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Make some time for a summer date in the week ahead when Twin Cities Restaurant Week explodes across the region with lunch and dinner specials at our hippest and best eateries. From Sunday, July 16-Friday, July 21, participating restaurants will feature two-course lunches and three-course dinners with specials that are as good for the taste buds as they are for the wallet. Explore the menus online and even make your reservations on the spot. Restaurant Week is a great chance to explore some of those top chefs you might’ve backburnered until now.

 

Consider building your meal around a bit of artistry for that perfect date. From gallery, to cinema, to live stage performance, the Walker Art Center is internationally recognized as a preeminent arts venue, featuring a wealth of contemporary art across an eye-popping range of medium. Better yet, the center is just a quick trip from home.

 

Perfect for a night out, contemporary art begs for discussion and, whether you’re a newbie or discerning critic, the work elicits a guttural response. What better way to strike up vibrant conversation? If you haven’t had the chance to visit, plan a day around it. Better yet, plan for this Thursday evening when the center hosts its Walker Wide Open Party.

 

Celebrating the opening of the Walker’s Wurtele Upper Garden and the newly reopened Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the evening kicks off at 5:00 PM with live performances beginning at 5:30. Just shy of 20 years old, the sculpture garden has drawn millions of visitors and, even if you’ve already been, have you since June’s addition of 18 new works? Now featuring a grand total of 60 sculptures, the venue provides the perfect view while also offering up live performances, local brews, good food, and even onsite tattooing—how’s that for enduring art?

 

If you’re unable to attend Thursday’s free event, you can enjoy cost-free gallery admission on Free Thursdays (5:00-9:00 PM), Free First Saturdays (10:00 AM-3:00 PM), or check out their event calendar to plan a gallery walk at your leisure. Additionally, the Sculpture Garden offers free tours on Thursdays (6:00 PM) or Saturdays (12:00 PM)—hours that could easily fit into your Restaurant Week date.

 

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Area Events & Happenings

 

If you’d prefer to take your date night closer to home, Braemar Golf Course will be featuring one of its summer Nite Glow Golf sessions this Saturday. Glowing balls take flight beginning at 9:30, and you’ll want to get there a bit early for this electric experience on the Academy 9 course.

 

Elsewhere, U.S. Bank Stadium hosts four days of ESPN’S X Games Minneapolis from Thursday-Sunday. Perfect for those more sports-minded outings, we offer no guarantee you won’t be picking a bit of gravel out of your date’s hair as more than 200 athletes compete the gold!

 

 

I love contemporary art, although I wouldn’t want a pickled shark in my house.

 

-Bruno Tonioli

“Summer in the City,” “California, Girls,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Summer months come with their own soundtrack—the song that’s always on the dial, playing in the elevator, on that commercial, at the … it becomes hard to escape. By September, it’s often all we can do to avoid it.

 

Across the country, Twin Cities, and Edina, musical acts take stage in droves during July and August—each one vying to become the rhythm for your summer beat. And if you tilt your ear just right, you’ll hear that rhythm thumping loudly in the distance at this weekend’s two-day Basilica Block Party. Now in its 23rd year, the event’s only gotten bigger and better, featuring ten acts on Friday evening and another ten on Saturday. You can catch big names like Brandi Carlile, Gavin Degraw, The Shins, and others across three stages. This year’s set list includes international and local favorites that span a range of genres, making it easy to drift between stages and to find the right note.

 

Of course, what would any block party be without good food and beverage? You’ll discover local selections for each amid vendors and a rally of onsite food trucks. Add to that, event proceeds that benefit the Basilica and local community, and what went down smooth before becomes even easier to swallow. Grab your tickets and go—bike valet is even available for those who are feeling a bit active and adventurous..

 

Even fitness takes on a musical beat during the summer, best noted by The Color Run—often referred to as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet.” More about fun and play than about minutes per mile, you’ve likely seen photos of friends, family, or others, plastered in color but bibbed and “competing” in a road race—maybe you’ve even run one yourself. This year’s Twin Cities event features an afternoon check-in party on Saturday, 5K start times between 9:00 and 10:30 AM on Sunday, followed by a Finish Festival of music, dancing, and more color than you can shake a box of Crayola at.

 

Whether you’re drifting between stages or letting the beat of your stride carry you over the finish line, music abounds during the summer—how are you building your soundtrack?

 

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Area Events & Happenings

 

Another of summer’s best points is the way which weekends seem to stretch a bit further. So much so that Thursday becomes the new Friday, and it becomes a hard sort through the many events it features. The Farmers Market followed by a Movie in the Park is always a good bet, and with a bit of strategic planning, you can even fold in a bit of Yoga between the two. Limber up and get ready to twist your way through summer’s new Friday!

 

 

Summertime is always the best of what might be.

 

-Charles Bowden

 

 

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