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How do you get to be our favorite bar? Simple. Don’t be too fancy. Have great service. Bring in really good beers available in pitchers. Have real pull tabs. Serve up a short menu of fantastic food. Oh, and host hilarious events. For example, along with the the food and drinks and decor, Bull’s Horn in South MPLS hosts a “fishing tourney” where registration gets you an entrance to the tournament for the afternoon (with a measuring device you take with you to your favorite lake), plus a fish fry dinner and beer from Fulton Brewing. Tourney prizes provided by Bull’s Horn, Fulton Brewing, & Coastal Seafoods, but you’ll be a winner at the bar even if you don’t catch anything. Saturday, July 13th, 10 AM tourney, 5 PM dinners. $25 entry. —Taylor Carik

Bull’s Horn, 4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis

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Suzi is re-opening the upstairs Shangri-La Cocktail Lounge—one of our favorite spaces in all of MPLS + STPL—and is doing it in true Psycho fashion with a huge Hula Hustle party full of tiki drinks and dancing. Consider it a warm-up for any 4th plans you have. Wednesday, July 3rd, 6 PM. —Art Humes

Psycho Suzi’s, 1900 Marshall St NE, MPLS; psychosuzis.com

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Part book release, part photography exhibit, we wanted have a special call-out in addition our other weekend art recs for the reception for It’s Hard to Find Home Again. Erika Ritzel’s beautiful photographs capture the everyday, but in It’s Hard also convey a sense of distance as she tries to bridge the gaps of geographic separation and evolving relationships. We can’t wait to see the whole series and scoop up the book. Sunday, June 30th, 1 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford

Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave S #101, MPLS; soovac.org

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With seemingly more candidates in the race than countries vying for the Women’s World Cup, the 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopeful Debates will be—to be generous—a total cluster to watch. But! To help everyone try to make some sense of it all, the wonks, both comedy and policy, in The Theater of Public Policy will be hosting watch parties with pre-game commentary for both nights (yes, they need two separate nights for all candidates). And they’re doing it at Finnegans because we’re all going to need to drink at the very likely prospect of the Dems doing a terrible job (on brand) and handing Trump four more years. Wednesday, June 25th, Thursday, June 26th, 7:30 PM. Free.—Taylor Carik

FINNEGANS, 817 5th Avenue South, MPLS

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Mosey on over to Mears Park for a few days of sweet sounds during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival — INFO

Half Wolf fka Nomad World Pub hosts two stages of live music mayhem with the Fast Fun Fest that also a bunch of good booze on board like War Pigs, Hammerheart, J-Mo, and more — FRI

Bryant Lake Bowl PRIDE Block Party is always a good time, especially when Foxy Tann and Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses are involved — INFO

The indispensable Queertopia fills up Heart of the Beast with not only performance, but a bunch of visual art this year, too — INFO

Dua Saleh is definitely the next big thing, and the best possible way to get ahead of the curve is at the Grand Oak Opry — SAT — INFO

What’s more fun to dance to than a bunch of one-hit wonders? The Bird right by Loring Park has you covered, plus $2 jello shots, plus DJ Tricky Miki, plus a DJ Set by Mark Mallman — SUN — INFO

And all the metalheads will for sure fill up the 7th St Entry for Earth with Helms Alee, two groups who are already on many head bangers’ best of 2019 lists — MON — INFO

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Don’t forget Stone Arch Festival this weekend! The super fun festival has a bunch of local music all along the waterfront and more importantly a bunch of really good art vendors — INFO

The annual Rebel Rebel RFP Bowie tribute that doubles as a fundraiser for Feline Rescue returns to First Avenue’s Mainroom — FRI — TIX

Madonna’s new album is called Madame X, which is hilariously bad, and can’t imagine the release party at Black Hart will be anything but amazing — FRI — INFO

Much love to J Dilla, pay your respects at the annual and super fun Dilla Day party at Uptown VFW, hosted by Desdamona — FRI — TIX

Shout out to JXTA arts, continuing to do amazing work, they’re opening their new skatepark plaza in North MPLS — SAT — INFO

Minnie-Motor should become a regular thing, where you can with local bands and bands from Madison and Detroit in the parking lot of Mort’s — SAT — INFO

It’s ridiculous how excited we are for 50 Cent, Ice-T, Too Short, Slick Rick, Biz Markie & Others out at Treasure Island Resort & Casino — SAT — TIX

