ARTCRANK MSP, From Vices to Verses: Freeloader Friday


(Photo by phogel

This week we have the bike-friendly art party ARTCRANK, a three-day conference exploring hip hop, and an evening dedicated to folk musician John Prine.



From Vices to Verses: A New Era of Hip Hop & Action

(To register and for a complete schedule and list of locations and times, visit


This three-day conference features workshops, performances, discussions, and educational events centered on how hip hop, activism, and culture can empower and transform communities. Sounds pretty cool, right? Hosted by the U of M, topics covered range from women in hip hop to hip hop and activism. Lecturers include filmmaker Rachel Ramist, poet Tish Jones, photographer B-Fresh, former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, rapper/poet Kyle 'Guante' Myhre, and others. Most events are free, but some have a cover charge. Register online. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (Pictured: Rosa Clemente by BFresh Photography and Media)

The Friday Front Porch: What's Happening Now!?

(Bedlam Theater, 1501 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, 612.341.1038,

Who knows what will happen when Mankwe Ndosi pairs musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists, mimes, MCs, and other artists in collaborations that will result in truly unique performances. Guests can participate or watch. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Amy Rice, Allan Ingenito, Beth Baker

(Frank Stone Gallery, 1226 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.617.9965,

We can't help but feel happy when we see Amy Rice's sunny artwork. Her pastel-colored optimism gets us every time. This group show will also feature glasswork by Allan Ingenito and jewelry by Beth Baker. Opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

I, Colossus, Minor Kingdom, the Wapsipinicon

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Lots of folk, and a little bit of indie rock tonight. Check out Minor Kingdom at the Electric Fetus below. 9:30 p.m.


Jim Crego, John Wills, Serotonia

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Punk, psychedelic. 9:30 p.m.




(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. Second St., Minneapolis, 612.436.1151,

In the latest exhibition by Northern Dakota painter Jim Dryden, the artist draws creativity from a painting by British artist David Hockney which was inspired by the Walt Witman poem, "We Two Boys Together Clinging." Dryden adds a third layer to this narrative with his side-by-side pieces celebrating masculinity, friendship, and playful wordplay. The opening reception will be Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A Night of Eastern Enchantment

(Belle Reve Boutique, 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.3148,

Tonight will feature Eastern-inspired jewelry and clothing launch filled with intricate designs, gorgeous jewels, and other things to help you sparkle in the summertime. This trunk show and party will also feature food and drinks, and music by DJ Sharabi of Tantric Beatz. Free. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


2010 Artcrank MSP

(Shelter Studios, 2112 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis,

Check out awesome and affordable bike art from 38 local artists. Biking to the show is encouraged, and there will be free valet parking for those that arrive on their two wheelers. There's also a pre-party at Kings Wine Bar (4555 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.354.7928) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with $3 tap beers and free appetizers, followed by a ride over to the studio. The opening night party from 7 to midnight this Saturday will feature art, live music, and refreshments. The next day the show moves to One-on-One Bike.

North Artists' Studio Crawl

(Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd., Coon Rapids, 763.433.1100)

Over than 40 artists will exhibit their original artwork at this open studio crawl. Visit for info and locations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

John Prine Night

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)


This evening pays homage to the folk/country legend; his half-birthday is today. Steve Kaul, Eliza Blue, Jon Rodine, the Ericksons, Gumption Trap, and others will perform.

Colonial Watts, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

 10 p.m.



Adam Turman: Pinups

(The Independent, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.378.1905,

Is Adam Turman in every art show? Possible. We're counting at least three right now, and that is only including local events. You can check out more of his lovely ladies at this show featuring his best pinups. There will also be a scratch-n-dent poster sale and more. 7-10 p.m.

Urban Expedition: Ghana

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Food, fashion, and dance from Ghana. 1 p.m.

The Wiitala Brothers

(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

Pop and indie rock from Chicago. 9:30 p.m.