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, June 18 – Sunday, July 1

Monday, June 18



Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Singer, songwriter, and pianist Avery Sunshine has been iTunes Best of 2010 and a Jet Top 5 Rising Indie Artist. Check her out live at the Dakota.

Tuesday, June 19


DJ Taye with Purple Orange Beach, Andrew Broder and Ghostband


205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – 1 a.m.


$7 advance, $10 door

Chicago footwork producer, DJ Taye, returns to Honey with Purple Orange Beach, Andrew Broder and Ghostband.

Wednesday, June 20


Big George Jackson Blues Band

The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge

3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m.


No cover

It’s a night of good ol’ southern blues with Big George Jackson Blues band at Hook and Ladder.

Thursday, June 21



Loring Bar & Restaurant

327 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.



Chattanooga rapper BbyMutha isn’t shy about many topics.  Catch her with Dua, Destiny Spike and a DJ set by QueenDuin.

Friday, June 22    


Soul Friday Pride 2018


2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.


$12 advance, $15 door

The best party for the QTIPOC ( Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Color) crowd is Soul Friday. Catch DJ Keezy, DJ Lady L, DJ Queen Duin and DJ AriAtari for a special Pride edition.

Saturday, June 23


Afriquency Dancehall/Afrobeats Day Party

Pimento Rum Bar

2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.



Dubbed the best new party in the Twin Cities, join Soul Tools and Wello for Afriquency.  Dance to Afrobeats, reggae and hip-hop with food and rum bar at Pimento. Presales at

Sunday, June 24


Allan Kingdom and Drelli Release Party

7th Street Entry

701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

All ages

$10 advance, $12 doors

St. Paul’s Allan Kingdom celebrates the “Peanut Butter Prince” release with Drelli’s “Hey Drelli” in the 7th St Entry.

Monday, June 25


Movies in the Park: “Wonder Woman”

Beltrami Park

1111 N.E. Summer St., Minneapolis

9 p.m.

All ages

No cover

The DC box office smash, “Wonder Woman” plays for the Movies in the Park series.

Tuesday, June 26


Youth Hip-Hop Camp

Zenon Dance Company and School

528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 400, Minneapolis

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ages 3 to 14

$15 (single day)  

Learn some new dance moves at Zenon’s hip-hop camp for young people.

Wednesday, June 27


Oake and Riley in the Afternoon featuring Dwynell Roland

Hewing Hotel

300 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Join Brian Oake and Jill Riley for live music, trivia and spelling bee with Sean McPherson, and the chance to win swag, prizes, and tickets to upcoming shows. Featuring a live, free performance from Dwynell Roland.

Thursday, June 28  


National Black MBA Networking Happy Hour

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join other Black professionals for happy hour.  Food provided and a cash bar.

Friday, June 29


Poetry with a Purpose: The 2018 Be Heard Minnesota Team Sendoff Show

Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

6:30 p.m.

All ages

$10 advance, $12 door

TruArtSpeaks will present internationally-renowned poet Amir Sulaiman

as part of the organization’s annual sendoff show, which also features Michael Lee, Hieu Minh Nguyen and the Be Heard Youth Cohort.

Saturday, June 30


A Woman’s Greatest Strength

New Rules

2015 Lowry Avenue N., Minneapolis

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Find out what a woman’s greatest strength is and just how to use it. Founder, Lehlieh Kondeh, will be the instructor for this class.

Sunday, July 1


Psalm One

7th Street Entry

701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

8 p.m.



Back from a worldwide tour, the Chicago spitter celebrates her birthday today at 7th Street with with Ossa Moon, Metasota, The Lioness, DJ Sophia Eris and host Angel Davanport.

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