It’s another super fun adult prom, this one at The Bird for QUEER PROM — SAT — TIX

Every single Twincy Flannel Dad will be at the Armory singing along to Father John Misty and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit — SAT — TIX

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Nary a week can go by without a beer fest, and this weekend it’s the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest out at the MN State Fair Grounds — SAT — TIX

We’re very excited for the upcoming SooVAC joint show with one part of the gallery having Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings by Essma Imady and the other having Seeming by Torey Erin — SAT — INFO

Gamut Gallery throws one of their signature bashes to celebrate 7 years and the Tint show finale — FRI — INFO

The very important Red Eye show New Work 4 Weeks this weekend includes Anna Johnson and Arneshia Williams — INFO

The goats (real goats) are back at Insight Brewing — INFO

Party on the rooftop at Up-Down Arcade all day for an 80s party on Saturday thanks to their friends at Indeed Brewing, also some people are dressing 80s — SAT — INFO

The Minneapolis Tattoo Shop hosts Still Not Asking for It, a tattoo flash fundraiser with 100% proceeds going to the Sexual Violence Center of Minneapolis — SUN — INFO

All the foodies will likely meet up with jam band fans for the return of the Wild Food Fandango, be sure to check out their trophy — SUN — INFO

Mizna’s Book Club is tackling A Balcony Over the Fakihani, which you buy and discuss at Daybreak Books — MON — INFO

A big lineup of poets—Mary Moore Easter, Diane Jarvi, and Zoë Bird—join Danny Klecko for readings from his book Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American’s Clash with ICE at Moon Palace Books, the best punk venue in Twincy — MON — INFO

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Yes, there’s Ingrid Chavez’s all-important Prince connections—she’s The Spirit Child on the Lovesexy album, she recorded The Poetry Session with Prince at Paisley Park Studios, she was even the love interest in Graffiti Bridge. There’s also her noteworthy work with Lenny Kravitz on Madonna’s catchy hit “Justify My Love”. But Chavez’s lyrical and beat-driven music has also easily stood on its own, and she’s poised to make a whole new generation of fans with her upcoming album Memories of Flying. We don’t have any idea how there’s tickets left for her appearance at the Hewing Rooftop concert series, an incredible venue to see someone of Chavez’s caliber perform up close—grab those few remaining tickets as fast as you can. And once those are sold out, head to the Electric Fetus on Saturday for her in-store appearance and signing. Thursday, June 6th, 7 PM. $25. —Paul Cajun

Hewing Hotel, 300 Washington Ave N, MPLS; hewinghotel.com

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Sass have been playing many of our small stages for over two years and half years—we checked back and we’ve got them at bar and bookstore and record store stage all over in MPLS + STPL—and now they’re in prime position to blow up not only here, but nationally, thanks to the long-awaited debut of their new full length album Chew Toy. Don’t take our word for it (we know you don’t), check out Stereogum listing the group as a band to watch and listen as Post Trash premieres the record. Then go see Stephanie Murck (also of Tony Peachka and Cherry Cola) and the other Sass-ers return to the 7th St Entry for their album release show full of fun garage rock tunes and friendly buzz bands in their own right—Gully Boys, Daisy Chains, and Products. Friday, May 31st, 8 PM. $10. —Taylor Carik

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com

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Perhaps known more—at the moment anyway—for his guitar slingin’ abilities in the4ontheFloor and his cheeky cover nights (transforming literally and every Blink 182 song into a minor key acoustic ballad), the intrepid Nick Costa is also an incredibly talented singer and songwriter in his own right. On his highly anticipated new album Devastator, he’s working musical magic, transforming an idiom like “throwing shade” into a beautifully howled Americana chorus line and giving listeners pause with simple pleading lines like “Oh please hear me know, I’ve done all I could/ it’s like you’re trying to pay me out, but the money ain’t that good”. And while Costa is drawing comparisons to the new generation of classic and alt-country artists like Jason Isbell, we hear just as much pop rock legends of yesteryear (including the big locals) in his melancholy but catchy hooks. Quickly on his way to being the next big thing in local music, he’s throwing a party for the new record that also includes a highly anticipated one-off reunion of indie-folk fan favorites Taj Raj. Saturday, May 25th, 8 PM. $10 advance, $12 show. —Taylor Carik

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com

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