Friday: Cat Bingo at The Cafe Meow
On every first Thursday of the month, The Cafe Meow hosts a free bingo night (affectionately called ‘Catgo’). With the Fourth of July this Thursday, the event has been moved to Friday, so you can start your weekend off with a night of cats and friendly competition.
The Cafe Meow is one of the first cat cafes in Minneapolis, with half of their store dedicated to a lounge where patrons can pay an hourly rate to cuddle rescue cats available for adoption. Arrive at around 6 p.m. to get your bingo card because spots fill up quickly!
Where: The Cafe Meow, 2323 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55405
When: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Little Mekong Night Market
Inspired by the night markets of Southeast Asia, the annual Little Mekong Night market is taking place this year in the heart of the Asian business and cultural district in St. Paul.
The market seeks to celebrate the diversity and cultural mix of the Twin Cities through food, tradition and art.
Where: between Mackubin and Galtier streets along University Avenue
When: 5 p.m. – midnight
Sunday: Women’s World Cup Final Match Viewing Party
Want to enjoy women’s soccer on the “largest screen that Matthews Park has to offer”? Head to the park for the big moment soccer fans have been waiting for. After beating England in the semifinal yesterday, the United States will play either Sweden or the Netherlands, based on the result's of today's match. Bring a blanket, your pals and your loudest cheering voice.
Where: Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis
When: 10 a.m. – around 1 p.m.
CULTURE TO CONSUME
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Watch this: Bon Appétit’s “Making Perfect” series
Maybe you’ve already fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole of watching Claire Saffitz try to reverse-engineer beloved junk foods, or Brad Leone explore the world of fermentation and live foods. But even if you’re new to the delightful world of the wildly popular Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel, one of their latest series, “Making Perfect,” is a great place to start. Follow the beloved Test Kitchen team on their multi-episode quest to create the perfect pizza — or at least their perfect pizza. They might even inspire you craft your own homemade pie; A&E also endorses Punch Pizza as an easy back-up option.
Read this: “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell
Artist and critic Jenny Odell’s book isn’t necessarily about doing nothing. Drawing on history, theory, art and more, she instead encourages readers to question common definitions of productivity and reconnect with their surroundings. It’s far more fulfilling than most writing on digital detoxes and deleting social media, and certainly more hopeful.