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, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 4

Monday, Oct. 22


Hooked on Hamilton featuring T. Mychael Rambo

Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


Hear songs from Broadway’s biggest hit on the Dakota stage featuring a cast of Twin Cities favorites led by T. Mychael Rambo.

Tuesday, Oct. 23


Kali Uchis: In Your Dreams Tour

First Avenue

701 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.



Colombia-born and Virginia-raised singer Kali Uchis performs with Cuco at First Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 24


MovementWise – Fall Class Series

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


MovementWise is an invigorating, community-oriented dance class for adults 50-plus who love a healthy, active lifestyle. MovementWise participants explore a wide variety of dance forms, from social dance and modern to ballet and percussive dance.

Thursday, Oct. 25


Hobo Junction and the Lovemakers

Varsity Theater

1308 4th St SE, Minneapolis

6:30 p.m.


After a performance for NPRs Tiny Desk Contest went viral, Hobo Junction is now featured on Ones to Watch.

Friday, Oct. 26



Boo-yoncé: A Halloween Bey Party with New York (Tiffany Pollard)

Union Rooftop

731 Hennepin, Minneapolis

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



VH1's New York (Tiffany Pollard) host with DJ AriAtari spinning 100 percent Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child songs. Performances by Tygra Trinity Slarii, Genevee Ramona Love and Zon Legacy Slarii.

Saturday, Oct. 27


Scary, Sexy Cool Vol. V

Darby's Pub and Grill

315 5th Ave N, Minneapolis

9 p.m. – 2 a.m.


$10 advance, $15 door

The Twin Cities' most anticipated Halloween party is back. Scary, Sexy, Cool Vol. V is back at Darby's with Thee Urbane Life and the one and only DJ Dan Speak. Costume Contests with prizes, candy stations, giveaways and more.

Sunday, Oct. 28


Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia

First Avenue

701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

Check out NPR Tiny Desk viral sensations Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia with special guest Naughty Professor.

Monday, Oct. 29



Chai and Chill - A Different Kind of Poetry Reading

Bordertown Coffee

315 16th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Presented by Black Table Arts, Chai and Chill is about poetry that empowers; an open mic centered on Black poetry.

Tuesday, Oct. 30



The Armory

500 6th St. S., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.

All ages


California and Texas collaborative, Brockhampton, features a wide range of rappers, producers, and singers. Catch one of the hottest young groups in the country at The Armory.

Wednesday, Oct. 31




1121 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – midnight



Chantel SinGs, Rico Nevotion, and S Dot Madison lead a special Halloween karaoke at Moxy in Uptown.

Thursday, Nov 1


“Prince: Before the Rain” Book Launch Celebration

Electric Fetus

2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Electric Fetus will host a book launch celebration for "Prince: Before the Rain" with photographer Allen Beaulieu in conversation with Dez Dickerson, hosted by Jim Walsh.

Friday, Nov. 2



Mayda Album Release Party


2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

10:30 p.m.


$10 advance, $12 door

Hometown star singer and songwriter Mayda celebrates the release of her new album, “MRDR PxP” with the help of her band, Rocksteady Breakfast and Lady Midnight.

Saturday, Nov. 3



Kesha and Nicki Minaj Drag Brunch

Union Rooftop

731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mature audience


Flip Phone presents its popular drag brunch; this time channeling the spirits of rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Kesha.

Sunday, Nov. 4



“Waafrika 123”

Minnsky Theatre

1517 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

2 p.m.


“Waafrika 123,” a play written by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko and directed by Lisa Marie Brimmer, looks at the idea of queer identity in 1992 Kenya.

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