Thursday

  • Silent Auction and Kickoff Party:
    Featuring DJ Millions Billions, food from the Red Stag Supperclub, Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis Mosaic Guild. --Jahna Peloquin

Friday

  • "Pure Pleasure: 10 Years of Curating From Yuri Arajs":
    Former Outsiders and Others curator Arajs is leaving for Canada, but before he does, he's showcasing his favorite artists from the past 10 years. That list includes Jennifer Davis, John Grider and more than a dozen others. The opening reception features a live speed-painting performance by JAO and music by DJ Espada. --Tom Horgen

  • "The Art of Adam Turman":
    One of the Twin Cities' top creators of pulchritudinous pin-up art, Turman also has a series of historic-urban-landscape prints that are perfect for the Nordeast festival. --Simon Peter Groebner

  • "Dancing With Paint":
    Sandra Dowd paints large portraits of famous musicians, synching her brush strokes to the rhythm of their music. Last year she painted Albert Einstein to the "Hair" soundtrack in 20 minutes. This year she'll paint a John Lennon portrait to Beatles music. --Tom Horgen

Friday – Saturday

  • Heliotrope:
    Annual music festival dedicated to local underground acts, including Vampire Hands, Gay Beast and many more. --Tom Horgen

  • Art-A-Whirl Music fest (Friday / Saturday):
    This Northeast favorite is promising its biggest outdoor bash yet. Saturday's band lineup, hosted by Vita.mn columnist Alexis McKinnis, includes the Liquor Pigs, Askeleton, Roma di Luna and more. Heiruspecs headlines at 8:30 p.m. A dozen art vendors will be on hand, as will Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, which is basically a life-drawing class with burlesque dancers and beer. --Tom Horgen

Saturday

  • Grumpy's Backyard Bar-B-Que:
    The neighborhood bar celebrates its 10th year of throwing this bash, with Romantica, Awesome Snakes, Chooglin' and more. Expect great barbecue, plus local art inside. --Tom Horgen

  • "My Art School Summer":
    A hand-drawn, animated, adults-only sex comedy by David and Mary Sandberg. It premiered at the Festival of International Erotic Animation in Rio de Janeiro last year. Sounds tantalizing. --Tom Horgen

  • Fifteen Minutes of Fashion:
    Art-A-Whirl wouldn't be what it is without some art-inspired fashion. Designers include Laura Fulk and Ivan Idland, Greta Herman, Mindy Martell, Nancy Pohl and Saira Huff, hosted by comic Colleen Kruse. The Thorp Building will also host local music from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday by Slim Dunlap, Molly Maher, Alicia Corbett and more. --Jahna Peloquin

  • "I Dreamed I Dream":
    Guest curator Emma Berg has picked four great young artists -- Deuce Seven, Rudy Fig, DC Ice and Keith Eric Williams -- who create dreamscapes that are both whimsical and frightening. (Opening reception 6-11 p.m. Saturday 05/17.) --Tom Horgen

  • Black Blondie at the Red Stag:
    After a day of wandering around Northeast, trek over to the Red Stag Supperclub for Black Blondie's hybrid of tripped-out, jazzy soul music with a hip-hop attitude. -Tom Horgen

All weekend

  • "Safe House Boat":
    Creative Electric Studios re-creates a survivalist houseboat on the banks of the Mississippi. --Gregory J. Scott

  • Johnstock 2008:
    The annual craft event on Johnson Street will feature more than 40 vendors, juried by Crafty Planet, as well as two full days of live music (including Acoustic Death Orchestra) sponsored by RIFT Magazine. There will also be food, a magic show for kids and specials at area businesses. A free outdoor screening of "The Goonies" kicks off the event at dusk Friday. --Jahna Peloquin

  • Crêpes at Two 12 Pottery:
    A well-made crêpe is as much an art form as anything. For six years, hungry Art-A-Whirlers have lined up outside Two 12 Pottery to taste owner Bob Sorg's famous crêpes. You can have one of these sweet, pillowy delights for $3.50. While you're at it, check out some pottery. -Tom Horgen

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Legend

  • Purple = Art-A-Whirl location
  • Red = Location with 8+ artists
  • Orange = Bar or restaurant

EXTENT YELLOW MINI
Bulldog N.E.
401 E. Hennepin Av.
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Gabby's Saloon
1900 NE. Marshall St.
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331 Club
331 13th Av. NE.
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Mill City Cafe
2205 NE. California St.
YELLOW MINI
22nd Avenue Station
2121 University Av. NE.
YELLOW MINI
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
2519 NE. Marshall St.
YELLOW MINI
Nye's Polonaise Room
112 E. Hennepin Av.
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Spring Street Tavern
355 NE. Monroe St.
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Grumpy's NE
2200 NE. 4th St.
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Knight Cap Bar & Lounge
1500 NE. 4th St.
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Sample Room
2124 Marshall St. NE.
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Modern Café
337 13th Av. NE.
YELLOW MINI
Mayslack's
1428 4th St. NE.
RED MINI
California Building
2205 California St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Blue Ribbon Bronze Studios
2201 2nd St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Dave Olsen Photography
1528 Marshall St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
2001 5th St. NE.
RED MINI
River Arts Building
1828 Marshall St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Pope John Paul Catholic School
1630 4th St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
1701 5th St NE
RED MINI
Casket Arts Building
1700 Madison St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Madison Lofts
1701 Madison St. NE.
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1711 University Ave NE.
RED MINI
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE.
RED MINI
Thorp Building
620 Central Av. NE.
RED MINI
Grain Belt Bottling House
79 13th Av. NE.
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Elim Church
685 13th Av. NE.
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Keg House Arts Building
34 13th Av. NE.
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Pierre Bottineau Library
55 Broadway St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Minnesota Center for Photography
165 13th Av. NE.
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Frank Stone Gallery
1226 2nd St. NE.
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Two 12 Pottery & Gift
212 13th Av. NE.
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Gallery 13
302 13th Av. NE.
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Industrial Art & Design
1500 Monroe St. NE.
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1207 Main St. NE.
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Studio 306
306 13th Ave. NE.
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Rogue Buddha
357 13th Ave. NE.
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Quincy St. Studios
1330 Quincy St. NE
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Q.arma Building
1224 Quincy St. NE.
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Waterbury Building
1121 Jackson St. NE.
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Who Made Who
153 13th Ave. NE.
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Elias Metal Studio
1129 Van Buren St. NE.
PURPLE MINI
Artistic Indulgence
302 Hennepin Av. E.
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Kramarczuk's
215 Hennepin Av. E.
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Dusty's
1319 Marshall St. NE.
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Designzoo
2111 University Ave. NE.
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809 University Ave. NE
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730 Jefferson St. NE
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Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Ave NE
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The Gallery @ Fox Tax
503 1st Ave NE
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T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry
18 University Ave NE
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Gallery 122 @ Hang It
122 8th St SE
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Keegan's Irish Pub
16 University Ave NE
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Vesper College
201 6th St. SE
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759 Pierce St. NE
760 Pierce St. NE
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1800 Taylor St. NE
PURPLE MINI
1703 Taylor St. NE
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Castle Building and Remodeling
2600 Johnson St NE
RED MINI
Johnstock
2842 Johnson St NE
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Crafty Planet
2833 Johnson St. NE
PURPLE MINI
IBR Gallery
2844 Johnson Street NE
PURPLE MINI
Dabble
2854 Johnson St NE
YELLOW MINI
Pop! Restaurant
2859 Johnson St NE

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