Thursday, April 22, 2010

Weekend What's What 4/22-4/27


MNFashion Week is still in full swing and we couldn't be happier! Springtime styles abound and the fun, well, it's a-plenty. While we've got a number of cool fashion-related events featured in this week's edition (see our Guide to MNFashion Week for the full lineup) there are also more art, film and music events than you can possibly shake a stick at. Be sure to join us on Friday for our official MNFashion Week event, Imagination Mechanism at the Eitel Building!


Photo from l'étoile's 'Kiss me, Cake'
photo shoot, debuting at Friday's event!


Check out our full guide to MNFashion Week HERE

Beth Hammarlund reviews Voltage: Fashion Amplified HERE

Jahna Peloquin updates our Sales and Shopping Guide HERE


With Art-A-Whirl quickly approaching, May 14-16, we thought it proper to clue you in on some awesome artists who will be showing their work this year! Check back each week leading up to the Whirl for more artist spotlights, plus our big guide to Art-A-Whirl 2010 the week-of! This week's pick is the talented Daniel Buettner.

What do a robot, a chicken and a handbag all have in common? Why, local artist Daniel Buettner of course! The first in our series of Art-a-Whirl spotlights, Buettner’s paintings are a hodgepodge of ubiquitous objects juxtaposed in one free association stream of consciousness. His works are pop references to everyday life where a hand grenade seems perfectly at home assembled near a sole go-go boot and a whoopie cushion. We can’t wait to see what the artist has in store for Art-a-Whirl, and frankly, we can’t even begin to guess. Catch Buettner at the Northrup King Building during Art-a-Whirl’s whirlwindy weekend, showcasing sooner than you can say “I heart Northeast.”

Click HERE for the Daniel Buettner site and visit for more information on Art-A-Whirl 2010!


St. Paul Art Crawl

Various Locations / Free

6pm-10pm Friday, Noon-8pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday

An overwhelming amount of creativity and ingenuity makes up this annual spring art extravaganza. Some people say St. Paul is sleepy, but the bazillion or so artists who call Capital City home prove otherwise. Traverse old warehouses and lofts, galleries and coffee shops and lay eyes on pretty much every kind of art imaginable. Tour studios, party arty and meet the artists who make the pieces you’re drooling over -- and if you’re smart -- you'll take home as much as you can carry. Highlights? Well, there are definitely too many to list here, but we'd suggest visiting the Northern Warehouse which will feature a film room where you can watch video pieces created by they buildings' artists; a gallery show of artists Daniel Choma and Jamie Paul Lamb; work by prolific painter Kara Hendershot and many more in dozens of artist studios throughout the building, plus 33% off work by awesome photographer Rhea Pappas, whose dreamy underwater pix make us wish we were mermaids. We'd also suggest popping into the Black Dog Cafe where live music by Carnage, Beatrix Jar and more will entertain throughout the weekend. Another great stop would be the Back Alley Gallery where renowned illustrator DWITT will be holding court with his merry art collective, shilling reasonable priced prints and an eclectic range of original artwork. Hit up 262 4th Street East to find the In Progress art show featuring work by a number of local artists revolving around the theme of how our environments affect us and the people around us. Last but not least, l'etoile fave Jesse Draxler and Justin Sehorn present Bloodtime at the Everest Building. Check out the link below and snag the printable map!

Click HERE for more info and a map of all the locations!

