As the people of Uptown know, there's some major construction happening yet again this summer around Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street. Our dire need for wider, fancier sidewalks and left-hand turn lanes aside, torn-up roads and orange cones won't stop Bryant-Lake Bowl from throwing an outdoor block party. Pride, acceptance, and community are the causes for celebration, with a portion of the proceeds going to OutFront Minnesota. There'll be a local artist flea market and organic food, and the North Star Rollergirls and participants from past years of the hip-hop festival B Girl Be will be on hand to entertain all. Live music includes transgender documentary subject Venus DeMars, who will be performing with her rock group, All the Pretty Horses; Black Blondie; Tina Schlieske; and Foxy Tann. Those looking to keep the shindig going can check out the after party featuring Dykes Do Drag and Queertopia for BLB-style cabaret.
Fri., June 27, 6 p.m., 2008