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.
Tonight’s Pocket Lab Reading Series features an especially exciting lineup of presenters, so for all of you nice poetry-reading-and-writing folk, this may be your ideal Thursday night for inspiration. Make yourself comfortable at the Rogue Buddha and listen to the works of Emily August, who’s currently writing a dissertation on the relationship between some interesting topics: nineteenth-century medical textbooks, surgical practices, mortuary and funerary aesthetics, anatomical exhibitions, and fairy tales. Dan Boehl, author of Kings of the F**king Sea, and Chris Tonelli, author of four chapbooks, will share some of their writing as well. Molly Sutton Kiefer, who recently won the Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press poetry prize for her chapbook, The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake, will be reading too. 7 p.m. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., pocketlab.blogspot.com. —SB
You don’t need another reason to go to a Saints game—the cheap tickets, special events, ushertainers, and other regular shenanigans are reason enough to visit at least once per season—but we’ll give you one. Midway stadium becomes Zombieland tonight at the Saints vs. Railcats game, so awaken your inner zombie and head to St. Paul. There’ll be a Zombie of the Night costume competition (so dress to impress!), a zombie parade through the Grandstand, a Zombie Baseball Crawl (wander your way around five of the nine beer shacks to fill up your punch card and get a free Zombie Land t-shirt), and other Zombie-themed activities. Pay just $13 for your outfield reserved ticket, a hot dog and soda voucher, and a (brand new for 2011) Saints hat. Get your coveted Zombie Land tickets at the box office (they’re sold out online). For more information call 651-644-6659. —SB