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Art-A-Whirl: 6 best bets

Caitlin Karolczak and Jaime Carrera in "Wed"

Caitlin Karolczak and Jaime Carrera in "Wed"

Jaime Carrera

Since its humble beginnings as an open studio crawl of Northeast Minneapolis’ many artist buildings in 1996, Art-A-Whirl has grown exponentially--and its slew of block parties sometimes threaten to take over the art. But for many northeast Minneapolis artists, studios and galleries, the annual art crawl is still a great way to get people seeing art. Here are our top picks for art events happening Friday through Sunday around this year’s 20th-annual Whirl. As for the “party” side of Art-A-Whirl, see music, food and drink highlights here.


For a third year in a row, multi-disciplinary artist Jaime Carrera and figurative painter Caitlin Karolczak are collaborating on a durational performance piece. Dubbed a “wedding reception like no other,” the performance explores ritual, gender and marriage’s complexities as the pair switch gender roles. (2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Solar Arts Building, 2nd floor, 711 15th Av. N.E., Mpls.)

‘The Cut of Your Jib’

While Rosalux Gallery typically reserves its exhibitions for its member artists, it’s inviting the Scottish Society of Artists for a group show just in time for Art-A-Whirl. The works, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation, have been selected from the annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. The opening reception is preceded by a film screening and artist talk at 6 p.m. (Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri. On view noon-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Ends May 31. Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. N.E. #195, Mpls.

‘Portraits of Hospital Workers’

In her 20 years as a nursing assistant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis painter Justine Di Fiore gathered endless inspiration from the relationships she formed with fellow hospital workers. The culmination of that time is on display in a new collection of portraits by the artist that showcase her distinctive style through expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors. (5-9 p.m. Fri., noon-7 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. California Building, 2205 California St. N.E. #506, Mpls.)


Audience participation is at the heart of “Re.nas.cence,” an interactive art-and-music experience and “living art project” put on by artists Serene Supreme, Danny Sigelman and Sarah Stanley-Ayre. Its centerpiece consists of a collaborative installation piece of recycled pieces that invites attendees to add their own contributions. The weekend also includes performances by Fancy Ray McCloney, Mayda, Black Market Brass and the Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy; visit for the full lineup. (5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. GT Artistry, 2433 N.E. Grand St., Mpls.)

‘The Subversives’

In "The Subversives," a quartet of Minneapolis artists exhibit artwork rooted in graffiti art, punk rock and hip hop. L.A.-born artist Danny Holden explores his half-Mexican heritage with drawings inspired by Chicano gangster art, while collage artist Colin Leo incorporates iconic hip-hop imagery with an ironic bent. Also showing: Keith Holmes' black and white photos of San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene and Kate Iverson's colorful mixed-media paintings. (5–10 p.m. Fri., noon–8 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. Studio A, 607 22nd Av. N.E., Studio A, Mpls.)


Since it shut down its public exhibition space last year, Altered Esthetics has been hosting a series of pop-up exhibitions in atypical locales. “Photography” is their latest, a group exhibition of -- you guessed it -- photography. During Art-A-Whirl weekend, welcomes the public to create flash fiction inspired by the show, along with readings from writer Christopher Jug George, punk poet Paul Dickinson, comedian Rana May. (1-5 p.m. Sat. On view daily through June 27. Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St. N.E., Mpls.


Open Studios

At its core, Art-A-Whirl is a giant gallery and studio crawl across the art spaces and warehouses of northeast Minneapolis. Key locations include:

Architectural Antiques Building: 1330 NE. Quincy St., Mpls. 612-332-8344.

California Building: 2205 NE. California St., Mpls.

Casket Arts Building: 1700 NE. Madison St, Mpls. www.casket­

Grain Belt Studios: 77 & 79 13th Av. NE., Mpls. 612-465-0235.

Northrup King Building: 1500 NE. Jackson St., Mpls.

Thorp Building & Central Business Center: 1618 & 1620 Central Av. NE., Mpls.

Q.arma Building: 1224 Quincy St. NE., Mpls.

Van Buren Building: 1400 NE. Van Buren St.,

Solar Arts Building: 711 15th Av. NE., Mpls.


Art-A-Whirl 2014

What: Open studio and gallery crawl across northeast Minneapolis, plus parties.

When: 5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.


Art-A-Whirl: What to hear, eat and drink

Bacon at last year's Stanley's Beer & Bacon Fest

The 2014 Stanley's Beer & Bacon Fest
Stephen Stephens

Many have dubbed Northeast’s annual art crawl “Party-A-Whirl,” and for good reason -- it’s become arguably the biggest neighborhood-wide party of the year, with craft beer taprooms, restaurants and bars hosting block parties throughout the area, complete with live music, craft beer and food trucks. Here's what to hear, eat and drink at 11 of this year's biggest block parties. (For the best art events and shows, click here.)


Music: In its third year at AAW, Northeast brewery and taproom 612Brew hosts 13 music acts for two days on an outdoor amphitheater, with highlights including Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza (9 p.m. Sat.), electronic-pop act Tiny Deaths (9 p.m. Fri.), and R&B newcomer Jon Jones (8 p.m. Fri.). View the full lineup at

Food: Food trucks include NateDogs, Midnord Empanadas, Sandy’s Grill, Hibachi Daruma and the Moral Omnivore.

Drink: 612Brew beers Six, Unrated, Gateway Park, Zero Hour and Mary Ann will be on tap, along with the release of its German-inspired Radler and special casks.

What's more: Art will be on display by 612Brew mural artist Adam Turman, Dogfish Media and Garden Weasel Creations.

When & Where: 5–10 p.m. Fri., 2–10 p.m. Sat. 21–plus. Free. 612Brew, 945 Broadway St. N.E., Mpls. 612-217-0437.

Indeed Brewing’s Whirlygig

Music: Indeed’s taproom expands to host three days of live music from 17 acts including Mark Mallman (9 p.m. Sat.), Grant Hart (5 p.m. Sun), Slim Cessna's Auto Club (8 p.m.) and Rupert Angeleyes (8 p.m. Sat.). View the full lineup and set times at Indeed's Facebook page.

Food: Food trucks include Gastrotruck, El Taco Riendo, Red River Kitchen, Natedogs, Simply Steve's Food Truck and Little G's Mobile Pizzeria.

Drink: Indeed’s LSD Honey Ale is back for the season along with Dandy Logger, Shenanigans Summer Ale, Day Tripper Pale Ale, Midnight Ryder American Black Ale and rotating special releases.

When & Where: 3–10 p.m. Fri. & noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. Free. Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-843-5090.

Bauhaus Brew Labs’s the Liquid Zoo

Music: For its first Art-A-Whirl block party, Bauhaus Brew Labs features two days of live music from eight bands, kicking off with a Friday night set from Viva Knievel and special guests, plus Black Diet (8 p.m.), Black Market Brass (7 p.m. and Carroll (5 p.m.) on Saturday. View the full lineup and set times at Bauhaus' Facebook page.

Food: Food trucks include Butcher Salt, O'Cheeze, Tru Pizza, Vin's Italian and Green + the Grain.

Drink: Bauhaus’ Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner, Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier, Wagon Party West Coast Style Larger and Sky-Five! Midwest Coast IPA plus seasonal brews.

What’s more: Made by Hands craft fair on Sunday and free bike tune-ups on Saturday.

When & Where: 3–10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. N.E., Mpls. 612-276-6911.

331 Club

Music: The 331’s annual backyard bash features a lineup of 22 bands including Mixed Blood Majority (9 p.m.), Retribution Gospel Choir (8 p.m.) and Pink Mink (7 p.m.) on Saturday, the Blind Shake (9 p.m.) and Buildings (7 p.m.) on Friday, and MaLLy (8 p.m.) and We Are the Willows (6 p.m.) on Sunday. View the full lineup and set times at 331's Facebook page.

Food: The owners' St. Paul bar, Amsterdam, is providing the food -- smoked pork, sausages, Belgian frites and grilled veggies.

Drink: A beer trailer will be on site with Grain Belt and Schell's beers, plus cider from Sociable Cider Werks.

When & Where: Music begins at 5 p.m. Fri., noon Sat. & 1 p.m. Sun. 21-plus. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-331-1746.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

Music: The Anchor hosts 11 bands over two days in its parking lot including Romantica (6 p.m. Sun.), the Stress of Her Regard (5 p.m. Sun.), Southside Desire (7 p.m. Sat.) and Valet (5 p.m. Sat.) with host Ian Rans. View the full lineup and set times at the Anchor's Facebook page.

Food: The Anchor's fish and chips, pasties and battered sausage

Drink: A Guinness-sponsored beer trailer

When & Where: Noon-9 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Music at 2 p.m. Free. The Anchor Fish & Chips, 302 13th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-676-1300.

Grumpy’s Northeast

Music: Grumpy’s Northeast’s daylong fest includes sets from a dozen bands, including Doomtree’s Sims (9:15 p.m.), the Cactus Blossoms (8:15 p.m.), Grant Hart (7:15 p.m.) and "secret special guests,” hosted by Barb Abney. View the full lineup and set times at Grumpy's Northeast's Facebook page.

Food: Creature Comfort Catering will be on hand with its “demon” dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, kimchi hot dogs and veggie options.

Drink: Full bar selection inside plus a Surly beer truck and Jameson and Absolut cocktails on the patio

What’s more: The bar also hosts a Posters & Pints pop-up art show and Aardvard Records' Travelling Record Show all day Saturday.

When & Where: Noon–10 p.m. Sat. Free. All ages. Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 4th St. N.E., Mpls. 612-789-7429.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Music: Fair State Brewing's inaugural Art-A-Whirl bash includes live music on Friday from Gramma's Boyfriend (9 p.m.), Zoo Animal (8 p.m.) and Sun Gods to Gamma Rays (7 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Fair State's Facebook page.

Drink: Fair State brews plus limited-edition “Artsy” beers in the co-op’s new beer garden

What's more: Posters & Pints beer art show, mini-golf holes designed by Northeast breweries, beer garden games and a pop-up gallery hosted by Recovery Bike Shop

When & Where: 4–10 p.m. Fri., noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Av. N.E., Mpls., 612-444-3574,

N.E. Beer Garden

Music: This parking-lot party features live music from eight acts including Toki Wright and DJ Willie Shu (8:45 p.m.), RONiiA (7:30 p.m.) and Pornonono (5:20 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Dangerous Man Brewing's Facebook page.

Food: Lulu's Street Food and Tiki Tim's food trucks on Saturday, plus brunch from Chowgirls Killer Catering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Drink: A beer garden features Fair State Brewing, Sociable Cider Werks and Dangerous Man Brewing.

What's more: A vintage pop-up and artist market hosted by Gumball Collective and outdoor lawn games

When & Where: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. N.E., Mpls. 612-758-0105.

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Music: Four bands including L'Assassins (7:30 p.m.) and the Sex Rays (6:15 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Psycho Suzi's Facebook page.

Drink: Set in an expanded tiki garden, Psycho Suzi’s Art-A-Whirl party includes Bauhaus Brew Lab's beer truck and tropical tiki drinks.

Food: Undead Frank's Zombie Bites food truck, which offers State Fair–inspired fare

What’s more: The third annual puppy fashion show takes place at 2:30 p.m.

When & Where: Noon–10 p.m., music at 5 p.m. Sat. All ages. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. N.E., Mpls. 612-788-9069.

Sociable Cider Werks

Music: Enemy Planes (7 p.m. Sat.), Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band (4:30 p.m. Sat.) and Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures (2:30 p.m. Sun.). View the full lineup and set times at Sociable Cider Werks' Facebook page.

Drink: Sociable’s range of ciders and beers will be on tap.

When & Where: 3–8 p.m. Fri., noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Av. N.E., Mpls., 612-444-3574,

Stanley’s Beer & Bacon Festival

Music: Only two bands are on tap, Tim Sigler (7 p.m.) and Hitfaced (4 p.m.).

Food: Stanley’s Beer & Bacon Festival features bacon samples and bacon-inspired dishes from Stanley's Food Truck.

Drink: More than 100 beers from 40–plus local and regional breweries.

Where & Where: 2-5 p.m. Sat., $45–$60 (sober driver $10), with free music till 10 p.m. Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-788-2529.