will be at the Grumpy’s Northeast Folk Festival, including Charlie Parr and Roe Family Singers, but also Brass Kings, Dan Israel, Gabe Barnett and others. Paddle out to the Floating Library, now on Silver Lake! Insight Brewing is having a massive food truck rally with like two dozen food trucks and some live music. A bunch of local bands, including Communist Daughter, Red Daughters, Farewell Milwaukee, and more, play at The Acadia for Rock the Cause. If we recommend one dance party this weekend it’s going to be TAWST with Shannon Blowtorch and co at the Nomad.
Legendary country blues players Jimmy “Duck” Holmes plays with Charlie Parr at Hell’s Kitchen for brunch, which is incredible. The White Page, which has been doing just fantastic stuff, has a new exhibition featuring the Institute for New Feeling, a group that has a new book Felt Book that explores “new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new.”
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TV News Selfies
When do people at TV stations find time to actually be on the air when they’re taking so many selfies for Twitter?
MLS to St. Easy
The battle for a tax free Major League Soccer stadium has made its way to STPL, where it likely will end up. We can live with that as long as it’s not in Lowertown, they’ve already got too much going on.
Crayola Store at MOA
So long Barbie, welcome Crayola (next summer, anyway)! Now if we just didn’t have that #boycottMOA because of their shitty handling of the #blacklivesmatter protest, we could get our own sweet crayon sets.