Nomad World Copa
Open wide for some soccer! It’s World Cup time for the sport the rest of the world craves, and Nomad World Pub is your home — contradictive name aside — for all the action. The West Bank bar is “kicking” (soccer term) out all the stops with a monthlong party featuring a jumbotron, food trucks, prizes, a beer garden, caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail) and Brazilian drumming. But that’s not all, folks: Pickup your World Cup Passport wherever Vita.mn is distributed for a chance to win a trip to Europe, where only the unadulterated joys of soccer can chase away the austerity blues. (Thursday through July 13. Free. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Av., Mpls. 612-338-6424 or www.nomadpub.com/soccer.) Jay Boller
Green Line Opening Day Celebrations
After what seemed like endless years of planning and construction, the Metro Green Line light-rail line is finally open for business (see cover story, page 24). Minneapolis and St. Paul will both hold opening-day festivities, with free rides all weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Minneapolis’ West Bank Station will kick things off with a 9 a.m. ceremony, live music from Cadillac Kolstad and Apollo Quad, performances by Sandbox Theatre, food trucks and a “Taste of West Bank” restaurant booth. (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., free. Washington Av. between 19th & Cedar Avs. S., Mpls.) St. Paul’s Hamline Station will host a 9:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and food and entertainment all day, including an artist marketplace, food from Fasika, Pizza Lucé and Flamingo, and live music including Victoria and the Acts of Persuasion and Choo Choo Bob Show. (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., free. Hamline & University Avs., St. Paul.) The Lowertown district and Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar will throw a block party with food, beer, wine, street art and music from Salsa Del Sol, Person for the People, Zacc Harris Group, Maurice Jacox Group, Balkan band Orkestar Bez Ime, and Soul and Funk All-Stars. (2-9 p.m. Sat., free. 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul. www.blackdogstpaul.com.) Jahna Peloquin
TV Takeover: MPLS.TV
Every Thursday in June, Twin Cities Public Television is handing over the airwaves to local art-minded organizations for a series called “TV Takeover.” This week, the people behind video-centric website MPLS.TV will bring some of their favorite segments to actual TV for the first time, including the musical cooking show “Shake N Bake” and short art films. They’ll also debut a new episode of “Shake N Bake” featuring dapper rapper Astronautalis; “Street Stories,” in which ordinary residents tell their most interesting Minneapolis stories on location; and “What the Fuck Are You Wearing?” shot at Wizard World Comic Con last month. Friday’s live taping party is open to the public, including a live “So You Think You Kahn Dance?” dance lesson by Bobby Kahn, stand-up comedy by Elizabeth Ess, live music from Tickle Torture, a DJ set from FooLprooF of Forever Young, and drinks and food by 2 Gingers and Icehouse. Admission includes a food and drink ticket. (7:30-11 p.m. Fri. $10. Studio A at TPT, 172 E. 4th St., St. Paul. www.tvtakeover.net.) J.P.