Art by Dillon Bakke, showing at the In Progress exhibit


Imagination Mechanism

@ Eitel Building City Apartments
(Rooftop Sky Park 7th flr)
1367 Willow St

7pm-10:30pm / Free

Join us for a real-time peek inside the creative process of fashion photography! 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 and Secrets of the City staff, then watch as l'etoile implements 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 refreshments will be available, including hot n' tasty apps from Ginger Hop restaurant and even hotter people. And dress to impress: we’ll be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to the Guthrie Theater's production of M. Butterfly to the most “fashion photo ready” attendees! Sponsored by l’étoile magazine, Secrets of the City, Vision Models, Eitel Building City Apartments, and Ginger Hop Restaurant.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

For even MORE Fashion Week events this weekend visit our Guide HERE



@ Ex-Anthony Shane Florist
1901 Nicollet Ave

7-10pm / Free

Grown out of the petri dish of local arts, the five artists involved in tonight’s exhibit offer up a mixed medium showcase of science, experimentation and discovery sans the microscope slides. Join artists Abbi Allen, Chad Sokoloski, Raina Belleau, Adriana Rimpel and Andrew Vomhof for an opening bash you don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy. Sip down tasty refreshments and groove to tunes while you peek tonight’s pedagogical pieces. Lab coat not required!

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ 1419
The Basement
1419 Washington Avenue
(Seven Corners)

8pm / Free

Head to the the 1419 space on the fringe of the West Bank this evening for some underground art mayhem! Home features work from Twin Cities artists loosely influenced by the idea of the word "home." Featuring the work of Celestine Pueringer, Inna Royzenfeld, Will Hayes, Miles Mendenhall, Robbie Yates, Will Grant, Aaron Anderson, Eric Carlson, Mike Burrill, Sophie Weil, Alex Oskie, Tim Hudson and Jake Stein.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


"Catwalk Cabaret Fashion Ball"
What: This fashion ball and Ballet of the Dolls benefit is an evening full of high-end fashion, produced and styled by Grant Whittaker and Myron Johnson (the creative team behind not only Ballet of the Dolls but also Glamorama). Guests will experience a full, avant-garde cabaret with four luxury runway shows and a pop-up boutique, with fashions supplied by Grethen House, John Novachis, Specs Optical and Ann Lambrecht Jewelry. Tickets are $30 and available at The Ritz box office or online at (and include a complimentary Prairie Vodka cocktail).
When: 7:30-11 p.m. (8 p.m. show.) Friday, April 23 & Saturday, April 24. Where: Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis. 612-436-1129.

For even MORE Fashion Week events this weekend visit our Guide HERE


Rebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy VII

@ First Ave
701 1st Ave North

8pm / 18+ / $10

This Friday night, glitz, glitter and glam reign supreme at Rock For Pussy – the 7th annual tribute to David Bowie. Curated by 89.3 The Current fave Mary Lucia, The evening’s house band includes musicians from sexy musical savants Jim Walsh, Christian Erickson, The Honeydogs, and E.L.nO., while lead vocals will be handled by singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, Lori Barbero, Janey Winterbauer, ex-Jayhawk Marc Perlman, Ciaran Daly of Idle Hands, and many more in a musical homage to the Thin White Duke himself. Dress up in your Bowie best and shakedown to the hottest glam jams. All proceeds benefit the Minnesota Valley Humane Society Cat Shelter. Seriously people, who doesn’t want to help a bunch of destitute little pussies? Meow!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Pegasus presents TIRED: A Celebration of Gay Cliche

@ Bedlam Theater
1501 S. 6th. St.

10pm / 21+

Oh, this will be fun. Gay clichés and stereotypes will be in full effect tonight. Drive your Lesburu or bike on your fixie to hear tunes a la Judy Garland, Cher, and a plethora of '90s divas. Fake tan stripping is promised, and we can only wish for one Indigo Girls song. Possibly the best idea ever.

Click HERE for the Bedlam site


We really live in the best state! Not one to let an artist go uncelebrated, this new weekly half hour show on Twin Cities Public Television highlights all the hidden and sparkling gems of the Minnesota creative scene from visual artists to performers and everything in between. The premiere episode, which debuted Thursday night on tpt2, features photographer Alec Soth, musicians the Twilight Hours, painter Joe Paquet, metal sculptor Heather Doyle and more. The MN Original website will stream episodes each week for those of you who don't have a telly, and also features fun sneak previews of interviews with of some of our favorites, like comic artist Zak Sally, fashion designer extraordinaire Emma Berg, and letterpressers Lunalux. We’ll be glued to our boob tubes every Thursday at 7:30pm!

