Lots of really good stuff this weekend: 12,828 Days in This Body mixes screen prints with a movement duet at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. [INFO] Can you speed up the process of making a rock by drinking coffee? We can’t wait to find out at Big Old Rock at Open Eye Theater. [INFO] A Cold War conspiracy full of 80s power ballads? That’s exactly what Chess at Gremlin Theatre is! [INFO] Do you take Star Trek over Star Wars (refuse to believe the positive reviews)? A Klingon Christmas Carol returns and lands at the historic Mounds Theater. [INFO]
Dosh and his friends have been playing Cedar show for 10 years now and you can help them celebrate. [TIX] Do you take Star Wars over Star Trek? Think the new one is as good as the reviews are saying? How can you possibly do that? Well, if so you should definitely go see the In A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . . at Gamut Gallery that runs all weekend and free on Friday. (Pictured) (93% fresh on the new Star Wars has to be a mistake.) [INFO]
Every new Public Functionary show is a cause celebre, and the upcoming show is Drew Peterson: Hurry Up and Wait and looks at the MPLS-based artist’s stripped down approach to screen printing. [INFO] Element Boxing has a very cool auction for their new Element Foundation for Youth scholarships and programming at the gym. [INFO] Lots of stuff happening at Can Can Wonderland over the whole weekend, including sets from DJ Queen Coopa. [FB]
Here’s some stuff we’ve got our eye on for the weekend. We’ll sprinkle previews of different happenings throughout the week so you can get as much lead time as possible. Check the On Our Radar page to see everything for the week in case you miss something.
Extra chill Top Shelf night with Sarah White and her friends, plus special guest Babyghost, returns to Tattersall Distilling. [FB]
Dosh and his friends have been playing Cedar show for 10 years now and you can help them celebrate. [TIX] Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band do a Tom Petty tribute (including some limited TP karaoke) and Barely Losing (Americana punk rock’n’roll from La Crosse) and The Grass Is Growing (4-piece bluegrass TP tribute) at the 331 Club. [FB]
Every new Public Functionary show is a cause celebre, and the upcoming show is Drew Peterson: Hurry Up and Wait and looks at the MPLS-based artist’s stripped down approach to screen printing. [INFO]
Kicking off tonight and running through the weekend, the National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival—a national undertaking done by New Native Theater here in MPLS + STPL—features 15 different plays from local and national, emerging and mid-career playwrights, all showcasing Native stories and talents. The production is taking place at the Gremlin Theatre, and from the sneak peeks New Native Theater has shown, the transformed space looks amazing and there’s a wide range of stories. And if for some reason you can’t make it one of the nights, the fest will also be performing work during Sunday’s Open Streets on Franklin Avenue. Weds-Saturday. $25. —Margeaux Devereaux
Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-228-7008, gremlin-theatre.org
Twincy, Filmtown™: Don’t forget there’s a bunch of really great films and parties happening around the killer Sound Unseen films about music festival, including Bad Rap, the documentary about the international impact of hip-hop, and Who Is Lydia Loveless, a film that follows the musical prodigy and her conquering of a post-music sales world. There’s also the Spanish- and Portuguese- Language film festival Cine Latino, for which we also have some recommendations.
Sounds: Very fun Afro-Latin groove machines Malamanya plays an early show at honey. Rocket Appliances play Inbound Brewco with their buds in Earthquakes & Heartaches and Lakewood Cemetery. DJ Slamdunkapher’s new crazy dance night is Slip n Slide at the Kitty Cat Klub and describing it would be pretty NSFW.
Screen: Princess Mononoke is the Midnight Movie at the Uptown Theater.
Stage: Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES stops at The Fitzgerald the finale of its 20th Anniversary Season. We’ve heard good things about Marisol by José Rivera, “a dark fantasia that reflects the social and spiritual turbulence of the early 1990s” that’s at Rarig.
Sounds: Icehouse is probably the best venue you could see Aby Wolf and Eric Mayson play a show. Third Annual KISS Music From The Elder Celebration is devoting a day to KISS. The Blind Shake play an intimate show at Hymie’s. Black Market Brass releases their album with Duffel at The Hook.
Art: Are you excited for the big new Martin Luther exhibition at
the MIA Mia? We’re excited to check out the new Soap Factory basement space, Gallery Four, for paintings and installations by University of Minnesota Professor Mathew Zefeldt. There’s two exhibitions opening at Rosalux, Cat’s Whisker Diode Pulses by Dan Buettner and Wander by Elaine Rutherford. Round out the art tour with a stop at SooVAC for Hot Chroma, with the physicality of oil paintings by Jordan Clark, Kayla Plosz, Matt Reimers and Jeremy Szopinski.
Missed the launch party for the very cool new book Heyday-35 Years of Music in Minneapolis? Grab brunch at the Turf Club and pick up a copy. United Noodles Deli hosts a Indoor Autumn Luau that includes Kahlua pig. It’s another big show in the Aster’s River Room series with John Hermanson of the acclaimed duo Storyhill.
Arts: Swing into the big fall open studio tour Art Attack at Northrup King in Northeast MPLS.
Sounds: The heavy blues duo Buffalo Fuzz release their anticipated album at The Cabooze. Pretty solid rock lineup at the Triple Rock with Birthday Suits + Fury Things + Lutheran Heat. Celebrate six years of one of the best electronic music nights in Twincy with System at The Pourhouse.
Words: The GLBT library Quatrefoil launches new book of poems by the award-winning Greg Hewett.
Food + Drink + Fashion: Northern Grade teams up with Upton 43 for a Marknaden Middag dinner at The Machine Shop where they’re holding Northern Grade.
Stage: Don’t forget the Twin Cities Horror Festival is still going on!
Twincy, Filmtown™: Wonder what Amélie would be like if it was about a murderous chef? The Uptown Theater had Delicatessen for Midnight Madness.
Sounds: Prairie Fire Lady Choir fill up McNally Smith for a show with Matt Latterell. We’re pretty excited to see the Hot Lava quintet play inside of Sawatdee in St. Easy. Mallman plays with Minnie/Bluntz + up-and-comers Graveyard Club at the Uptown VFW. Since Twincy is TributeTown™, there’s a big bill of coverbands at the Triple Rock for the Dimebag Darrell Tribute.
Arts: Lots of good stuff this week at the Midway Contemporary Art Library, including the opening for The Geo Politics of Monetized Airspace.
Pig Ate My Pizza throws a pizza party with beer from Fair State Brewing. Tired of monochrome MN? Fresh Traditions throws a
must-attend SOLD OUT! show at A’Bulae for local fashionistas. Uptown Tattoo celebrates an incredible 17 years with a big bash. ACME Comedy celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a bash as well.