Thursday, March 25, 2010

Weekend What's 3/25-3/30


All the crazies and creatives are coming out of the woodwork as Spring stakes its official claim! We're in the clear, friends, and what better way to shake off your fear of Winter's return than with a weekend filled to the gills with cool, colorful and dynamic events? We're quite sure we won't be able to make it to all of them, but we're banking on our ambition and our ability to multi-task like total maniacs. Follow our lead, make an unrealistic itinerary and stick to it...because trust us, you won't want to miss a thing!



Jahna Peloquin updates our Guide to Sales & Shopping

Juleana Enright interviews Voltage designer Brianne Jones

Juleana Enright interviews Voltage designer Christine Carmichael

Juleana Enright interviews Voltage designer Frances Zerr


1964 & Recollection Openings

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave

5-9pm / Free

Join the Walker for a double-header art opening featuring two visually enigmatic, decade evocative exhibits. In Recollection, Lorna Simpson showcases six major pieces from her collection of early ‘90s paper and felt media, as well as film highlighting her year-long Walker artist residency and new works. Known for her radial impressions of sexual identity, relationships and interpersonal communication, Simpson finds inspiration in film noir, vintage snapshots, fragments images and tableaux text. Also opening tonight is pop-art reminiscent, 1964. Curated by Siri Engberg, the exhibit highlights the explosive art movements that happening during the year’s political upheaval, featuring visual art, performance, music and graphic design through the mediums of prints, artists’ books and film. While you’re there, don’t miss Walker’s exclusive First Thursdays event with exhibits, film and soundbites for your entertainment pleasure.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Jeremy Messersmith

@ The Whole
Coffman Union
300 Washington St. SE

8pm / $3 U of M students, staff, faculty; $5 everyone else

The dapper and quirky Mr. Messersmith is freshly back from SXSW and has more fans to show for it, we’re sure. You too, will become his #1 fan (if you're not already!) after seeing him perform an intimate set tonight at the Whole. Jeremy regularly brings a tear to our eye with his earnest, beautifully arranged melodies and thoughtful lyrics about love and life in the Twin Cities. Definitely worth battling it out for a parking spot on campus! With Derek Luttrell and Mama Doom.

Click HERE for more info


Some legends were made last Sunday in NYC at the first Olympics specifically for the unsung heroes of the art world: art handlers. Teams of handlers ran the gauntlet of games—a hellish delivery through Chinatown, a difficult install, a crazy curator, all with a scrutinizing audience watching and guzzling beer. Get out your power drills and levels and start training for next year, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

Click HERE for pix from the event or visit the official site HERE


AIGA MN Design Show 2010

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave

5-6pm award presentation, 6-9pm reception/ $40 members
$55 non, $25 students

Join a bevy of talented and innovative graphic artists, their peers and mentors at the annual AIGA MN Design Show! Tonight’s event, the culmination of the annual juried competition, is judged independently by leading professionals across the country. The one-night-only exhibit showcases our local brethren's keen eye for design effectiveness and aesthetic appeal from branding to product packaging to art projects and everything in between. Head down early to celebrate the AIGA MN Fellowship Awardees, Sue Crolick, Joe Duffy and Eric Maden, then stick around for a block party-esque reception featuring DJ beats from So Gold, a photo booth helmed by Rebecca McDonald of B-Fresh Photography, and local artists sharing trade horror stories and inspiration-ridden tales of local design glory.

Sponsored by AIGA, Target. and l'étoile!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Punch Out Poetry

@Peach Gallery
275 E. Fourth St., Ste. B200
St. Paul


Get ready: this Friday night is an all-girl slam fest! Get in on the poetry antics of local ladies at the Peach Gallery’s second slam session. Watch as 10 women fight head to head to be named the champion poetry slammer in both three-minute and one-minute rounds. Hosted by poetry genius and community rep Shá Cage, the night will be a battle to win a spot in the Punch Out Poetry finals in May. After their exciting first bout, this round is one lyric gathering you won’t want to miss out on!

