Weekend Best Bets: July 16-19

This weekend: Museums reopening, Black Lives Matter mural, original plays online, and more
Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is reopening on July 16

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Walker Art Center Welcomes Guests to the Gallery

What: Walker Art Center Reopening
When: Thursday, July 16
Where: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

After closing its doors on March 13 to protect against the spread of coronavirus, the Walker Art Center is reopening on Thursday, July 16 with new health and safety guidelines. Visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear masks, and the Walker will be outfitted with hand sanitizing stations. Visitors will be able to view three new exhibitions, featuring art prints from Jasper Johns, expressionist drawings, and more than 100 favorites from the Walker’s collection. Ticket sales have also been moved online to keep capacity in the galleries limited. You can reserve your tickets—sold in 30-minute increments—on the Walker’s website here. Learn more about the Walker’s reopening here.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Reopens to Visitors

What: Mia Reopening
When: Thursday, July 16
Where: 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

After shutting its doors for over four months, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is now starting to reopen with limited gallery hours and new COVID-19 prevention strategies. Mia’s gallery will be open Thursdays through Sundays, with special reserved hours on Thursdays for immunocompromised guests. All visitors will be asked to wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot social distance between parties. General admission to Mia is still free, though tickets must be reserved online. To have access to Mia’s special exhibition—“When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration”—visitors should purchase tickets online as well. Find tickets here and learn more here.

Bakken Museum Reopens and Expands Hours

What: Bakken Museum Reopening
When: Thursday, July 16
Where: 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis

Though the Bakken Museum has been open on weekends since June 20, starting on July 16 it will be extending its hours and opening its doors on weekdays. The museum is also planning on debuting its newly renovated spaces to the public, which include a new entrance facing Bde Maka Ska, updated amenities, a courtyard, modernized classrooms, and more. Like most other museums and galleries, the Bakken asks that visitors over the age of 2 wear a mask, sanitize their hands frequently, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and other guests. General admission tickets can be purchased online at the Bakken’s website here, and you can learn more here.

Como Zoo Fundraising Event Moves Online

What: Sunset Affair: Annual Summer Benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
When: Thursday, July 16, 7– 8 p.m.
Where: Live Stream with RSVP

The annual Sunset Affair Como Zoo benefit, hosted by Como Friends, is happening virtually this year. Though the event will look different than in years past, event organizers are still excited to feature conversations with zookeepers and horticulturists, special animal appearances, and a silent auction. You can RSVP to the fundraising event on the Sunset Affair website here, and you can check out a list of restaurant partners that the committee recommends for takeout as you watch and participate. If you’re the lucky winner of any silent auction item, Como Friends is offering curbside pickup for most items on Saturday, July 18 or Monday, July 20. Learn more here.

Show Tune Singers at Crooners Supper Club

What: An Evening of Show Tunes with Tyler Michaels King and Friends
When: Thursday, July 16, 7–8:30 p.m.
Where: Crooners Supper Club, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis

Crooners Supper Club, a throwback joint that boasts classic Midwest fare and unique performers, is welcoming Bloomington-native Tyler Michaels King on July 16. King, along with Sasha Andreev, Aimee Bryant, Evan Tyler Wilson, and Suzie Juul, will be performing classic show tunes at the Moose Lake establishment. Show-goers can purchase tickets to watch the show socially distanced in their car, or can opt to sit in outdoor tented seating. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here. Learn more here.

Theater Mu Showcases Short Plays that Highlight Racial Justice

What: Mu-tini Hour Regarding Current Events in Black and Asian Community
When: Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Facebook Live

Theater Mu, the second largest Asian American theater company in the nation, is continuing its new “Mu-tini” tradition, streaming original short plays on its Facebook page. This week, three pairs of Asian American and African American playwrights are teaming up to write three original plays in response to the protests in Minneapolis and nationwide. Theater Mu wants to highlight Black voices and solidarity between the two communities through art and storytelling. The event is free to anyone who is interested, though Theater Mu asks that you RSVP here. Learn more here.

Black Lives Matter Street Mural

What: MAAHMG Black Lives Matter Mural
When: Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 1256 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is hosting an event on Saturday to paint a mural with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on Plymouth Ave. N. between Penn Ave. and Newton Ave. MAAHMG has invited a number of Minnesota muralists to help with the project, painting their own design on each of the letters. Visitors are welcome to come out and support the event, which MAAHMG hopes will be a day to celebrate Black lives and voices. Learn more here.

Elijah McClain Protest

What: March for Elijah McClain
When: Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Youth activist Isis Habibi is organizing a march on Saturday, July 18 to honor the life of Elijah McClain and to call for justice. McClain was a Black American who died during an encounter with police last summer in Aurora, Colorado. News of his death has garnered national attention as marches against police brutality have grown across the country. The march, which will begin at U.S. Bank Stadium and end at Father Hennepin Bluff Park, is calling for justice for McClain and hopes to amplify the voices and experiences of Black youth in Minnesota. Learn more here.

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