Cocktails at the Cabin
The American Swedish Institute has made a happening out of its “Cocktails at the Castle” social-event series at the turn-of-the-century Turnblad Mansion. In honor of Minnesotans’ favorite summertime activity — going “Up North” — this edition takes on a cabin theme. Knit your own cabin blanket with the Textile Center and the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Try your hand at wood-chopping with the woodmen of Lumberjack Enterprises. Get steamy in Futures North’s mobile public sauna TönöSauna, and build boat oars with Urban Boatbuildings. Entertainment includes performances by Number Theatre inspired by August Strindberg (the subject of ASI’s new exhibit “The Image of Strindberg”), folk music from Martin Devaney and violin-accordion duo Aallotar, plus a scavenger hunt and cabin-inspired food and cocktails. (7-11 p.m. Thu. $12-$45.21 & older. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907. www.asimn.org.) Jahna Peloquin
Fashion, film, food and music converge in “Icons,” an event spotlighting fashion icons throughout history. Produced by Cult Collective — a group of local designers and event producers — the show includes rock-themed film screenings, food by Red Stag Supperclub chef Chris Gerstner, custom craft cocktails, craft brews from Fulton Beer, live music from psych-pop band Step Rockets and DJs Tickle Torture and FooLProoF. The centerpiece is a runway fashion show featuring a dozen designers such as Laura Fulk, Danielle Everine and Sarah M. Holm, inspired by punk rock, ladies of rock, glam rock and psych rock. (8 p.m.-midnight Sat. Secret location in Minneaolis-St. Paul; will be annouced to ticketholders. $60-$85. www.iconsmn.com.) J.P
Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Twin Cities
Brooklyn Brewery defines a “mash” not only as the first step in the brewing process, but also as “an adventurous mix of emerging culture from our neighborhood and yours.” Enter the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a touring festival showcasing the best in Brooklyn food, film, comedy, music, books and beer alongside some Minnesota favorites. Spawled across eight days, the fest includes Dinner on the Farm with music by the Ericksons and poetry readings by Ben Weaver (3 p.m. Sun.); standup comedy from NYC comics Matt Koff, Jesse Popp and Michael Lehrer (7 p.m. Tue.): the Found Footage Festival (8 p.m. Tue.), a closing party with music from Marnie Stern, Pink Mink and BNLX (8 p.m. next Sat.); and homebrewer and beer-pairing workshops, multicourse dinners and a craft-beer panel discussion. (Sat.-next Sat. Events range from free up to $75 for dinners. Various locations. www.brooklynbrewerymash.com/twin-cities.) J.P.
Found Footage Festival
The touring FFF has some strong Midwest ties: One of its first-ever iterations took place in Minnesota, and Wisconsin-bred co-founders Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher culled some of their first finds from Minnesota thrift stores and garage sales. Ten years after its inception, the fest is traveling the country in conjunction with the Brooklyn Brewery Mash (see above). The live show is like a hipper version of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with a dash of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” irreverence, with commentary from Pickett and Prueher over reels of found footage that’s unintentionally hilarious or just plain weird. (8 p.m. Tue. $13. 21 & older. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Av. N., Mpls. www.foundfootagefest.com.) J.P.