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, Feb. 18 – Sunday, March 3

Monday, Feb. 18



Bruce Henry


1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Three and one-half octave range jazz vocalist Bruce Henry plays at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis.

Tuesday, Feb. 19


Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light

The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.

$45-$50 (SOLD OUT)

Three-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo brings her global sound to the Cedar with Remain in Light.

Wednesday, Feb. 20


Regina Carter Quartet


1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Jazz violinist Regina Carter has collaborated with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin and Wynton Marsalis. Hear her and her quartet in a special two night showing.

Thursday, Feb. 21


Kevin Ross*

James Ballentine Uptown VFW

2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


$15 advance, $20 door

Thee Urbane Life presents Grammy-nominated soul star Kevin Ross live at the Uptown VFW. Kevin's single, "Long Song Away," was No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Songs Chart.

*Thee Urbane Life is co-owned by Insight News managing editor, Harry Colbert, Jr.

Friday, Feb. 22



Blvck Madonna w. Baby Shel, Tek, Dutch Rugar, Karson Blu & K Park

The Cabooze

917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

10 p.m.



Hip-hop band Blvck Madonna headlines The Cabooze with Baby Shel, Tek, Dutch Rugar, Karson Blu and K Park.

Saturday, Feb. 23



HWMR Presents: For the Love of Coffee Sip and Shop


1500 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Enjoy coffee and conversation at HWMR with the official release of their North Minneapolis variation of the classic "Mixtape." It features, “Side (A) "Juicy" a fruity Ethiopian blend and Side (B) "King Kunta," a bass heavy punch of a Columbian blend.”

Sunday, Feb. 24




Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 p.m.



Join Godzilita, January, Avaava with DJs Taye Drina, Bleak Roses and Ysheyellin for this synthesized dance party hosted by Puffy.

Monday, Feb. 25



Teach-In 101: Understanding Our Legacy

University of Minnesota African American and African Studies

810 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join the Department of African American & African Studies, celebrating its 50th anniversary as it explores the past, present and future of Black protest, activism and community with a symposium featuring Dr. Horace Huntley, the catalyst behind the 1969 Morrill Hall Takeover at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, Feb. 26


Harlem Renaissance

WE WIN Institute, Inc.

3751 17th Ave S, Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All ages

No cover

Join the students of WE WIN as they share their knowledge of artists and figures in the Harlem Renaissance. They will perform poetry, sing, dance, and tell stories inspired by and from the movement.

Wednesday, Feb. 27


Ashley DuBose


2628 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

9 p.m.


$10 advance, $13 door

Topping of a four-week residency at Icehouse, the powerhouse songstress highlights her own catalogue of music, including fan favorites, sneak peaks to unreleased tunes, and music from her upcoming collaborative EP, “Back to Reality.”

Thursday, Feb. 28


Ella Mai

Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis

7 p.m.



Following up an incredible year with her single “Boo’d Up” and features alongside the likes of Meek Mill and a single on the “Creed II” soundtrack, London’s Ella Mai hits town.

Friday, March 1



Social House with Darnell Williams and the MARAJ

Whole Music Club

300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.

$10 general admission, $5 student

Producers of Arianna Grande’s “Thank U Next,” Social House, perform at The Whole on the U campus.

Saturday, March 2



New Beginnings: Life After Incarceration

Minneapolis Urban League

2100 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

At this event panelists discuss resources for women reentering society after incarceration.

Sunday, March 3



Meditation for People of Color

The Yoga Room

4153 Thomas Ave N, Minneapolis

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pay what you can admission

The Northside People of Color Meditation Group gathers to explore through mindfulness meditation, honoring the diversity of shared cultural and spiritual experiences.

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