Whether you like autumn or prefer summer, this week’s Pick 3 Events has something for everyone.
From a shopping event to an evening of music and a day of fun playing in the street, we think it’s going to be a pretty great weekend. Check it out and enjoy!
If you like antiquing, shopping for vintage finds and artisan-repurposed pieces, your day(s) have come. The twice-yearly Junk Bonanza is here this weekend, but maybe you already knew that.
This event was actually borne out of a garage cleansing in Long Lake and has grown into a three day Bonanza, and it’s not just local anymore. This year, Junk Bonanza is expanding to San Diego, CA and Portland, OR. But this weekend, it’s in Shakopee, MN.
Along with hand-picked vendors, the three days are filled with demos, book signings, workshops and more. And on Friday, they will have hourly giveaways throughout the day.
Hours are Thursday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm; Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; and Saturday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Since it’s an indoor event, it’s happening rain or shine, and tickets are $10 per day, available at the door (kids 12 and under are free). For more information, check out the Junk Bonanza website.
Mouths of Babes is in the midst of a national release tour for its acclaimed debut EP, Faith & Fumes.
The new duo of Girlyman veteran Ty Greenstein and Coyote Grace chanteuse Ingrid Elizabeth combined forces in 2014 after both of their longtime bands parted ways, and on Saturday they bring their infectious brand of Americana to Bryant Lake Bowl.
The duo’s harmony-driven, acoustic sound is the delightful result of opposites attracting. Ty’s heartfelt songs are lifted up by Ingrid’s playful irreverence, while Ingrid’s songs dig deeper via Ty’s poetry. The end result is something like an unplugged version of Jeff Buckley meets Bonnie Raitt – equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, with electric and acoustic guitar, upright bass, foot and body percussion, banjo, and ukulele all included in the mix.
The two women met when Girlyman and Coyote Grace toured together for an entire year in 2011. The band chemistry was electric, and Ingrid and Ty were immediately drawn to each other. When their bands went on hiatus, they moved in together at Ingrid’s home in California. “We were so disoriented. For the first time in fifteen years I got an office job,” says Ty. “Ingrid was applying for positions at diners and thrift stores.”
Then in 2014, they were both invited to participate in Real Women Real Songs, a national project whose 22 participants commit to writing a song a week all year. By the end of the year, they had written nearly a hundred new songs. “We realized that we had something really special,” says Ingrid. “It was very clear – this was our path, our purpose. We decided to go for it.”
Doors open at 6:00 pm, show is at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, please click here.
The inaugural Open Streets on 50th is happening on Sunday between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Bike, skate or walk your way down 50th and enjoy live music, dance, games, crafts, and other fun and active activities.
There will be two stages set up (one east of France Ave. and one west of France Ave.) featuring performances all day long. In addition, the local stores will have all sorts of fun activities and specials throughout the afternoon.
And let’s not forget about the food. Restaurants will not only be open but many of them will be handing out samples or providing specials.
The main goal of this event, like all of the other Open Streets throughout the city, is to bring people together for a day of community building. And feel free to bring the pup as well; this is a dog-friendly event.
For more information, please visit the 50th & France website.
Looking for more to do this weekend? Be sure to check the Minneapolis Happening Calendar.