Music & Movies in the Park Kick-Off
The ever-popular Music & Movies in the Park program kicks off this season with free music from Socaholix and Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets. The two Minneapolis bands will play calypso music and American rock respectively. Eats from Rusty Taco, Hot Indian Foods, Sweet Dreams Candy and Bread & Pickle complete the night. The movies begin June 6 with “42” and end Aug. 29 with “Beetlejuice,” with many classic and new films throughout the summer. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset. Several sites from Father Hennepin Bluff Park to Lake Harriet Park offer free music during the season. Check the location schedule for regular times and dates.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Pkwy.
When: Monday, May 25 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Memory Lanes Block Party
The Memory Lanes Block Party is a sure sign that summer is on its way in Minneapolis. The seventh iteration of the annual music festival brings headliners
Tickle Torture, a theatrical punk band, on Saturday and Deke Dickerson & the Trashmen, a garage rockabilly group, on Sunday. The outdoor stage will bring local favorites like Suzie and Fort Wilson Riot on Saturday and Pavielle and The Cactus Blossoms on Sunday. Inside the city’s most punk bowling alley,
L’Assassins, Phantom Tails and DJ Shannon Blowtorch are also set to bring the party. The fest also includes hosts Ian Rans and David Campbell, a celebrity dunk tank and a “metric crap ton of ice-cold PBR.”
Where: Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S.
When: May 23 through May 26
Cost: $5 per day, free after 10 p.m.
Walker on the Green
Mini-golf at the Walker Art Center is a regular summer pastime for many Minneapolis residents, and it returns this season with a few new holes and old favorites. New, artist-design holes include Let’s Be Frank; Keep on Truckin’; and Thrillo-Brillo Clean-Shot by Andy Warhol(e) and Red Haring. But don’t worry, Curling Club, Stargazer and Guest What? Chicken Putt! are coming back. The course is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dog House will be serving hot dogs and drinks for hungry golfers. And this year every golf ticket includes gallery admission.
Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave.
When: May 21 through Sept. 7
Cost: $12 for half, $19 for full course
Live Music Fest
Intermedia Arts’ Youth Leadership Council is hosting a special hip-hop edition of Live Music Fest, a bimonthly showcase of young musicians of all ages. This iteration follows the hugely successful all-girl Live Music Fest in March with featured arts R&B trio Team Winter, hip-hop group Local Swagg, five-member Unknown Creatures, genre-defying Spencer Joles x Nazeem and emcee Tristan. The program has showcased young talent like Bruise Violet and Taylor Seaberg and The Bombshells. It has also featured performances from up-and-coming musicians Allan Kingdom and Stereo Confession. The Youth Leadership Council, a group of innovative young people, curates the evening of music.
Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
When: May 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Edina Art Fair
The 49th annual Edina Art Fair returns to the 50th and France neighborhood with three days of shopping and entertainment. The fair, the second largest in the state and the first in the year, will feature work from 300 fine artists in ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, wood carvings, sculpture and more. This year a new art category, craft beer, will debut with a craft beer garden with Freehouse brews. For kids, the fair has Kids Zone activities in the Edina 5-0 parking lot and original artwork from grade school students in the mall. There will be a free shuttle service from Southdale Shopping Center to Lunds at 50th and France.
Where: 50th and France
When: June 5 through June 7
Fearless Comedy Productions
Fearless Comedy Productions will debut its latest original show, “Jenny Bandage vs. The Unpronounceable AKRONYM”, at the Black Forest Inn. The play tells the story of Jenny Bandage, a scientist secret agent, and her intern — also named Jenny — who fight to rid the world of bad research and junk science. The two face off with Professor A.K.R.O.N.Y.M. and his assistant Travis in this comedic production. Fearless Comedy is devoted to just that, comedy that isn’t scared to push buttons or boundaries. The performance on Monday, June 8 is a pay-what-you-can show.
Where: Black Forest Event Center, 1 E. 26th St.
When: May 29 through June 13
Cost: $12 advance, $15 door
Farewell to Nye’s Party
The Minnesota Twins are paying tribute to the East Hennepin mainstay, Nye’s Polonaise Room, as its closing draws closer. The team is hosting a pregame party featuring the “World’s Most Dangerous Polka Ban” from the bar and restaurant, which announced its closing last winter after 65 years. Bar patrons and baseball fans can also purchase discounted tickets to the Twins game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The party would not be complete without polish food and drink specials. The game will begin at 1:10 p.m. following the party.
Where: Target Field Station, Fifth Street and Third Avenue
When: Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty
In one of the first big outdoor concert of the summer, Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty will take the stage at the historic Hall’s Island. The island, accessible via a short walk from the North Loop or Boom Island areas of Northeast Minneapolis, is a unique, yet ideal venue for a warm-weather show. The two acts, both popular Minneapolis, will be showcasing their sophomore efforts following breakout releases and shows during the past few years. Mayor Betsy Hodges is even excited for this show, saying, “I can’t wait for this concert to happen in our city.” About 8,000 attendees will flock to the island under the renovated Plymouth Avenue Bridge just north of downtown. The site is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s developing Above the Falls Regional Park.
Where: Hall’s Island
When: Saturday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m.