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

Monday, April 9– Sunday, April 22

Monday, April 9


“The Bandaged Place” by Harrison David Rivers

The Playwrights' Center

2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

No cover

When a former lover resurfaces, re-opening a painful wound, Jonah Irby is forced to turn to his precocious daughter and his tough love grandmother for support. A brutal and lyrical play about the things we hang on to and the price of moving forward.

Tuesday, April 10


May Day Community Build Workshops

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

Help to build some of the floats for the annual May Day parade.

Wednesday, April 11 


Pan-Afrikan Week

Pan-Afrikan Student Union

2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pan-Africanism relates to all the people of the African diaspora. Join in a week of recognition at Augsburg College. Wednesday’s event is “Painting While Black.”

Thursday, April 12


CD party: “Land of Yangalele”

Midtown Global Market

920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

No cover

Yangalele means happiness in Kikongo, the language of the Congo. This family friendly event includes live music, puppets and more.

Friday, April 13


Jaboukie Young-White

Whole Music Club

300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

8 p.m.

18-plus (unless accompanied by parent or adult)

$5, $10

Jaboukie Young-White is a New York based comedian who has been featured on the “Tonight Show.” 

Saturday, April 14


African Night: After Party

Azul Night Club

400 3rd Ave N., Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.


African Night 2018 will be followed with an after party hosted by The Compozers at Azul Night Club.

Sunday, April 15


Kirko Bangz and Harvey J with DJ Cam Jones

Azul Night Club

400 3rd Ave N., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.



Houston based rapper/singer, Kirko Bangz, returns to Minneapolis with North Carolina’s Harvey J.

Monday, April 16


Prince Legacy Tours at the Capri

Capri Theater

2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All ages


Did you know that Prince’s first concert was at Capri Theater? Learn more about Prince’s legacy at the Capri.

Tuesday, April 17



Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

St. Anthony Main Theatre

115 S.E. Main St., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

$14 general, $8 students and those 25 and under

Ember Bearheart Johnson's first day home after a 16-year prison sentence for a crime she didn't commit is bittersweet as she uncovers how her family's lives have gone on without her after all these years. It’s the Minneapolis premiere of the Maya Washington film.

Wednesday, April 18


Q&A and Dance Class with Mayte Garcia

James Sewell Ballet

528 Hennepin Ave., # 215, Minneapolis

11:30 a.m. (Q&A), 3 p.m. (dance class)

Take part in a special belly dance class and Q&A with Mayte Garcia, Prince’s ex-wife and collaborator. 

Thursday, April 19


The Jellybean Johnson Experience

Minnesota Music Café

501 Payne Ave., St. Paul

8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.



Experience the return of Tori “Freakjuice” Ruffin along with Jellybean Johnson prior to their “Nothing Compares 2 Prince” in Australia shows. Also performing isTracey Blake, a powerhouse of the Minneapolis Sound.

Friday, April 20




2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

10:30 p.m.


$8 advance, $10 door

Emmy Award winner PaviElle is a force with which to be reckoned. Also on the bill is DJ Shannon Blowtorch.

Saturday, April 21


Record Store Day with Toki Wright & Big Cats

Hymie's Vintage Records

3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

All ages

No cover

In partnership with Fulton Beer Jameson Irish Whiskey and Peppers and Fries, check out the Record Store Day Block Party at Hymies. Performances by Toki Wright & Big Cats, Charlie Parr, Wild Hands, Southside Aces, Black Widows and BLAHA.

Sunday, April 22


“Backpack Full of Cash” Documentary Screening

Shiloh Temple International Ministries

1201 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1:45 p.m.

Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children.

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