Autoptic Fest, 3-D Chalk Art, Muna: Top events this week

Welcome to Event Horizon, your weekly roundup of the best events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Northern fire dynamics

Powderhorn Park

Unless you’re an arsonist, “free fire” isn’t necessarily a draw. But we promise tonight at Powderhorn Park is a good thing. Northern Fire Dynamic is a local fire arts group that does all kinds of shows while their stuff is on fire. They’ve been practicing a new routine to perform at Burning Man this year, and tonight they’ll be at the park to put on a full-on performance for the locals to see first. First they’ll do two practice rounds of their 15-minute show without fire, then at 8pm they’ll light it all up and do two more burning pieces for you to enjoy. Free; donations are welcome. 8 p.m. 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis. – Jessica Armbruster

First Avenue

On Muna’s third self-titled album, Katie Gavin became almost too good at songwriting. With the help of the band’s new label boss, Phoebe Bridgers (who would never pop so cheerfully), there’s something glossy ad (or maybe just TikTok) about the tactile ecstasy of “Silk Chiffon” that gives aspartame to my high aftertaste Not that it stops me coming back for another hit or evaluating how elsewhere First the band does a lot more of ye olde galloping synth bass than most new wave fetishists. I’m charmed by the irrepressible yet humble demands of “What I Want” (“I want to dance in the middle of a gay bar”), the prudent infatuation of “Solid” (“You can tell she made herself”), and this lover’s response, who tells Gavin to get off his high horse: “I think my horse is normal sized.” Most of all, I appreciate that Gavin’s expression of her desires does not fit easily into the beloved personas of her contemporaries. There’s a lot of space between doomed yearning sobs and wide-legged hedonism, and plenty of room for coming-of-age stories. With Jensen McRae. All ages. $31. 7:00 p.m. 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; find more information here.— Keith Harris


The Wild Hearts Tour

Surly Festival Field

Sad girls unite outside the brewery! High-vibrating indie-rock Cerberus – Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker – is loosely forming for the Wild Hearts tour, although it’s unclear whether we’re dealing with a mere triple-bill supergroup. No recording plans have been announced, so it’s likely the latter. And that’s a good thing, considering every major artist has spent the last decade leveling up record after record. Van Etten is “now an institution,” if Pitchfork is to be believed; Olsen just dropped “the album she’s been waiting her whole life to make,” to hear Rolling Stone tell it; and Baker, no stranger to supergroups, is, well, she’s “still learning,” according to an RS profile that’s far more glowing than the title suggests. 18+. $50-$55. 5 pm 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis; find more information here.– Jay Bowler


Curtis Cook

Acme Comedy Co.

In his Twitter bio, Cook describes himself as a “cum-joke winner.” This distinction is unofficial, but the Portland, Oregon-based comic has many documented victories throughout his career, including writing gigs at Crank Yankers, american dadand Hulu’s Michael Imperioli vehicle That fool. He was even kicked off Twitter once for impersonating the right-wing charlatan Dr. Oz and threatening to kill children. You may have seen the comedian pushing the boundaries/taste Portlandia or a stand-up performance on Comedy Central. The 6-foot-7 comic will showcase the latest art form at Acme, where attendees can expect Coke-winning pieces in art galleries, Taliban jazz instructors and whatever else comes to mind for the laureate. $18-$22. 8pm Wed-Thu; 7 & 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; find more information here. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis. – Jay Bowler

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Cosplayers come to AniMinneapolis



Hyatt Regency Hotel

Nothing like an epic geek party to help you make the most of every minute of your weekend. Like any good scam, this event is staged. There will be an artist alley where you can support creative endeavors, there will be a merch store where you can support… merch. There will be games whether you prefer board games or video games. There will be TV marathons and movie screenings. There will be panel talks, meetings and hands-on crafting sessions. There will of course be plenty of cosplay here, and room parties will keep things going so you’ll never have to sleep. Check for tickets and a complete schedule. $25-$85. 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. from Thursday to Sunday– Jessica Armbruster


Fringe Festival

Various locations

Every summer, the Twin Cities host one of the most epic theater festivals in the country. Over 100 companies, troupes and individual acts appear on various stages for 10 days of performances. The content varies each year and there is no theme, so choose your genre, mood or curiosity at the moment. Want a romantic comedy? Looking for something quirky and super fun? What about a historical drama? A Middle Eastern musical? How about experimental puppetry? Yes, you’ll probably find all of that here. The productions are short and sweet, lasting about an hour, so if you end up making a fool of yourself, you won’t have to run in shame at intermission. Plan your Fringe by checking the schedule at August 4-14 – Jessica Armbruster


