ARTCRANK MSP, From Vices to Verses: Freeloader Friday
(To register and for a complete schedule and list of locations and times, visit vicestoverses.blogspot.com)
This three-day conference features workshops, performances, discussions, and educational events centered on how hip hop, activism, and culture can empower and transform communities. Sounds pretty cool, right? Hosted by the U of M, topics covered range from women in hip hop to hip hop and activism. Lecturers include filmmaker Rachel Ramist, poet Tish Jones, photographer B-Fresh, former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, rapper/poet Kyle 'Guante' Myhre, and others. Most events are free, but some have a cover charge. Register online. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (Pictured: Rosa Clemente by BFresh Photography and Media)
The Friday Front Porch: What's Happening Now!?
(Bedlam Theater, 1501 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, 612.341.1038, www.bedlamtheatre.org)
Who knows what will happen when Mankwe Ndosi pairs musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists, mimes, MCs, and other artists in collaborations that will result in truly unique performances. Guests can participate or watch. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(Frank Stone Gallery, 1226 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.617.9965, www.frankstonegallery.com)
We can't help but feel happy when we see Amy Rice's sunny artwork. Her pastel-colored optimism gets us every time. This group show will also feature glasswork by Allan Ingenito and jewelry by Beth Baker. Opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
I, Colossus, Minor Kingdom, the Wapsipinicon
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)
Lots of folk, and a little bit of indie rock tonight. Check out Minor Kingdom at the Electric Fetus below. 9:30 p.m.
Jim Crego, John Wills, Serotonia
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)
Punk, psychedelic. 9:30 p.m.