Third Thursday: Craft Brew Ha-ha
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts plays on craft-beer mania for this month’s Third Thursday. Summit Brewing and Northern Brewer reps will offer homebrew tips and equipment demos. Attendees can try their hand at some DIY beer crafts, or just sit back and let the professionals do the work — Summit will be available for purchase by the flight or bottle. Plus: the country-folk stylings of Charlie Parr and guided tours of the MIA galleries. (6-9 p.m. Thu. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. www.artsmia.org.) Jahna Peloquin
‘I’m With Stupid’ Party
Mankato-based author Geoff Herbach has reason to celebrate “I’m With Stupid,” the final novel in his award-winning Stupid Fast trilogy. Though the books are marketed as Young Adult, readers of all ages can relate to “adorkable” high school football player protagonist Felton Reinstein, billed as the 21st century’s Holden Caulfield. The antithesis of a stuffy reading, Herbach’s release party will be held at an ice cream parlor-cum-wine bar and includes a whip-smart roster of local literati (Dennis Cass, Molly Priesmeyer, John Jodzio and Paul Dickinson) sharing “stories of their own useful stupidity.” Herbach’s wife, Stephanie Wilbur Ash, will also perform in the guise of Goth Mom. (7:30 p.m. Thu. Free. Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau, 579 Selby Av., St. Paul.) ERICA RIVERA
With the current obsession with Roaring Twenties fashion and midcentury modern, retro style is going strong. At the Minnesota Historical Society’s annual RetroRama, guests dress up in vintage finery to imbibe classic cocktails, nosh on small bites, play retro games, shop for vintage and vintage-inspired wearables from the likes of Cliché, Flamingo’s Divine Finds, Blacklist Vintage and the Spectacle Shoppe, and get down to old-timey tunes. A runway show features looks inspired by the past from local designers Max Lohrbach, Sarah M. Holm, Danielle Everine, Laura Fulk and Kerry Riley, set to a swinging soundtrack from DJ Jake Rudh. For the popular audience-participation portion, well-dressed attendees take their turn on the catwalk. Mustache Jim and the Straight Razors close out the night with campy, carnivalesque tunes. (8-11 p.m. Fri.; fashion shows at 9 & 10 p.m. $20-$25. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. 651-259-3000 or www.mnhs.org.) J.P.