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More Weekend Happenings: Not As Much Beer

Friday

Super good lineup at The Southern Theater‘s Southern Theater Sessions from batterboy that includes Al Church, Moon and Pollution, Joey Ryan, Jillian Rae and more. It’s the annual Northeast MPLS Dog Parade across from Mattie’s on Main—just dogs in costumes going bananas! The Sound Gallery send-off continues, this time with extra special guest Sophia Eris of GRRRL PRTY and DJ Gabe Garcia. The Summer Slaughter Tour with Arch Enemy, our favorite insane name Cattle Decapitation, locals Reaping Asmodeia and a ton more takes over the Skyway TheaterBiblioExcavations, book art and collages by Ben DiNino, closes at Boneshaker BooksSuzieWhatever Forever, and The Ronnie Buxtons will be joining Har Mar Superstar at Amsterdam in St. Easy. There’s a fancy new bar and club opening in downtown MPLS called The Exchange with the Alibi Lounge. New show at Theatre in the Round opens, The Most Massive Woman WinsThe Lopez play The Hexagon with Catbath, Fury Things, and Rabbit HolesLittle Man as T. Rex opens for E.L.nO. at Lee’sSarah White and Chicago’s Low Spark open for PHO at the Triple Rock.

Saturday

Beyoncé…Britney…Robyn...Missy…Taylor…Rihanna… It’s the best of Flip Phone taking over the First Ave. Mainroom. It’s the ultra-hip Kräftskiva! block party at Bachelor FarmerForm+Content Gallery hosts an opening reception for beyondBrand, an exhibition of graphic design as social criticism. I Self Devine celebrates the 10-Year Anniversary of Self Destruction at First Ave. The Liberated Bloc Productions presents a week-long run of Niggas and Bitches: Black Men Celebrating Black Women, a tapestry of monologues, spoken word, rap, dance and song, at the Ritz Theater. Bones Jugs N Harmony and Crow Milk play Driftwood Char Bar. Author Jesse Cohn discusses his book Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture, 1848–2011 at Boneshaker Books. The Satanic Temple Minneapolis is having their first-ever bake sale fundraiser OF DARKNESS at Magus Books and Herbs in Dinkytown to raise funds for legal challenges for religious liberty. House Party 97 at honey claims that “summertime is the best”, but hey when you’ve got DJs Daniel “Dan” Berube, “Easy” Deejay Beasey, and Jonathan “Then I Guess I Don’t Need This Jacket” Ackerman, you can claim anything you want.

Sunday

Brits has a 5K Pub Run through downtown MPLS and includes beer at the end. And it’s Open Streets, this time on East Lake Street.


Secrets of the City Award: Best Summer Afternoon Coffee Drink

cafe horchata

Some publications save up their awards for special once a year blowout packages—but not us! We’re giving out awards whenever we want to, in whatever categories we want to.

Man alive, it’s been humid out, just brutal. And since we’re over caffeinated, we need something that will cool us down while it perks us up. Now, of course we’ve turned in the past to cold press—too much straight coffee, especially in the afternoon. We’ve also had a few crafty iced drinks, like Dogwood’s Cafe Miel, which are good, but just a little too sweet. Our best summer afternoon pick-us-up? The Café Horchata from Peace Coffee. The mix of Yeti cold brewed coffee with rice, almond, and cashew milks hits smack in the sweet spot of summer fun and our café needs without being too saccharine.

Peace Coffee Shop—Wonderland Park, 3262 Minnehaha Ave, MPLS; peacecoffee.com


More Weekend Events: Even More Park Parties

Friday

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 RockThe Fairfields and Shawn Stelton play at The Aster Cafe. It’s Hipshaker! time again at the Kitty Cat Klub.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.


More Weekend Events: Damn, Charlie Parr Is Everywhere Edition

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.”