It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . an art!

The weekend is upon us, and that means so are lots of art openings and ongoing shows to check out. Here are this week’s top five picks.

“Receptacle” exhibition of 13 Somali-American artists hosts special events

This ambitious exhibition organized by the Somaal House of Art and curator/artist Mohamud Mumin hosts three events this weekend: a lecture, live painting session, and moderated panel discussion. These are companions to the ongoing exhibition, which continues in three locations at the Chase House Community Room (1530 S. 6th St., 2nd floor, Mpls.), Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah/ICSA (504 Cedar Av. S., Mpls.) and Masjid Shaafici Cultural Center (400 Cedar Av. S., Mpls.) through Aug. 5. 

Above: From Suhair Barod's Hope and Faith Series, "Hooyo's (mother's) hope" (201), archival inkjet print.

Friday, July 14, 2017 / 6–8pm

Abdi Roble, documentary photographer and community archivist, will present a lecture on his ongoing archival experience and facilitate image capture via scanning for the audience throughout the evening in collaboration with Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Digital Library.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 / 12–5pm

Painter Mohamed Hersi will bring his studio out into the open to finish his last piece for the exhibition.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 / 6–8pm

Reception program with moderated panel discussion with the artists.

Read more about “Receptacle” in this interview with curator Mohamud Mumin: http://www.startribune.com/somali-american-artists-mount-huge-show-in-minneapolis-west-bank-neighborhood/432988423/

Geek Slink & Drink

Bryant Lake Bowl (810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408)

FB Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534886586543850/

Friday, July 14 at 10 p.m. (doors at 9:30 p.m.)

Tickets $15/ $12 advance here: http://www.bryantlakebowl.com/theater/geek-slink-drink-science-fiction-double-feature/?mc_id=394

Science-fiction-y mischief and geekery meet once again in Geek Belly Dance at the Bryant Lake Bowl at 10 p.m. (doors at 9:30 p.m.) in this week’s Science Fiction Double Theate. What is Geek Slink? They describe themselves  as a “belly dance fusion experience combining geekery, body positivity and theatricality." Prepare thyself for some sword dancing, too!

Summer Artist Market

White Page Gallery (3400 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55407)

July 15 & 16, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464931877177562/

The summer of art sales is here! White Page Gallery sells off works by a variety of artists, including Paige Tighe, Daniel Jaffe, Zoey Melf, Fiona Avocado, Glitter Pitts, Body Fluids (Clare Odegard Ceramics), Delani and so many more! Note that the sale is happening all weekend, but the following artists will only be around on Saturday: Andrea Jacobs, Hanan Sharifa, Rachel Corradi and Brittany Trushin. For the full list of artists, check out White Page’s FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464931877177562/ 

Looking for more reasonably priced art to buy? Stop by Highpoint Center for Printmaking: http://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-5-must-see-art-shows-this-weekend/433204843/

Monster Rally Drawing

Saturday, July 15

6 – 8 p.m.

Midway Contemporary Art (527 Southeast 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414)

This event guarantees to be artier than a monster truck rally. For two hours, artists do live drawing in three one-hour rounds. After the drawing is completed, it’s quickly sold for a first come, first serve price of $35. Whether or not you’re in the mood to buy, it’s fun to watch the work come into being at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. There’s also a cash bar and BBQ. All proceeds benefit Midway Contemporary, ensuring that its doors stay wide open!

Dinosaur show

Saturday, July 15

6 - 9 p.m.

Byte (319 1st Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55401)

https://www.facebook.com/events/217686885409923

It’s been awhile since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but that doesn’t mean creative interpretations of them are extinct! If you’re hankering to see these reptilian babes not in the flesh, simply stop by this exhibition, which offers work by more than 20 artists. For the full list, see the FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/217686885409923

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