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, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 2

Monday, Aug. 20


Kemetic Yoga by Floyd Williams

Arubah Presents the Healing Center

5201 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Four-time author Floyd Williams presents a weekly night of Yoga. He is certified in vinyasa and kemetic yogi.

Tuesday, Aug. 21



7th St Entry

701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.



MC Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel were kings of the mid 2000s resurgence of Afrocentric hip-hop. They return to Minneapolis in the 7th Street Entry.

Wednesday, Aug. 22


MNTV 2018: On the Big Screen

Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

All ages

No cover

MNTV 2018 – two one-hour programs of short works – will premiere on TPT in September. Join many of the filmmakers in the Walker Cinema for a free preview of selected short films. A reception follows.

Thursday, Aug. 23


Afrobeats Technique Thursdays

Ragamala Dance Company

711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn West African Afrobeats dance techniques on Thursdays at Ragamala Dance Company in South Minneapolis.

Friday, Aug. 24


Lil Baby - Harder Than Ever Tour

Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Atlanta’s Lil Baby has had a monstrous rise over the past year with co-signs from Quality Control Music (home of Migos and Lil Yachty).  He’s in town at the Varsity.

Saturday, Aug. 25


Pop Up! with Blowtorch, Keezy, AriAtari, Queen Duin and Adonia


2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



Dubbed a “with some of the best female and gender non-binary DJs in the Twin cities,” this will be a great night of sounds on Eat Street.

Sunday, Aug. 26


Innocence Tour feat. JayteKz

The Red Sea

320 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Chicago born rapper JayteKz has a substantial following on YouTube through stark discussion on suicide, depression and the struggles of young people.  Catch him in the Riverside neighborhood at the Red Sea.

Monday, Aug. 27


Steel Pulse with Tribal Seeds

First Avenue

701 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


$30, $35

The legendary Grammy winning band from the U.K. returns to United States on tour with Tribal Seeds.

Tuesday, Aug. 28


One Love Movement

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



DJ Verb X will be in the house playing all your favorite reggae, ‘90s hip-hop and R&B and more every second and fourth Tuesday.

Wednesday, Aug. 29



Orpheum Theatre

910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.


The award-winning Broadway musical hits Minneapolis for the first time at the Orpheum. The show runs through Oct. 7.

Thursday, Aug. 30


Roosevelt Collier

Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Collier’s debut album, “Exit 16” is a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by producer and bandmate Michael League (from the Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy).

Friday, Aug. 31


2018 African Community Appreciation and Awards Gala


2200 Freeway Blvd., Minneapolis

6:30 p.m.

This awards gala features “fine cuisine, live entertainment, cultural performances, community awards, a keynote message, a fashion show, spoken word, among others.”

Saturday, Sept. 1



Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

10 a.m.


MetaCon is a three-day comic and sci-fi convention that includes every aspect of geek culture and nerd life. 

Sunday, Sept. 2


“Back to Black” A Tribute to Amy Winehouse

Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


In the 12 years since its release, “Back to Black” and Amy Winehouse have inspired musicians like singer-songwriter Mina Moore and others.  Catch Moore’s tribute at the famed jazz club.

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