Heat of the Week: Pride, Florence Pugh and a gangster walking tour

Keep your finger on the pulse of this week’s heat.

Nina Raemont

Is this weekend’s schedule all clear? Fill it up with a craft market, a gangster walking tour or a Florence Pugh feature.

Twin Cities Pride Festival: Celebrate Pride this weekend at Loring Park. There will be plenty of music from Black artists, Indigenous artists and artists of color, along with a slew of LGBTQ+ vendors to support — and don’t skip out on the beer garden either.

Barack Obama’s Playlist: Who knew Number 44 had such a good ear? It’s that time of the year when former president Obama provides us with some summer tunes, randomly enough. This year, the tunes include Jazmine Sullivan’s mighty “Pick Up Your Feelings,” Rihanna’s “Desperado” (a classic), Joni Mitchell’s “Coyote” and SZA’s “Good Days,” along with many others. Not too shabby, Barack.

Minneapolis Craft Market: Feeling crafty? Make way to the Minneapolis Craft Market. Peruse handiwork en plein air at The Lab’s brewery shed. It’s never too early to buy your loved ones a handmade Christmas gift (that you didn’t have to hand make, of course). Visit the market July 17, from noon to 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

“Black Widow”: Two words: Florence Pugh. After Black Widow’s sister (Pugh) sends her a mysterious package, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) goes on a journey to destroy the room in which she grew up in once and for all. The movie is suspenseful and thrilling with some twists along the way. And, again, it has Florence Pugh.

Go on a Gangster Walking Tour: Ever wondered about the history of our St. Paul streets? Did you know that, at one point in time, they were run by America’s Most Wanted? Learn the secrets of our capital city through this walking tour that explores St. Paul iconic landmarks, such as Mickey’s Diner, the Palace Theatre and the Old Police Station. Click here for more information and to register for the event.