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This week's happenings include a handful of beer crawls and parties, a few geek-friendly events, food trucks, and politically charged art. Come take a look.

WEDNESDAY 8.16

Will Durst
Acme Comedy Co.
Normally after a presidential election, business dries up a bit for comedian and political commentator Will Durst. Not this time. “Oh my God,” he says. “Normally it shrinks, and now it’s shooting past the outer orbit of Neptune’s third moon. People need to hear political comedy.” Last November Durst was getting prepared to talk about anything but politics, assuming as many did that President Clinton would be running the country. Now, he has a new mission. “It’s almost cathartic,” he says. “People need this as therapy. It’s like I’m Dr. Durst, helping them overcome their PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder.” It seems like there’s something brand new every day. “Not just every day,” Durst notes. “I switch between baseball and the news and shit happens between batters.” Durst has trouble singling out any one thing Trump has done as being the most outrageous. “There are always some bright shiny objects,” he says. “It started on day one when he claimed he had the best-attended inauguration ever and the visual evidence proved him wrong. He lowered the bar.” Durst then adds, “He didn’t just lower the bar, he buried the bar with a front loader so deep you couldn’t find it with a diesel-powered metal detector.” 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson

Kate Quigley
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
“I think with social media and podcasts and Periscope, and live streaming, and all the ways we have to be in touch with fans, that it does make them feel like they know you,” says comedian Kate Quigley. “And they kind of do. I think it makes you more approachable. Let’s say I see a hot guy on during football and I want to get ahold of him. All I have to do is DM him on Instagram.” While Quigley’s stage persona is an amplified version of herself, she thinks people can learn from her comedy. “I talk about red flags in my set,” she explains. “I always say women ignore almost anything because they want to find love while guys will ignore women being psychotic to have sex. Everybody ignores different red flags for different reasons.” Onstage, she also talks about hosting the AVN (Adult Video News) Awards last year. “A lot of material came out of that,” she says. “For example, I tried dating a porn actor, which was a disaster. I’ve also been talking about how crazy I’ve become as I’ve gotten older. I almost feel like it’s a public service announcement at this point.” 18+; 21+ later shows. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $13-$22. 408 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington; 952-858-8558. Through Sunday —P.F. Wilson

THURSDAY 8.17

We the People
Minnesota Museum of American Art
The resistance continues at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, where artists from marginalized communities share their perspectives on a phrase central to the United States. “We the People,” the opening line of the U.S. Constitution, originally only referred to white men. How can the phrase, and the notion of what the Constitution stands for, be reclaimed by immigrant, native, and other points of view? This exhibit is put together by four different curators: painter Christopher Harrison, the MMAA’s Johnnay Leenay, Maggie Thomson of Two Rivers Gallery, and Mary Anne Quiroz, from the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. Among the artists are Star Wallowing Bull, Zackary Drucker, Rico Gatson, Susan Hauptman, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, and Steve Ozone. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 17. Free. 141 E. Fourth St., the Historic Pioneer Endicott, St. Paul; 651-797-2571. Through October 29 —Sheila Regan

Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta
Various locations
The Picnic Operetta is a lot to get your head around if you’ve never experienced it before. Yes, there’s opera... and pop music, and farm-fresh snacks. Oh, and a politically charged theme. Last summer’s show was a satire of the Trump candidacy. This year, a Haydn adaptation titled Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril explores gentrification as a metaphor for species extinction. “It uses the music of Queen, and takes some inspiration from the big flip in housing,” says producing artistic director Scotty Reynolds, who has helped lead the annual production since its founding in 2009. “Some of the biggest rent spikes in New York were when the AIDS generation was dying and being replaced by a completely different mindset.” The operetta tours to locations across the metro area and greater Minnesota. Last year, says Reynolds, audiences enjoyed it—even if they thought the show’s buffoon was just what America needed. “We did get some audience feedback that went, ‘Nice show. I’m still voting for Trump.’ I got the feeling that they had a good time, and I hope that even when we’re being satirical there’s something charismatic and loving about the way we present villains.” $15 suggested donation. Make reservations by calling 1-800-838-3006, or visit mixedprecipitation.org for locations and info. Through September 24 —Jay Gabler