Autoptic festival

Coffman Memorial Union

Local fans of indie comics, zoves, and posters haven’t had a chance to enjoy Autoptic Fest in person since 2018, as COVID-19 put a damper on what would have been the 4th installment of the biennial edition. But now, more than 120 artists will reunite for “panels, workshops, interviews, book signings and parties” at the U of M. And make no mistake: If you want a thoroughbred comic, head to Unfree Convergence; although about half of Autopic is dedicated to comics, the organizers emphasize that it is a celebration of everything things, print media. Interested in panel discussions with special guests like Anders Nilsen, Ari S. Mulch, Caroline Cash? They go down from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at MCAD on Sundays. Free of charge. 11 am-6 pm 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; find more information here.– Jay Bowler

Downtown Street Art Fest

Downtown Minneapolis

This weekend, downtown Minneapolis will be transformed into an interactive gallery that guests can walk through. Artists will be creating chalk art on the streets and sidewalks, ranging from kids just having fun to wild 3-D creations at the IDS Center designed to blow your mind (or at least take a really good photo). Graffiti artists will be outside creating various live murals throughout the event. There will be food trucks, guided tours of new murals and a maker’s market featuring local artisans and artists. Other entertainment includes live performances; Bad Bad Hats covers the event on Saturday and zAmya Theater Project kicks off on Sunday. Find more information at Free of charge. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nicollet, between 6th and 8th streets, Minneapolis. – Jessica Armbruster

Open Streets Minneapolis

East Lake Street

Open Streets are a lot like a block party, except that instead of closing a side street, these events stop the main traffic. We’re talking Franklin Avenue, Minnehaha, West Broadway and this weekend Lake Street. During each celebration, the streets will be closed to cars but open to you, where you’ll find a variety of things to see and do, including sidewalk sales, parking lot concerts, chalk art making, pop-up skate parks, impromptu yoga sessions and summer beer gardens. Find the full schedule at 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. East Lake Street, from Second Avenue South to 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis. – Jessica Armbruster


Jack White


Forever a former colleague of Meg White in my mind, White is increasingly dismissed as a geek. But he reminds me more of Paul McCartney than anyone else these days: because his generous compositional/instrumental gifts can overpower his ability to make his creations feel necessary, his use of those gifts feels arbitrary, even flippant . He’s not the genius or the fool that the former Beatle could forever be, but if half-assed fans can lay claim to McCartney II as recoverable, perhaps White’s two new albums with three-quarters of the profits, Dread of dawn and Entering Heaven Alive, will be considered lost classics. I prefer his games with Dead Weather and the Raconteurs – proof that he knows he needs an outside context to shape his music – but I admire his refusal to go all-in with them as a sign that he’s too honest to be a real arena rock cornball. Maybe one day he will discover the concept that makes it make sense again. Until then, he’s the last great rock eccentric, too secondary to threaten our peace of mind, too much fun to listen to occasionally. And you best believe he’s got the catalog to rock his shit for a few hours live. All ages. $82.50 and up. 8 p.m. 600 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis; find more information here.— Keith Harris

The Magic Flute: A Pickup Truck Opera


The Magic Flute: A Pickup Opera

Various locations

For the past 14 years, Mixed Precipitation has provided affordable opera performances in parks, gardens and wineries throughout the metro and beyond. They used to be called “A Picnic Operetta” but rebranded themselves as “A Pickup Truck Opera” as a nod to the 2011 Ford Ranger pickup that serves as their vehicle and part of their stage. This year, they will perform their version of The Magic Flute, Mozart’s final production before he kicked it out. The (modernized) plot follows several young professionals facing burnout in their silly jobs and explores the tenets of Freemasonry. (Mozart was among the Illuminati!) In addition to 18th-century music, expect a few hits from Deee-Lite and Bjork. Make reservations at $10-$20 suggested donation. Until September 11 – Jessica Armbruster

Artist designed Skyline Mini Golf

Walker Art CenterNow in its 15th year, Artist Designed Skyline Mini Golf returns to the WAC for another season of putts played in the sky. Not really: you’ll head up to the museum’s roof to play these 10 holes, which means you’ll get great views of the city in addition to the spectacle of the quirky course. The new hole this year, Always Have Been Sewn, was designed by the Asian American Organizing Project’s Youth Action Team and is inspired by the Hmong “story cloth,” also known as paj nau. Mini golf enthusiast Tom Loftus also has two holes this year. $10. 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday; 11am to 5pm Sunday. 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis. Until September 25 – Jessica Armbruster

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