Click HERE to visit the MN Original site

Show 101: Tease from mn original on Vimeo.



@MNfashion Studio
Grainbelt Building
79 13th Ave. NE.

1-5pm / $5

Local upcycling line CounterCouture is hosting an MNfashion Week event that is one part clothing swap, one part DIY workshop, and one part eco-fashion show. Donations will be accepting beginning April 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the MNfashion Studio (Grain Belt Bottling House, Studio #212) or during the event. Then the day of the event, you can pick out new items, and even have local designers customize the look or have Anthem Heart screen-print on it for only $5. The fashion show will include new looks from CounterCouture, Je Ne Regrette Rien, and Marissa Bridges, styled by I've Got Your Style.

Click HERE for more information

For even MORE Fashion Week events this weekend visit our Guide HERE


A Man's Show

@ The Lowry Theater
16 W. 5th St.
St. Paul

8-10pm / Free with RSVP to

Guys don't ever seem to get as much attention as the ladies in the fashion scene. Fellas, feel neglected no more. This runway show will feature sartorial options from VState, Elsworth, Details Style Lab, and eyewear from the Spectacle Shoppe. Live music from the School of Rock’s student band Road Crew will provide a rockin’ accompaniment to the runway show, which includes an all-underwear segment. You can buy a retail discount ($10 for 10 percent up to $30 for 30 percent) for any of the retailers involved for a $5 donation, with proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities.

Click HERE for more information

[A look from Elsworth at Envision; photo by Chris McDuffie]

For even MORE Fashion Week events this weekend visit our Guide HERE



@ 1620 Central Ave NE
Warehouse Dock 11

8pm / $15 (early VIP reception $75)

If you love the arts – and we know you do – head over to Northeast grounds tonight for a delightful benefit gala celebrating one of our beloved local art galleries. Tonight’s sixth annual art soiree benefiting Midway Contemporary Arts features pieces from over 35 local, national and international artists in live and silent auctions. In other words, the chance to walk away with some really awesome art, not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting the local art scene! Nosh on delicious hors d’oeuvres and sip tasty signature cocktails (which are included in your ticket price, btw!) and schmooze with tons of artsy movers and shakers all while digging some fresh tunes courtesy of DJ Black Lacquer. For $75, join the VIP crew for a cocktail reception and art preview from 6:30-8 and be the first to scout out the artwork. All proceeds go towards supporting future Midway art programs, so dip into your pocketbooks and feel good about it. Oh, and did we mention it’s being held in a cool old warehouse? Neat-o!

Bonus: Our editor, Kate Iverson, is on the host committee for this event, so feel free to say you heard about it through her when you purchase your tickets online HERE!

Click HERE for more information


My Nameless Love

@ Cult Status Gallery
2913 Harriet Ave S

8pm-Midnight / Free

When Cult Status gallery owner, Erin Sayer, was recently accosted by an anonymous “hater” phone call, she did the unthinkable – remixed it and made an art contest out of it asking for remastered versions of hater voicemail. But really, can you expect anything less from the owner of possibly the most badass gallery in town? Tonight, join the progressive art spot for another killer show featuring over 20 local artists in a exhibit with no themes, no boundaries “just pure 100%, raw love” fittingly entitled, My Nameless Love. Peep awesome art, chat about creative rebels and sip – oh what the heck – gulp(!) down free refreshments. Live dangerously! Cult Status approves.

Click HERE for Erin Sayer's “hater” remix.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


The Dramatic Portrait: People & Nudes in the Badlands

@ Umber Studios
3109 E 42nd St.