FRIDAY 8.18

Mere Bellies: new video and installation by Christopher Corey Allen
HAIR and NAILS Gallery
Well, what have we here? Improvisational dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Kristin Van Loon and musician and artist Ryan Fontaine have a gallery, HAIR and NAILS, that’s producing fascinating new work. Recent artist-in-residence Christopher Corey Allen, whose practice redefines the terms multi- and interdisciplinary, has been steeping himself in a personal evaluation of mythological and contemporary archetypes, using the body—his body—as the focus. Videos and sculptures are the result, with gender variability infusing the subject matter, and an arresting amalgam of color, materiality, and context adding to the works’ performativity. There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. 2222 1/2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-229-0585. Through Monday —Camille LeFevre

Mike Brody Live Album Recording
Sisyphus Brewing
Mike Brody isn’t afraid to let people know him intimately, whether that means discussing depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts, or his insecurities. He just also wants it to be funny. “I’m trying to dig deep and talk about things that are personal to me, but I don’t want it to be a bummer,” Brody says. “I want to make people laugh at the darkest topics, because that’s when they are laughing with you instead of at you.” This week, the Twin Cities comedy staple will spend several nights at Sisyphus Brewing recording his sophomore standup album. While it has been more than five years since his last release, Brody only got working on this new material in January. “I went through some rough things in my life, and I just had this total depression writer’s block,” he recalls. “Then in January I decided that I was going to set a goal and really work towards achieving it. I ended up doing more writing in the past six months than I have the previous four years. To me, it was like when you have a hose pinched and then you let go.” He’ll perform at Thursday’s open mic in addition to his billed weekend sets. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10. 712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis; 612-321-8324. Through Saturday —Patrick Strait
 

SATURDAY 8.19

Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Festival Fairgrounds
Huzzah! The Renaissance Festival is returning to Shakopee for its 46th season, once again encouraging visitors to indulge in all manner of medieval fantasy. For many, the festival is a chance to put on elaborate period attire, but those lacking velvet doublets and leather bodices need not worry. The 22-acre festival grounds are irreverently anachronistic, evoking an immersive kingdom teeming with minstrels, maidens, and knights. While the 16 stages allow for a plethora of entertainment options, just as much spontaneous fun can be had while engaging in chance encounters with the roving bands of jesters, hypnotists, dancers, and storytellers. Between jousts and sword fights, visitors can browse the 250 artisan booths in search of such souvenirs as ornately detailed costumes, handcrafted jewelry, and intricately forged metalwork. Food and beverage options similarly abound, moving beyond the ever popular turkey leg and ale to incorporate surprising variety. With each weekend featuring a special theme, visitors can even mix the medieval hijinks with other idiosyncratic interests. Tickets and more info can be found at www.renaissancefest.com. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus September 4 and 29. $14.95-$25.95; season passes available. 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee; 952-445-7361. Through October 1 —Brad Richason

Indeed Brewing Five Year Celebration
Indeed Brewing/Icehouse
When Indeed started brewing in northeast Minneapolis in August 2012, the neighborhood was far from the Twin Cities beer hub it is today. A lot has changed since they sold their first keg to Icehouse. Five years later, the brewery has won several awards and hired over 50 employees, and its products can be found in 1,440 different liquor stores, bars, and restaurants. For their official five-year party, they’re opening the facility to fans for a day. There will be self-guided brewery tours, a free shuttle to their offsite barrel-aging facility (you’ll score a free beer while you ride), and, best of all, cheap Day Tripper, Midnight Ryder, and Shenanigans on tap. The party moves across town to Icehouse (2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523) in the evening, with live tunes from Ayvah, PaviElle, and Black Market Brass highlighted by giveaways, raffles, and a commemorative pint glass to toast to continued success. The open house runs from noon to 6 p.m., and the Icehouse party goes from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free; $5 at Icehouse (includes a beer). 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-843-5090. —Loren Green

St. Paul Food Truck Festival
Mears Park
While one food truck is easy to find, locating 40-plus food trucks in one spot is a rare event. This Saturday, Minnesota food trucks will come together to form an outdoor buffet of deliciousness. Here you’ll find mini-doughnuts, locally grown pork, green papaya salad, fried British pub eats, spiced Indian treats, and wood-fired pizza. While there will be a variety of items on each vehicle’s menu, at least one dish will be set at a reasonable $5. Goose Island brew will be on tap, and music will be provided by Alex Rossi Music. Proceeds from water sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Find more details at www.uptownfoodtruckfestival.com/st-paul. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. 221 E. Fifth St., St. Paul. —Jessica Armbruster

