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Open Blues Jam with Moses Oakland

Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown : 8:00 p.m. every Sun.

Moses Oakland relocated from the Bay Area to the Twin Cities back in 1987, and since then -- well, it'd probably be easier and less space-consuming to list all the venues he hasn't played and the legends he hasn't gigged with. A blues, soul and jazz aficionado well-versed in a wide array of... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Music

Cheap Date Night

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater : Every Mon.

If you're looking for a way to hook that special sweetie you've been eyeing, or if you just need a reason to get out on Monday night, then you need look no further than Bryant-Lake Bowl's Cheap Date Night. From 6 p.m. to midnight, $28 gets you two entrées, a bottle of wine or four beers... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Food and Drink, Barhopping

El Willy's Vive! Open Mic Comedy

Willy's : 10:00 p.m. every Sun.

There's a chance to slip in one more comedy show before the end of the week every Sunday at El Willy's Vive! Not only is this your last opportunity to catch a laugh before the start of the work week, it's also one of the metro's quirkiest open mics. Host Corey Adam has a wrestling promoter's... More >>

Coon Rapids Open Mic, Comedy

Weekday Happy Hours

Spill the Wine : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sun.

Although there's plenty of great dining to be had in the Lyn-Lake region of south Minneapolis, the neighborhood was missing a bar specializing in wine. This omission has been corrected with Spill the Wine Bar + Table, which recently moved from its near-the-Guthrie location on Washington Avenue... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping

Happy Hour at Sushi Tango

Sushi Tango : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed.; 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Sun.

Finding a happy hour on the weeknights is pretty easy, and even Sunday brunch can be cheap and boozy if you Google the right place. Saturday-afternoon happy hour, on the other hand, is a slightly rarer thing. Sushi Tango actually has one, and it happens during the desirable hours of noon to 6... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping

Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 21

The MIA has dug deep into its collections for this arresting exhibition, which showcases rarely seen works on paper. Imagine Georgia O'Keeffe and Eugène Delacroix, Thomas Gainsborough and Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas and René Magritte in the same room, and you get the picture.... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Museums

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Walker Art Center : Daily until January 4

Compiling a stirring legacy of expression indicative of the African-American experience, "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is a landmark exhibition of works as varied and complex as the world they represent. Curated by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Karaoke Night

Otter's Saloon : 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Sun.; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.

The outside of Otter's Saloon features a mural of a dapper otter decked out in a top hat, suit, and bow tie, his googly eyes and martini glass saluting patrons knowingly. Step inside and you will find a long bar filled with disco balls, giant football helmets, and electric rodents drinking... More >>

University Music, Barhopping

Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s

Minnesota History Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

Beyond nostalgic associations, toys of the past offer fascinating cultural insights, as evidenced by the Minnesota History Center's newest exhibit, "Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s." Toys are cleverly arrayed in three era-specific living rooms and a garage, and each space serves as a time... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Star Trek: The Exhibition

Mall of America : Daily until November 16

May has been a spectacularly geeky month in the Twin Cities, with Wizard World Comic Con, Free Comic Book Day, SpringCon, and a sci-fi burlesque night from Toil & Trouble. Now, there's a Star Trek-themed show at the Mall of America. The exhibition opened about a week ago, and features a variety... More >>

Bloomington Arts, Art - Galleries

From There to Here

MMAA Project Space : Every Thu., Sat., Sun. until October 19

If you've ridden the new Green Line lately, rather than driving to your destination, no doubt you've felt enveloped in and privy to a new sense of community. And that's not just among your fellow passengers on the train, or while looking out at the restaurants and stores you previously missed,... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Strumply Peter

Open Eye Figure Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 25; 4:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 25; 5:00 p.m. every Thu. from September 25 until September 25

This weekend, Open Eye Figure Theatre brings back Strumply Peter, its toy-opera hit from earlier this year, created by Michael Sommers in collaboration with writer Josef Evans and composer Eric Jensen. Based on a series of 19th century cautionary poems for children by German physician Heinrich... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

Middle Brother

The Southern Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 28; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 28

Inspired by his own background as a Korean adoptee, veteran performer Eric Sharp ponders the elusive nature of identity with Middle Brother. Marking Sharp's debut as a playwright, Middle Brother was developed through the Mu Performing Arts/Jerome Foundation New Performance Program, and has been... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Sexy Laundry

