Thursday, January 7, 2010

Weekend What's What 1/7-1/12


According to the forecast, the temp may rise to a balmy 20 degrees this weekend! Woo-hoo! Break out the badminton net and the jeankini! Ok, really, DON'T break out the jeankini, but please do emerge from your cocoon of hibernation and get out and enjoy some of the killer dance parties, rock shows, and art exhibits that are poppin' off this time around. Minnesotans are notorious for thumbing their noses at the artic elements, so chin up, gussy up, and get out there!



Pocket Lab Reading Series #3

@ Rogue Buddha
357 13th Ave. Nordeast

7-9pm/ free

Start the year out properly with a few of our favorite staples: art, music and literature! Back for a third installment, tonight's volume of the Pocket Lab Reading Series features MPLS' writer, Amara Hartman; InDigest Magazine poetry editor, Brad Liening; award-winning author, local professor and editor for Konundrum Literary Engine Review, Juliet Patterson; and author and poetry professor, New York's Nate Pritts. With charming vocals and musical stylings from classical folk artist, Eliza Blue, art pieces by Rogue Buddha gallery owner, Nicholas Harper, and – if we know Pocket Lab parties – a few tasty refreshments. We guarantee it's more awesome than any of the school-related labs you've dredged through.

Click HERE for the Rogue Buddha site


The Inquisition: Art is Fun Quiz Party

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave

7pm / Free

An old-timey throw back to an event series the WAC put on back in 1940, tonight's "Inquisition" will challenge both a panel of artsy smarty pantses and the audience with tough trivia questions submitted via the Walker's website as well as questions about the WAC's history, artworks in its collection and more. Sure to produce some chuckles as well as some deflated egos, this event will not only entertain, but will load you up with oodles of clever tidbits on art and art history. Not to mention, tonight doubles as the Walker's Free Thursday event, so admission to the center is FREE! The event starts at 7pm sharp and free tickets to the quiz bowl are available starting at 6pm at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk. Space is limited so get there early! Additional events on Feb 11th & March 4th.

Click HERE for the Walker site


Twin Cities-based SHOTS Magazine announces an international call for photographic work to be considered for publication in the Spring Issue, SHOTS 107. The theme for this issue is SMOKE & MIRRORS. An established independent photography journal in its 23rd year of publication, SHOTS Magazine reaches an international audience of photographers, collectors, galleries, museums, educators and other fine art photography enthusiasts. As is the case with all SHOTS themes, the "Smoke & Mirrors" theme is open to your interpretation. Suggestions may include (but are not limited to): mirrors/reflections, smoke, trickery, illusions, shadows, screens, curtains, multiple exposures, spirit photography, special effects, implied presences, shadows, secrets, lies, deception, etc. Submission fees are $15 for non-subscribers (free for subscribers). The Deadline is February 1st so get out there and get snapping, photographers!

Click HERE for the guidelines and to check out SHOTS



@ Mpls Photo Center
2400 N 2nd St.

6pm-9pm / free

The photo epicenter of the Midwest has teamed up with Curator of Photographs at the MIA, David Little, to produce a juried show of portraits. Drawing from 200 entries, Little chose 84 images for this show, with three winning top honors. We can’t think of a better night to wander the galleries, brush shoulders with the photo world’s rising stars, and be immersed in all things photo. The exhibit runs through January.

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Rogue Citizen Art Opening

@ Nomad
501 Cedar Ave. S.

6pm-12am/ free

Anticipating their upcoming project, Public Consumption, local artist brigade, Rogue Citizens host a live art show where brush strokes meet wailing guitars. Sip down 2-4-1 cocktails until 7 pm and check out a live 5ft x 5 ft canvas painting done by the Citizens, then bid on the piece later during the night's silent auction! Plus, view new artwork on display at the Nomad while enjoying live sets from local bands Phantom Tails, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Zombie Season, and Junkyard Seraphim. Art show kicks off at 7, with music at 9. Long live collaborations!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Arcwelder/Gay Witch Abortion/ Double Bird

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave.
St. Paul

9pm/ 21+/ $6

Local scene die-hards will definitely recall the musical stylings of Arcwelder. With a bit of pop in their step and a lot of punk in their hearts, Arcwelder created six albums of catchy indie rock between 1990-1999 (back then, we called it "alternative," remember?) and earned themselves a coveted, immortal spot on First Ave's wall o' fame. Then they dropped off the radar, destined to be an elite chapter in Twin Cities' musical history -- until now, that is. Rumored to have been jamming togther once a week since their last show – forevz ago (the band has only played a few shows since sort-of calling it quits) – it was only a matter of time before the band performed again live. Tonight, witness the '90s cult rockers on Turf Club grounds with local flavors Gay Witch Abortion and Double Bird. Just a little reminder that – just like the Goonies – real rockers never say die.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site


