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Thanks to the beautiful weather—or perhaps thanks to house band Exotik-a-GoGo?—Psycho Suzi’s patio was pretty much full by 4 PM. The rain held off for Record Store Day, and the stores without much entertainment like Agharata were just as busy as some of the block-party-esque scenes like Hymies. Speaking of RSD, Prince hosted a RSD Weekend jam at Paisey. There were a few open tables at Flip Phone‘s Beyoncé brunches at Mattie’s on Main, but not many—and there’s another one happening May 2nd and 3rd. And the bar at the Showplace Icon Theaters at West End was pretty much empty for the afternoon showings of Fast & Furious 7.
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We don’t spend as much time at the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Arts Quarter—that has Rarig and The Regis and Ted Mann—as we should, but here’s a great excuse for us to pop in: On May 9th, the venue hosts exhibitions by U of M art and theater design students, and a special performance of “Arctic Rhythms” by DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller aka That Subliminal Kid at Ted Mann. There’s also going to be small jazz ensembles in-between buildings and the entire night is free.
We’re not sure how this is possible, but there’s still tickets—good seats, too—available for Saul Williams at the Dakota; Instinct Art Gallery has a video screening and live musical performance to go with their current show The Meds I’m On; Dosh, Sambo Makti, and Mina Moore play at The Amsterdam; TU Dance have their Spring Show at the Cowles Center; Bedlam Lowertown hosts Down Below, or Womb of the Worlds: a shadow opera based on the life & work of Leonora Carrington; It’s Friday’s at Huge, and this week includes Trust Pit, MURMUR Improv, and trios Ladyfriends and The Adventures of Tim, Troy & Damian; The jazzy Javi Santiago Quartet plays at The Nicollet; and for dance nights there’s Hotpants! Rare Soul & Deep Funk 45s at the Nomad; the stacked foolish at the Kitty Cat Klub; PHAT! ’90s Hip Hop, R&B, and Dancehall party with King Otto & Mike 2600 at Clubhouse Jäger; and Certified Dope: MAKE IT RAIN!!! promises to, well, make it rain in the Record Room.
Don’t forget the MSPIFF is still going on, with a bunch of great films and a few panels like the Women and Film panel at the Film Society; HiFi Hair has a bit ol’ Hootenany going on for RSD; Watch MN United play the Ottawa Fury at Brit’s; Benjamin Davis Brockman has new paintings on display at The Midnight Brigade gallery; There’s some live portrait painting happening from Sarah Riley at Tres Leches in Northeast MPLS; Information Society are back(!) and make a stop into the Fine Line; There’s a book release party for WALLS YOU CAN READ, an anthology by 25 MN writers in honor of The Soap Factory gallery’s 25th anniversary; Can’t forget about TAWST at Clubhouse Jäger with Shannon Blowtorch and Sophia Eris; and The Soft Moon plays the Entry with special guests, including Jim Frick, who’s like the Captain Lapides of the DJ scene.
It’s the 1st Annual Dangerous Man Film Fest at Dangerous Man, including the short film It Goes Down with Muja Messiah, featuring I Self Devine; and Fort Wilson Riot has its second installment at Icehouse, this time with LOTT (love her), and T Collective.