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The Minnesota State Fair kicks off: A-List 8.23-29

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This week in recommended things to do we have the Minnesota State Fair, several beer parties, a farmers' market with dogs, and a horribly awesome movie on a patio. Come take a look.

WEDNESDAY 8.23

Three Years of Beers for You
Urban Growler Brewing Company

Woman-owned St. Paul company Urban Growler has its third anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, plenty of the brewery’s flagship cream ale, Cowbell, will be on tap this Wednesday. There will also be special hourly beer releases during festivities, including the Chocolate Vienna Lager, the Vanilla Bean Porter, and the Imperial Smoked Chipotle Porter, plus the non-alcoholic Wildflower Honey Cream Soda. Each will be paired with new food selections from their in-house kitchen. During the party, you can catch some tunes from Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton and Ross Johnson & Blue Yodel No. 9, take a staff-guided brewery tour, and maybe even win some cool prizes just for drinking beer on a weeknight. Urban Growler recently started canning, and continues to brew unique beers like the Plow to Pint series as well as more traditional styles such as the De-Lovely Porter. Be there to toast to their long-term success. All ages. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul; 612-501-1128. —Loren Green

Andy Kindler
Acme Comedy Co.

Andy Kindler recently delivered his annual State of the Industry address at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Among the trends he’s noticed, even beyond the comedy industry, is the concept of boot camps. “I went to a boot camp boot camp,” he says from his home in Los Angeles, “to learn to make boots.” He then observes, “The start of my jokes is always better than the ending and it makes it exciting.” When not onstage, Kindler is famously on social media going toe to toe with conservatives (mostly Trump supporters) as well as atheists. The president gets quite a bit of his attention. “I didn’t think I’d like that guy,” he says, “but I love his tweeting. You have to give it to him.” He then gets serious for a moment. “I hope he’s gone soon. I really feel like this is not funny anymore.” He then adds, “I’ve tried to [act more mature] on Twitter, but it’s not working.” 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

Traveling Patio Picture Show
Mackenzie’s Pub

Much like those of the current era, 1980s cartoons were created to sell toys. But rarely did shows cross over into live-action flicks on the big screen. In 1987, action-figure shill He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reached for a star too far away and bombed. What remains is an amazing film to watch while drinking. This week, Trash Film Debauchery and friends will travel to Mackenzie’s Pub to revel in this total shitshow of yore. The craptacular masterpiece stars the expressionless Dolph Lundgren in the titular role. With his friends, Man-at-Arms and Teela, he travels from Eternia to Earth to stop the villainous Skeletor (Frank Langella, who took the part for his son). The story involves sonic keys that open doors to universes using synthesizer sounds, and somewhere along the way a young Courteney Cox shows up. Don’t think about it too hard, just order up a beer. Co-hosts Indeed Brewing will be at the party to provide just that. 8:30 p.m. Free. 918 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7268. —Jessica Armbruster

K. Trevor Wilson
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy

“I was born into an oddly religious family,” says Canadian K. Trevor Wilson. “I use the term ‘oddly,’ because I was born a Christian Scientist.” He then explains the difference between Christian Science and Scientology, which he says are often confused. “Scientology was started by science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, and they believe that millions of years ago and aliens were dropped into volcanoes on Earth and now roam the planet causing bad things to happen. Christian Science is much, much, stupider,” he insists. “Christian Science is a sect of Christianity started by a woman named Mary Baker Eddy. They practice that they don’t have to go to the doctor or use medicine. They believe they can cure all illness through the healing power of prayers. Needless to say, most of my family is dead.” When he was younger, he was known as Big Trev. “The most useless nickname I ever had,” he says. “Growing up, I was the only Trev. You didn’t have to put a size disclaimer in front of my name. You could just say Trev. I knew who you meant.” 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 8.24

