Eat Street celebrates 20 years: A-List Sept. 6-12

Marissa's Bakery on Eat Street.

Marissa's Bakery on Eat Street. Rasun Mehringer

This week in A-List features the return of Fashion Week MN, grunge-glam party pics from the '70s, and a vegan food festival. Come take a look.


F1RST Wrestling: Live
The hard-hitting, high-flying insanity of F1RST Wrestling is hitting the road—kind of. While the biannual Wrestlepalooza shows have become a staple of First Avenue, “The Anarchist” Arik Cannon, “All Ego” Ethan Page, Colt Cabana, and all of your favorite misfits of the mat will make their Cabooze debut this Thursday. F1RST Wrestling has become a must-see spectacle for wrestling junkies and casual fans alike, as their blend of local ass-kickers, high-risk aerialists, and over-the-top characters like Thunderfrog (a real-life video game character who swings a massive hammer) and Space Monkey (a half-man, half-monkey wrestler from space, obviously) make these shows more fun than anything you’ll see on Monday Night Raw. This is your last chance to catch the best wrestling talent in Minnesota before the snow hits, and the event should give you the testosterone pump you need to shake off your State Fair hangover. 18+. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Patrick Strait

Fashion Week MN
Various Locations
While New York Fashion Week maintains an air of exclusivity, Fashion Week MN has grown more inclusive over the years. The nine-day festival showcases local designers and creatives through trunk shows, catwalks, pop-up events, and glam parties. This season’s installment offers sartorial potential for all, regardless of age, size, or community. Things kick off Thursday with #MinnstaFashion, a free happening at the W Minneapolis featuring looks from five emerging talents. There will be cocktails and a fab backdrop made for social media. On Saturday, Culture Piece Magazine will host a party celebrating the Harlem Renaissance, a notably sophisticated era of fashion. The evening will include POC models and designers, and live music. Sunday gatherings include Cliche Crosswalk, where fashion will hit the street as revelers shop and sip in the Wedge neighborhood boutique, and Return to Form, a panel talk at Hazel & Rose exploring the business of ethical clothing, from avoiding fast fashion to supporting new labels making a difference. Tuesday’s plus-size party at Surly Brewing Company will feature a pop-up shop for those who are size 14 and up, and a panel discussion on body confidence and serving consumers better. Body-positive geek-chic designer Samantha Rei, currently on this season of Project Runway, will also be in attendance. The fun continues next week with a shindig at Winsome Goods, and Flip Phone fun includes a panel on drag fashion and a rooftop party with Kim Chi from RuPaul’s Drag Race. For tickets, registration, and more events, visit Through September 15 —Jessica Armbruster

Eat Street at 20
Hennepin History Museum
Take a look back at 20 years of Eat Street at this show celebrating the rich legacy of world cuisines available along the stretch of Nicollet Avenue that runs from Grant Street in downtown to 29th Street in south Minneapolis. With pho, tacos, and wiener-schnitzel offerings, Eat Street boasts many immigrant-owned establishments, and its emergence demonstrates how public and private collaboration, under a clear plan, can have delicious results. This new exhibition is based on a project by Spotlight Oral History and Whittier Alliance. There will be snippets of interviews with the restaurant owners who have helped make Eat Street a delectable hot spot, as well as historic photos illustrating the area’s evolution into a foodie haven. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Free with admission ($3-$5). 2303 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-1329. Through February 25, 2018—Sheila Regan

Nairy Baghramian: Déformation Professionnelle

Walker Art Center
For the Iranian-born artist Nairy Baghramian, the human body is both inspiration and a site for disruption, manipulation, and intervention. In this exhibition, which debuted in Ghent, Belgium, at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) two years ago, materials including steel, rubber, plastic, wax, and fabric are used to render abstractions of the body into shapes intended to conjure memory and nightmare. The deformations/distortions also implicitly comment on the process and profession of sculpture artists. New outdoor works for the museum and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by Baghramian and French artist Philippe Parreno will be on view as well. Free with admission ($9-$14; free on some dates). 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600. Through February 4, 2018 —Camille LeFevre

