Today the Walker Art Center begins a regular rotation of Hampton Alexander, a short feature film made on location in the Rondo neighborhood (now Selby-Dale) in St. Paul from 1972 to 1974. The fictional story, shot by Timothy McKinney on a 16-millimeter camera when he was just 19 years old, follows a Vietnam veteran (Hampton Alexander) with a plan to avenge the murder of his father. As a film, it’s a wonderful low budget work; as a historical piece it’s a look back at St. Paul during a time of tremendous change for the African-American community. The picture runs 56 minutes and hourly screenings start at noon in the lecture room. For more information, visit WalkerArt.org.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t offer a reminder that Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is currently showing this week at the Lagoon Theater in Uptown. After the public relations fiasco that ended his two-decades long relationship with NBC, Conan hit the road with his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” and a documentary crew in tow committed all the catharsis to film. The result captures Conan’s tireless work ethic, as well as his musical and improvisational talents, during a time of uncertainty for funnyman who ultimately evolved as a craftsman of comedy. The Lagoon has several showings during the day and evening, and tickets are available online.
Even though heavy metal makes up a small cross-section of the music in the Twin Cities, practicing musicians know that metal bands somehow make up the majority of local rehearsal space tenants. It really begs the question: Where do these guys ever play? The answer is “Take the Stage Mondays” at Station 4 in Lowertown St. Paul, which offers one of best chances to see the guys next door shred in front of an actual headbanging audience. This Monday’s line-up includes Call to Arms, Forge Room, and Gryzor, the latter of whom regularly play on bills with other talented, brutal bands from the Minnesota Metal circuit. And if the music isn’t enough for you to pay a neighborly visit, Station 4 is also offering $3 PBRs and $1 slices of pizza. The event is 18+ and starts at 7:30 p.m.; for more info, visit www.Station-4.com.
If you’re hankering for some brainy bar games, but your cranium doesn’t do so well with straight up trivia, get your drinking establishment entertainment tonight at $50 Pyramid and Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian notoriety. Just like the original TV show, this version of Pyramid partners celebs (local of course) with contests in fast moving rounds of clues and answers to see who can climb up the pyramid. And even though the game is for $50 in bar credit instead of game show grade cash, the Jager version features more excitement than any episode Dick Clark’s ever hosted. The games begin at 9 p.m. and the event is free and open to the 21+ public. To sign up for a spot and get more info check out the Facebook event page.
The last few shows at XYandZ Gallery have been great places to see cool artwork and an the who’s who of your favorite scenesters, and this weekend’s Mass Portrait will surely follows suit. The show displays new collaborative work from by local artists Anna Tsantir, a printmaker focused on symetry and enveloping patterns, and Daniel Luedtke, a silk screener who was just singled out by City Pages’ for his work co-founding the Madame, an LGBT community arts center, while his band Gay Beast was on hiatus. The team-up has produced visual work that’s vibrant and subtle, structured while showcasing organic shapes, and very worth checking out right at the opening. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more info, visit the XYandZ Gallery website.