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

It’s natural to feel conflicted when the Minnesota State Fair rolls around. There’s excitement, as the festival is an opportunity to gorge on fried foods and sweets, with plenty of fun things to do and explore, plus usually at least one must-see concert to get excited about. However, soon the weather will change, the school season will begin, and beer on a patio will be an impossibility. It’s best to enjoy things while they last. This year’s new food and drink offerings include nacho corn on the cob, naan tacos, Red Bull slushies, and dill pickle beer. Be sure to take a spin on the joyful rides in the Mighty Midway, pet the gentle farm animals, wander through the art exhibits, and take in live music in the Grandstand and on a slew of free performance stages (the Pointer Sisters and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are heading to Leinie Lodge). There will be freebies to score from various vendors, contests to enter, and people to meet. Chat up a local politician at their booth, or make new friends while standing in line for the hottest new food offering. More info can be found at www.mnstatefair.org. Daily 6 a.m. to midnight; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Labor Day. $9-$14. 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul; 651-288-4400. Through September 4 —Jessica Armbruster

Dog Days at the Farmers’ Market
Tiny Diner

This week’s Tiny Diner market is going to be extra pup-friendly. There will be things to see and do, whether you’re a proud dog owner or just enjoy meeting other people’s fur babies. The event kicks off with a puppy parade open to all. Doggy vendors will be on site, offering treats and services. Humans will also be able to shop for groceries and delicious local edibles. During the gathering, funds will be collected for great animal organizations Secondhand Hounds and People & Pets Together. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 1024 E. 38th St., Minneapolis; 612-767-3322. —Jessica Armbruster

FRIDAY 8.25

Fool for Love
Grain Belt Warehouse

With the recent passing of iconic playwright Sam Shepard, Dark & Stormy Productions’ previously scheduled staging can’t help but take on an added sense of gravitas. Shepard was a towering figure in contemporary drama whose incisive works are often marked by a volatility reflecting the tumultuous yearnings of desperate and disillusioned people. Nowhere are these passions depicted so turbulently as in Fool for Love. The scorching anti-romance finds on-again, off-again lovers Eddie and May in a tawdry motel on the outskirts of the desert. Though drawn to one another, both are paradoxically repulsed by the reckless desire that locks them in a dysfunctional paralysis. Driven by Shepard’s lacerating dialogue, the combative sparring has become known as a prime showcase for exceptionally daring performers. In this regard, Dark & Stormy has stacked the deck in casting James Rodríguez and Sara Marsh, two of the most electrifying actors in the Twin Cities, in the leading roles. With supporting turns from Antonio Duke and Patrick Coyle, this Mel Day-directed production intends to pay tribute to Shepard by fully realizing the searing intimacy that his work so brazenly embraced. Call for tickets, or visit www.darkstormy.org. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Wednesdays starting September 6, plus Sunday, August 27-28. $34-$39; $15 for those under 30. 77 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-401-4506. Through September 16 —Brad Richason


SATURDAY 8.26

Summer Beer Dabbler
CHS Field

This weekend, CHS Field welcomes the ninth annual Summer Beer Dabbler, inviting attendees to sample from a dizzying array of more than 350 beers from upward of 135 breweries, including respected national brands, buzzworthy upstarts, and revered local crafts. Providing a base for better sampling, food vendors will be serving up a spread of ballpark-friendly snacks. Since beer drinking tends to go best with music, the event also features performances from DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, Graveyard Club, and Dwynell Roland. For those who prefer to do their drinking in style, the higher priced V.I.D. (Very Important Dabbler) tickets allow access to an air-conditioned lounge, 30 minutes of exclusive sampling, private restrooms, a catered meal, and a commemorative T-shirt. Alcohol-abstaining attendees are welcome to soak up the atmosphere (and keep a watchful eye on imbibing friends) by purchasing special designated-driver tickets. By the time of the post-event fireworks, this minor league ballpark may feel as though it’s just played host to the World Series of beer drinking. Tickets and more info can be found at beerdabbler.com. 21+. 5 to 9 p.m. $45-$55; $20 designated driver; $50-$99 VIP. 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul; 651-266-6400. —Brad Richason

