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Things to do around the Twin Cities: Art-A-Whirl, VeeCon, GrillFest, and more
"Paulie Go!" premieres as part of this year's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
“Paulie Go!” premieres as part of this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

Courtesy of MSP Film Society

Off the Blockchain

What: VeeCon
May 19-22
U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

No matter your opinion of Web3, NFTs have inarguably captured the nation’s attention—along with, in many cases, its imagination. A major conference for all things related to NFTs (non-fungible tokens) hits up U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend, with such celebrity guests as Snoop Dogg, Liam Payne, and Deepok Chopra speaking to their interest in the blockchain-borne medium. We dug into the phenomenon of NFTs and featured a preview of VeeCon in a print story you can read online here.

Minnesota-Made Debut

What: “Paulie Go!”/MSPIFF
May 19 (various times, starting at 6:30 p.m.)
MSP Film at the Main, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis

A Minnesota-made coming-of-age comedy debuts at the MSP Film Society’s newly opened movie venue, MSP Film at the Main—a revamp of the cobblestone-hugging, river-skirting St. Anthony Main Theatre. “Paulie Go!” revolves around a brilliant but anti-social high schooler’s scheme to highjack his uncle’s van and cross the country to northern Minnesota, all to confront a professor who rejected his application to a robotics lab. The world premiere helps round out this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

Northeast’s Art Odyssey

What: Art-A-Whirl
May 20-22
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The artistic breadth of northeast Minneapolis opens up for perusers and casual shoppers, as the bohemian region’s many artists welcome the public into their studios as part of a breezy, self-guided three-day tour. The festival’s organizer, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, calls it the largest open-studio tour in the nation.

Out in the Outdoors

What: Out Venture
May 21, noon-6 p.m.
Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis

Twin Cities Pride adds an outdoors-centric event to this year’s festivities. Following the Rainbow Run 5K, the fest features such vendors as REI, the Loppet Foundation, and Friends of the Boundary Waters. Stick around for the beer garden, the DJ, and the drag shows.

Turn Up the Heat

What: Minnesota Monthly‘s GrillFest
May 21-22, 1-5 p.m.
CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul

What awaits at the 10th annual GrillFest, hosted by yours truly? For starters: grilling demos, outdoor games, and so many samples of the Twin Cities’ finest burgers, margaritas, and Bloody Marys.

Native Originals

What: “We Are Still Here”
May 24-July 2 (opening reception on May 28, 6-8 p.m.)
All My Relations Arts, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

A new exhibit at the All My Relations Arts gallery, located in Minneapolis’ Native American Cultural Corridor, brings together the works of four Native artists. Raymond Janis (Oglala Lakota Tribe), Sheldon Starr (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), and their mentor Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) present the results of an 18-month cohort, spanning digital and analog media and uplifting the Native narrative.

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