Street Sounds

@ First Avenue VIP Lounge
701 1st Ave N


We know a magical spell to make your post-holiday blahs vanish! Take one pinch of Attitude City, a few beats from Mike the 2600 King, and the sounds of Winship at midnight on a full moon, and stir them altogether on the VIP Lounge’s dance floor. Watch in amazement as your legs do unbelievable moves and your friends transform into monsters of moves. Abracadabra!

Co-Sponsored by l'etoile magazine!

Click HERE for the Street Sounds Facebook event


Fabulous Non Grata

@ Fabulous Catering
2900 13th Avenue South

7pm-12am / $20 advance, $25 at the door

One glimpse at tonight’s Movable Feast menu and you’ll be camping outside Fabulous Catering’s ominous mural. Gastro Stations will be at every turn, offering a build-your-own-satay station, local beer and cider samples, a cash bar and so many culinary creations by Fabulous Catering, you’ll freak out. Ukulele band The Chord and The Fawn start off the musical part of the evening, followed by everyone’s favorite saw and accordion combo, Dreamland Faces. When you thought it couldn’t possibly get better, Dark Dark Dark takes a break from recording to top off the night. Nom!

Click HERE for the Gastro Non Grata Blog


It's no secret that l'etoile loves us some good b-flicks. We heart the oh-so predictable plot lines; the cheesy, melodramatic, tragicomic acting. Don't get us wrong, we're all about quality films and foreign drama, but when it comes to long winter nights nothing gets us by like a giant bottle of classic B-movie moonshine. Now the American Movie Classics website has a section called “BMC” which features the “best” B-films in all their 50's gush and glory, available to watch in their complete form with none of this short-clip nonsense for free! Some of our faves include Fiend Without a Face – a brawn vs. brains, bloodthirsty, disembodied thriller; Terror Beneath the Sea – where underwater monsters attempt to convert humans into sexless fishmen; and Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent – does it really need further explanation? Our recipe for the perfect night: a few sardonic friends, copious amounts of liquor, and BMC online– it's like your own personal Mystery Science Theater episode!

Click HERE for the AMC B-Films site



@ Nicademus Art and Framing
225 N. Snelling Ave
St. Paul

6pm-12am / free

Check out amazing new paintings and prints by local artist Chuck U, who is celebrating his first (and very well deserved) solo show! This intricate illustrator, designer and man-about-town has been creating hip hop posters, album cover art, promo designs, paintings and more with awesome signature style for years. There will be a ton of sweet posters for you to add to your collection at reasonable prices as well as original works up for grabs. To make matters more rockin', the Idle Hands play a set, and Chuck U’s iPod DJs throughout the night, setting the tone for this sure to be awesome exhibit. Thanks again, Nicademus for another look at Twin Cities greatness! Runs through February 9th.

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Franklin Presents: Open Dialogue w/ Christopher Baker and Diane Mullin

@ Franklin Art Works
1021 E. Franklin Ave.

6:30-9:30pm / free

Celebrating the closing of Christopher Baker's cleverly named installation series, Hello World, or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, Franklin Art Work presents an intimate chat between Baker and Weisman Associate curator, Diane Mullin. The exhibition – on view at FAW since late November – features a 15 ft x 48 ft grided video installation comprised of thousands of video diaries and printouts compiled from YouTube, Twitter, and cell phone images for a unique and timely confrontation on modern communication in a tech savvy new age. The open dialogue features a Q&A and a presentation of Baker's net-driven projects, past and present.

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Photo by Claude Peck for the Star Tribune



@ Familia
2833 Hennepin Ave.

8-10pm / Free

Shame on us for thinking local skateboarder, Seth McCallum was just a pretty guy with mad boarding skillz, because it seems he's a prolific artist too! Gotta love those multi-faceted sub-culture hotties. Join local skate epicenter, Familia Skate Shop, for a peek into McCallum's first ever solo art show, Pairs, a collection of "paired art formats" that range from photography to found object mixed media work. Chug a few PBRs, chat with the famed skater and check out his zany/cool pieces. And while you're there, you might as well pick up some new kicks and trucks (that's skater lingo...we think!).

