Ella Mai

Ella Mai

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 info@insightnews.com.

Monday, Feb. 25 – Sunday, March 3

Monday, Feb. 25



Teach-In 101: Understanding Our Legacy

University of Minnesota African American and African Studies

810 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join the Department of African American & African Studies, celebrating its 50th anniversary as it explores the past, present and future of Black protest, activism and community with a symposium featuring Dr. Horace Huntley, the catalyst behind the 1969 Morrill Hall Takeover at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, Feb. 26


Harlem Renaissance

WE WIN Institute, Inc.

3751 17th Ave S, Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All ages

No cover

Join the students of WE WIN as they share their knowledge of artists and figures in the Harlem Renaissance. They will perform poetry, sing, dance, and tell stories inspired by and from the movement.

Wednesday, Feb. 27


Ashley DuBose


2628 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

9 p.m.


$10 advance, $13 door

Topping of a four-week residency at Icehouse, the powerhouse songstress highlights her own catalogue of music, including fan favorites, sneak peaks to unreleased tunes, and music from her upcoming collaborative EP, “Back to Reality.”

Thursday, Feb. 28


Ella Mai

Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis

7 p.m.



Following up an incredible year with her single “Boo’d Up” and features alongside the likes of Meek Mill and a single on the “Creed II” soundtrack, London’s Ella Mai hits town.

Friday, March 1


Social House with Darnell Williams and the MARAJ

Whole Music Club

300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.

$10 general admission, $5 student

Producers of Arianna Grande’s “Thank U Next,” Social House, perform at The Whole on the U campus.

Saturday, March 2


New Beginnings: Life After Incarceration

Minneapolis Urban League

2100 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

At this event panelists discuss resources for women reentering society after incarceration.

Sunday, March 3


Meditation for People of Color

The Yoga Room

4153 Thomas Ave N, Minneapolis

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pay what you can admission

The Northside People of Color Meditation Group gathers to explore through mindfulness meditation, honoring the diversity of shared cultural and spiritual experiences.

Monday, March 4



“I Am Cuba”

Trylon Cinema

2820 E. 33rd St., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


This film was started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and was designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, “Potemkin” and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, “Breathless,” but “I Am Cuba” turned out to be a celebration of communist iconography, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality.

Tuesday, March 5




2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Every first and third Tuesday dance salsa, bachata, zouk, kizomba, cha-cha-cha, and cumbia at Pimento.

Wednesday, March 6


Fifth Element Open Mic

Fifth Element

2411 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hosted by hip-hop artist Christopher Michael Jensen, along with Logoz the Kritick holding down DJ duties, the event is open to emcees, singers, spoken word poets or anyone else with a talent.

Thursday, March 7


“Black Panther”

Capri Theater

2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Friday, March 8




University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance

330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.

Led by a charismatic Leading Player, “Pippin” tells the tale of a young prince who desperately yearns for great adventure and passion in his life.

Saturday, March 9


Carnaval Brasileiro 2019

Minneapolis Urban League

2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Brazilfest MN presents Carnaval Brasileiro 2019 featuring several performance groups, dancers, authentic Brazilian carnival masks, face painting, and an authentic Brazilian Carnival experience.

Sunday, March 10



Club 96: An Evening with Naomi Smalls

The Saloon

830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Flip Phone celebrates “Fashion” starring Naomi Smalls (“RuPaul's Drag Race”), Julia Starr, Nocturna Lee Mission, Rosie Bottoms, Giselle Ovarme , Priscilla Yuicy, and host Sasha R. Cassadine.

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