Events: Beerfest, RetroRama, SpringCon

Updated 5/15/2014

Start the weekend with suds at MIA.

A 1940s look as interpreted by local designer George Moskal from the Minnesota History Society’s 2013 RetroRama show.
Sara Glassman


Third Thursday: Beerfest

Craft beer and art come together for the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Third Thursday social event. Organizers are making a case for odd bedfellows with arty activities like design-your-own-beer-label, a contest to create an illustration to be published in the Growler magazine and mini museum tours of ancient drinking vessels. Also: live music from indie-soul band Black Diet, a “Walking Book” performance by Chicago artist Stan Shellabarger and the exclusive release of a limited-edition Summit oatmeal stout beer infused with Dogwood coffee. (6-9 p.m. Thu. Free. All ages. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 888-642-2787. Jahna Peloquin




The Minnesota Historical Society’s RetroRama show has capitalized on the midcentury-modern fashions popularized by “Mad Men,” the neo-burlesque movement and Minnesota’s history as the epicenter of the U.S. underwear industry (via union-suit maker Munsingwear). This year, it nods to the current MNHS photo exhibit “Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis,” which documents the urban life of the Twin Cities in the 1970s and ’80s. Designers Samantha Rei, Ariel Simone, Kerry Riley, Emma Berg and Max Lohrbach will present looks inspired by the exhibit in a show emceed by Fancy Ray McCloney and DJ’d by the iconic Larry “Spider” Hamilton, a frequent subject of Chamblis’ photographs. “Funkytown” chanteuse Cynthia Johnson of Lipps Inc. will also perform and model in the show. (8-11 p.m. Fri. $20-$40. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 651-259-3015 or J.P.



MCBA SpringCon

The Midwest Comic Book Association made headlines after an unauthorized e-mail from one “Fredric Wertham” charged that Wizard World, the company that brought its national Comic Con to Minneapolis two weeks ago, was out to bring down the long-running, volunteer-run MCBA SpringCon. The contents of the letter, which also claimed that Wizard World had inquired about the sale or absorption of SpringCon, were confirmed to be true by lead MCBA volunteer Nick Postiglione. “Con wars” aside, SpringCon is a decidedly more creator-focused event, compared to Comic Con’s focus on celebrity actors. The 26th annual event features more than 250 comic book creators, including DC and Marvel artists Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Carlos D’Anda and Alé Garza, plus a 100,000-square-foot marketplace with dealers from all over the country. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $12. The Grandstand at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Av. N., Falcon Heights. J.P.