Events: Union benefit; Gaga drag ball

Updated 2/4/2013

"Exit Metropolis" is part of the MNworks art exhibit.
Artwork provided by Dalsen



More than 6,000 Minnesota janitors and security guards have been without a contract since the beginning of 2013 — the result of gridlocked union-contract negotiations. In response to what they’re calling a “battle for the 1 percent,” socially conscious local art collective Rogue Citizen has teamed up with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), the Arts and Democracy Project and fellow artists and musicians for MNworks, a one-night benefit to raise awareness of the workers’ plight. The art exhibit includes work from Ta-coumba Aiken, DWITT, Biafra, Erin Sayer, Amina Harper and Lizardman, with performances from Toki Wright, Mankwe Ndosi, Sean Anonymous and more. (6 p.m.-midnight Fri. Free. All ages. Bedlam Community Center, 2714 E. 27th St., Mpls. www. Jahna Peloquin 

Born This Way: The Little Monster Bowl

Following last fall’s Madonna-themed bash, local drag personality Krystal Kleer has restyled the formula in the image of another blond pop star, Lady Gaga. Timed with both the pop star’s Wednesday concert at Xcel Energy Center and Sunday’s Super Bowl, the event features the “Lady Gaga Drag Race” — a drag competition for boys and girls alike, coupled with a “lip sync for your life” challenge à la reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” From her “Poker Face”-era hair bow and mirrored glasses to her motorcycle-babe look in the “Judas” video (not to mention her iconic meat dress), the costume possibilities are endless. Gaga-themed cocktails, Gaga remixes and the chance to win a pair of tickets to her concert round out the evening, with a portion of proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation. (8 p.m. Fri. $5. 21 & older. Camp Bar, 490 N. Robert St., St. Paul. 651-292-1844. J.P.