The W Hotel Revisits 1929 & Rift Magazine Rocks The Hex

Foshay Soirée

Be one of the first to catch a glimpse of the beautifully restored historic Foshay Tower, now operating as the W Hotel! Dust off your fringe dress and go garçonne at this gala affair to benefit the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
featuring a Roaring ’20s theme in honor of the original 1929 opening
of the Tower. Hobnob with other glammed-up flappers and get a special
behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the W’s new digs while sippin’ upscale
hooch (no moonshine here) and nibbling fancy apps. Not sure how to do
the Charleston? No prob! The Swing Cats will be on hand to school you
in proper ’20s dance etiquette while Robert Bell’s Hot Swing Combo
featuring Maude Hixson plays on. Beef up on your Roaring Twenties lingo HERE and get some fittingly cute hair and makeup tips HERE.

Friday, 6:30pm-11pm, W Hotel/Foshay Tower, 821 Marquette Ave, Downtown Minneapolis, $60

Minnesota State Fair

know it, you love it, and you’ll totally be there. The Minnesota State
Fair is here again in all its "consume 300 grams of fat in 3 hours"
glory. No need to feel guilty, that’s what the Fair is here for! Well,
that, 3.2 beer, carnies
and mullet-counting. In other words, a rockin’ good time! This year
we’ve even got our own State Fair Correspondent, Miz Kathryn Savage!
Read Jill’s piece below and be sure to comment on the linked article about what you want to see us cover at the Fair this year!

The Rake‘s own local Olympian. A true athlete dedicated to
her calling. A hometown hero back at it again. Special oh-so-brave
correspondent Kathryn Savage will be making her rounds at the Minnesota State Fair. Graciously offering to spend more man-hours in attendance than you’d
ever want to, our gal-on-the-scene is primed to try just about
anything. Hotdish
on a stick, whatever. Porcupine wild rice meatballs? We can do better
than that. This year’s fair offerings include plum wine ice cream and
chocolate covered bacon. Now things are getting interesting. Propose
your wildest fair desires to Kathryn in our comments section HERE. She’ll not only take your suggestions, but
she’ll carry them out with a level of enthusiasm never before seen in
these here parts. – Jill Yablonski

Now through September 1st, 6am-Midnight, MN State Fair Grounds, St.Paul, $11 adults, $8 children

Rift Magazine Issue Release Party

After a long hiatus, the local, independently published music rag, Rift Magazine
is back on its feet and hitting the ground running! Come celebrate
Rift‘s triumphant return to the news stands tonight with a wild party
at the Hexagon Bar featuring the red-hotness of Tendercakes, electro rockers Solid Gold,
and a couple super-special surprise guests you definitely won’t
want to miss. This evening will be a veritable who’s who of the hipster
elite with magazine contributors, writers, artists, and musicians from
all corners of the city coming out to give props to the man himself, Rich Horton, editor and publisher of Rift, who, for many years has been working to ensure you know what’s happenin’ in the scene.
While you’re there, look for the birthday girl, local music writer
Robyn Lewis, who turns the big 3-0 today! Buy her a drink and she might
even listen to your band’s demo!

Saturday, 10pm, Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Avenue S, Minneapolis, Free

Laughing Liberally

Join some of the most clever and progressive comedians in America at the Ordway tonight for Laughing Liberally, a hilarious and politically-driven comedy show. Just in time for the RNC, Laughing Liberally will
help take the serious edge off the state of politics – at least for one
night – with talents such as Jim David, Julie Goldman, James Adomian,
Baratunde Thurston, Jamie Jackson and more. Make an evening of it with
a swanky and romantic meal at the nearby Saint Paul Grill in the Saint Paul Hotel, or go fun-n-cheap with a short jaunt down West 7th Street to the ever-popular Cosetta for a little pre-show chaos and a slice of pizza as big as your head.

Saturday, 8pm, The Ordway, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, $35-$40

Important If True (Hootenanny in E)

The Chambers’ Burnet Gallery will be awash in multimedia and color tonight as it opens its latest exhibit Important If True (Hootenany in E).
Seven national artists take on the theme of politics (if ever so
abstractly) in the forms of photography, painting, neon, and video
installation. As always, the Burnet Gallery, while having an air of pretension, (with good wine served in actual stemware)
continually produces thoughtfully curated and eclectic shows packed with fantastic
contemporary art. After soaking up the scenery in the gallery, take a siesta in
the courtyard for awesome people watching and fancy cocktail
consumption. Exhibit runs through November 2nd.

Saturday, Reception 6-9pm, Chambers Burnet Gallery, 901 Hennepin Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis, Free


La Danse Fatale Ballet: House of Dreams

Take in a healthy helping of beauty and grace this Sunday at Lake Harriet Bandshell. The enthralling La Danse Fatale Ballet Company of the Dance Arts Centre in Eden Prairie showcases an expressive and talented troupe of young dancers at this 5th Annual Summer Performance. House of Dreams weaves
the whimsical tale of a young girl traveling through a series of vivid
dreams, as told through dance. The company will also perform the tragic piece "Story of the Broken Heart" and their acclaimed
"Ukrainian Dance." Get there early, enjoy a picnic with the fam before the show, and bask in the summer sun while it lasts!

Sunday, 5:30pm, Lake Harriet Bandshell, 1300 W. 42nd Street, Minneapolis, Free






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