The last time The Sword stopped into the Triple Rock, it was in-between nights opening arenas for metal forefathers Metallica in Chicago and Milwaukee. How did a young band from Austin, TX get such a coveted spot on a national tour? Turns out that Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, is among the cult of fans that follow The Sword — Ulrich even named their album Gods of the Earth his favorite record of 2008 and its earlier Age of Winters one of the best of the last decade. Showing signs of maturing musically on its newest album Warp Riders, The Sword has mixed a little more Southern flavor into its fast-paced approach, which is sure to add killer results to its show. Dead Meadow opens the 18+ show, which starts at 8. Tickets run $14 at the door. For more information visit the Triple Rock’s website.
What do you know? And what do you want to know? Give & Take helps curious attendees answer those questions through a sort of show and tell program that features cocktails and speakers. This month’s mingling session and presentations take place at the 5 Points Building on West Broadway in North Minneapolis, and features a fascinating group of presenters. Mary deLaittre, the founder and principal of Groundwork will discuss RiverFIRST, the winning proposal in the Minneapolis Riverfront Redesign Competition; baker and entrepreneur Lynette Coleman of The Pie NetteWork will talk about pies and cooking-up a small business; and Bill and Beverly Cottman, and their daughter Kenna, share their knowledge of re-collections and re-tellings of ancestral facts and fictions. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.; it’s also free, but space tends to fill up quickly.
Alright, geeks. Here’s your chance to break out all those freestyle verses you’ve been writing about Han Solo and Willow Rosenberg over the years! The annual Geek Slam and Trivia contest tonight at Kieran’s gives you three minutes to flow fantastic about whatever fits your nerdy fancy. Slams are broken down into two rounds, three minutes apiece, and you can also bring props and dress up as a Night Elf if it will help your slamming and socializing. (Kieran’s delicious Big Gingers will also help.) After the slam wraps up, participants and audience members alike can buy-in as a team to a trivia challenge where winners get cold, hard cash. This year’s host is local funny man and nerd-around-town, Joseph Scrimshaw. There’s a $5 cover for the Slam and a $10 per team buy in for trivia. For more information, visit SlamMN.org.
We picked the Conan O’Brien documentary yesterday, so why not follow it up with Max Weinberg tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club? Since Late Night went off the air, drummer Max Weinberg has been touring the country with his Max Weinberg Big Band. Tonight’s show at the Dakota, the second of a two night stand, features an ensemble that’s smaller thanWeinberg’s Big Band in size, but bigger in talent. Multi-Grammy winning songwriter, singer, keyboard player Bill Champlin and his son Will join Max on the stage, as well as stellar sax player Mindi Abair, who is making her first appearance in the Twin Cities. There’s a 7 p.m. show ($45) and a 9 p.m. show ($35), and both are sure to be filled with fans of Weinberg’s work with Conan, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the many other luminaries with whom he’s performed. For more info, visit DakotaCooks.com.
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.