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Weekend picks that are more than 'Grand'

Looking for things to do this weekend beyond Grand Ole Days? Keep reading!

If  you like to move your hips, then move them on over to the Granada Theater in Minneapolis tonight (Friday May 31) for Salsa del Soul and DJ Salsa Brava. The Twin Cities based, nine-piece orchestral group performs music from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, including Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba and, of course, Salsa. Cover is $20 plus taxes/fees.

Three glamorous Black women pose for the camera, with long locks and nails.
Issa Pointer, Namphuyo Aisha and Jamecia Bennett

Salsa not your style? Then celebrate Black Music Month at the Dakota with a tribute to American singers Betty Wright, Ruth Pointer, and Ann Nesby. The daughters of these three legends will take the stage to pay homage to both their mothers and the impact of Black musicians. Special guest Wanda McCrae, daughter of singer Gwen McCrae, will join this lineup in delivering an evening of soulful tunes. 

Artist Keith Haring holds up a black and white ink poster that reads "Walker Art Center ArtFest May 20 - June 2, 1984" and is covered with his cartoonish characters.
Keith Haring with his poster for the Walker Art Center's ArtFest in 1984. (Photo courtesy of the Walker Art Center)

Explore the intersection of activism and art at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis through the work and life of iconic visual artist and activist Keith Haring. In conjunction with the exhibition “Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody,” the museum is dedicating June’s Free First Saturday to celebrating Haring’s democratic and social justice spirit, with dance performances, music, and art-making that call back to the art Haring created in New York City in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis.  It also marks the 40th anniversary of Haring's artist residency at the Walker Art Center.

If you’re looking for an event that benefits the arts and offers an array of activities, this may be the perfect way to spend your Saturday evening. The themed gala features performances, music, food, drinks, dancing and a special art exhibition, and all proceeds go toward Public Functionary’s fundraiser. The art gallery and performance space is working to raise $50,000 to support its core programming and other resources it provides to early-career artists. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m.  at Public Functionary’s space in the Northrup King Building.

SOUND WAVE 2024 is a free community outdoor summer concert showcase at Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Saturday, June 1, noon to 11 p.m. A lineup of talented local artists - The Silverteens, The Confused, Pleezer, Little Man, Innocent Reggae Band, L.A. Buckner & BIG HOMiE - will offer you diverse performances against the backdrop of the Mississippi River. Delicious food and refreshing drinks will be available for purchase. 


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