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This week's must-see art shows

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Art and science go together like apple pie and ice cream — and there’s probably a scientific reason for that. This week, a number of art events tease the special relationship between the two, and how one informs and enriches the other. Whether it’s drawing the tiny micro-organisms that swim in Minnesota’s rivers, exploring the relationship between physics and dance, dreaming up science-fiction robotic fantasies, or letting the mood-altering chemicals found in alcoholic beverages do their work while you appreciate art, this week offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the fruits of both science and art.

Bell Social: Art + Science + Music

Where it’s at: Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

What it’s about: Dance, music, and visual arts all combine with science at this after hours event at the Bell Museum. Resident Artist Research Project artists Carl Flink and Alyssa Baguss will be on hand, as will the band Romantica. There will also be food, drink, trivia, and prizes, making this evening a chance for adults to spur their imaginations while learning something new.

Why you should go: Look, there’s no reason why little kids on field trips should be the only ones that get to enjoy the ExploraDome. Adults want to play too! Bell Social offers the perfect excuse for the curious at heart to enjoy the wonders of the museum, while thinking and talking about all the ways that art, music, and science are connected.

When: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $15 general/$10 members, UMN students and staff.

Carl Flink

Carl Flink

Art-A-Whirl Preview Party

Where it’s at: Northrop King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis

What it’s about: If you’re jumping out of your seat with excitement for this year’s Art-A-Whirl, you can whet your palate at the annual preview party, which serves as a fundraiser for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), the organization that puts together the annual crawl. The silent auction provides a first glance at over 130 pieces of artwork, and the event is also a chance to socialize with all of the movers and shakers of northeast Minneapolis' arts scene. There’ll be craft beer from Indeed Brewing, cocktails from Aviv Vodka, snacks from Red Stag Supperclub, and music spun by the folks from KFAI.

Why you should go: Not only is this a chance to get a sneak peak at some of the auction items that will be part of the online bidding this year, the Art-A-Whirl preview party is a way to meet and greet artists participating in northeast Minneapolis’ mega art event. Plus, you’ll be showing your support for the organization that keeps the whole thing running.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $3-$5.

SIP Program: Mississippi Draw Workshop with Asia Ward

Where: Water Bar & Public Studio, 2516 Central Ave., Minneapolis 

What it’s about: It’s a drawing class, microscopic invertebrate-style. For this workshop, artist Asia Ward uses projectors to amplify images of live macro and micro invertebrates and plant material taken from the Mississippi River, which participants then draw using drawing pads and other mediums. With the help of some collaborating ecologists, you’ll learn to identify the tiny organisms that live inside our river and how to draw them, too.

Why you should go: Besides learning all about microscopic creatures and how to draw them, this is a chance to check out Minneapolis’ own Water Bar, which is a public art/sustainability education project where you can drink water and learn about it. The Mississippi Draw Workshop is part of the Water Bar’s Studio-in-Progress (SIP) Programs, which anyone can attend by becoming a supporter

When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 

"Inside the Robot: Lynnea Doyle" 

Where it’s at: Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

What it’s about: Graphic artist Linnea Doyle lets visitors into her fanciful robot world with this opening at the Showroom gallery where originals pieces, new prints, magnets, and greeting cards will be for sale.

Why you should go: There will be robots flying through the clouds. Robots sailing off to sea. Is there anything that Lynnea Doyle’s robots can’t do? Find out with these delightful graphic depictions that unleash the inner robot in all of us.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday.