Friday, January 1, 2010

Weekend What's What 1/1-1/5


New Year's Eve has come and gone in all its glorious fanfare, and boy did we have a blast! 2009 was a grand year for us and for the Twin Cities, but we predict that 2010 will be even better. Check out our 'Best of 2009' list below for a recap of our favorite people, places and things from the past year. Although this weekend is quite light on events due to the holiday, there are still quite a few killer dance parties and shows to enjoy. So, take some Advil and shake off that New Year's Day hangover and start 2010 the right way!


photo by Joe Johnson for l'étoile agency


Jahna Peloquin gets the Dish from Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman HERE

Jahna also updates her awesome Post-Holiday Sale Guide

Our LOL/OMG blog fills you in on what happened in Social Media this week HERE

l'etoile Best of 2009 List

2009 was one hell of a year. Dare we say, a breakout year for the Twin Cities? Yes, we're calling it. The end of the decade marks a new beginning for our local brethren. From musical luminaries garnering major national press to local fashion designers kicking ass and taking names on hit reality show, Project Runway, 2009 was a wonderful, exciting whirlwind.

Click HERE for our Best of 2009 List!


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

@ Trylon
3258 Minnehaha Ave. S.

7/9:20 pm/ $8

In the mid-90s, the Americas were exposed to the seedy underbelly of a drug sub-culture through cinematic masterpieces like Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream and perhaps the most vividly delirious account – Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The first of the “In Deppth” series spotlight – a homage to Johnny Depp – the Trylon screens the wild romp that brought to life the Hunter S. Thompson novel in all its bizarre, warped glory, complete with sex, drugs, and one of Depp's most memorable character – the fast-talking, heavily baked, Raoul Duke. And yes, we know; the Uptown has shown this flick many-a-time in midnight viewings, but it's nothing compared to the Trylon's 35mm-reel magic!

Click HERE for the Trylon site


Origins to Endings

@ Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE


Winter is a good time to ruminate on life cycles, endings, and get ready for the new beginnings of spring (will it ever come?) Altered Esthetics’ show explores the concepts of creation to afterlife, and all the legends surrounding past, present and future. Don’t start to hibernate just yet! Get out there and take in some art before you spin your cocoon. Through January 30th.
Click HERE for this art event and more at



@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE


Oh Jonathan Ackerman, will you ever give our tired dancing feet a break? Last night was surely wild, and today starts your commitment to resolutions, and if they’re anything like ours, you’ve promised yourself to enjoy the city’s fantastic parties, dances, and DJs a little bit more. So, pull yourself together and head to the Kitty Kat Club for a luxurious stay at Hotel with Mr. Ackerman, Gerald is Growing and Millions Billions!

Click HERE for the facebook event


Get Cryphy!

@ First Ave VIP Room
701 1st Ave. N.

10 pm/ 18+/ $3

Nurse yr NYE hangover with a little hype, a little crunk and A LOT of dancin'. Get Cryphy's Overtime party starts 2010 off with a bang with fresh beats from resident Cryphy DJs, Plain Ole Bill & Jimmy2Times, plus BRLSQ digital mix-man, Mike the 2600 King and straight from Philly, Crossfaded Bacon Production's Emynd. Per usual, expect rowdy rap, drrtty south anthems, bmore club jams, delicious Miami bass, drink specials, and giveaways from Phenom and Familia.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Vinyl Venus Space Lounge

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave. NE.

10 pm/ 21+/ no cover

If 2009 taught us anything, it was that Venus DeMars is alive, well and still kicking out the fierce. After a few technical difficulties, DeMars' DJ night has returned to the 331 Club – for now at least. Catch the spiciest member of ATPH, as she leads listeners on an exploration through the depths of retro-vinyl with '70's glam classics, '80's punk gems, underground tracks and rarities. Feel free to dance, strut or just absorb yourself within the musical journey.

Click HERE for the 331 Club site


Um, whoa. RP/Encore has the perfect accessories for the most daring of fashionistas -- headpieces, bowties and necklaces made from vermin. Yes, vermin. Perhaps your wardrobe is missing a rat bowtie, or a pigeon wing headpiece...or maybe a mouse pendant is more your style. Animal activists, don’t get your panties in a twist — the creatures used in this line are road kill, natural death, etc and are being repurposed in the name of somewhat disturbing fashion. You will be the only one wearing a delightfully creepy fuzzy or feathered animal at the next party, guaranteed.

Click HERE for the R/P Encore site


This Ship is a Destination, Caroline

@ Art of This Gallery
3506 Nicollet Ave

7pm-12am/$10-25 donation

It’s a night of amazingness! Mail art, two stellar bands, and a whole heap of performance equals pure, arty bliss. At 7pm check out some mail art created by New York and Minneapolis artists while listening to your dream band, Bla Bla Blacksheep, then at 8pm, it's a performance extravaganza! The postmodern dance company McLaughlin & Shogren make their debut performance, and at 10pm and rockers Chokecherry provide the transcendent fun. Buy a mail art postcard, and Margaret Coleman and Anna Marie Shogren will mail it to you from the Nes Artist Residence in Iceland. All proceeds from mail art and ticket sales will help the two artists get to Iceland!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


The Minnewood Film Festival

@ Oak Street Cinema
309 Oak Street SE

7pm / $5

Celebrate the new (film) year at the amazing Oak Street Cinema! The local flixsters at Minnewood, kick 2010 off right with a bevy of Minnesota-produced short films from the likes of Jesse Roesler, Mark Ehling, Aaron Nelson, Ryan Stradjord, and Jenna Lyng. Peep the flicks, then head over to Stub & Herbs (across the street) to mix and mingle with the filmmakers and other local movie mavens.

Click HERE for the Minnewood site


Military Special, Aaron & The Sea, Total Babe, Brutal Becomings

@ The Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave

9pm / 21+ / Free

Rock 'n roll into 2010 at The Hex! Local electro rockers Military Special headline The Hexagon Bar’s second show of 2010 in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Joined by Aaron & The Sea, Brutal Becomings, and Total Babe (who we named Best New Band on our Best of 2009 list!). The best part? All this stellar sound for our favorite price: Free!

Click HERE for The Hexagon Bar site

Military Special on Off The Record (3/27/09) from Military Special on Vimeo.


Slapping Purses/Marijuana Deathsquad/Power of 2

@ Sauce
Lake & Lyndale
Uptown Mpls

9:30pm / 21+

If Skinny Puppy, Richard Devine, and Doormouse had a baby together and raised it on 8-bit pop, it may very well sound like Slapping Purses. These dancable electronic beats make us nostalgic for the days of yore when we were totally into live p.a. experimental electronic music and sound art. Slapping Purses, however, actually rock some pretty catchy beats as opposed to the crazily arranged non-music noise of much experimental sound art, keeping all the best elements in check. Joined by Marijuana Death Squad and Power of 2.

Click HERE for the Slapping Purses myspace


Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave

10pm / 21+ / Free

What better way to continue your New Year's dance-a-thon than with a glorious night of awesome 80s music? Get down to all your old favorites with hot girl DJ duo, Double Trouble, who will be flippin' nostalgic wax all the live long night. The gals will be paying special attention to all their favorite '80s punk bands as well, setting the tone with the classic punk flick Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains projected on the wall! Sip some signature Jager cocktails and party like its 1986! Not to mention, this promo pic featuring Double Trouble as Wham, really made us LOL!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


2009 wasn't a bad year for Twin Cities' music. In fact, we'd have to say we're pretty damn proud of the music our native hotshots churned out, polished in the interiors of local studios and born off street lyrics. It seemed each time we thought the bar couldn't reach any higher some talented local – with a catchy tune or an undisputed chorus – would blow our minds even further. Oh 2009, how did we love thee? Let us count the ways. Here are some of our favorite 2009 songs, in no particular order: Solid Gold's pulsating electro anthem, “Matter of Time.” Brother Ali's smooth street preachings on “Us.” Lookbook's infectious nostalgia-ridden dance track ,“True to Form.” P.O.S.' hopeful rap, “Optimist.” Total Babe's dreamy indie pop persuasion, “Barebones.” Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelle's charming folk ballad, “Ghost Town.” Red Pen's Sonic Youth-esque rock-out jam, “Baby Alligator.” Mason Jenning's gut-wrenchingly sincere narrative,“The Field.” Vampire Hand's hazy Neil Young-esque folk distortion, “Me & You Cherry Red.” Kudos Twin Cities, kudos.


JagerCon: Sci-Fi Tuesdays

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Avenue N.

Every Tuesday
10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Join hosts Kate Iverson (l'étoile magazine, Secrets of the City) and Beth Hammarlund (l'étoile magazine, A Tiny Machine) every Tuesday Night for JagerCon! JagerCon is a weekly sci-fi party featuring screenings of classic nerdy movies and television shows -- topped off with 2-4-1 cocktails all night served by Star Captain Paul!

Mingle with like-minded sci-fi geeks, discuss D&D strategies, and use that Captain Picard impression you've been perfecting to pick up chicks at the bar. Snort-laugh the night away while bragging about your MMORPG addiction and enjoy a cozy, nerd-friendly environment.

Upcoming Events:

JAN 5: Spaceballs
JAN 12: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
JAN 19: The Forbidden Zone
JAN 26: Earth Girls Are Easy
FEB 1: Return to Oz
FEB 9: Dune
FEB 16: Dreamcatcher
FEB 23: Nightwatch
MAR 2: The Hunger

This week's flick is Spaceballs!


Beth Hammarlund breaks down the nerdiest aspects of 2009!
Click HERE to read the entire article.

Jahna Peloquin catches wind of this just-released video by local electro duo, Estate.

Leading up to their New Year's Eve performance at Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, local electro-pop duo Estate released this super-sweet new video for new track "In the Red." It features what appears to be found footage from various '80s-era Korean (?) films and commercials, all of which feature adorable Asian girls hawking '80s technology products - boomboxes, TVs and the like.
For more from Le Petit Connaisseur click HERE

Estate - In The Red from Estate on Vimeo.

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson Contributors: Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Juleana Enright, Kate Iverson, Beth Hammarlund, Jahna Peloquin, Rob Callahan, Chris Larson, Chase Turner

1 comment:

estate said...

thanks for the post!