8pm / free

Last May, Doug Beasley led sixteen photographers and models to the badlands for a Vision Quest Workshop retreat. Expect nudes (ooh-la-la!), emotive figures, and spectacular scenarios. Mr. Beasley is a miracle worker with the camera, and his students in this exhibit channel his magic. Through May 10th.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Nyteowl CD Release

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave

9pm / 21+ / Free

Romantic Life has been unleashed on the world! Nyteowl’s friends Lookbook, Foodteam, Cepia and Muxmool convene to welcome this little bundle of synthy pop into your eardrums. Congratulations, Nyteowl, it’s electric!

Click HERE for the Hexagon site



@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave. SE

10pm / No cover before 11:30 p.m., $3 after

DJs Bach, The Nightstalker and Sweet Talk Radio (that's Ken Hannigan of Anthem Heart's take on his Real Talk Radio moniker) converge for this month's edition of the newly-reinstated Menergy dance night. This time around, the kitschy, homoerotic-fueled dance night will feature the usual hard-hitting beats to disco melodies, plus a new addition: live video mixing by Time Squid (aka Hal Schuler). He'll be doing his futuristic video remixes of party guests, akin to Andy Warhol's infamous "Screen Tests," which were unveiled at Anthem Heart's Worn to be Wild party earlier this month. The boys will also be unveiling a new Menergy drink - purportedly a very manly concoction with vodka and Red Bull.

Click HERE for more information


Mid-Fest Madness Party

@ Gallery 13
811 Lasalle Ave.

9:30pm/$10 (or FREE to Film Fest Ticketholders!)

Following the MNSPIFF screening of the indie film Night Catches Us, Minneapolis’ Gallery 13 is hosting night of film-inspired mayhem! This year’s edition of the Mid-Fest Madness Party will include hot beats and yummy treats. City Pages’ newly named best DJ of 2010, Mike 2600, will be spinning the night away with a performance by the hotness that is Bight Club. Plus, Pizza Luce, Bona Vietnamese and the New French Bakery will be providing a ton of free yummies complimented by fresh lager from Summit Brewing Co. Come out to dance, chow down and watch Minneapolis’ finest B-Boys (like New Heist Crew, Warriors and Optimistic Crew) battle it out on the dance floor.

Click HERE for the Gallery 13 site


Attitude City

@ Clubhouse Jager
913 Washington Ave

10pm / 21+ / Free

Our favorite dance party is back! The badass boys of Attitude City are at it again with their monthly installation of music and mayhem. Join the DJ duo for a night of delicious dance beats and Clubhouse Jager’s tasty cocktails. Not only is it free, but we guarantee that you’ll have an awesome time mingling (and sweating) with some of Minneapolis’ finest.

Click HERE for the Attitude City site


This Sunday’s music pick, Punches, is exactly the type of tunes you would expect: a techno slam of beats that will get your blood pumping and your body moving. This new-fangled colab of bloggers including NYC duo Finger on the Pulse (, remixers (like New Yorker Alan Astor), brand promoters (their main man The Kid Robb), party hosters and disco DJs that hail all the way from Brooklyn, NY. Lucky for us, the team is all about bringing the most upbeat grooves and catchy dance remixes just in time for summer! If you like what you hear, listen in and help them get #1 on Hype Machine with their “Only You Can You Make You Happy” remix.

Click HERE to check out the remix


Riot Act Reading Series

@ Turf Club
Clown Lounge (basement)
1601 University Ave.
W. St. Paul

7 pm / 21+/ $5

Tonight, the Turf Club's rebellious ruffians aren't the stumbling lushes in the corner – they're the literary hooligans with the mic! The Riot Act Reading Series returns to the Turf Club's Clown Lounge after a couple cameos in the 612 with a kick ass line up of rowdy readers. Hemled by punk poet Paul D. Dickinson along with clever cohort Laura Brandenburg, tonight's extra special edition will feature a solid lineup of performers including renowned poet Brett Eugene Ralph (author of Black Sabbatical, Paula Cisewski, and Steve Marsh. Stick around after the reading for Hairy Karaoke -- we hear Paul D. has promised to sing "Eye of the Tiger" and that alone ought to be worth the trip.

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.


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 Flick is Tank Girl!



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!!!!

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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