Blingo 5th anniversary

Updated 8/14/2013

Ellie Blades' bingo party night celebrates on Friday. Plus: Art museum on-a-stick.

Blingo at the 331.


Third Thursday: On-a-Stick

High art meets homegrown craft with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Third Thursday, inspired this month by the Minnesota State Fair. Held in the MIA’s courtyard and throughout the museum, the event will feature fair-inspired fare from AZ Canteen and Lulu’s Street Food, art-on-a-stick-making stations, and the chance to witness the creation of a butter sculpture inspired by an iconic piece of art. Plus: live music from hip-hop/jam band mash-up Sean Anonymous with Dream Crusher, a State Fair-themed photo booth, an appearance by the Warby Parker mobile eyewear shop, and cash bar. (6-9 p.m. Thu. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin



Blingo Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago, Ellie Blades took her passion for bingo, gave it a modern spin, brought it into a Northeast dive bar, and Blingo was born. Blingo has become a Minneapolis staple, expanding to three nights a week at three locations (331 Club, Triple Rock Social Club and the Herkimer). So what exactly is Blingo? Blades explains: “With Blingo, you win prizes versus money. I play hip-hop music and wear a lot of sparkles, and the grand prize is a chalice.” She’s celebrating the big five with a blinged-out bash, starting with a private Blingo party (it’s free, but advance signup is required and limited spots remain) at 8 p.m. Friday, with an open-to-all full-on Blingo dance party at 10 p.m. “Bingo can be boring — Blingo is a party,” Blades says. (8 p.m. Fri. Free. 21-plus. 331 Club, 331 13th Av. NE., Mpls. J.P.