Five free things to do this week
Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off tonight
(Gay 90's, 408 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7755)
It's Monday night. Don't fuck it up and miss the party. Tonight, the Gay 90's, where queens like Manila Luzon and BeBe Zahara Benet have taken the stage, will be screening the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, the most sparkly bitchfest on TV (nope, the Real Housewives ladies have nothing on these dames). During the airing, there will be drink and shot deals, so you can create your own Untucked! ambiance and spill tea. Be sure to take some inspiration from the "Lipstick for Your Life" finale, as karaoke starts up after the first queen sashays away. 21+. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday.
2014 Minnesota Fringe Lottery
(BNW Student Union, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-332-6620, www.bravenewworkshop.org)
It's the biggest theater festival of the year, and who will get in will be determined at tonight's big party. Things will go down a like the State Lottery, as over 450 balls, each assigned a production, will bounce around in what is being called a "curatorial bingo cage." Who will get in? Who will be snubbed by the machine? Host Butch Roy will keep things exciting, and the cash bar will add to the celebratory nature of the gathering. Can't make it? You can watch shenanigans via live feed at www.fringefestival.org. 7 p.m. Monday. (Note that this happening is taking place in the Uptown location, not downtown.)
The Cube Critics Take Trivia Mafia
(Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112, www.amsterdambarandhall.com)
Compete in eight rounds of movie trivia. Read all about it here. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Aveda Loves You
(Aveda Institute, 400 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1400, www.aveda.com)
Needs some pampering? Visit Aveda headquarters this Wednesday for an evening featuring free makeup applications, seated chair massages, hair consultations, eye treatments, live music, and refreshments. 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
100 years of William S. Burroughs
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, www.magersandquinn.com)
[Editor's note: This event was featured last week, but is running again as it was rescheduled due to Snowmageddon.] As novelist, spoken-word artists, essayist, and short-story writer, William S. Burroughs was a leader of the Beat Generationof the '50s. At the time, his work was considered subversive (it still is, honestly), and at one point he even stood trial for Naked Lunch, one of several autobiographical works chronicling addiction and drug culture of the era. Much like Howl, the case is considered a landmark one against literary censorship. He passed away in 1997, but he would be turning 100 this month if still alive. Local artist Grant Hart was friends with Burroughs. This Thursday, he will be reading pieces by the artist, as well as sharing his collection of memorabilia. Thursday at 7 p.m.
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