ARTCRANK, a Minneapolis-born international bike art pop-up show, once again returns to its birthplace with posters by 50 local artists. After nine years and more than 3,000 posters, the locals-only travelling show has showcased hand-printed work from more than 300 different Twin Cities-based artists including Adam Turman and Amy Jo. This year the local rule applies to the beer as well with host Fulton Beer, which will also host food and refreshments from Birchwood Café, MidNord Empanada Truck, Natedogs and more. The show will have free valet bike parking from My Bike Project and, of course, bike-themed posters all sold for $40.
Where: Fulton Beer, 2540 2nd St. NE
When: Saturday, June 4 from 4-10 p.m.
Gamut Turns 4
Gamut Gallery is turning four years old and is throwing a three-part party for the occasion with an exhibit finale, a CD release show and live performances. For one night, the Elliot Park gallery’s “Ineffable” exhibition will culminate with the second CD release party from local project Genrebeast featuring electronica sounds from duo DEATHDANCE. Continuing the birthday celebration will be rap act RP Hooks, deep house and techno music from members of Kajunga Records, soulful grunge-folk from Half Tramp and more. The night will also feature a live VJ feed projected onto Gamut’s backyard patio and local artists putting their own spin on live body painting with mannequins.
Where: Gamut Gallery, 717 10th St. S.
When: Saturday, June 11 from 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $10, $15 with DEATHDANCE CD
Represent: Made Here
The Hennepin Theatre Trust is launching its sixth season of Made Here, its biannual downtown window art display — the largest initiative of its kind in the country. The latest iteration, “Represent: Made Here,” will explore themes of community, nature and social justice issues through 45 window displays and installations this spring and summer, which range from graphic art to textiles. The trust will host a public launch party at Marin Restaurant & Bar with performances from musician Jayanthi Kyle, guitar and bass jazz duo Reynold Philipsek and Matt Senjem and soukous musician Siama Matuzungidi with vocalist Dallas Johnson. Joan Vorderbruggen, the trust’s director of public art and placemaking, will lead walking tours at 6 and 7 p.m.
Where: Marin Restaurant & Bar, 901 Hennepin Ave.
When: Thursday, June 2 from 5-8 p.m.
Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival
The Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival returns to the downtown Minneapolis park for its sixth year. A lineup of local artists features bands such as Dumpy Jug Bumpers, BradyPerl, Frank Hornstein & Friends, Siama’s Afrobilly Trio, The Medicine Show Music Company, Jasper Lepak, The Broken Heartland Stringband and Wild Goose Chase Cloggers. Emceeing the event will be Carol Buche, Derek Johnson, Mother Banjo and Pushing Chain.
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.
When: Saturday, June 11 from 12-8 p.m.
Rock the Garden
Rock the Garden, the annual music festival from 89.3 The Current and the Walker Art Center, is moving from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to Northeast Minneapolis’ Boom Island Park for one year only. This year’s one-day show will see headliners The Flaming Lips and Chance the Rapper, along with Minneapolis’ Polica, GRRRL Party and Hippo Campus, in the riverfront park. Portland, Ore.-based M. Ward, Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and southern California’s Plague Vendor are also set to play the outdoor, two-stage fest.
Where: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE
When: Saturday, June 18 from 2-10 p.m.
Open Streets Lyndale
Open Streets is kicking off a season of street festivals by taking over Lyndale Avenue in southwest Minneapolis. Bikers and walkers will take to the street June 5 this year between 22nd and 42nd streets as part of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s initiative. This year, Open Streets is taking over downtown (July 10), East Lake (July 24), Northeast (Aug. 7), Franklin (Aug. 21), West Broadway (Sept. 10), Nicollet (Sept. 18) and the University of Minnesota (Oct. 1).
Where: Between 22nd and 42nd streets
When: Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
North Star Bicycle Festival
More than 300 of the best professional and elite cyclists in North America are expected to participate in a seven-day festival across six Minnesota cities. The North Star Bicycle Festival features the North Star Grand Prix, a five-day, six-stage race that will come to Minneapolis’ Uptown area on Friday, June 17. This year marks the return of women’s racing to the race, which is part of USA Cycling’s prestigious national racing calendar. For spectators, there are bike expos, live music and stunt shows — plus beer gardens and food trucks — at host cities.
Where: Near Hennepin & Lake
When: Friday, June 17 from
Monello is hosting the city’s first ever showdown of sommeliers who will put their wine knowledge to the test in a four-course competition. Chef Michael DeCamp, who sits at the helm of the restaurant in Hotel Ivy, will create four courses for participants to pair with two different wines from the Empson & Co. wine portfolio, a leading importer of Italian wines. Participants include sommeliers from Meritage, Spoon & Stable, Heyday, Revival and more. Guests will enjoy the courses and wine as part of a 6:30 p.m. dinner and vote for what pairings they like best.
Where: Monello, 1115 2nd Ave. S.
When: Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m.