Aesthetically It! is a list of picks from the editors of Aesthetically Speaking. Aesthetically It! features venues, events, outings and more that are worthy of “It” status. If you have a venue, event or outing that you feel is It worthy, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17 – April 30
Monday, April 17
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. Midón has collaborated with Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me.” The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999.
Tuesday, April 18
Ced Linus “Summer Sessions” EP Release Party
701 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis
Pledge Empire MC, Ced Linus, celebrates the release of his new “Summer Sessions” EP with performances by Baby Shel, BdotCroc, Mike Dreams and Sweetz P.
Sounds by DJ Airman Heat.
Wednesday, April 19
Professional Insurance for Police Town Hall Forum
Rondo Public Library
461 Dale St. N., Saint Paul
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The theory is that police brutality will decrease if officers have to carry their own insurance. Tonight join a forum on the topic at Rondo Library.
Thursday, April 20
“Shrek the Musical”
North High School
1500 James Ave. N., Minneapolis
Check out the first ever North Community Theater Production of “Shrek the Musical” at North High.
Friday, April 21
Sistah Solo | Being Brothas
2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
7 p.m. (Also Saturday)
Collectively celebrate women of color and their solo work through film, dance, music, spoken word and more, featuring Al Taw’am, Destiny Anderson, Djenane Saint Juste, Jess Pierce, Lieutenant Sunnie, May Lee Yang, Mimi Solis, Queen Drea Voice-Loops N Effects and Tish Jones.
The unique voices of men of color are uplifted through movement, music and more. Being Brothas features A+, David Stalter Jr., Ellemaj, Frankie Hebres, GodSent, Joe Davis, Jus Herb, Mike Queenz, Nate Kay, Radio Ahlee and Ray Dow.
Saturday, April 22
Thee Beautiful Ones – Two-level Prince dance party
Five Event Center
2917 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis
$15 advance, $20 door (free valet)
Thee Urbane Life brings you a celebration to honor the legacy of Prince with DJ Chuck Chizzle and DJ Fundraiser (who DJed for Prince at Paisley Park).
A portion of the proceeds are to benefit the Billingsley School of Music & Arts. Tickets are available at www.VitalCulture.com.
Sunday, April 23
Tcsax9: Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange
917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
Noon – 6 p.m.
It’s that time of year again shoe enthusiasts. Studiiyo23 celebrates its seventh year in the community by hosting the ninth edition of the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange.
Legends @ the Capri
The Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis
Legends @ the Capri closes its ninth season with a tantalizing tribute to two multi-talented and fascinating entertainers, Judy Garland and Bette Midler.
Monday, April 24
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival
St. Anthony Main Theater
115 Main St. S.E., Minneapolis
(Runs through April 29)
Check out some of the best new independent films from around the world at this annual festival.
Tuesday, April 25
“The Bluest Eye”
818 2nd St., Minneapolis
Toni Morrison’s debut novel, “The Bluest Eye,” takes life at the Guthrie.
Wednesday, April 26
The Feels – A Night of Alignment ft. Sassy Black
2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
The Feels presented by Jazz 88 and Soul Tools Entertainment, is where hip-hop and jazz meet. It’s a night of live instrumentation featuring singers, poets, emcees, comedians and more. This month’s guests include national recording artist SassyBlack formerly of Seattle’s Theesatisfaction (Queens), K. Raydio, Joe Davis and DJ Miss Brit ending the night with a dance party.
Thursday, April 27
Stalley and Beanie Sigel
917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
GainesFM and DJ D-Mil join the Broad Street Bully and the MMG member, Beanie Sigel, at Cabooze.
Friday, April 28
Art, Social Justice and Communities of Color Symposium
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis
11 a.m. (also Saturday)
This symposium demonstrates how culture in general and art in particular can be used as a political tool to challenge and reimagine the place of queer communities of color in society.
Saturday, April 29
McKnight Reading with Kiese Laymon
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Ave S, Ste 200, Minneapolis
$10 ($5 for members)
Award-winning author Kiese Laymon’s book “Long Division” was named one of the Best of 2013 by Buzzfeed, The Believer, Salon and more. Check out a public reading at The Loft.
Sunday, April 30
“Let’s Talk About it” Youth and Mental Health Discussion
550 Vandalia St., St. Paul
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
This will be a round table discussion along with an open discussion with all who attend. Hosts Sanni Brown, David Billingsley, Shay Glorius “Glo” Martin and DJ Mickey Breeze will lead the discussion and give insight about topics such as depression, low self-esteem, cyber bullying and other topics that are effecting our youth.