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King Arthur

Swede Hollow Park : 4:00 p.m. September 14

August and September mean the harvest of garden goodies for many Minnesotans — and the return of the Picnic Operetta for fans of theater and culinary experiences. This year, the folks at Mixed Precipitation tackle Henry Purcell's Arthur in community gardens around the Twin Cities area.... More >>

Phalen Theater

King Arthur

Carleton College Farm House : 4:00 p.m. September 20

August and September mean the harvest of garden goodies for many Minnesotans — and the return of the Picnic Operetta for fans of theater and culinary experiences. This year, the folks at Mixed Precipitation tackle Henry Purcell's Arthur in community gardens around the Twin Cities area.... More >>

Outstate Theater

King Arthur

Muriel Sahlin Arboretum, : 4:00 p.m. September 21

August and September mean the harvest of garden goodies for many Minnesotans — and the return of the Picnic Operetta for fans of theater and culinary experiences. This year, the folks at Mixed Precipitation tackle Henry Purcell's Arthur in community gardens around the Twin Cities area.... More >>

Roseville Theater

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night

The Corner Bar : 10:00 p.m. every Fri.

In 2009, a quirk of the Minneapolis liquor code that required special licensing to perform standup comedy temporarily put a halt to the Comedy Corner Underground's Friday night open mic and threatened other comedy shows around town. After local comedians worked with the city government to amend... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Open Mic, Comedy

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

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

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

Guys and Dolls

Bloomington Civic Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 14; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 14; 7:30 p.m. September 10

To any theater company hoping to attract an audience, staging a feel-good musical staple like Guys and Dolls must seem like a guaranteed bet. Led by the iconic score by Frank Losser, the swinging comic romance has earned enduring popularity in the pantheon of Broadway classics. So why is it... More >>

Bloomington Theater

STACKS

Light Grey Art Lab : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 5

Long before online blogs, Facebook rants, and Tumblr communities were ubiquitous, zines were a form of communication created for the people, by the people. These little handmade booklets are made by artists and activists to disseminate in coffee shops, bookstores, college campuses, and other... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street 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

Self and Others

Instinct Art Gallery : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

For "Self and Others," the latest show at downtown Minneapolis's Instinct Gallery, four artists have joined forces to celebrate and explore the painted portrait. Over the years, Frank Gaard has transitioned from drawing zines to creating colorful and cartoonish works showcasing the people in... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Live Racing

Canterbury Park : 6:30 p.m. every Thu. until September 11; 6:30 p.m. every Fri. until September 12; 12:45 p.m. September 1; 12:45 p.m. every Sat. from September 6 until September 13

For many Minnesotans, warmer weather means at least one trip to Shakopee with friends. Some drive out to Valleyfair, others to the Renaissance Festival, and then there are the folks who get excited for horse racing season at Canterbury Park. Events kicked off last weekend, but Memorial Day... More >>

Shakopee Sports - Spectator

Don’t You Feel it Too?

Peavey Plaza : 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. September 5; 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. September 19

Now in its seventh season, Don't You Feel It Too? promotes truthful dancing, playful provocation, social healing, and personal liberation, and is the brainchild of artist-activist Marcus Young. This Friday, the special participatory dance event will be celebrating the first anniversary of the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) LGBT Events, Dance, Arts

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

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

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

Firkin Fridays

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 4:00 p.m. every Fri.

Folks looking to start the weekend a little early may want to check in with Grumpy's Firkin Fridays. Each week, the bar sets up snack food and a cask-conditioned beer to be enjoyed by all until it's gone. What kind of beer? That varies, as the brew is usually announced the day of the event via... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

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. from September 20 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

Made Here

Orpheum Theatre : Daily

Last fall, with the help of a few grants and the folks at Hennepin Theatre Trust, Made Here transformed empty storefronts and unused lots into gallery installations, pop-up performance venues, and other sites featuring art in unexpected spaces. This summer, the ongoing project will continue... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

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

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

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

Art Expanded, 1958–1978

Walker Art Center : Daily until March 8

It was a heady time of happenings: the dawn of performance art, a stripping way to conceptualism, the onset of video, an introduction to experimental sound. The 1960s and '70s instigated all manner of confrontational expression through art heavy with the freedom of possibility. A new show at... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

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

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
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