Aesthetically It!

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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, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 20

Monday, Jan. 7



Chill Vibez: Reloaded


205 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – midnight

Ashley Mari hosts a night of performances and live painting with DJs Mixie DBest and DJ NanoByte, plus $kinny Hardaway, Kiya Karson Karson Blu, Hector Daniel Martinez Diaz, Phuture Hi Def, Osiris Lane, Toddi Rodriguez-Xiong, and more.

Tuesday, Jan. 8


A$AP Rocky: Injured Generation Tour

The Armory

500 6th St. S., Minneapolis

6:30 p.m.


$42.50 - $114

The leader of A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky, comes off a big year of releases and brings his Injured Generation Tour to The Armory in downtown Minneapolis.

Wednesday, Jan. 9


Reggae Dancehall Wednesdays

The Red Sea

320 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 2 a.m.


No cover

DJ Sound of Fujun plays a mix of the best in reggae, dancehall, soca, and hip-hop every week until 2 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10


Pulp Fiction

The Parkway Theater

4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.



Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece, “Pulp Fiction” plays at the Parkway in South Minneapolis.

Friday, Jan. 11




Earle Brown Heritage Center

6155 Earle Brown Dr., Minneapolis

12 p.m.

All ages

UMOJA MN is a Black Heritage camp created to empower adoptive, kinship and foster families. The event explores the history of African-American poets, spoken word artists and rappers. This camp will feature local artists who will share their story of exploring Black identity.”

Saturday, Jan. 12


Malamanya – Second Saturday Salsa

James Ballentine "Uptown" VFW

2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Enjoy a high-energy night of Afro-Cuban music and dancing at the Uptown VFW.

Sunday, Jan. 13


Racism in Minnesota: How We Got Here

Hennepin History Museum

2303 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dr. William (Bill) Green will discuss Minnesota’s reputation regarding race relations.

Monday, Jan. 14


TrapSoul | A Lit Affair

Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 p.m.



DJ Cam Jones presents a night of new R&B with performances by Nuelz, Jus Will, Josiah Woods, Travid Ruffin, Shardae Robinson, ShayMarie WitIt and Cariah Brinae'.

Tuesday, Jan. 15


Drunk Queer History

Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

$10 advance, $12 door

Drunk Queer History is a night of improv and comedy on queer issues.

Wednesday, Jan. 16


Louis Armstrong Night with Southside Aces

Vieux Carré 

408 St. Peter St., St. Paul

8 p.m.


Enjoy a whole night of the music of Louis Armstrong with the Southside Aces Big Five. 

Thursday, Jan. 17


Story Club Minneapolis

Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Story Club Minneapolis is a monthly storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers. This month check out poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs.

Friday, Jan. 18


ILLism - iLLuminate Album Release Show

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

6 W. 6th St., St. Paul

8 p.m. – 1 a.m.



iLLism along with their band will debut new music from their much anticipated second studio album, "iLLuminate." Additional sounds by DJ Huh What and hosted by Leviticus.

Saturday, Jan. 19


Black Lines Matter: Where Black Writers Meet

The Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Ave. S., Ste. 200, Minneapolis

6 p.m.

All ages

No cover

A public classroom covering Black poetry in the state of Minnesota.

Sunday, Jan. 20


38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Ted Mann Concert Hall

2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All ages

No Cover

The University of Minnesota will host the 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, curated by G. Phillip Shoultz, will feature VocalEssence, Singers of this Age, Ginger Commodore, Jacob Dodd, Brian Grandison, Madalyn McCurdy and others.

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