Vampire’s Ball: A Retrospective Costume Party
First Avenue & 7th St. Entry

Goth Prom has come and gone, and Halloween is a few months away. But this Saturday, First Avenue revelers will be encouraged to indulge in the macabre, dark, and mysterious. Vampire’s Ball will focus on ’80s goth, with tunes, exhibits, and more celebrating the era’s darkness. Dress in your best, as prizes will be given away. During the party, music will be spun by “New York City’s Remix King” Justin Strauss; local DJs Angelica Ottavia, Necronancer, and Stainless Steel Providers; and Brooklyn author/DJ Andi Harriman, who will also lead a pre-party talk titled “Goth History 101.” Artists showcasing their work include Rachel Girard, Caitlin Karolczak, Aleister White, and Scott Seekins, and Trash Film Debauchery and TimeSquid will team up for a multimedia installation. 18+. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10/$12 at the door. 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. —Jessica Armbruster

Go Topless Minnesota
Gold Medal Park

Folks from around the world will gather this Saturday and go topless in support of women’s rights. That includes maintaining health care services, fighting for equal pay, seeking justice for rape, and upholding the right to choose. In Minneapolis, demonstrators will come together at Gold Medal Park for a day of discussion and unity. Bands and DJs will play tunes, and there will also be performances. The event is animal- and family-friendly. Tops are optional, but those who are disruptive or disrespectful will be ejected. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. 900 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-339-4711. —Jessica Armbruster

Destroy//Minneapolis
The Soap Factory
Leyya Mona Tawil, artistic director of Oakland-based DANCE ELIXIR, has been traveling the world creating day-long performances that disrupt, interrogate, and revolutionize the spaces in which they occur. The work is built on location—in this case, at the Soap Factory—in a day with local artists. The premise: Over the course of its duration, the dance destroys itself. Twin Cities dancers participating in this location-specific production include tap-dance doyenne Kaleena Miller, contemporary iconoclast Non Edwards, and Ananya Dance Theatre’s Leila Awadallah. That alone is reason enough to see how such diverse performances and dance styles might come together. The music is live, and includes percussion, electric guitar, and tuba. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-623-9176. —Camille LeFevre

SUNDAY 8.27

Five Watt Flea Market
Five Watt Coffee

Vintage aficionados will want to stop by Five Watt this Sunday for its second-annual flea market. The lineup features a variety of sellers both big and small, from those who collect and sell via clothing rack (Xanadu, Dearheart, and Double Peace Studio) to heavy hitters on the scene such as Wanderlust. There will be upcycled and refurbished items, and potentially some weird stuff, too, as the Center for Lost Objects will be in attendance. The lineup also features local jewelry designers, record shops, and other makers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 3745 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis; 612-259-7519. —Jessica Armbruster

Petri Dish: 3PLAY
Fresh Oysters Performance Research

It’s time for a little free form with Petri Dish: 3PLAY, a performance series put together by Skewed Visions and curated by Charles Campbell. It’s taking place at Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis’ go-to spot for weird, wild, and thought-provoking stage work. The evening includes brand-new experimental pieces by local artists playing with dance, movement, and text in unexpected ways. First up is Pedro Pablo Lander, who explores form and gender with his piece “Noche Bomba.” Next is Kaya Lovestrand’s “Movpo,” which draws on Japanese literary forms and poetry. Finally, Holo Lue Choy offers two pieces; the first is about toxic relationships, and the other, co-created and performed with Erin Drummond, will probably blow your mind. Reserve tickets at skewedvisions.org. 8 p.m. $20. 512 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. —Sheila Regan

Black Magnolia Motorcycle Rally
Bauhaus Brew Labs

Shiny, bad-ass, and unusual vehicles will convene at Bauhaus Brew Labs this Sunday for a day of vintage wheels, beer, and music. Whether you ride a Triumph Bonneville, Honda Super Cub, or some type of Harley-Davidson, all are welcome. Awards will be given for the most striking bikes, so make sure your wheels shine before you head out. Revelers traveling on foot and by car will also be in attendance, and there will be plenty to see and do, with art on display, eats from Wyn65’s Mobile Food Emporium and Brooks High Beer Battered, and coffee from Dogwood Coffee Company. Live music will be provided by Jack Brass Band, Duffel, Self-Evident, and Bloodnstuff. Bike registration scores you a free beer; the link can be found at Bauhaus Brew Labs’ Facebook page under the events section. Noon to 6 p.m. Free; $10 bike registration. 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911. —Jessica Armbruster