Labor Day weekend: More than a JCPenny sale

Thanks to the RNC, this Labor Day weekend is about so much more than back to school sales, grilling out, and bemoaning that you can’t wear white again until spring. Here’s some cool events that didn’t make the A List, but are definitely worth checking out.

Cecil Otter CD–Review Probably one of the few high lighted events this weekend that isn’t politically affiliated, Cecil Otter, one of the founding members of Doomtree, will release his first solo project, Rebel Yellow. He performs twice tonight at the Triple Rock . An all ages show kicks off the event at 5 p.m. and a 21+ show goes down later at 9 p.m.

ARP! Release Party and Bike Ride Tonight at the corner of Franklin and Hennepin, ARP! (Art Review and Preview) will be leading a south Minneapolis bike ride in celebration of the release of ARP! Volume 2: DissentObjectProtest. The ride kicks off at 8 p.m., biking will travel a short distance to Art of This Gallery (3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.721.4105) where bikers can enjoy live music, art, and Polaroid fun.

Freewheelin Bikeshare Kick Off Ride Does the idea of riding a bike with local politicians sound cool, but the 6:30 a.m. More to Tri bike ride later this week turn you off? Freewheelin bike share, which is providing free bike rentals for anyone interested during the RNC, is having an opening celebration this Saturday. Show up at Ramp A in downtown Minneapolis (click here for directions) at 9 a.m. for an hour and a half bike ride with Mayors Coleman and Rybak, ending at the Stone Arch Bridge. Click here to preregister. The Unconvention Opening Night Celebration Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis) is throwing an opening party Sunday night from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Unconvention planning committee is slated to give a presentation, Nonsense Company/Prince Myshkin will perform, and later in the evening there will be Politaoke, politically–themed karaoke. Admission will set you back somewhere between $4-$10.

Pi Bar’s Flaming Carnival of Deviance This Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight Pi Bar (2532 25th Ave. S., Minneapolis) will be throwing an epic party on the eve of the convention. Performances include musical acts like the Knotwells and screaming rockers Gay Witch Abortion, as well as fire art by Rah, and cabaret-style performances with the Bedlam Theatre and the Midnight Muse Revue. Carnival games, treats, and a dunk tank will also be on hand. Wear a costume for free admittance, or bring $5 to get in.

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