Park Square Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 28; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 28

This insightful comedy from Canadian playwright Michele Riml, receiving its area premiere courtesy of Park Square Theatre, humorously depicts the fumbling efforts of a long-married couple to awaken a comatose sense of passion. Equipped with a copy of Sex for Dummies, Henry and Alice check into... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater

The Underpants

Theatre In the Round : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until September 28; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 28

Theatre in the Round Players looks to a German farce that has been adapted by one of America's most gifted comics to start its 63rd season. Legend Steve Martin adapted Carl Sternheim's play Die Hose for an off-Broadway run in 2002. Sternheim was a cultural critic who poked fun at the stiff... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Seize

Rosalux Gallery : Every Sat., Sun. until September 28

A five-week stay in French Polynesia inspired Melissa Loop's new paintings. They're lush, elegant works in which the smells, textures, and sensations seemingly exude from the paint. Conversely, Terrence Payne's oil pastels on paper merge icon, image, and text to upend expectations. Where... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Arts, Art - Galleries

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival Site : 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until September 28; 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. September 26

Each year, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival turns a field in Shakopee into a Renaissance-era celebration. There's a thick, rose-colored lens applied to the festivities, of course. No plagues, beheadings, or extreme poverty here. Instead, you will find turkey legs the size of your thigh, a... More >>

Shakopee Theater, Festivals, Family Events, Arts

Dream Arcade

Light Grey Art Lab : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 3

Light Grey Art Lab's latest exhibition isn't your average group show of pleasing artwork. "Dream Arcade" is completely interactive. For the project, 30 artists from around the world came together to design graphics and animations to be used in a 30-level platform video game. Along the way,... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Galleries

NEMAA's Fall Fine Arts Show

Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery : Daily until October 5

It may not be time for Art Attack or the Saint Paul Art Crawl quite yet, but this month art lovers will be able to get a taste of what some northeast Minneapolis artists have been up to at NEMAA's huge fall exhibition. The gallery show, hosted by the Solar Arts Building, will include over 150... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Arts, Art - Galleries

20 for 20: Celebrating Textile Center's 20th Birthday

Textile Center : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 25

In 1994, a group of textile artists and patrons founded the Textile Center with the goal of preserving techniques, showcasing talent, and sharing resources. Twenty years later, the organization is flourishing. Each year, the center hosts workshops and classes, super popular sales where guests... More >>

University Arts, Art - Galleries

Minnesota's Greatest Generation: the Depression, the War, the Boom

Minnesota History Center : 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue.; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun.

If the hardest of minerals can only be created under the most extreme of pressure, perhaps our Greatest Generation could only be forged in the toughest of times. In a project that the National Endowment for the Humanities suggested "may establish a model for history museums throughout the... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Acadia Cafe's Beer-tastic Happy Hour

Acadia Cafe : 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.

For reasons I will never understand, the number of places around the city that offer wi-fi and beer are sparse. However, the ones that do are spectacular. Acadia Café is certainly an example of a great place where you can check your email, write a school paper, and talk politics with... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Barhopping

Vegas Lounge Karaoke

Vegas Lounge : 9:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.

If you were to guess the vibe of the Vegas Lounge based solely on the name, you might expect to find a bar with a retro "Rat Pack" style. But you would be wrong. This is not what you will actually find at the Vegas Lounge in Northeast, though, oddly enough, one night I did see a dead ringer for... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

Sights, Sounds, and Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

Minnesota History Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

If you've wisely picked up Purple Snow, the Numero Group's recent collection of Twin Cities R&B from the '70s and '80s, you'll have seen many of Charles Chamblis's striking color photos. Active from the '60s through the late '80s, Chamblis was a versatile professional photographer, taking... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Weekly Happy Hour

Blackbird : 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.

Although many restaurants close over the years, few are forced to do so because of fire. This is what happened at Blackbird's original 50th and Bryant location in 2010. A benefit party and a new lease later, the pleasant little restaurant has flourished in its new digs at 38th and Nicollet. The... More >>

Kingfield Food and Drink, Barhopping
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