Autoptic Fest, 3D Chalk Art, Muna: This Week’s Best Events

Welcome to Event Horizon, your weekly round-up of the best events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Northern fire dynamics

Powderhorn Park

Unless you’re a pyromaniac, “free fire” isn’t necessarily a draw. But we promise it’s going to be a good thing at Powderhorn Park tonight. Northern Fire Dynamic is a local fire arts group that puts on all kinds of performances while their stuff bursts into flames. They’ve been practicing a new routine for Burning Man this year, and tonight they’ll put on a full-blown performance in the park for locals to see first. First they do two practice rounds of their 15 minute show without a fire, then at 8pm they light the whole thing up and do two more burning pieces for you to enjoy. Free; Donations are welcome. 8 p.m. 3400 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

The first avenue

On Muna’s third and self-titled album, Katie Gavin almost got too good at songwriting. Aided by the band’s new label boss, Phoebe Bridgers (who would never do pop quite so happily), there’s something advertorial (or maybe just TikTok-able) about “Silk Chiffon” about the palpable ecstasy that lends my sugar rush an aspartame aftertaste. Not that that’s stopping me from coming back for another hit or appreciating how onward elsewhere First The band does so much more with their old, galloping synth bass than most new wave fetishists. I’m entranced by the irrepressible but humble demands of “What I Want” (“I want to dance in the middle of a gay bar”), the cautious infatuation of “Solid” (“You can tell she’s made herself all alone”), and this response to a lover telling Gavin to get off her high horse: “I think my horse is of normal size.” Above all, I appreciate how Gavin’s expression of her desires does not easily fit into the preferred persona of her contemporaries . There is a wide range between longing sobs and hedonistic hedonism with legs wide open and plenty of room for the coming-of-age stories of a young adult. With Jensen McRae. Every age. $31. 7 p.m. 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; More information can be found here.– Keith Harris


The Wild Hearts Tour

Grumpy festival field

Sad girls unite in front of the brewery! A heavily swinging indie rock cerberus – Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker – has loosely formed for the Wild Hearts Tour, although it’s unclear if we’re dealing with a supergroup of simply a triple bill. No recording plans have been announced, so probably the latter. And that’s okay, considering every celebrated artist has spent the last decade climbing record after record. Van Etten “is an institution now” if we are to believe Pitchfork; Olsen has just released “the album she’s been waiting for her whole life” to hear from Rolling Stone; and Baker, who’s no stranger to supergroups, well, she’s “still learning,” according to an RS profile that’s a lot brighter than the headline suggests. 18+ $50-$55. 5 p.m. 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis; More information can be found here.-Jay Boller


Curtis Koch

Acme Comedy Co.

In his Twitter bio, Cook describes himself as the “Cum Joke Laureate.” This honor is unofficial, but the comic, which started in Portland, Oregon, has many documented victories throughout its career, including gig writing Crank Yankers, american fatherand Hulu’s Michael Imperioli vehicle This fool. He was even kicked off Twitter at one point for posing as right-wing quack Dr. Oz posed and threatened to murder children. You may have seen how the comedian who pushes the limits/taste acts Portlandia or perform standup on Comedy Central. The 6ft 7 comic will feature the latter art form at Acme, where attendees can expect to find out about collecting coke in art galleries, Taliban jazz teachers, and anything else the honoree can think of. $18-$22. 8 p.m. Wed-Thurs; 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; More information can be found here. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis. -Jay Boller

Recognition: Kashawn Hernandez via Unsplash
Cosplayers come to AniMinneapolis



Hyatt Regency hotel

Nothing beats an epic nerd party so you can make the most of every minute of your weekend. Like any good scam, this event is stacked. There will be an Artists Avenue where you can support creative endeavors and there will be a Merchandise Market where you can support… goods. There will be gaming whether you prefer board games or video games. There will be TV marathons and film screenings. There will be panel discussions, meetups and hands-on craft sessions. Cosplay will of course abound here, and room parties will keep things going so you never have to sleep. Visit for tickets and a full schedule. $25-$85. 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Thursday to Sunday–Jessica Armbruster


edge fixed

Different places

Each summer, the Twin Cities hosts one of the country’s most epic theater festivals. Over 100 companies, troops and one-man shows perform on a variety of stages for 10 days. The content varies from year to year and there is no theme, so for now, choose your genre, mood or curiosity. Do you want a romantic comedy? Looking for something weird and super fun? How about a historical drama? A musical from the Middle East? How about an experimental puppet show? Yes, you can probably find all of that here. The productions are short and sweet and last about an hour. So if you end up on a dud, there’s no need to flee in shame during the break. Plan your Fringe by checking out the schedule at August 4th to 14th –Jessica Armbruster


