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.
Monday, May 14 – Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 14
“Rethinking Incarceration” Book Event
Crosstown Covenant Church
5540 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions.
Tuesday, May 15
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
A “go-to” artist for Spike Lee, Blanchard’s trumpeting has been featured in films like “Mo Betta Blues” and “25th Hour.” Catch him with the E- Collective in downtown Minneapolis.
Wednesday, May 16
Talk of the Stacks with Tracy K. Smith
Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
The U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy K. Smith, will be in town to discusses a new collection of poems called “Wade in the Water.”
Thursday, May 17
Not all Rum has a Pirate on the Bottle: Sip & Discuss
North Loop Wine and Spirits
218 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Emory Blackstone returns to provide us with another chance to "Pass the Bar." This time, he'll be showing us how great rum can be and why it was never intended to mix with Diet Coke.
Friday, May 18
Lesley Helen Launch Party and Fashion Show
Atlas Grill & Clubroom
200 South 6th St., Minneapolis
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
$10 (online only)
Check out Lesley Helen’s new clothing line while enjoying a cash bar and sounds by saxophonist Marion Dooley.
Saturday, May 19
Lo-Fi Lounge May – Chill Dance Night
201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Dance, dine and vibe at "Lo-Fi Lounge" (aka Ginger Hop) just outside of downtown Minneapolis. The sound is a low fidelity with a mix of DJs including Miss Brit, Mamadu and Reggie Reg and producers playing hip-hop, neo soul, electronic, Afrofuturist, reggae and R&B hybrids.
Sunday, May 20
SMART Wellness Men’s Retreat
African American Leadership Forum
222 South 9th St., Minneapolis
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The SMART Wellness Men’s Retreat is a holistic experience for developing a healthy lifestyle that places an emphasis on understanding how our unique history, culture and identity as men of African descent factors into our experience of emotional wellness.
Monday, May 21
Blackout presents Infinity Colors
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis
Blackout Improv presents a night to “lift up other People of Color in the comedy scene.” The night includes Huge Theater POC Ensemble, Vann Daley, Jada Pulley, Feven Gerezgiher, Baddies Comedy, Blackout and more
Tuesday, May 22
Hip-Hop Workshop with Joshua Stevens
Zenon Dance Company and School
528 Hennepin Ave., Ste. 400, Minneapolis
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Performing artist and instructor Josh Stevens’ goal as a teacher is to guide his students through different movement styles of hip-hop dance.
Wednesday, May 23
Kemetic Yoga by Floyd Williams
North American Medical Academy
5201 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis
Arubah presents The Healing Center, a practice of yoga through a Kemetic lens.
Thursday, May 24
No Sleep Til Soundset
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Join EL.i.BE, Graydon Francis, Marcel P. Black, Jantz, Rich Garvey and Timothy Devon for a hip-hop showcase.
Friday, May 25
Intergenerational Dance Hall
617 N. Lowry Ave., Minneapolis
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy music from the Kevin Washington Quartet at this dance night for all ages and abilities.
Saturday, May 26
Pimento Jamaican Kitchen
2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
“Dubbed the best new party in the city, Afriquency is back. Join Soul Tools for a night of dancehall, Afrobeats, hip-hop, soca and electro soul with DJs Karuza (Liberia), Mamadu and DJ Miss Brit. Presale tickets at Vitalculture.com.
Sunday, May 27
The Hip Hop Bar Crawl
6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Take part in a hip-hop bar crawl traveling to different establishments in downtown Minneapolis including Aqua, Privé, Monarch and Gay 90s.