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August 19th, 2010 Issue dayid

Todays pic Party Arty
Midsummer museum fix? Tonight's your night. At Art Perchance at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (6 p.m., free, VIP available for $75 to $150, 2400 3rd Av S, Mpls, 612-870-6323) , you can play nine different carnival-style games with a twist inspired by pieces from the museum's permanent collection. Cash bar and an expected appearance by former M.I.A. employee Miles Mendenhall of "Work of Art" fame (that's his piece pictured here).

Play All Day
Over at the Walker Art Center, we've mentioned the bargain Local Art Mart today. While you're there, you may as well also check out all that Field Day (2 to 9 p.m., 1750 Hennepin Av, Mpls, 612-375-7600) has to offer, including drawing clubs, photo tag, badminton and a harvest picnic.

Shop boots
It's never too soon to get your winter shoe wardrobe ready. Check out the Australia Luxe boots even at Mode (7788 Main St, Maple Grove, 763-391-6102) for more than 100 new pairs of shearling boots for up to 75 percent off.

Plan ahead
Nontoxique, a locally owned line of hand and nail care products, will host a Green Carpet Event with styles from OPM, Bumbershute, Il Vostro and Irely and produced by iammoody.com (Aug 25, 5 p.m., BMW of Minnetonka, 15802 Wayzata Blvd., Mtka, 952-303-7500, $50 tickets). Hollywood-based manicurist to the stars Melissa Bozant will appear, as well.

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