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, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Dec. 2 

Monday, Nov. 19


Somalis + Minnesota

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Museum hours

Somalis + Minnesota is a new exhibit in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota retracing the history of the Somali population. Exhibit runs through June.

Tuesday, Nov. 20


Egypt’s Sunken Cities

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$20 adult, $16 child

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics – and a greater understanding of life during the age of the pharaohs. Exhibit runs through April.

Wednesday, Nov. 21


“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Children’s Theatre Company

2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

7 p.m.


A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough. In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, the Grinch conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Runs through Jan. 6.

Thursday, Nov. 22


Soul Sounds Open Mic

Golden Thyme Coffee Shop

921 Selby Ave., St. Paul

6 p.m.

Tish Jones hosts this weekly open mic on Selby Ave in St. Paul.

Friday, Nov. 23


Jack Friday Game Night and Karaoke

Brookview Golf Course

316 Brookview Pkwy. S, Golden Valley

7 p.m. – midnight



What's your Game? Spades, dominoes, Taboo, poker, Monopoly, Black Card Revoked, Twister, Jenga, Connect Four?

They have those and more for Thee Urbane Life's Jack Friday Karaoke and Game Night inside the Bassett Creek Room at Brookview Golf Course. Karaoke and tunes provided by DJ A-Quil.

Saturday, Nov. 24


Astralblak Record Release

Varsity Theater

1308 4th St SE, Minneapolis

8 p.m.


Astralblak (formerly ZULUZUULUU) releases its new project at the Night Church dance party at the Varsity.

Sunday, Nov. 25


6LACK “From East Atlanta With Love” Tour

First Avenue

701 1st Ave, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


$30 advance, $35 day of show

Summer Walker and Deante Hitchcock open for the Atlanta rising star, 6LACK, who will be in town promoting his new album, “From East Atlanta With Love.”

Monday, Nov. 26



Uproar Comedy Open Mic featuring Brandi Brown 

Du Nord Craft Spirits 

2610 32nd St. E., Minneapolis 

7:30 p.m.


No cover

Devohn and Xochi (Uproar) present a new comedy open mic at Minnesota’s first Black-owned distillery.   

Tuesday, Nov. 27


“Peppa Pig's Surprise!”

State Theatre 

805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 

6 p.m.


Catch a live action version of the animated series “Peppa Pig” in downtown Minneapolis at the historic State Theatre. 

Wednesday, Nov. 28


D and Friends with Javier Trejo and The Dual Showmen 

Bunkers Music Bar

761 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 

9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.



Head down to Bunkers with Javier Trejo and The Dual Showmen featuring Demitri Rallis and Annie Frazier. 

Thursday, Nov. 29



The Social Group 


322 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis 

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



The Social Group presents #SocialThursdays every Thursday at Monarch. Free with a college ID until 11:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30



Truth Maze EP Release Party 

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen 

2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis 

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

No cover

Twin Cities hip-hop pioneering, MC, beatboxer, drummer, teacher and community leader, Truth Maze will host an EP release party at Pimento Rum Bar.


Saturday, Dec. 1   



Gregory Porter sings “Nat ‘King’ Cole and Me”

Minnesota Orchestra 

1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis 

8 p.m.

All ages


With a richly textured baritone voice, award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter brings unique interpretation and lyric soulfulness to original works and classic songs by Nat "King" Cole.

Sunday, Dec. 2  




Dance class with Deja: Finding your divinity 

2100 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis  

3 p.m.

All ages


Join Deja, artistic director of Blaq, in a weekly dance class that uses traditional West African dance, social dance, writing, and mini dialogue to elevate one’s sense of divinity and healing.

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