Big Jay Oakerson
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
“Right before I started doing comedy I was in community college in Philadelphia,” recalls comedian Big Jay Oakerson. “I was always a huge fan of comedy but never had any thought that I would be able to do it.” However, he knew he was funny. “I had my niche. Some guys are great athletes, some are ladies men; I was the funny guy.” He never gave performing much thought until he ran into an old friend from high school. “This was about a year after we graduated. We started talking, and she said she was disappointed in me. She always thought I’d end up doing comedy. By chance, I was with my buddy the next day, buying sneakers, and I saw a comedy club that was having an open mic. I fell in love with it immediately.” At first, he concentrated on simple setup-punchline jokes, as well as some misdirection. “You’re getting beat up by someone and you say, ‘That’s enough Dad,’” he gives as an example. Today, he’s much more of a storyteller who lets the audience guide him. “That’s what I sometimes advise younger comics to do,” he says. “Learn what it’s like to not have them laugh, and then you can go in a different direction than you thought you were going to go.” 18+; 21+ later shows. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$22. 408 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington; 952-858-8558. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson

Anne Collier: Women with Cameras
Minneapolis Institute of Art
As long as cameras have been in existence, so too have self-portraits. In the pre-smartphone era, self-portraits required film and often a mirror. These snapshots were typically taken behind closed doors, were developed in dark rooms or photo labs, and were meant for private viewing. New York-based photographer Anne Collier exposes the art of the old-school self-portrait in “Women with Cameras,” opening this Thursday at Mia. Collier has amassed a collection of women’s self-portraits found at flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, and eBay. She shares 80 of the untouched selfies spanning from the 1970s to the early 2000s in slideshow form at this exhibition. The Photoshop-free images are relics of women attempting to create an idealized self while dressed in dated fashions or lingerie, surrounded by furniture and wall art that place them in a specific cultural place and time. The photographs are offered without comment or context, leaving viewers wondering what the shutterbugs’ motivations were for taking the photographs, and if they were satisfied with their captures. A conversation with Collier takes place Thursday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium at Mia. 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131. Through December 17 —Erica Rivera


Edgar Heap of Birds
Bockley Gallery
A retrospective of sorts, this exhibition of 30 years’ worth of work and a new public piece could not have come at a better time. Oklahoma artist Edgar Heap of Birds, an enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, has long lent his critical voice and perspective to contemporary art. Embedded in his approach has been a pointed, ardent practice of challenging viewers to rethink stereotypical notions about Native people. He’s a person and artist resolutely of the present, creating provocative text-based works that—as one critic has said—undertake a form of “symbolic and semiotic warfare.” Also included in this show are the 2012 Neuf paintings, which abstract landscapes through the lens of Cheyenne numeric symbols. A new blue-and-white banner outside the gallery is the most recent addition to his Native Host series, which when decoded brings local Native history into the fraught present. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 8. Free. 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis; 612-377-4669. Through October 14 —Camille LeFevre

Taking Steps
Theatre In the Round
In this richly layered farce by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, wealthy manufacturer Roland buys a dilapidated Victorian mansion, despite its sordid history as a former brothel now haunted by a murdered prostitute. The rarely sober Roland is committed to his goal—not that his inept lawyer or the desperate-to-sell owner would try to dissuade him. Conflicting motivations abound as a motley group of eccentrics gathers, including Roland’s wife (an aspiring dancer) and brother-in-law (renowned for putting folks to sleep merely by speaking) accompanied by his bored fiancée (who has a knack for getting locked into tight spots). Ayckbourn’s energetic script delights in revving up these offbeat characters and releasing them to bounce off one another in a series of bizarre misunderstandings that constitute a masterclass of comic deftness. These revolving encounters were designed by Aychbourn to be performed in the round, so this presentation on the signature stage of Theatre in the Round Players provides an ideal vantage point for observing this demented real estate deal. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $22. 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-3010. Through October 1 —Brad Richason


In Search of the Glass Slipper, San Francisco, 1974
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art
Everything old is new again at Perci Chester’s “In Search of the Glass Slipper,” now on view at Traffic Zone. In more than 25 candid and vivacious photographs, the Minnesota artist showcases the larger-than-life energy, theatrical costumes, and dated decor of gay partygoers in San Francisco circa 1974. The full-color images reveal men in makeup, fashionably dressed in women’s clothing, their eyes caught in an intimate exchange with Chester’s lens. According to the artist, who took hundreds of photographs over a six-month period, these spontaneous and intense displays of sophistication, elegance, and fun were her subjects’ way of forming community and attracting love. The house parties, where most of the photos were taken, provided a safe place from the judgment, disrespect, and hurt her subjects encountered in public. These relics of a laissez faire, pre-AIDS era offer a glimpse into the private lives of people on the fringes. There will be a public reception and an artist conversation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 9. Free. 250 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-247-1244. Through September 29 —Erica Rivera

