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    Apr 01, 2016

Cocktails at the Castle: Light Up the Night

MINNEAPOLIS —Cocktails at the Castle: Light Up the Night at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) on Friday, May 6, 7-11 p.m., is a celebration heralding the return of light and spring. In what has become one of the Twin Cities’ hottest tickets, this twice-a-year party takes over the ASI Courtyard and invites visitors to explore the beautiful and historic Turnblad Mansion with its latest, critically acclaimed art exhibition, The Watercolor Worlds of Lars Lerin. Tickets are on sale now, through ASImn.orgor by calling 612-871-4907.

 The May 6 Cocktails at the Castle features live music, a DJ-driven dance party and surprising diversions including The Drawing Project’s watercolor stations, The Water Bar, Bell Museum’s ExploraDome, Lite-Brites, s’mores by North Mallow & Co., Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts and Philip Noyed’s neon art, bonfires and OneLogFires, food and, of course, specialty cocktails by ASI’s award-winning FIKA Café.  This signature ASI event is called “The museum party done right....” Cocktails at the Castle regularly sells out, so plan ahead!

The featured musical guest on May 6 is Sofia Jannok, the arresting Sámi vocalist who was nominated for two Grammy Awards and advocates for indigenous rights. She sings in English, Swedish and Sámi, mixing pop sensibilities with lush and atmospheric tones, earning comparisons to Sigur Rós and Björk.She will take the Mansion’s Veranda stage along with local ’60s experimental-psych-pop group, Rupert Angeleyes, mixed in with a dance party fueled by a Transmission Music DJ. Event Partners: Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Scandinavian Studies, Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residency, and North Mallow & Co.

Advance tickets:

$17 for ASI members, $20 general admission, and $55 for VIP tickets (includes two drink tokens, a lounge with private bar, a set of exhibition cards and a special entrance (skip the lines)! If available, tickets may be purchased for $25 at the door. Uber discount also offered. This event is limited to those age 21or older with i.d. ASI is located at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls., MN  55407.  Bike to the event and check your helmet to receive a drink discount.

THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE:(ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization, historic mansion and museum located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. ASI attracts more than 100,000 people each year for tours of the historic Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, programs and classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. ASI was named Minnesota’s “Best Surprise” by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine in 2013. For more information, visit

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