If you’re looking for something a little more intimate for your Monday night, stop into Barbette around 10 p.m. to hear Alicia Wiley. Well on her way to becoming one of the best female performers in the Twin Cities, Wiley’s sound has evolved from a melancholy pop keyboardist and vocalist to an arresting mix of equal parts Portishead and Fiona Apple, while still developing her own original mellow and hauntingly melodic direction. Along with her talented and well traveled backing band with members you might recognize from Haley Bonar and Gramma’s Boyfriend, Wiley’s performance will be a perfect match for the mise-en-scène inside Barbette after the sun sets. The show is free, but best to call the restaurant for reservations, 612-827-5710. To hear more from Alicia Wiley, visit AliciaWiley.com.
This Saturday’s Gastro Non Grata assembles some of our best restaurateurs and local musicians, and pairs them with nice cold beer in an effort to snub the “Big Guys” who promote preservative-laden, processed foods, watered-down beer, bad Top 40 music, and the like. So grab the foodies and music-lovers in your life and head to First Avenue & 7th Street Entry on Saturday for dishes from Haute Dish, Grand Café, and Modern Café, tall boy specials from PBR, and the rock stylings of Sorry OK, STNNNG, Sand Ox (featuring our favorite ace of cakes, Duff Goldman), prog metal giants Zebulon Pike, Nightosaur, Voytek, and El Le Faunt. Get in the door for just $15 in advance, which includes three food tickets. Pay at the door and you’ll still have to fork over $15 but then you have to pay for your own grub ($3 per food ticket). Can’t make it to the 5:30 p.m. show, but still want to get in on the ballyhoo? You’re in luck. Five bucks gets you in to the Bloody Gastro Aftershow at 7th Street Entry (starts at 10 p.m.), which means music from Bloodnstuff, Total F***ing Blood, and Blood, Sweat and Beards, plus leftovers (probably), which may or may not be covered in ketchup and sriracha for dramatic effect. If you didn’t get your fill during the main show, they’ll let you in to the after show for $3. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775. For more information and to buy tickets, check out First Avenue’s website. —SB
Here’s a treat for art-lovers: McKnight fellowship recipients are exhibiting some new works starting tonight at MCAD. Wander around the college’s gallery to see Matthew Bakkom’s latest project, which focuses on linguistics, and more specifically, anagrams. (He may very well be our own version of Jason Mraz, but he’s sticking to the visual realm with his wordplay.) Cameron Keith Gainer will show his 16 mm film project, Luna del Mar, of a bioluminescent bay off the coast of Puerto Rico. Artist Aaron Spangler will show his 18-foot wax crayon rubbing on linen, and Andréa Stanislav will show a multiple channel video (filmed in Dubai) of her installation, Half a Generation. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., but if your already got a full Friday night, you can catch the exhibition until August 19. For more info on the exhibit, visit MCAD’s website.
Portland-based designer and illustrator Adam Garcia asked his artistic colleagues to send some of their own work for him to artistically manipulate, and after adding new layers of depth and meaning, Garcia—who works at Nike Brand Design and is involved with the local collab Wants vs. Needs—transformed the submissions into 27 new creative and collaborative works of his new TRUST ME! show. Each of Garcia’s prints on display will be accompanied by the original art and the final idea as an explanation of the process. At this point, the audience knows as much about the end product as the original artists do—even they haven’t seen their work since they gave it to Garcia! The opening reception at CO Exhibitions also includes DJ sets from Booka and Espada, and on the spot drawing by Michael Gaughan. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, you’ve got until Aug. 6 to check it out. Learn more about the show at Facebook event page.
After the loss of his friend and local hip hop icon, Micheal Larsen—one half of the inspired duo Eyedea and Abilities—DJ Abilities is moving forward and taking the stage again tonight at the Cabooze. The talented Rhymesayers DJ made his name by spinning inventive hip-hop and rock beats, and for incredibly engaging live on-stage performances, which Abilities has been doing for almost 20 years now, since he did on-air scratches during his younger brother’s radio show at Macalester College in the 1990s. From there he’s has worked with hip-hop technician IXL, toured with Atmosphere, and collaborated with I Self Devine (forming the group Semi.Official). Along with Abilities, you’ll find an outstanding line-up—I Self Devine, Carnage, Kids Like Us, and BdotCroc—to get the crowd moving. Plus, you can check out the live graffiti art outside on the patio. It’s an 18+ show, doors open at 9 p.m., and music starts at 10 p.m. $10 in advance (from Electric Fetus, Fifth Element, and Studiiyo23) or $12 at the door. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-6425, cabooze.com.