PlayLabs 2015


Friday the 13th Part IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER


Sonja Stardust Butt Slapping Birthday Bash

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Upcoming: See Jane Sing! with Jane Lynch

Well that’s fun. Along the lines of all those readers who got super excited about the VIP meet-and-great for America’s Test Kitchen (we love the show, think Kimball is just a weirdo, Bridgette4lyfe), the Minnesota Orchestra just announced the iconic Jane Lynch will be performing at Orchestra Hall at the end of the month. Get on those tix ASAP, the Glee, A Mighty Wind, and Annie on Broadway star is going to sell that place right out.

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More Weekend Events: A&C from Rad Womyn and Men

We’ll remind you tomorrow, too, but all this weekend be sure to catch some of the Minneapolis Underground Film Fest (MUFF) showings at St. Anthony Main, lots of good stuff on the lineup, as well at the Twin Cities Black Film Festival at Intermedia Arts.


They’ve been playing the new album from Spider Bags at Treehouse Records and when they do, customers just snatch up copies, so the vinyl shop invited the band to play an in-store before the sold out Triple Rock show. Fair State Brewing releases two of their mixed-culture barrel aged sour beer program. The Denler Gallery hosts a reception for the exhibition of mostly unseen work from artist Anne GeorgeCity Wide Artists have an opening for In For a Penny, In For a Pound: New works by Eric Yevak. The White Page gallery also has an opening and that’s for Micro-Cosmic Adventures/The Teleporting Eye, a new exhibition of work from Annie Blazejack & Geddes Levenson. Worldwide Discotheque brings an African dance party to The Nomad. Next up in the Red Bull Sound Select series, The Joy Formidable! It’s Britney (Spears) Mania at a special installment of Flip Phone at the Rev Ultra Lounge. Jim Frick, winner of the Jonathan Ackerman Birthday DJ Challenge, guests at X-Scape with sexy meme-maker Alex Uncapher and meme-hater Buju Fanta at the Kitty Cat Klub.


Don’t forget about Tunes ‘n’ Toons vinyl music and brunch and classic cartoons at the Turf Club for Breakfast. Beer freak will likely pop over to Indeed Brewing‘s 4th Annual Hullaballo music and beer block party. Stanley‘s has Barktoberfest with Secondhand Hounds and a Schell’s beer tent. MidModMen has a pop-up sale for their third anniversary. All the hip music fans will be at the Electric Fetus to see CHVRCHES do an in-store signing. The Calveras are coming to the Skyway Theater with Soulfly and guests SoilworkIMS hosts the fancy charity gala Babies & Badasses 2015 Newborn Foundation Gala. There’s a “Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design & Illustration” Book Release Party at Club Jager. Taking festivals and running events to their logical conclusion, the Night Nation Run running music festival races around Canterbury. “Upyerathlon Twin Cities is the premier event for the 21st century healthy, literate and socially committed athlete with appreciation for irreverence” and it’s in St. Easy. If you didn’t go to any art openings Friday, and even if you did, go to PINCH Opening Reception at Roslaux Gallery and the Rad Womyn Art Show at Caffeto. Singer-Songwriter-Rocker Jillian Rae plays The Bedlam Lowertown with Radio Lark and Hot Date. Metal maniacs Sanctuary play the T-Rock for The Swordlord’s birthday. Our homie Ben Miller of The Federales rounds up some friends to play with him at Vieux Carré. Holy crap the mighty Eleganza! will destroy the 331 before embarking on a southern tour.


The White Page gallery celebrates their two year anniversary with a party at the Fulton Tap Room. Help kill breast cancer at the Kill Kancer benefit at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Ultra hip dance night Nightchain:Soulection Sunday somehow makes Icehouse even cooler than it normally is.

La Belle Vie, 1998-2015

Dear Dara delivered some bombshell foodie news yesterday: La Belle Vie will be closing in October. Understandably, local foodies . . . how can we say this . . . lost their shit? LBV was definitely MPLS + STPL’s premiere restaurant, so it’s definitely a loss to the food scene, no question.

Two things stand out to us in Dara’s shocker. First, halfway down the report, hometown food giant Tim McKee blames Mayor Hodges and the Working Families bill, as well as the minimum wage increase as a big factor for the closing. Is that true? He also says LBV has $5 forks, so covering their costs isn’t just about labor. And it’s no secret that McKee is friends with the Downtown Council, who are against the new workforce changes like minimum wage increase, so that could be playing a big part in the comment. The other thing that stood out for us was how many of our cohorts have actually never been to La Belle Vie. Several people have tweeted admissions they never went—not that they needed to in order for the business to stay open, but maybe the did—and that’s as shocking to us as the closing.

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