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Culture compass: ’90s bangers, Black History Month and laid-back sketching

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This weekend is all about celebrating. Dance the night away by making a tribute to some of the best 90s hits on Friday, honor the work of local artists by celebrating Black History Month on Saturday and awaken your creative side by making art this Sunday.

Friday: All That 90s Party

Get out on the dance floor this Friday night! First Ave is hosting another decade dance party and this one’s dedicated to all the 90s hip-hop fans. Shake it to some throwbacks from artists like NSYNC, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls. 

When: 9:00 p.m – 2 a.m. 

Where: First Avenue, 701 N. 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

Cost: $12 online tickets, $15 tickets at the door

Saturday: Celebrate Black History

Commemorate Black History Month at Midtown Global Market. Enjoy live music celebrating Black artists and scholars. Come for the screening of the documentary “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks,” and make sure to stay for a panel discussion with the film’s director along with various local artists and social workers.  

When: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Documentary screening at 2:45 p.m.; panel discussion at 4 p.m.

Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Sunday: Sunday Sketch In

Stop by the art supply store Wet Paint for some casual studio sketching and painting. Drop in with your friends and take your mind off of your classes with an afternoon of art and expression. Bring your own materials or borrow some of the supplies offered by the store. Register on Wet Paint’s Facebook page or call ahead at 651-698-6431 to reserve your spot. 

When: 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Wet Paint, 1684 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Cost: Free

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