Autooptic Festival

Coffman Memorial Union

Local lovers of indie comics, zines and posters haven’t been able to enjoy an in-person Autoptic Fest since 2018 as COVID-19 put the kibosh on the 4th installment of the biennial blowout. But now more than 120 artists are coming together again for “panels, workshops, interviews, signings and parties” at the U of M. free convergence; Although about half of Autopic is dedicated to comics, organizers emphasize that it’s a celebration of Everyone things printed media. Interested in panel discussions with special guests like Anders Nilsen, Ari S. Mulch, Caroline Cash? They go down at MCAD on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. Free. 11am-6pm 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; More information can be found here.-Jay Boller

Street art festival in the city center

Downtown Minneapolis

This weekend, downtown Minneapolis becomes an interactive gallery for guests to stroll through. Artists will create chalk art on the streets and sidewalks, from kids just having fun to wild 3-D pieces at the IDS Center designed to blow your mind (or at least make for a really good photo op). Graffiti artists will be on the road bringing a variety of murals to life throughout the event. There will be food trucks, guided tours of new murals and a Makers’ Market featuring local artisans and artists. Other entertainment includes live performances; Bad Bad Hats crown the event on Saturday and the zAmya Theater Project rises on Sunday. Visit for more information. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nicollet, between 6th and 8th streets, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

Open Streets Minneapolis

Baltic Sea Road

Open Streets are very similar to a block party, except these events do not close a side street, they close the main street. We’re talking Franklin Avenue, Minnehaha, West Broadway and this weekend Lake Street. During each celebration, the streets are closed to cars but open to you, where you’ll find a variety of things to see and do, including street vendors, parking lot concerts, chalk art making, pop-up skate parks, impromptu yoga sessions, and summer beer terraces. Visit for the full schedule. 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. East Lake Street, from Second Avenue South to 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster


Jack White


Forever on my mind Meg White’s former bandmate, White is increasingly dismissed as a weirdo. But he reminds me more of Paul McCartney than anyone these days: since his lavish compositional/instrumental gifts can outweigh his ability to make his creations feel necessary, his use of those gifts feels arbitrary, even flippant. He’s not the genius or the fool the forever-former Beatle might be, but if fans of the half-hearted can lay claim to it McCartney II as redeemable, maybe White’s three-quarter rated two new albums, fear of dawn and Enter heaven alive, are considered lost classics. I prefer his dalliances with The Dead Weather and the Raconteurs – proof that he knows he needs an external context to shape his music – but I admire his refusal to address both as a sign that he’s too is honest to be a real arena rock cornball. Maybe one day he will find the concept that will make everything make sense again. Until then, he’s the last great rock eccentric, too insignificant to threaten our peace of mind, much pastime to listen to every once in a while. And you best believe he’s got the catalog to rock live for a few hours. Every age. $82.50 and up. 8 p.m. 600 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis; More information can be found here.– Keith Harris

“The Magic Flute: A Pickup Truck Opera”


The Magic Flute: A Pickup Truck Opera

Different places

For the past 14 years, Mixed Precipitation has brought accessible opera shows to parks, gardens and wineries across Metro and beyond. They used to call themselves “A Picnic Operetta” but have renamed themselves “A Pickup Truck Opera” in reference to the 2011 Ford Ranger pickup that serves as the ride and part of their stage. This year they present their interpretation of “The Magic Flute”, Mozart’s last production before he started. The (modernized) plot follows some young professionals who face burnout in their bullshit jobs and examines the principles of Freemasonry. (Mozart belonged to the Illuminati, y’all!) Alongside 18th-century bangers, expect a few hits from Deee-Lite and Bjork. Reserve at $10-$20 suggested donation. Until 11.09 –Jessica Armbruster

Artist-designed Skyline Miniature Golf

Walker Art CenterNow in its 15th year, Artist Designed Skyline Mini Golf returns to the WAC for another season of putt-putt in the sky. No really: you’ll go to the roof of the museum to play these 10 holes, which means you’ll see gorgeous views of the city in addition to the spectacle of the quirky course. This year’s new hole, Always Have Been Sewn, was designed by the Asian American Organizing Project’s Youth Action Team and inspired by Hmong “Story Cloth” aka Paj Ntaub. Minigolf fan Tom Loftus also has two holes in his program this year. $10. 11am to 9pm Thursdays; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday–Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis. Until 09/25 –Jessica Armbruster

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