Click HERE for the Peach site

Photo by Ink Tea


Mike Perry: Lost in the Discovery of What Shapes the Mind

2501 Stevens Ave.

6pm-8pm / Free

Former MCAD'er, book author, magazine publisher, illustrator, fashion designer, painter and teacher Mike Perry (phew!), returns to his alma mater for an exhibit of work inspired by "memory, place, and the nature of the mind." This prolific and talented artist has made a name for himself in the art and design world (and beyond) with his captivating imagery and eclectic range of mediums. Perry has worked with clients such as the New York Times Magazine, Dwell and Urban Outfitters and has won numerous accolades in the field of design including being named one of the Art Directors' Club "Young Guns." A show not to be missed!

BONUS: After Party with the artist at the Red Stag Supper Club from 11pm-close featuring DJs the 717 Boys!

BONUS x 2: On Saturday, head to our fave design boutique, ROBOTlove, from 2-3pm for a special in-store appearance by Perry, who will be on hand to chat and sign copies of his books, zines and posters. Kewl!

Click HERE for this art event and more at Check out this cool video of Perry at work in his studio:

Studio Tour from Michael Perry on Vimeo.


Eliza Blue CD Release

@The Cedar
416 Cedar Ave. So

7pm / $8 adv, $10 door

We can’t get enough of the pretty vocals and timeless musical talent of the adorable Eliza Blue. Luckily for us, this Friday the lovely lady is making an appearance at The Cedar Cultural Center to celebrate of the release of her new full-length album, The Road Home. In addition, opener Aby Wolfe is sure to sweep you away with her sweet songs and mesmerizing musical talents. Tonight will be filled with gorgeous melodies you'll most definitely fall in love with, so be a doll and cough up the $8 cover; it's a small price to pay for such a tasty musical buffet!

Click HERE for the Cedar site


David Lynch Tribute Night

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

9pm-2am / Free

Gentle, misunderstood readers: you never need to hide your David Lynch obsession from us. Whether it’s your kindred preference of PBR over Heineken, your interest in amnesia induced bi-sexuality, or simply, your hankerin’ for man-made chicken; we’re not here to judge. And we’ll be the first to admit that David Lynch gets us “hotter than Georgia asphalt.” So, tonight, head down to the 331 Club and mingle amongst fellow Lynch enthusiasts for an evening of music, giveaways and costumes in honor of the fascinating kook himself. Come dressed to the max as your fave Lynch character from Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks, etc, to win fab prizes from the Guthrie, Matchbox Café and the Jon Oulman Salon. And to set the ominous mood, DJs Grant Cutler (Lookbook) & Greg Schaal will be spinning eerie jams all night long inspired by Lynch’s avant-garde nature. And FYI: we’ll give our first born to the best spawned Elephant Man mask!

Sponsored by l'étoile, baby!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The Jennefit

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
St. Paul

9pm / 21+ / $10

You’ve probably seen local photographer Jenn Barnett at pretty much every rock show you’ve been to, relentlessly snapping pictures of the bands and capturing the awesome rock n' roll essence of the local music scene. Well, she won’t be able to do that anymore unless, of course, you attend this rockin' benefit at the Turf tonight! Simply put, Jen's camera died and she needs a new one. And considering all the volunteer time and efforts she's put into documenting the scene, we definitely agree that everyone ought to pitch in! Tonight's "Jennefit," put on by Jen's pals, will feature local music legends The Honeydogs, The Mad Ripple, and a slew of others who undoubtedly have been immortalized in pixels by the lovely and talented Ms. Barnett. Think about it: the more peeps who show up, the better camera she can get, which means photos of your band (or your friend's band) rocking out will be that much more epic.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Photo by Jenn Barnett, of course!


Farewell Austin

@Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave. S.E.


Hot after returning from SXSW, local screen-printing crew Anthem Heart reunites with some of the Twin Cities' most beloved bands for laidback night of grooves. Members of Solid Gold, the Guystorm and Dearling Physique - along with Anthem Heart's Ken Hannigan, who was screenprinting with Anthem Heart down south - give their instruments a rest and take the stage at Kitty Cat Klub as deejays. Get there early to snag one of Anthem Heart's ultra-sexy, limited-edition "Austin, Texas" screen-printed tees from their live screen-printing gig at SXSW.

Click HERE for the facebook invite



@ Bedlam Theater
1501 S. 6th St.

