So the weather makes it feel like we are approaching the third weekend in March, but the reality is, it’s the third weekend in April already. There are lots of Earth Day celebrations taking place on Saturday and Sunday, and Record Store Day is also observed on Saturday. Above and beyond that, however, we have music, art, beer and hotdish for you in our Pick 3 Events for this weekend, so get out and enjoy!
Friday, April 19 – Jim Pellinger, Riverview Cafe – 3753 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Jim Pellinger describes his music as alterna-folk-rock-pop, and lists his influences as The Beatles, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and any good songwriter, regardless of the genre. He is a true independent musician and his latest release, “Into The Blue” has been described as “rock/pop sprinkled with a bit of folk/country/jazz and garnished with a pinch of reggae on the side and served with a smile on the seriously humorous side of town.”
Sounds to us that he appeals to anyone who likes good music so get down to The Riverview, grab a table, and order some food and wine. Then, enjoy the show, which begins at 8:00 pm.
Saturday, April 20 – Public Functionary Opens, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Northeast Minneapolis’ newest art space, Public Functionary, is hosting its grand opening from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign and the completion of the build-out, Public Functionary is excited to show off their new space as well as their inaugural exhibit, DZINE: Victory, which opens on Saturday and runs until May 31.
Chicago-based artist Carlos Rolon, better known as Dzine, creates work that ranks among the most unique in American contemporary art today. In his exhibition, Victory, Dzine celebrates the universal desires for victory and recognition, while paying homage to his rich Puerto Rican heritage. This event is free and open to the public; for more information, please visit Public Functionary’s website.
Saturday, April 20 – Altered Esthetics’ 9th Anniversary Beer Bash, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis
It’s so very appropriate that Altered Esthetics’ 9th Anniversary party is a beer bash because one of the exhibits at the non-profit, community-based art gallery and arts advocacy organization is Brewers Craft, which features artwork inspired by the process of making and consuming beer. From 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm you can sample beer from some of the city’s finest craft breweries, play games like giant beer pong, and laugh at beer goggle caricatures.
Tickets are $10 and are available to purchase in advance at AE, which you might want to do because if you do, you’ll get two free drink tickets. For more information on this event, please check out the Altered Esthetics’ website.
Sunday, April 21 – Hotdish Revolution, 602 University Ave NE., Minneapolis
Are you ready for a Hotdish contest? How about a Jell-o competition? You’ll find both at the 9th Annual Hotdish Revolution. You are invited to compete or spectate; either way, it will be a darn good time. Hotdish categories this year are: Darn Good (pork, beef, red meat), Fins and Feathers (poultry and fish), Vegetarian, Spicy, Tater Tot and I Made It (kids). Plus, new this year is the Northeast Brew District Tasting – $10 gets you a flight of five samples of Indeed, 612Brew, Dangerous Man, Northgate and Barley John’s. Of course, Grain Belt Nordeast will be available, too, as well as a selection of wines from Central Avenue Liquors.
Doors open at 4:00 pm and hotdish and Jell-o entries will be accepted until 4:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for adults with hotdish or Jell-o entry, $5 for kids 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Beer & wine is $4 per full glass or $10 for a flight. For more information, check out the Hotdish Revolution’s Facebook page.
So there you go, Minneapolis, four options to choose from in our Pick 3 Events. We hope you have a great weekend, and if you get a chance, let us know what you’re up to. We love hearing from our readers.