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, May 14 – Sunday, May 27

Monday, May 14



“Rethinking Incarceration” Book Event

Crosstown Covenant Church

5540 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

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

7 p.m.


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

7 p.m.

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

Ginger Hop

201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

No cover

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

8 p.m.



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

7 p.m.

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

Kairos Alive

617 N. Lowry Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All ages

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

Sunday, May 27



The Hip Hop Bar Crawl

Multiple locations

Downtown Minneapolis

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.

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