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Balls

The Southern Theater : Every Sat.

Barring things like the Minnesota State Fair and the St. Paul Winter Carnival, not many events here in town make it past the 20-year mark. Balls, the beloved Saturday-night open-mic cabaret, is an exception to that rule. Over the decades a variety of performers — from very green, to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Spoken Word, Performing Arts, Open Mic, Arts

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

Bondage A-Go-Go

Ground Zero : 10:00 p.m. every Sat.

While there are usually a handful of burlesque shows happening on any given weekend, and Sex World is open 24 hours a day, Bondage A-Go-Go is still one of the most enduring nights dedicated to kinks and sexy subcultures. The crowd can vary depending on the season and the evening, but generally... More >>

University Barhopping, Adult

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

Cornbread Harris

Loring Pasta Bar : 6:00 p.m. every Fri.

You might've heard of his son -- a man named Jimmy who teamed up with another man named Terry, the rest being R&B history -- but Cornbread Harris is a Twin Cities legend in his own right. Harris is a WWII vet who joined Augie Garcia to record the area's first rock'n'roll record (1955's "Hi Yo... More >>

University Music

Real Haunted Tours

Mounds Theatre : 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 1

Looking for thrills beyond costumed actors, rubber masks, and fake blood? Mounds Theatre offers real scares with its Halloween tours. The historic 1920s building is believed to be one of the most haunted spaces in the Twin Cities. This weekend, brave souls can seek out spirits from beyond the... More >>

Phalen Tours, Haunted Houses, Halloween

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

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

2014 Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror : 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1

Haunted houses are a lot of fun, but generally the thrill is brief. For those looking to make an evening of the Halloween spirit, the Trail of Terror is your best bet. Head out to the Renaissance Festival site in Shakopee, and you will find a comprehensive experience offering a wide variety of... More >>

Shakopee Haunted Houses, Halloween, Festivals

33 Variations

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

TheaterAn encounter with mortality tends to prompt a speeding of the clock. Persons dealing with a degenerative illness, for example, might feel an urgency to make the most of their remaining time, whether that means embarking on a journey, completing a project, or simply making peace with... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater

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

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

Next to Normal

Bloomington Civic Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 16; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 16

Five years since its Broadway debut, Next to Normal, an original work by composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/writer Brian Yorkey, continues to provocatively speak to the anxieties of our age. Set in a suburban community, the narrative follows a family in which the mom is struggling with debilitating... More >>

Bloomington Theater

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

The Bungalow

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but to go out and wash that start-of-the-week ennui away. But what about Thursday, the day of the week where people are most likely to put... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

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

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

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

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

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
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Disco Fever

Kitty Cat Klub : 9:00 p.m. last Sat. of every month

As titles go, 'Disco Fever' misleadingly sounds like the name of a K-Tel compilation or a roller-boogie b-movie from 1979 -- right before disco itself collapsed and went from inescapable fad to pop-culture pariah. But we live in a better tomorrow, where Chic's Nile Rodgers still plays on... More >>

University Music

Hotpants

Nomad World Pub : 9:00 p.m. third Sat. of every month

"Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)" was one of several immortal singles from James Brown's early '70s run of heavy, J.B.'s-era classics. The same funk factory cranked out Vicki Anderson's saucy "I'm Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants)" the same year, and by the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Acadia 64

Acadia Cafe : 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. every Tue.

So, trivia is not your strength, bingo takes too much concentration, and poetry slams are just too much work. What about video games? For those who spent entire summers indoors fighting Trevelyan on a platform in the jungle or college evenings speeding along Rainbow Road instead of studying,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Barhopping

The Automatic Message

Instinct Art Gallery : Daily until November 1

In the best abstract art, the personal is universal, the abstraction an archetype, and simplicity a statement of complexity. How the artist’s psyche plays into this methodology is the subject of Instinct Gallery’s “The Automatic Message,” which takes a cue from that... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Weekday Happy Hour

Pancho Villa Restaurant : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.

Happy hour can be a tricky thing if you work a regular job. Most are over by 6 p.m., so forget it if you're a commuter. And sometimes staying out past 9 p.m. is just not an option. Thankfully, some bars and restaurants have more friendly drink specials and hours. Eat Street's Pancho Villa would... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping
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