Grand Old Day, the Walker's Open Field: Freeloader Friday
(Pictured: Last year's MOSAIC street fest)
This weekend we have a party on the Walker lawn, a new music venue in Uptown, and two free street fests for kids.
Bike Art V
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)
This group show pays homage to our favorite two-wheeled contraption. The opening reception features solar-powered music by the Eclectic Ensemble from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday. There will be an artists' panel talk later in the month at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19 with a bikini bike wash the same day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Image: Bicycle, Oh Bicycle by Emily Bulen)
Edina Art Fair
(50th and France, Edina; 952.922.1524, www.EdinaArtFair.com)
This will be year 44 for Edina's art and family fair. Around 90,000 people are expected to show up, and they should find themselves sufficiently entertained. Over 350 artists will set up shop to sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, crafts, and other items. Festival-goers can listen to performances from Charmin Michelle, Charlie Parr, Alison Scott, Lehto & Wright, and others. There will also be fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, a kids' art zone, and other familiar fair shenanigans. Free. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Dry Heaves, One Man Dan, Young and Tender
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)
This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)
This group show will explore the Soap Factory's history, from storage space to art scene heavy hitter. Artists will also explore the journey art takes from creation to exhibition and after. The opening reception is 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 5. (Pictured: Work by Kathleen Griffin)
Minneapolis MOSAIC Opening Night Party
(Hennepin Avenue, between 7th and 8th Streets, Minneapolis)
At this street fest you'll find hundreds of entertainers, musicians, dancers, actors, and more performing at various stages, including indoors. There will also be tasty food and drink, competitions, and other family-friendly spectacles to behold. For more info, visit www.minneapolismosaic.com or call 612.655.1907. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Love Never Dies
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.247.1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612.436.1151, www.formandcontent.org)
This international LGBTQ group show spans two gallery spaces and opened about a week ago. On Saturday both locations will celebrate love and art with a reception party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Here you'll find photos, paintings, collages, and other pieces of art exploring themes including marriage, family, aging, generational shifts, and more--topics that are not only relevant to LGBTQ communities, but speak to the human experience as well.
The Talent Show
(Rau+Barber, 4244 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.889.4331)
At this weekend's Talent Show, lovers of local wares will be able to check out work by around 50 artists, craft makers, and toy designers all in one place. Those who love Craftastravaganza and Craft-o-Rama may recognize a few vendors. Others will be completely new. Items for sale include the adorable stuffed animals of Fantastic Toys, floral-themed jewelry by Aprilierre, and highly-giftable soaps by Bodylish. Other crafts for sale include solid perfumes, original t-shirt designs, coasters made from vinyl albums, pottery, and canvas knapsacks with print art. During the event guests will be able to bid at a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting both Springboard for the Arts and the Aliveness Project. Visit www.thetalentshowmn.com for more info. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
2010 Flint Hills International Children's Festival
(Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651.224.4222, www.ordway.org)
This two-day theater festival for kids is loaded with entertainment. Check online for a complete list of performances, both indoors and outdoors (indoor shows cost $5).
Bitter Spills, Slush Puppies
(Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)
Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park (Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit www.stevierays.org. Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.
Future Antiques, the Drive Back, Bensonwells
(Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)
Rock, alternative, indie. 9:30 p.m.
Grand Old Day
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029, www.grandave.com)
This epic St. Paul street fest features sporting events, a grand parade, performances by over 20 local bands, regional artists, family fun, cultural performance, teen battle of the bands, local sports teams and organizations, and over 140 outdoor food and merchandise vendors. Fun fact: Be prepared to leave at 5 p.m., the whole street shuts down after the festival ends. Visit grandave.com/grandoldday for more info. 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)
Come hear Jim Walsh and local musicians jam. 4 p.m.
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