Events: Crashed Ice & 'RuPaul’s Drag Race'

Updated 2/20/2014

Crashed Ice skates into St. Paul; "RuPaul’s Drag Race" premiere party at Gay 90s.

Crashed Ice 2013.
David Joles

THURSDAY

Third Thursday: ‘Totally ’90s’ (this event has been postponed due to weather)

Love it or hate it, the 1990s are back, from Miley’s crop tops and raver buns to Rihanna’s grunge flannels and rat tail. Instead of cringing, embrace the decade in all its boy-band, girl-group glory days with the help of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Third Thursday party. The night includes a ’90s playlist spun by the Current DJ David Campbell and Chris Cloud of Forever Young, a video time capsule lounge hosted by TPT’s “Rewire,” art-making activities inspired by ’90s icons, 1890s and 1990s mini gallery tours, a photo booth styled by B. Resale, and ’90s trivia from Trivia Mafia. So dab on some Exclamation perfume, snap on a slap bracelet, tease up your mall bangs and head on down. (6-9 p.m. Thu. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-870-3000 or www.artsmia.org.) Jahna Peloquin

 

SATURDAY

Red Bull Crashed Ice

As the Sochi Winter Olympics wind down, get a taste of high-octane outdoor athleticism in the flesh as Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to St. Paul for a third year. And where else but the State of Hockey to host the American edition of the games? Dubbed “ice cross downhill,” the sport combines elements of speed skating, downhill skiing and hockey, with skaters flying down a 400-meter track in four-man heats before a crowd of more than 100,000 around the Cathedral of St. Paul. Keep your eye on Lakeville native Cameron Naasz, who came close to winning the 2013 title after becoming the first American to win a Crashed Ice event. After the St. Paul qualifier, Crashed Ice heads to Moscow on March 8 before ending in Quebec City on March 22. (7-9 p.m. Sat. Free. Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Av., St. Paul. www.redbullcrashedice.com.) J.P.

 

MONDAY

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 6 premiere party

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has brought gay and drag culture to the masses. Its Season 5 premiere last year boasted 1.3 million viewers, and its touring show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons,” promptly sold out at the Varsity Theater last year. (By comparison, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” pulled in 1.59 million viewers for its 2013 season premiere.) The show, hosted and produced by drag icon RuPaul, returns for its sixth season Monday. Watch as the new cast is revealed during weekly viewing parties hosted by the Gay 90’s, with prizes during commercial breaks, two-for-one rails and domestic beers, and appearances from ’90s drag queen revue the Ladies of La Femme. (8 p.m. Mon. Free. The Gay 90’s, 408 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-333-7755 or www.gay90s.com.) J.P.