I Am Somali: Three Visual Artists from the Twin Cities
Minneapolis Institute of Art
One is in his 80s, another in his 60s, and a third in her 30s. They’re three artists, currently living in the Twin Cities, whose work explores identity, recalls exile, and celebrates resilience. Hassan Nor and Aziz Osman, who migrated to the United States following civil war in their homeland, create drawings and paintings that recapture their original way of life. Ifrah Mansour, born in Saudi Arabia, creates interdisciplinary work, including video, that addresses cultural challenges and stereotypes that are part of her everyday life. The exhibition showcasing their work is the first by Mia on contemporary Somali artists. Curated in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota, the show also has traditional Somali objects, including a camel bell and a Quran stand. Free; $10 for panel discussion. 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131. Through April 29, 2018 —Camille LeFevre

Laborial Day 2017
Northeast Minneapolis
Laborial Day is an ancient holiday traditionally marking the midway(ish) point between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Okay, not really. It’s actually a local trivia bar crawl offering you an excuse to drink on a (hopefully) nice summer day. Things start out at Sociable Cider Werks (1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis), where teams of up to six players (lone wolves are welcome, too) will answer two rounds of five Trivia Mafia-style questions. The top team will win a free round at the next stop of the crawl. Revelers will move on the hour, with stops planned at Able Seedhouse and Brewery, 612Brew, and Bauhaus Brewlabs. Black-and-white attire is encouraged, and the crew will also have Oreos and old-school ice cream sandwiches for crawlers. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP at bit.ly/laborial so the hosts know how many treats to buy. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. —Jessica Armbruster

Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre
Intermedia Arts
Based in Williamsburg, Virginia, Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre has been touring the country with a kinetically explosive showcase of its most recent works. Blending circus techniques, dance moves, and choreographic narrative, the troupe’s latest show includes a piece inspired by the theories of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. The collaborators are acrobats, with added skills such as hand-balancing and clowning. Expect Pilobolus-style sculptural assemblages of body parts, a dash of whimsy, and some high-flying heroics. Also on the program are excerpts from the company’s “Dream Logic,” in which enchantment abounds and bodies are transformed into monsters. For tickets visit www.acphysicaltheatre.com. 4 and 7 p.m. $20. 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-4444. —Camille LeFevre

SUNDAY 8.20

Kevin Kling & Simone Perrin
Caponi Art Park
Those in search of a skilled storyteller suitable for idling away a late summer eve need look no further than Kevin Kling, the man former mayor R.T. Rybak named the Minneapolis Story Laureate. A prolific writer and performer with dozens of projects to his name, Kling is renowned for his ability to imbue his insightful observations and autobiographical tales with heartfelt humor. Eschewing artifice, Kling evokes empathy with a stirring balance of amicable wit and inviting candor, a trait that has made him a favorite guest on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Kling is also well known for his collaborations with fellow artists, particularly the gifted musician Simone Perrin. With Perrin contributing her own engaging asides along with her musical accompaniment, Kling’s Minnesota-centered coming-of-age narratives should strike a particular chord. Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods encompasses 60 lush acres, circumvented by winding trails dotted by sculptures and other works of art. For an evening of storytelling under the stars, it’s difficult to imagine a more complementary pairing of artists and atmosphere. 6:30 p.m. $5; free for kids 12 and under. 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan; 651-454-9412. —Brad Richason

Augtoberfest
Tilia
Folks looking for one last block party before Monday should head over to Tilia in Linden Hills for a day of live music, eats, and beer. Food will be offered from the likes of Red Wagon Pizza, Terzo, Upton 43, and Red Table Meats. So you’ll have options in between cold brews from Tilia’s tap. Taking the stage this afternoon will be local blues/jazz legend Cornbread Harris, pop-rockers Little Fevers, and headliner Wayne “the Train” Hancock, whose honky-tonk rockabilly tunes are always high-energy thanks to his caffeine intake. 3 to 8 p.m. $8; free for kids 10 and under. 2726 43rd St. W., Minneapolis; 612-354-2806. —Jessica Armbruster 

Credits:

We the People: Star Wallowing Bull, Bobby Rogers, Zackary Drucker, Leslie Barlow
Renaissance Festival: Jenniffer Arocha
I Am Somali:
 Aziz Osman

All other images courtesy the artist.