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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

Hot Dish Happy Hour

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Wed.

Throwing the words "hot dish" together with "happy hour" might sound odd. One usually entails booze, while the other reminds us of Grandma's comfort food. Yet somehow at Grumpy's this combo works spectacularly. Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can load up on the carbs, meats, and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

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

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

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

Alexa Horochowski: Club Disminución

The Soap Factory : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sun. until November 9

The Soap Factory turns 25 this year. To celebrate, one of the gallery's regulars, Argentina native Alexa Horochowski, returns with a major exhibition of new sculpture, large-scale digital photography, and video. The work came about during a two-year artist residency at Casa Poli in Coliumo,... More >>

University Arts, Art - Galleries

thinking making living

Katherine E. Nash Gallery : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 13

In the past decade, the Twin Cities has become especially fertile ground for socially engaged art and its practitioners. Think Rebecca Krinke, Kate Casanova, Marcus Young, and Amanda Lovelee, for starters. Or how about the women of Low Tech High Joy (Karen Kasel, Marlaine Cox), and the team... More >>

University Arts, Art - Galleries

Behind Mad Men: Corporate America in the Sixties

Heights Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until October 23

Much has been written about why a television show like Mad Men, set in the advertising world of the 1960s, resonates so strongly with contemporary viewers. Even if three-martini lunches are no longer a standard business practice, the overwhelming social changes driving the show could be said to... More >>

Columbia Heights Film, Festivals, Arts

Transmission

Clubhouse Jager : 10:00 p.m. every Wed. until October 22

"Retro" is a tricky niche to slot a dance night into. Usually you've got to find yourself an era and a genre, hew towards the hits, and maybe garnish it with an outsized wink, a double-pistol-point and a smirking acknowledgement that you think the past is, well, kinda goofy. But Transmission... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Eating Raoul

New Century Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 26; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

On the surface, the macabre comic musical Eating Raoul would seem to share numerous similarities with Little Shop of Horrors, another work filled with gruesome humor. Both are adapted from a cult film featuring mild-mannered characters who resort to grisly actions out of financial desperation.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Halloween

Romeo & Juliet

Open Book : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 26; 4:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

Ten Thousand Things' decision to launch its latest season with Romeo & Juliet is worthy of excitement. For a group dedicated to introducing theater to non-traditional audiences, the work provides a universally accessible springboard, stirring ardent responses while touching upon still relevant... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Busytown: The Musical

Children's Theatre Company : 7:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until October 26; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until October 26; 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26; 11:00 a.m. every Sat. until October 26; 7:00 p.m. every Wed. until October 26

For generations, the adventures of the inhabitants in Richard Scarry's Busytown have entertained children of all stripes with their antics. This world will come to the Children's Theatre Company this month via a new musical. Beloved storyteller and performer Kevin Kling adapts Scarry's What Do... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

The Death Comedy Jam

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 9:30 p.m. every Wed.

If you've ever considered writing some jokes and giving standup comedy a try, know this: That first time is gonna be brutal. That being the case, you might as well test your mettle in the most brutal setting possible, which in Minneapolis means hitting up the Death Comedy Jam at the downtown... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Open Mic, Comedy

Unhinged in the Haunted Basement

The Soap Factory : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2

Back for its eighth year, the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement has a reputation for being the scariest, most unnerving Halloween experience in town. This fall's happening promises to be more terrifying than ever, with blood effects and full sensory overload. Loosely inspired by Fyodor... More >>

University Haunted Houses, Halloween, Arts

The Wolf of Walmart

Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until November 1; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1; 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until November 1

Any fears that Brave New Workshop would lose something essential in the 2011 move from its longtime and somewhat grungy digs Uptown to the new, far more slick downtown location have been calmed by the company's continued high quality. The troupe — whose history stretches back to founder... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Master Class

MacPhail Center for Music : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 9; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 9

Sally Wingert's impressive 2014 continues with Theatre Latte Da's production of Terrance McNally's award-winning play. The piece is exactly what the title promises: a master class. In this case it is led by Maria Callas, the famed mid-20th century opera singer. As the character leads a class of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Parts

Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel : Daily until November 29

Two independent galleries, Groveland and Burnet, have teamed up for this joint exhibition of artist Michael Kareken's works. The smaller charcoal and conté drawings will be exhibited at Groveland Annex, while his large mixed-media paintings inspired by auto salvage yards will be on... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Perspectives: An Exhibition of 2012-2014 Photography Grantees

Park Square Court : Daily until March 20

The 48 photographers who've been awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants in 2012, 2013, and 2014 are a lauded bunch. During this exhibition, which includes one iconic image from each artist, works produced by the likes of Chris Faust, Areca Roe, and Vance Gellert will be... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

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

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

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

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

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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