10pm / 18+ / $5 with RSVP, $7 without

It’s finally bike-riding season, so get on that saddle and ride down to the Bedlam to bomp your butts off! The Bedlam will be filled with movable music tonight, courtesy of Shannon Blowtorch and Mark Fox (!) in the Fireplace Lounge, and party-poppers the Moon Goons, Soviet Panda, Wzz Winship and Get Cryphy in the Mainroom. You might need to refill on something from the Bedlam’s Late Night $5 or Less menu to keep your energy up, and now that the weather is nice, you can can even dance your way onto the Bedlam's rooftop patio! Viva la Bomp!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The Midnight Movie Society presents: Quadrophenia

@ Brits Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall

10pm-2am / $5 adv, $10

Bust out your scooters, winklepickers and mohair suits because for their 3rd installment, The Midnight Movie Society – brainchild the amazing DJ Jake Rudh – screens The Who’s rock opera, Quadrophenia. A journey into the '60s mod subculture, the cult flick follows a working class, junkie mod who lives for the whirl-winded Brighton Beach nightlife. Dance your ass off to a custom soundtrack from DJ Jake Rudh which is sure to include tasty '60s French new wave and psych-rock tracks. Don't forget to primp to perfection, as’s photo studio will be on-site to capture mod-inspired looks throughout the night. And if pretty pictures aren't enough for ya, The Midnight Movie Society will also be shelling out prizes for the “best dressed” and “most participatory." Come early to enjoy drinks, carousing and sardonic repartee with local film aficionados, followed by a ritzy Maker’s Mark Toast and the film’s screening. Reserve your tix at the link below and we’ll see you there, in your modwear!

Click HERE to purchase tickets and for more info

Brianne Jones, Christine Carmichael, Frances Zerr

With Voltage: Fashion Amplified just weeks away, l'étoile returns to give you the skinny on the talented local designers involved with this year’s runway show. Each week, tune in for more designer spotlights and get the lowdown each participants design aesthetic, personal style and a sneak peek of their ’10 Voltage collections. Not to mention, l'étoile Culture Editor, Juleana Enright will let you in on an intimate Q&A sesh with each designer, where they'll dish on everything from their favorite local spots to how they sharpen their creative chops. This week’s spotlights include Brianne Jones, Christine Carmichael, and Frances Zerr.

Voltage Fashion Amplified happens Friday, April 16th at First Ave. For tickets and more info visit

Click HERE to read about Brianne Jones

Click HERE to read about Christine Carmichael

Click HERE to read about Frances Zerr


Aesthetic Apparatus 11-Year Anniversary Party + Super Sale

@ Aesthetic Apparatus Headquarters
2215 Snelling Avenue

Noon-Midnight / Free

Happy birthday to Aesthetic Apparatus! Beginning at noon, artsy deal-seekers will help the boys celebrate by sifting through and spending some cold hard on their stellar selection of $5 scratch-and-dent posters (in other words, minimally damaged prints). Then, at 7pm revelers will come out in full force for a rockin' party complete with drinks, “food” (we don’t know why they put it in quotes), and live tunes via The Blind Shake and Beatrix Jar. If somehow you’ve denied yourself the pleasure of an Aesthetic Apparatus print up until this point, today is the day to rectify that horrendous mistake -- call it your personal birthday gift to the boys!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Ivory Tower Art Auction

@ Bridgewater Lofts
215 10th Ave S

7pm / free, donations encouraged

Spring is in the air, and luckily for us so is art! Tonight, join the U of M’s non-profit undergrad literary mag, Ivory Tower for silent auction featuring paintings, photography, mosaics, and more by local artists -- all for a good cause. Enjoy appetizers courtesy of JD Hoyts, peep a live painting sesh courtesy of talented MPLS art collective Rogue Citizen, and groove to a live guitar/banjo jamming set from Relatives of Frank. All proceeds benefit Ivory Tower staff and next year’s literary issue. Win-win, say we!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


ARENA Bikini: Haute & Cold

@ AQUA Night Club
400 1st Ave. North

7-11pm / 21+ / $40

The temperature is finally heatin’ up...and so are events around town! This Saturday, join us at the bar for what MSP Mag calls "the sexiest event in the Twin Cities." ARENA Dance Company once again takes its dancers off the stage and puts them onto the runway in this third annual dance/fashion extravaganza, choreographed by celebrated artistic director Mathew Janczewski. To keep things edgy, the fashion show mashes up winter wear and, you guessed it, swimwear! Aqua nightclub hosts this hybrid of performing arts and skin baring sexiness that will benefit ARENA, which is a local contemporary dance organization. The event and performance will feature not only this summer’s best swimwear and toned up professional dancers, but tasty brews, appetizers, spectacular performances and a variety of hot, hot music. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a special guest appearance by Project Runway alum and localite, Christopher Straub.

