Dan Israel


Writing and performing great songs for the last 15 years, Dan Israel is easily one of the Twin Cities’ un-anointed poet laureates, steadfastly making his way into the ranks of local singer/songwriter legends like Paul Westerberg. Whether it’s with a full band or as a solo act, his work contains elements of intimacy and, as he again demonstrates on his new release, “Crosstown Traveler,” an engaging simplicity that makes his deep music accessible to any audience. His performances showcase these same qualities, so be sure to see him tonight on the small stage of the 331. The show is free; music gets going around 9:30 p.m. More info at



Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine


Half comedian, half lounge singer, Richard Cheese’s renditions of popular songs combine the most notable pop, metal, and hip-hop songs of our day with the style of ’60s crooners—snap your fingers to a tune like “Mack the Knife,” but instead sing the lyrics to, “Welcome to the Jungle.” His show at the Varsity will feature those same big band and lounge style arrangements of tracks like Nirvana’s, “Come as You Are” and Disturbd’s, “Down with the Sickness.” Tickets are $29 general and $40-60 premium seating; the doors open at 7 p.m. Doors and the event are 18+. For more info, see the Varsity Theater website.


L.A. Guns

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One of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll acts out of L.A. in the late ’80s—they did, after all, have a Mr. Axl Rose singing with them before they went on to earn their own platinum records—Tracii and the newest incarnation of his L.A. Guns take the small stage at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry tonight. The show will be a great chance to see some real life West Coast raunchy rockers in a tiny venue, just like in the city of angels. As if the night wasn’t going to be rowdy enough, local riot act the Goondas will be opening up for the Guns. Tickets only run $15 at the door and the doors open at 8 p.m. More information at First Ave.’s website.

Sade at Target Center

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It’s not much of a secret when a national act comes to the Target Center, but we just have to remind people that Sade is making a rare stop in the Twin Cities. The British-Nigerian singer (and her band by the same name) takes to the stage tonight at Target Center, touring on its recently released “The Ultimate Collection,” a two-disc set with classic songs from the band, as well as a few tracks that have never been heard. Nine-time Grammy award winner, John Legend has joined Sade on all its tour stops in North America. Tickets are $29.50 to $151.50. 7:30 p.m. Target Center, Mpls., 612-673-0900. For more information visit


Books & Bars at Aster Cafe


Emma Donoghue’s Room will be the topic of discussion at tonight’s lively event Books & Bars at Aster Café. Arrive by 6 p.m. for socializing, dinner, and drink specials, then stay for the discussion (7 to 8:30 p.m.) of this novel about 5-year-old Jack and his Ma, who lead a normal life, other than the fact that they’re trapped in an 11-by-11 foot room against Ma’s will. Jack doesn’t mind living in Room because he was born in, and has lived there his whole life, but he’s also unaware that his mother is kidnapped and being held against her will. Literary folk have been enjoying this monthly book club, hosted by Jeff Kamin, for years, and it has continued to expand. So to ensure a seat, make your reservation asap, although the club won’t deny you the chance to participate if you’re standing by the bar or waiting for a seat. 125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138, For more info, check out the Books & Bars Facebook page and