Writers Go To The Movies: Ed Bok Lee


Not just for writers, but for any of you many creatives and arts fans out there, at Tuesday’s Writers Go To The Movies series, acclaimed poet Ed Bok Lee will present a film that’s inspired his writing practice and then, after the showing, discuss the film with Andrea Bell, a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in Hamline. Tuesday, 7 PM. $6-12.Tracy Oxford

Bryant Lake Theater, 810 W Lake St, MPLS;

Liquid Music: Anna Meredith + Varmints

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If we were putting together a list of attractions to showcase MPLS + STPL to a broad national/international audience for, say, a big event for out-of-towners, we’d 100% put Liquid Music at the top of the list. We’re consistently wow’d by the selections and blown away by the ground-breaking work that the series showcases, and Wednesday’s Liquid Music show co-presented with The Walker at Aria with Anna Meredith will surely continue the program’s streak of incredible performances—Meredith’s maximilist compositions mix contemporary classical, art pop, electronica, and experimental rock into astral journeys that are must-see, must-hear for any fans of new music. 7:30 PM. $25, $20 for SPCO/Liquid Music subscribers.Taylor Carik

Aria, 105 N 1st St, MPLS;

Magic 8 Ball

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We fully expect the Magic 8 Ball dance, drag, and performance show to bring a who’s who of the Twincy performance scene to the Bryant Lake Bowl audience on Wednesday, since there’s also a who’s who on the stage. The one-off show includes recent Choreographer’s Evening programmer Megan Mayer, Theresa Madus live and the full Mad King Thomas via video, McKnight performance fellow Supergroup, and more, and also sold out last year, so grab your tickets in advance and get to the cabaret early for good seats. Wednesday, 7 PM. $10-$16 sliding scale.Hank Stacks

Bryant Lake Theater, 810 W Lake St, MPLS;

Discussion: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall: A Rock Ballet”

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The Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota came up with a concept so crazy that we can’t help but be intrigued—they’re doing an all-new original full-length rock ballet, The Wall, with live music by the band Run Like Hell and costume and set painting by renowned Chicano artist Jimmy Longoria. Want to hear more about the one-of-a-kind show before the run starts in March? Check out their discussion between the production’s many different creators at tonight’s discussion at the Cowles. Wednesday, 6:30 PM. Free.Robin Geldonn

Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;

On Our Radar: Have a “Super” Weekend

KBEM’s “String Theory” host Kevin Barnes hosts one of the screenings of the new film Django, about jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, at the Film Society of MSP. FRI. [TIX

While a lot of local rock has a modifier (blues-, garage-, etc.), show from The Missing Letters, The Modern Era, Porcupine, and Toy Planes in the Entry is just good old high energy rock. FRI. [TIX]

The cool stage at Mort’s is dabbling in the comedy business, check out their early Semi Pro Comedy show before the late set from Private Oates. FRI. [INFO]

“No ticky, no washy”! It’s a live musical adaptation of The Toxic Avenger at the Phoenix Theater. DATES. [TIX]

The lil’ doggos are back at Bauhaus in the morning for The Pupper Bowl. SAT. [INFO]

Get in a little shopping at the vintage pop-up happening in Duke Albert in Northeast MPLS. SAT. [INFO]

Little Mekong is doing it’s first ever Winter Night Market at the Farmer’s Market in St. Easy. SAT. [INFO]

Even more outdoor single-digit fun at The Luminary Loppet and party around Lake of the Isles! Plus they’ve got a Surly/Barbette beer garden that is going to be warm and cool. SAT. [INFO]

Everyone should check out Doc’s solo project Theyself, it’s great, also he’s playing at The Kitty Cat Klub. MON. [INFO]


There’s going to be lots of Zubaz giveaways at The Turf Club [INFO], the cocktail room at the artsy Norseman Distilling [INFO], Du Nord will be selling some of their new Mixed Blood Whiskey [INFO], both restaurant and cabaret at the Bryant Lake Bowl [INFO], Psycho Suzi’s will have an unlimited pizza bar and tatter tot buffet [INFO], Fair State Brewing will be grilling and serving beer by the pitcher [INFO],  

MN Homegrown Showcase + MWMF Pre-Party

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First up, for the Minnesota Homegrown Showcase, The Hook & Ladder assembles a range of rockers, including the bluesy young guns in The Shackletons, red hot newcomers The Bad Man, Whale in the Thames (we can’t get enough of their “Give Me Real” ripper), and the eclectic and melodic Loons in the Attic. Then for Saturday’s pre-party for the upcoming Midwest Music Fest (Hey, it’s North now, c’mon), the distortion gets cranked up with Black Eyed Snakes, the extra-down and dirty Liquor Beats Winter, blues journeyman Mike Munson, and Americana act The Heavy Set, who are releasing their new album. We’re also always hyping up The Hook’s beer selection, but it’s an added bonus to an already great couple of weekend shows. Friday, 8 PM. $6 advance, $8 door. Saturday, 8 PM. $10 advance, $13 door.Paul Cajun

The Hook & Ladder Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, MPLS;

The Shaw Bros’ Kung Fu Style: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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The film so good the RzA named the first Wu-Tang named their first album after it! The Trylon’s new series—classic kung fu films by the Shaw Brothers studio that popularized the genre—kicks off with the iconic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), an amazing picture widely regarded as one of the greatest martial arts films of all time. “The Shaw Brothers’ Kung fu style, when properly used, is almost invincible”! Sunday-Tuesday. $8.Curt Stanski

Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS;