Three free things to do this week
|Shot from a previous Ladies of the '80s night|
(The Varsity Theater: 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222)
This week DJ Jake Rudh takes his popular dance night to the Varsity to celebrate the awesome women from the '80s. We're talking strong and bad-ass ladies like Chrissie Hynde, Sade, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Siouxsie Sioux, Joan Jett, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox... and the list of awesomeness goes on and on. Dance till your feet hurt, or simply enjoy the retro vids, which will screen along with tune. Eighties attire is strongly encouraged, so be sure to rock those shoulder pads, mall bangs, New Wave suits, and red leather jackets so you look great in photobooth pics. 10 p.m. Wednesday.
(The Lowry, 2112 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-341-2112, www.thelowryuptown.com)
Local artist and man about town Scott Seekins is a living gallery. He spends his days walking about the city, carrying a white binder filled with art for folks to look at and enjoy while on the bus, at a sidewalk corner, or at the bar. This week, however, Seekins will be showing pieces from his collection of works at two separate events. At the Lowry, folks will be able to check out his artwork, chat with Seekins, or just eat dinner. On Wednesday, the bar and restaurant will host a meet and greet, while Friday's happening features a look-a-like contest to be judged by the artist himself. (We suggest starting with a black or white suit, adding a mustache, some round glasses, and a hair wrap on top of a curly black wig.) Can't get enough of Seekins? On Saturday, he will also be co-curating and exhibiting his work at "The Lost Art," a group show featuring 20 artists at Gamut Gallery. 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
(TractorWorks Building, 800 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-315-3611)
Mike Welton's oil paintings capture the downtown architecture of the Twin Cities in unexpected ways. The works from his "Urban Extract" series feature closeup details that will make you wonder where you've spotted them before. Think graceful awnings, bits of signage, graffiti, marble arches, and security cameras. Bring a friend and try to figure out which details you've spotted yourself walking through the city or waiting for the bus. 4-7 p.m. Thursday.