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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; thecowlescenter.org


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]

SUPER VIEWING SPOTS

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; hookandladder.com


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; trylon.org


The Maids

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Critics have given Dark & Stormy Productions’ new The Maids nothing but excellent reviews and we’re not surprised—the theatre group consistently puts out highly acclaimed work, and their take on Jean Genet’s dark, sexual, and smart drama follows suite. At the small space in the Grain Belt Warehouse, audiences sit up close to the actresses in the bedroom setting, making the three maids’ tale of intrigue, black comedy, fight choreography, and excellent performances even more intimate and even more impactful. You won’t want to miss out on the buzz, but luckily you’ve got two more weeks to catch it. Various dates. $15-39.Hitara

Grain Belt Warehouse Studio 202, 77 13th Ave. NE MPLS; artspace.org


Illuminate South Loop

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We went to the kickoff for Illuminate the South Loop last night and we’ll be honest—it was chilly if you didn’t wear enough warm gear. But if you dress like you know you should, and then grab a steaming drink that makes your mouth also steam, the cold just becomes a part of the fun. The mini-festival includes outdoor artwork, fire pit warming stations, a very fancy ice bar, and scheduled performances (which are fun to see when the performers have to be bundled up). Plus you can park or take the LRT right next to the space! Check out the full schedule of events and project descriptions here; The preem-o tix include: front row parking, two meal and two drink tickets, and a ring side view of a pep rally for spring. Congrats to our Cheer Hour ticket give away winner Molly H.! Friday, 5 PM. Saturday, 4 PM. Free GA, $40 VIP.Hank Stacks

Bloomington Central Station Park, 8100 33rd Avenue S, Bloomington; bloomingtonmn.gov


Unprecedented Flurry

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Whether you’re a long-time local or a big game visitor shocked into regret by the weather, head to Hair + Nails art gallery in the Witch District (it’s a real thing and we love it!) on Friday to check out the new solo show of paintings by Samual Weinberg. The exhibition showcases his bright, detailed, dynamic style—each piece looks like a still from an experimental animation—and focuses on his cartoonish muse/protagonist, the Pink Man. And along with the art in the show, Weinberg will also be releasing a new book/zine, The Pink Man Files: Volume 2 that includes more artwork around the character. Friday, 7 PM. Free.Tessa Brady

Hair and Nails, 2222 1/2 E 35th St, MPLS; hairandnailsart.com