More Weekend Happenings: #peaksummer edition


The newest show at Public Functionary, environmentVEVO from 17-year old visual artist and videographer Harry Sutherland opens with a reception. The New Arab American Theatre Works Festival kicks off a nearly month-long run at the Mixed Blood TheatreDay Block Brewing is showing the USA Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals game. The fantastic New Orleans black thrash band Goatwhore do a meet and greet at Into the Void Records and then play with Ringworm and Black Breath at the Triple Rock. There’s a Hug Life Pride party at the NomadHipshaker! has a Pride edition at the the Kitty Cat Klub.


It’s your chance to take on the famous big balls at the Wipeout Run at Lake Elmo. Adam Turman and Chux are having a garage sale and doing some on-the-spot t-shirt printing. Black Spoke Leather Goods are having a pop-up shop at Pompadour salonThe Undergroove, Brass Messengers, and Black Market Brass play at the Franconia Sculpture Garden. Prime Time Wrestling takes over Calhoun Square. Honky Tonker Dale Watson plays a special show at Louie’s Lee’s Liquor Lounge. And wear all white to the really fun looking All White Party with Da Brat at Mill City Nights.


It’s the big and amazing Travail Lakeside Party with DJ Abilities, Carnage the Executioner, and Whole Lotta Zep, and more. And the incredible Mary Mack returns to the Riot Act Reading Series at Dead Media.

Action Item: Change Lake Calhoun’s Name

lake calhoun

Did you know that Lake Calhoun was named after former Vice President John C. Calhoun? It’s true. It’s also true that Calhoun was an ardent supporter of slavery and an active white supremacist. It’s one of those unfortunate open secrets that we have here in Twincy (like how the MPLS Lakers moved to L.A. because of racism). Every few years there’s a movement to change the name of our marquee lake to something not affiliated with white supremacy, and after the terrible shooting in Charleston there’s another petition being circulated to change the name. Hopefully this one gets a little more traction.

More Weekend Happenings: Don’t Forget Dad


The one and only Sebastian Bach will be out in Spring Lake Park. The one and only Rob Thomas, singer of the megahit “Smooth”, will be at Northrop Auditorium. The rescheduled Action Bronson show hits the stage at The Cabooze. Now for the dance nights! DJ EspadaKeith Millions, and special guest Mally lay beats at First Ave during Certified Dope. Get down to the greatest Soul, Funk, R&B music put into 45 RPM grooves at Hotpants at the Nomad. And we’re very excited about Bumping at Bedlam: MN Music Dance Party & Costume Contest with DJ Digie from UP ROCK at Bedlam Lowertown.


Cicerone Michael Agnew, founder of A Perfect Pint, helps guide you through Open Eye Theater‘s beer tasting event. Kristin Fitzsimmons, Katharine Rauk, and Molly Sutton Kiefer do a reading at Maeve’s Sessions Reading at Maeve’s in Northeast MPLS. Help restore the performance piano at Alliance Française by hearing an evening of music and literature. Mono plays with Holly Hunt at the Cedar Cultural Center. The Magnolias celebrate 30 years of rock at Louie’s Lee’s Liquor Lounge. The Southern Theater hosts the 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival. And really get that ass shakin’ with Sophia Eris and Shannon Blowtorch at TAWST at the Nomad.


It’s Father’s Day! Call your father if you can! The mighty Royal Thunder plays in the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights.

Smallest Museum in St. Paul

Workhorse Coffee Bar

Tired of these gigantic museums that you can’t even navigate over the course of an afternoon? Well go the other direction and check out the smallest museum in St. Easy at the Workhorse Coffee Bar at 2399 University Ave. Mayor Coleman was just there this morning, in fact, cutting the ribbon on the museum.