Northeast Food Truck Rally
Able Seedhouse & Brewery
The food trucks have come to Uptown and St. Paul this summer, and now it’s northeast Minneapolis’ turn. Eighteen businesses will be parking at Able Seedhouse & Brewery. You’ll be able to satisfy a variety of cravings, whether you’re in the mood for spicy curry (Hot Indian Foods), fresh Mexican (DelSur Empanadas, R Taco), or sweets (Mik Mart Ice Cream). Other eats on wheels include Butcher Salt, TOT BOSS, Market BBQ, and the Moral Omnivore. Craft beers will be served all day, with games and music to entertain crowds. Bands taking the stage include Catbath, Fury Things, Narco States, and Chemistry Set. Proceeds from the event will benefit a great cause: Meals on Wheels. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; $2 for beer wristband. 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-405-4642. —Jessica Armbruster

Twin Cities Veg Fest
Como Regional Park
This year, Twin Cities Veg Fest is moving outdoors. The yearly free event is all about plant-based foods and diet. It’s a popular happening; last year’s party attracted more than 4,000 hungry vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. At Saturday’s event at Como Park, revelers will be able to sample a variety of eats, including cheese and meats from the Herbivorous Butcher and bee-free honey brand Honee (it’s made with apples!). Cabaret talent and vegan baker Mistress Ginger will give a cooking demonstration where she’ll whip up something sweet. There will also be organizations and businesses interested in animal programs, eco-fashion, and other positive causes. For more info, visit Parking may be tight; organizers are recommending attendees take the free shuttle running to the fest throughout the day from Rosedale Shopping Center (1595 MN-36, Roseville). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 1199 Midway Pkwy., St. Paul. —Jessica Armbruster

Minne-Mile Night Market
Adams Triangle
This Saturday, Minne-Mile Night Market returns to the Longfellow neighborhood to celebrate independent Minnesota business owners who specialize in vintage and up-cycled wares. Minneapolis Craft Market will bring together makers from around the city as well. Shop for clothing, jewelry, posters, and more from the likes of Moth Oddities, Burly Babe Woodworking, Queenie & Pearl, and Larissa Loden. Listen to vinyl from Solid State, and take a break in the beer garden. Food will also be available. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. 4051 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. —Jessica Armbruster

Romeo and Juliet
Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie Theater has enacted the works of Shakespeare countless times throughout their storied history, beginning with Hamlet as their inaugural production in 1963. Consequently, it may come as a surprise that the Guthrie has only produced Romeo and Juliet twice over the past 54 years. Under the insightful eye of artistic director Joseph Haj, however, that number is about to go up to three. Haj, who directed last season’s fascinating production of King Lear, has shown himself to be adept at infusing fresh vitality into classic tragedy. With such sensibilities, audiences should be eager to see what contemporary perspective Haj and the Guthrie team derive from such well-trodden ground. The quintessential tale of doomed passion, Romeo and Juliet remains a cautionary tragedy wherein the obstinate hostility of two bitterly divided families loom over the titular couple’s declarations of devotion. Despite the tragic outcome (or possibly owing to), audiences never tire of Romeo and Juliet’s uncompromising yearning, sealed with some of Shakespeare’s most memorable verse. The most familiar of lines can sound utterly new when voiced with conviction; Kate Eastman and Ryan-James Hatanaka assume the revered roles star-crossed lovers. The show is in previews September 9-14.7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Check online for a complete list of showtimes. $29-$77; $15-$59 previews. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-377-2224. Through October 28 —Brad Richason


Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Before social media, newspapers, or photography, historical events were captured by the discerning eyes and sensibilities of artists via paint on canvas. This exhibition, the first to focus on paintings as depictions of contemporary happenings, includes 40-some works that recorded why Venice, Rome, and other European cities made history in the 18th century. Commissioned by those in power, the pieces glorify events through a white, male, European sensibility. Natural disasters, meetings with the pope, royal births, public rituals, and other sacred and secular events are on view, raising lots of provocative questions about memory, manipulation, class, race, civic pride, nature, and culture. There will be a family-friendly opening party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 9, featuring tours, outdoor games, and workshops. $20; $16 members. 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131. Through December 31 —Camille LeFevre