Between the arts and the culture and the entertainment and food and drink and the people and the places, there’s just too much going on to keep track of, so here’s a few talking points to start off your week and get your prepped for your back-to-work happy hour.

Who: Mr. Northeast!

Is that you? It damn well could be. Join the likes of Grumpy’s, Indeed Brewing, Jameson, and Sentyrz Liquor & Supermarket (of course), as they search for the emblematic dude of Nordeast . . . and give that person a year’s worth of Indeed Beer. It’s gonna be a helluva party.

What: Raising money to maintain MPLS parks

Did you see the big news that the President of the MPLS Parks Board gave up her seat as president after pressure for more racial equity? Parks are a big deal! And speaking of parks, the Posters for Parks campaign that has wonderfully hip designs for MPLS parks made a call for new additions for this year’s campaign. Contribute something or keep it on your radar for when you can get the new shirts.

When: 14th international F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference

Speaking of your contributions, St. Easy’s favorite son, the will be even more celebrating of Mr. Fitzgerald and the centennial of his work at the recently announced FSF Society Conference. Want to submit a paper? Go for! If you just want to attend the conference and learn more about Great Scott, you’ve got a little lead time, the event isn’t until June 25, 2017.

Why (oh why): The Hollywood Vampires at The Starkey Gala

We’re not sure what’s more confusing, the annual Starkey Gala charity event’s use of star power to help their mega-bucks fundraiser, or the “musical super group” called the Hollywood Vampires that has Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp in it attending the gala. Oh, also Malcolm from Malcolm in the Middle was there, too.

Where: I’m From (Vol. 1)

There’s a cool new show at the Wellstone Center later this month from directors Joelle Fernandez and Frankie Hebres that assembles dozens of MPLS + STPL immigrant performers (including youth) and their stories, and in some cases those stories and family histories needed to be researched for the performance. Expect to hear a lot about this exciting event as its debut on July 29th draws near!

photo: Julius Johnson