Click HERE for the Arena Bikini site


Spree: New Works from Jennifer Davis

@ First Amendment
1101 Stinson Blvd

7-10pm / free

Local art sweetheart Jennifer Davis switches up her signature style with a new exhibit heavy on intensity and color with splashes of pink, electric lime and neon hues. Harnessing her flavor for whimsy and girlish subculture, Davis’ new solo work displays a subtle shift in palette with simplistic lines and sketches highlighted by vivid colors and strange illustrations. Sip down cold brewskies and delicious wine, enjoy live music from the Book of Right On and get your hands on a new limited edition Jen Davis Owl print, created by the talented boys at Burlesque of North America. Plus, it’s one day after Davis’ 35th birthday, so hop down, wish her a happy b-day and peep delicious art conceptions to your heart's content. On display until April 20th.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Methadont: 365 Drawings by Jesse Draxler

@ Umber Studios
3109 E 42nd Street

8pm / Free

For 365 days (beginning on March 23rd, 2009), musician and writer Benjamin Kucera sent artist Jesse Draxler a word, phrase, lyric or poem. No matter the place, supplies or state of mind, Jesse created a daily art piece based on these words. Without much time to over-think each piece, the final products seem to be almost a gut reaction to the words and the visuals that they represent. A truly collaborative project, Ben's words reflect the rough and the smooth of his daily life, while Jesse reinterpretations add a whole new layer of mood. Hit the opening reception tonight for artsy socializing with the artists and an insight into both their personal lives. Why the strange name for the show? Well, the word "Methadont" was the inspiration for the first collaborative piece the duo produced.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Back to the Garden

@ Soap Factory
518 2nd Street SE

8pm / Free

In response to the Soap Factory's current exhibit The New Land of Milk and Honey, local writers and a choreographer have concocted stories, poems and dance pieces about communal living. Dashingly-dressed Andy Sturdevant joins Brian Beatty, poet Held Erdrich, novelist Geoff Herbach, dancer Sarah Jacobs, poet Jen March and fiction writer Cheryl Reitan to bring you literary gems of the most artistic variety.

Click HERE for the Soap Factory site


Menergy Returns

@Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave. S.E.

10 p.m./Free

Everyone's favorite kitsch-tastic, homoerotic dance night returns after a hiatus that began after last fall's one year anniversary. The usual suspects - DJ Nightstalker and visual stylist Time Squid - are back to tickle your eyes and ears with tricked-out '70s lady mag fodder and juicy, heavy beats. The very manly guest roster includes DJs Bach and Ken Hannigan of Anthem Heart.

Click HERE for the facebook invite.


Birthday Suits Record Release

@ Turf Club
1601 University Avenue W
St Paul

9pm / 21+ / $6

Saturday night, the Turf Club will host Minneapolis' most utterly bombastic and unhinged duo of musical mastery known as the Birthday Suits, as they deliver their second full-length album of short, chaotic bursts of songs each clocking in at less than two minutes. Hurricane riffs and battling drums skate effortlessly across genres spanning spazzoid punk and beer-soaked rock anthems - if you have not witnessed the insanity that is a Birthday Suits live performance you haven't lived. Chooglin’, The Dynamiters, Leisure Birds round out a top-shelf bill that will most certainly leave your ears ringing.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site

An oldie but goodie from the B-Day Suits:


Attitude City

@ Clubhouse Jager
913 Washington Ave

10pm / 21+ / Free

The Attitude City boys are back at Jager once again for their monthly mix of badditude, blowing up the dance floor with a carefully curated cache of beats and creating the perfect setting to get buck wild. Sweat and shimmy to the glorious disco sounds of this longtime favorite DJ duo while sippin' cocktails and makin' eyes at the beautiful people. Most def one of our favorite parties of the month!

