Catwalk Cabaret, Rock the Cause mansion party: A-List Extra
Uptown Market Spring Shindig & Fundraiser
(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444, www.intermediaarts.org)
This farmers' and artists' market began with a healthy start last year. Located on 29th Street between Dupont and Lyndale Avenues, vendors sold a fun mix of fashion, crafts, food, and other cool, locally-produced stuff. This year, organizers plan to become a weekly event running from Sundays from June 20 to September 26. In order to keep the costs for vendors' space low, they will be hosting this fun benefit party. Guests will enjoy live music from rockers 4onthefloor, DJ sets from Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi Disc Jockeys, food, a cash bar, and a silent auction. For more info visit www.UptownMarket.org. 21+. $5. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, April 22:
(Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, 763.788.9079, www.heightstheater.com)
For some of us grown-ups the cartoons we watched as kids are a distant memory. Our programming was long-gone before VHS was common, and finding clips on YouTube is pretty rare. This is especially true of local children's shows, which don't have a large enough audience to justify DVD releases. But at this special evening at Heights Theater, you may find a piece of your childhood again. If you remember who the heck Roundhouse Rodney, Casey Jones, Axel, Towser, Grandpa Ken, Skipper Daryl, Johnny .44, and Mel Jass are, then this is the evening for you. They will be screening rare footage of Twin Cities children's television shows throughout the night, including some episodes that haven't been seen since airing. You'll also be able to meet some characters in person, Allan Lotsberg (Willie Ketchem), Mary Davies (Carmen the Nurse), and Daryl Laub (T.N. Tatters) are scheduled to appear. All proceeds benefit the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St Louis Park. Tickets available at www.pavekmuseum.org/hikids1.html. $25. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 23:
MN Fashion Week: Imagination Mechanism
(Eitel Building City Apartments, 1367 Willow St., Minneapolis)
This party, hosted by the fashionistas at l'etoile magazine, invites guests to experience a photo shoot's creative process first hand. Put personal touches on your own mood and story boards with the help of event organizers, then watch the experts work live at styling and shooting, as well as the magic of retouching and editorial layout. Whew! All in a day's work, we say. You can enjoy complementary cocktails, appetizers, DJ music, and amazing Loring Park skyline views at this glam party as well. And be sure to dress your snazziest: Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed. Free. For more info, visit www.letoilemagazine.com. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.436.1129)
Of all the fashion parties this week, Fashion Ball Cabaret Catwalk looks to be the most structured and perhaps the most high-concept. Self-described by event organizers as "the catwalk meets Moulin Rouge," this evening will be a mix of high-end fashion and avant-garde cabaret. High-luxury threads will hit the runway in four smashing segments; the looks are provided by men's clothier John Novachis and Gretchen House for the ladies, with final touches by Specs Optical and Ann Lambrecht Jewelry. Guests will have opportunities to shop throughout the night and enjoy a specialty "fashion" cocktail. Some proceeds benefit Ballet of the Dolls. (Photo by Michael Rosen Chicago) $30. 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday.
Saturday, April 24:
Earth Day Festival
(Buffalo Exchange, 2727 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612.871.9115, www.buffaloexchange.com)
Thrift store Buffalo Exchange will celebrate a hearty and healthy Earth throughout the day at this mini, outdoor festival. There will be two vendors serving up food, including Chef Shack, who has returned after a three-month trip to India. Local bands will also perform sets in addition to DJ music. Artist Scott Seekins will add to the ambience, bringing his traveling gallery with him and signing artwork. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
MN Fashion Week: A Man's Show
(Lowry Theater, 16 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.227.2464, www.actorsmn.org)
Though many of MN Fashion Week parties are geared towards fashionable ladies, A Man's Show is the only party exclusively highlighting male fashion only. The runway show will feature the latest local menswear, from full outfits to boxer-briefs. Designers include Details Style Lab, Elsworth Menswear, and VState, with eyewear from the Spectacle Shoppe. The men will strut their stuff to classic rock from the '70s and '80s, provided by Road Crew, a student band at School of Rock. Donations of $10, $20, and $30 get you a discount on clothes, and donations benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. Free; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org p.m.
Rock the Cause: Through the Looking Glass
(Mad Hatter's Wonderland, 2601 Sunset Blvd., Minneapolis, 651.387.3121)
This mansion party promises to be a trip down the rabbit hole. Guests are invited to dress in their craziest wares for this Alice in Wonderland-inspired party featuring 35 theme rooms filled with stoner caterpillars, smiling Chesire cats, panicking hares, and cruel queens. There will also be food and drink to sample, and live music by Maudlin and Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats. All proceeds benefit Rock the Cause. For tickets and info call 651.387.3121 or visit www.irockthecause.org. $25-$100. 8 p.m.