Three free things to do this week
(The Varsity Theater: 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222)
DJ Jake Rudh returns to the Varsity for this installment of Transmission, which will take inspiration from New Jack Swing. While the genre -- which fused hip-hop, dance-pop, and R&B in the late '80s and '90s -- was popular in NYC and other major cities, many local musicians were also writing tunes with major New Jack Flavor during its peak. Think heavy hitters like Prince and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. In addition to Minnesota hit-makers, crowds as this party will be dancing to songs from Sheena Easton, Janet Jackson, New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, En Vogue, Color Me Badd, Salt 'N' Pepa, Heavy D & the Boyz, SWV, and more. 10 p.m.
(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich St. NE, Forest Lake, 651-925-4600)
The Kentucky Derby is over, but the horse races of the summer continue at Running Aces and Canterbury Park. Admission to the former is free, with family-friendly deals and happenings throughout the season. The happy-hours specials aren't too shabby either, with $1 beer deals from 6 to 8 p.m., fair food-style treats, and food trucks on site. Oh yeah, and the harness racing is a pretty fun spectacle to take in, too. Things start up this Wednesday. The facility itself -- which also offers dining, a comedy club, card tables, and more -- is open 24-hours. Races start up at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; and 6 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 24.
(TuckUnder Projects, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis)
An art show in a private home? No, this is not an exclusive event; it's another chill and friendly art show at TuckUnder Projects. This installment will feature the Minnesota premiere of work by New York City transplant Nathan Coutt, who will be showing manipulated video stills and other media in the main space. Meanwhile, in the Leaky Sink Gallery Mary Gibney will showcase her paintings exploring circus life in the 1900s. Finally, Laura Bigger's Raspberry Patch out in the garden will be the source of treats served during receptions at the space. The opening party is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.