Click HERE for the Attitude City site

Blue Sky Blackout

Our awesome pal David De Young of has been profiling the bands that will be performing at Voltage: Fashion Amplified on April 16th at First Avenue! This week's spotlight involves one of our personal faves: Blue Sky Blackout!!!

From HWTS:

"If there’s such a thing as good cholesterol, perhaps there’s such a thing as good testosterone. Every time I see the six members of Blue Sky Blackout on stage, I can’t help but think: damn, that’s a lot of dudes. And cool, fashionable dudes at that, who know how to rock."

Click HERE to read the full profile on Blue Sky Blackout


Vintage Voltage

@501 Club
501 Washington Ave S

8pm / 21+ / Free

Vintage Voltage rock is back again with the third in a series of monthly live music shows leading up to the main event, Voltage: Fashion Amplified on April 16th. This Sunday, join Voltage vets Mercurial Rage and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles PLUS a special preview of 2010 Voltage band, the super-rockin' Blue Sky Blackout! Mingle with the flocks of flashy fashionistas who will surely be in attendance, sip a cold one, and get the deets on what's happening at Voltage this year!

BONUS: l'etoile's Beth Hammarlund and Jahna Peloquin DJ between band sets! Sweet!

Click HERE for the Voltage site


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.


MAR 30: Metropolis
APR 6: Beyond Thunderdome
APR 13: Strange Days
APR 20: Doctor Who: The Enemy Within
APR 27: Tank Girl
MAY 4: Moon
MAY 11: Ghostbusters
MAY 18: Pontypool
MAY 25: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
JUN 1: The Neverending Story

This week's movie is Metropolis


Jahna Peloquin gives us the rundown of events happening during Spring MNFashion Week, April 17th-25th. And believe us, it's going to be a VERY busy week!

Click HERE for Jahna's preview

"Envision: Artopia" promo image by Miles Schuster



Excuse us while we gush. l'étoile's own advertising manager, Brian Gioielli is one of the finalists for the annual One Man Minneapolis contest! The competition identifies the one man in the Twin Cities who represents the best of the best from the perspectives of community involvement, personality, intelligence and fitness. Well, if you ask us, Brian embodies all of these! Our boy not only volunteers his time for l'étoile, but also does a ton of charity work including being the Vice President on the St. Paul Festival Association board, 12 Bars of Christmas charity event co-organizer, and YMCA volunteer. He's also hilarious, adorable, and one of the most kind-hearted and fun dudes we've ever met.

The best part? If Brian wins, he gets to donate $2500 to his choice of charity, and has even committed $1000 of his personal winnings to l'etoile, so we can put together outfits to donate to another great non-profit, Dress for Success! Isn't he sweet? Vote for Brian every day starting this Friday at!!!!

Save the Date: Imagination Mechanism
an interactive fashion party exploring the creative process

Friday, April 23, 2010 / Free
7pm to 11pm (photo shoot styling begins at 7:30pm)

Join l'étoile magazine for a real-time peek inside our creative process! We'll return once again to the Eitel Building's gorgeous Rooftop Sky Park on Loring Park for a stylish, interactive mixer that will invite you to play creative director for a day. Try your hand at designing fashion photo shoot mood boards and story boards with the help of l'étoile staff, then watch as we implement these same processes to create a live fashion photo shoot that will include everything from styling, shooting, retouching, and even editorial layout -- all right before your eyes. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be available, along with music from l'étoile DJs. And dress to impress: we'll be giving away prizes to the most "fashion photo ready" attendees! Sponsored by l'étoile magazine, MNFashion and Secrets of the City.

Voltage Tickets on Sale NOW!

Voltage: Fashion Amplified returns to First Avenue on Friday, April 16! An MNfashion production, Voltage is the flagship fashion event held each spring, kicking on MNFashion Week! Filled with a bevy of local fashion design set to the backdrop of rockin' local bands, Voltage is a can't-miss event! For a full lineup of designers and bands, to purchase tickets, and also keep up on Voltage news, teasers and the schedule for the Vintage Voltage Rock Show series held at the 501 Club leading up to the big event at 1st Avenue visit

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Juleana Enright, Lauren Gantner, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Rob Callahan, Beth Hammarlund, Jahna Peloquin

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