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, April 23 – Sunday, May 7

Monday, April 23


Maxo Kream with Cuz Lightyear

First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry

701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


$20 advance, $50 VIP

Houston’s Maxo Kream is one of the top up and coming artists in hip-hop.  He’s joined in the 7th Street with Cuz Lightyear.

Tuesday, April 24


Gullah/Geechee Cultural Continuity in Spite of Rising Seas

Best Buy Theater at Northrop

84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis

4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Queen Quet, head of state of the Gullah/Geechee nation, is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist and film consultant. She will lecture at Northrop on the University of Minnesota campus.

Wednesday, April 25  


Fat Festival Fashion

Cake Plus-Size Resale

5155 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

No cover, general admission, $8 VIP

Cake Plus-Size Resale will showcase fashion-forward plus-size looks inspired by local music festivals at Fat Festival Fashion.

Thursday, April 26


Assata Speaks: Fight the Power Edition

The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre

824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Sarah Woodcock and Louis Hunter, co-owners of Trio Plant-based, John Thompson, president and CEO of Fight for Justice, LLC. and Marques Armstrong, president and CEO of Hope & Healing Counseling Services and principal consultant at Black Pearl will each give talks on moving forward and taking action as a community.

Friday, April 27


Be the Change

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition

1011 W. Broadway Ave., Ste. 202, Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

No cover

H White Men’s Room and the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition bring you this two-day series for change agents featuring shopping opportunities from area retailers and live performances.

Saturday, April 28


Soul Food Pop Up Dinner and Kickstarter Finale

Breaking Bread Café and Catering

1210 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Trio Plant-based by Three of a Kind Foods is hosting a vegan soul food pop up dinner.

Sunday, April 29


The State of the Relationship - Love & Fitness

Stem Wine Bar

24 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


This event will explore what does it mean to be “fit for love” literally and figuratively.

Monday, April 30


Rich Garvey, CMJ, Weather Check

Kitty Cat Klub

315 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

8:30 p.m.


Three Twin Cities hip-hop acts hit the stage at Kitty Cat Klub.

Tuesday, May 1


Hanif Abdurraqib and Danez Smith

Milkweed Editions

1011 Washington Ave. S., Ste. 300, Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Author Hanif Abdurraqib shares a collection of essays, “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kills Us.”  Abdurraqib is joined by 2017 National Book Award in Poetry finalist, Danez Smith.

Wednesday, May 2


Live to Laugh


205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Mac House hosts a night of comedy with Tre Scott.

Thursday, May 3


Mn Artists presents Jovan C. Speller

Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mn Artists, the Walker’s platform for local artists, brings its online network live and into the museum. Connect with local artists of all disciplines and engage with the questions driving the Minnesota arts community.

Friday, May 4


Lil Baby

Prive Minneapolis

315 North 1st Ave., Minneapolis

10 p.m.


Atlanta’s Lil Baby has been building a buzz with his viral videos, “Freestyle” and “My Dawg.”  Check out the “Quality Control” rapper at Prive.

Saturday, May 6


Sam Ike with Shelly Paul

The Comedy Corner Underground

1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Boston born improv comic Sam Ike hits the stage with Shelly Paul at The Comedy Corner.

Sunday, May 7


Tcsax11: Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange 11

The Cabooze

917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.                      


Artists, sneakerheads, designers, fashionistas and entrepreneurs unite under one roof to network, buy, sell and trade their goods. Music provided by DJ Enferno.

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