We often joke about who should get celebratory murals around MPLS + STPL, but in all seriousness we’re ready for an artsy building-sized painting of Minnesota-born Lea Thompson. Last year the actress was one of the highlights of the Twin Cities Film Festival and this year she kicks things off with an appearance for the premiere of her directorial debut, Year of Amazing Men. The picture features her daughters in lead roles and they’ll also be joining Thompson at the festival kickoff party at Showplace Icon Theaters at West End. And while that would be enough, the TCFF also has a screening of Breathe, another directorial debut, this one for none other than the amazing Andy Serkis, and The Florida Project, a story of a young girl and her mother living in the shadow of Disney World. The festival runs for the next two weeks; you can check out their schedule, and we’ll have other recs for films coming up. 5:30 PM, 8:15 PM. $20 each. —Curt Stanski
Showplace Icon Theaters, 1625 West End Blvd, SLP; showplaceicon.com
Some notable names in the national and local arts meet up tonight at the Ordway to talk shop and expect many of Twincy’s artists, curators, funders, and even civic leaders to be in attendance to listen. As a part of The M’s current exhibition, We the People, Chicago-based arts advocate and all around big deal Deana Haggag will be joined by Public Functionary’s Tricia Heuring and local poet and arts advocate Venessa Fuentes for a conversation on everything from creatives’ contribution in building cultural scenes, funding accessibility (or lack thereof), even the shifting landscape of American identity. And what would an arts talk be without any art? Ananya Dance Theatre opens the night with a performance. 7 PM. $10 general, $8 students, artists, seniors. —Hank Stacks
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, STPL; ordway.org
Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman has been at the forefront of a Native food renaissance and a great contributor to the glowing MPLS + STPL food scene. Tonight at the Aster he and food writer Beth Dooley will discuss his new book The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen and its recipes for modern indigenous cuisine. Of course there’s food—along with copies of the book and the discussion, samples of dishes from the cookbook will be available throughout. 6-9 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford
Aster Cafe, 125 Mainstreet SE, MPLS; astercafe.com
It’s one of the highly anticipated performances of the fall arts season: A collective of local dance companies present GORGE, the void where dance meets rock. DaNCEBUMS opens each evening of the four-part performance with their riotous approach to dance that also includes a collaboration with Eric Mayson in Press Kit. Next, April Sellers Dance Collective recreates their work The Animal Corridor with a new cast member. Alternating performances with ASDC, Samantha Johns and Nona Invie create an ode. Finally, Detroit-based Kristi Faulkner Dance closes out every night (and their tour to Minneapolis via the GRUNT network) with Four Letter Word and music from Motown! Thursday-Sunday, Various Showtimes at The Southern Theater.
These GORGE shows will have a Who’s Who of the local performance community on the stage—and in the audience. It’s also going to be a great dance/movement show for both long-time fans and folks looking to get exposed to it for the first time. Just reply to the email that you’re interested for a chance to win tickets from us!
There’s a few local historical regrets that we have, things like never getting to hang out at Goofy’s or Rifle Sport, not taking more Uptown Bar pint glasses, not buying an old crappy building that would eventually be turned into expensive condos. Also high up on that list: missing the early years of Trash Film Debauchery‘s screenings, when it was still the real crazy stuff. Luckily, since it’s hard to remember a movie’s experience fourteen years on, TFD will be revisiting those first early screenings, including tonight’s Japanese zombie musical. Just look at that insane shot from it! 7 PM. $5. —Curt Stanski
Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS; trylon.org