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Birthday Suits, Blind Shake, Vampire Hands

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul


Are we having déjà vu? Around this time last year, B-Day Suits, Blind Shake, and Vamp Hands got together to help you ring in the first weekend of the new year, and they’re at it again, on, well, technically the second weekend of the new year. Kick off 2010 right, with loud, unadulterated rock and roll and show all other weekends this year how it’s done!

Click HERE for the Turf Club site


Idle Hands

@ The Entry
701 1st Ave. N.

9pm/ 18+/ $5

In December, 89.3 The Current DJ personality, Steve Seel, gave local melodic rockers, Idle Hands, a fantastic year-end compliment calling their track “Loaded” “a case study in 'how to write the perfect power pop song,' complete with an object lesson on the idea of 'hook.'” We couldn't have said it any better. With a pretty-faced, Brit-kin lead singer and a backdrop of creative talents, the band was easily placed in many fans “best of” categories. Head down to The Entry tonight to catch what the steady buzz has been about as the indie-throbs share the stage with power poppers We Became Actors and straight-up rock n' rollers, Chelsea Boys.

Click HERE for the First Ave site


Let's Dance!

@ Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Avenue NE
Northeast Minneapolis

11pm / 21+ / Free

A raging dance party in a supper club? You bet! Booty-shakin' professionals Millions Billions and Mønsterbrüsten will tickle your dance-bone with their sexy selection of slammin' trax tonight at the Red Stag! Along with some major dance action, you'll enjoy killer late night happy hour drink specials and cheapie gourmet treats as well as plenty of stylish eye candy.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Worn to be Wild Studio Series

@ Anthem Heart Studio
1224 Quincy Street NE
2nd Floor
Northeast Minneapolis

10pm / Free

If you checked out our "Best of 2009" list last week, you most likely noted the "Best After Hours" winner was none other than Anthem Heart Studios for their Worn to be Wild Series! We told you to keep your ear to the ground for info on their next late night soiree, and low and behold, here it is. Saturday night make your way Northeast for the next installment in this hip happening, featuring the Wants Vs. Needs DJs, DJ Bach, The Nightstalker, and Senza aka TMA rockin' the turntables all night long. Add in custom screen printed t-shirts a la Anthem Heart; live visuals from Freaky Deeky guru, Time Squid; live drawing with illustrator Dillon Bakke and more. This jam goes all night long of course, so remember to wear your party pants!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


As you probably heard, singer/songwriter Vic Chestnutt died on Christmas Day, and we’re really, really sad to see him go. If you’ve never heard his witty, sarcastic and sad songs, do it now. He worked with Godspeed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion; had a documentary “Speed Racer” made about him; and produced a grip of epic work. We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to do without him. RIP Vic Chestnutt. On the upside, December 25th will not only be known as "Christmas" and "James Brown Day" but also, "Vic Chestnutt Day."

Click HERE for the Vic Chestnutt site



@ King & I Thai
1346 LaSalle Avenue

8pm-Midnight / Free

We love this! A past l'etoile intern alerted us to his feisty new DJ night at the King & I, describing it as "two messy drag queens who just want to have a good time and dance to their favorite songs." And who can argue with that? Certainly not l'etoile...especially not l'etoile! DJs Mysti & Sissy will shake their tail-feather-boas and regale you with superior sassiness while you sip specialty cocktails and munch spicy Thai treats. If you ask us, there's no better way to cap off the weekend than by gettin' down with a couple of dancing queens! The messier the better!

Click HERE for the facebook event


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 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 weeks flick is Star Wars: The Clone Wars


Beth Hammarlund runs down her favorite celebrity looks from 2009 (not to be confused with her favorite celebrity looks of the decade!)

My favorite looks of 2009

Keep in mind that I've already included a few of my 2009 favorites in my 2000-2009 list, so in the interest of keeping things fresh, they won't be repeated here.

Click HERE for the rest of the images


Jahna Peloquin gives props to local fashion designer, Max Lohrbach, who scored a METRO Magazine Keeper Award this year!

METRO names Max Lohrbach a Keeper

METRO Magazine announced its 2010 Keeper awardees today, and among them is local fashion designer Max Lohrbach - one of my all-time favorites. Max is just pure genius.

Click HERE to read the full article

Photo by Eliesa Johnson for METRO

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson Contributors: Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Juleana Enright, Kate Iverson, Beth Hammarlund, Jahna Peloquin

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