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, October 29th – Sunday, November 11th

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.

Monday, Nov. 5


A Night of Classic Minneapolis Funk Benefitting the Southdale YMCA

Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

7 p.m.


An all-star cast including Paul “St. Paul” Peterson (lead vocals and bass), Kirk Johnson (drums and vocals), Jellybean Johnson (guitar), Chance Howard (vocals and keyboards) and Oliver Leiber (guitar) play a benefit for the Southdale YMCA at the Dakota.

Tuesday, Nov. 6


Nnamdi Ogbonnaya with Sen Morimoto

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

701 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.



Nnamdi Ogbonnaya brings his genre bending sound to First Avenue inside the 7th Street Entry.

Wednesday, Nov. 7


Reclaiming Language

The Loft Literary Center

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

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

$147-$210 (for the series)

This weekly class explores how writers of color use language to resist erasure, reform what determines legitimacy, and alter relationships to writing.

Thursday, Nov. 8


“Corteo” by Cirque du Soleil

Target Center

600 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis

7:30 p.m.


“Corteo” is the latest installment of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil circus, in town for four nights.

Friday, Nov. 9


Sensory Series: "Resolve" by Wale Deen Agboola

Studio 125

1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

7 p.m.

Photographer Wale Deen Agboola bring his unique perspective on the continent of Africa to the this gallery opening.

Saturday, Nov. 10


Bebe After Dark

Moxy Minneapolis Uptown

1121 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

8 p.m. – midnight



Join international recording artist, host and television personality, Bebe Zahara Benet, for an intimate live music showcase featuring some of Minneapolis's finest talent.

Sunday, Nov. 11


Family Day: Exploring Egypt

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

2400 S. 3rd Ave., Minneapolis

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All ages

No cover

Explore ancient Egypt at this month’s free Family Day at Mia. Join an archaeology excavation of the imagination inspired by “Egypt’s Sunken Cities,” and travel to the time of the pharaohs.

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