We really want to make sure to prove there other events going on this weekend other than Art-A-Whirl, but that just means you should mix these in instead of spending all your time at Art-A-Whirl. The Cactus Blossoms are playing Icehouse tonight, which will be a great change of pace for the weekend. You can get out of NE for a few hours and enjoy a show and cocktail or two at Icehouse. And, just think, if you are standing most of the day at Art-A-Whirl, it will feel pretty great to sit down after a long day and enjoy the classic-country sounds of The Cactus Blossoms. They really do make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time, don’t they? 10:30 p.m., Friday. $8 (advance), $10 (door). —EJ

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com