Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weekend What's What 5/20-5/25


We think it's safe to say spring has sprung! Our cool-weather garb has been officially packed away and we're more than ready for patio season. This weekend provides plenty of awesome art and music events as per usual, but in the spirit of the season, we encourage you get out and go for a nature stroll or a leisurely spin on your bike. After all, before you know it we'll be complaining about what the humidity does to our hair and giving you tips on the best places to enjoy air conditioning. Summer is coming!



Beth Hammarlund reviews the Death of Red Shoe show

Jahna Peloquin updates our Sales & Shopping Guide



@ The Lab Theater
700 1st Street N.

8pm / $12-$25

Minneapolis Fashion Initiative, a group of like-minded local designers join forces in the name of wearable, street-smart clothing, present their debut show on Thursday within the raw confines of the Lab Theater. The young, up-and-coming designers, comprised of Tender Cuts by Emily Bryngelson, Dawson by Amanda Chaffin, Kathryn V. by Kathryn Sterner, and Niki English, will be showing their new spring and summer lines with a focus on separates and stylish pieces that can be worn everyday. With all the designers sold exclusively at Cliché, styling by Cliché stylist Andrea Oseland and a segment of spring looks from the popular local boutique, the show is a definitely family affair. Tickets are available at Cliche and at the door.

BONUS: Official after party at Clubhouse Jager!

Click HERE for the Mpls Fashion Initiative site

A look by Tender Cuts, photo by Ben Lansky and Natalie Olbrantz


The Spectacle of Fashion

@ SEVEN Rooftop
700 Hennepin Avenue S.

4-8pm / Free

This is the first we've heard of a local fashion show that is centered around eyewear, rather than simply being accessorized by it, but you know what? It's about time. After all, we all know no summer look is complete without a pair of fierce shades. Graf Optical and IamMoody produce this sunglasses and eyewear-centric fashion show on the swanky rooftop of Seven Ultralounge, just in time for some gorgeous weather. The show will be highlighted by eyewear from OGI, Gucci, Prada, and Tag Heurer, plus fashions from Joynoelle, Bumbershute, Elsworth Menswear and Second Debut, styling by Miyagi Salon, and rooftop decor by our fave interior decorator/drag queen, Richard Anderson. And for an altruistic twist, for every sunglass and eyewear purchade made, Graf Optical will donate one pair of eyeglasses for those less fortunate.

Click HERE for the Facebook invite


Juiceboxxx/Chelsea Boys/Bight Club/MCVL

@ Secret Location
West Bank

9pm-2am/ $5

Lovers of white-boy rap and hipster bounce delight as rapper/producer/kinetic geek hound, Juiceboxxx trucks his Miwaukee-based rudimentary basement beats to Club Med tonight for a brilliant and innovative showcase of fresh rhymes. Joining the noisecore rapper are locals dance-punkers, Chelsea Boys; hip-hop experimentalists, Bight Club; Beastie kindreds, MC/VL; and bangin' live sets by DJs Travis Stearns & Jonathan Ackerman. Not sure where the secret location is? We can tell ya it's on the West Bank, behind the Bomp headquarters if you know what we mean. If you still don't get it, just message the creator of the Facebook event, silly!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Congrats to our pals at Burlesque of North America! The talented local screen printers score a coveted feature in the famed graffiti/design/culture rag, Juxtapoz Magazine. The boys say "After years and years of sending them creepy “PUT US IN YOUR MAGAZINE” letters, the fine folks over at Juxtapoz have finally agreed to feature us! With the help of photographer Daniel Corrigan and designer-turned-interviewer Aaron Draplin, our big feature has arrived on newsstands. Check it ouuuuuut!!!"

Click HERE for Burlesque's post about it!


Daniel Wieken Art Opening

@ BlackBlue
614 Selby Avenue
St. Paul

7 pm / Free / All Ages

St. Paul artist Daniel Wieken is known for his comic book-style ink illustrations, but his work is far more sophisticated than those descriptors imply. The artist's work ranges from small scale illustrations to large scale murals, creating creepy little worlds to become lost in for hours. Come to BlackBlue for some wine and cheese and a chance to ask the artist what exactly is going on in that head of his.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Art of This at 1419

@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave

8pm-12am / $5-10 donation

Put your money where your (experimental) art is tonight at Art of This' one-night benefit bash at the 1419 space. A cosmic voyage into visual and audio dimensions, the event features multifaceted performance art from “neo-media, SoRealists” and hilar social commentators, Party Food; sound/video manipulators and official space investigators, Wet Dub One – complete with drum machines, cassette players and video channels - and live music from experimental a'cappella band, obchod na korze. All proceeds from the event go towards supporting Art of This' conceptual artist-run, Open Summer Residency Program – one dedicated to producing the radical local prog art we love and swoon over – so donate until your heart's content!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Andy Elwell Tour Kick-off Show

@Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Avenue South

9pm / 21+ / Free

Plucky guitar notes, exquisitely throaty vocals...not to mention a gorgeous guy? Yeah, must be Andy Elwell. Stop down at the Hex this Friday and support Andy for the first show of his new tour, undoubtedly laced with tunes from his tasty third solo album, No One You Will Ever Know. Joining Andy will be the wonderfully mellow Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords, the groovy Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, and the achingly jazzy Bella Ruse. Nothing will break your heart more beautifully than this lineup, we promise.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

ANDY ELWELL - "The Morning Sun" from Northern Outpost on Vimeo.


Peter Wolf Crier CD Release

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

9pm / 21+ / $8

For those of you local music junkies who aren’t already frothing at the mouth over Peter Wolf Crier, you should do yourselves a serious favor and make your way down to the Turf this Friday night for the official release of the duo's heartbreaking debut album Inter-Be - a stunning collection of arrangements that nod to country blues and recall the lo-fi indie folk of M. Ward or label mate Bon Iver; whose stripped down vulnerability reminiscent of sitting around a campfire on a late summer night. Joining Peter Wolf Crier is the equally brilliant Kill the Vultures, so expect an intense romp with Minneapolis' finest.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site

Photo by Stacy Schwartz


Red Pens/Gospel Gossip/Teenage Strangler

@ Sauce
3001 Lyndale Avenue S
Uptown Minneapolis

9:30pm / $7 / 21+

When Sauce opened its doors on Lynlake, one couldn't help but wonder, "Sauce? Really?" Nevertheless, this music venue has become the best place in Uptown to catch great shows and meet cute boys and girls. This weekend three local acts bring their rock and roll stylings to Lynlake: Teenage Strangler, Gospel Gossip, and l'etoile favorites Red Pens. Good music. Cheap cover. Caffrey's-adjacent. What more could you want on a Friday night?

Click HERE for the Sauce myspace


Oprah can have her Steinbeck, as long as we have our Jacqueline Susann novels. That's right. Ready yourself for the trashiest book club of all time. There is no great literature here, but we're pretty sure book club leaders Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls have some naughty, bad and awesome cult classics up their sleeve. An online reading group that uses Twitter hashtags and Facebook as discussion mediums, the Trash Novel Book Club is not only deliciously debaucherous, but it's also high-tech! So put on your satin turban, pour a glass of champagne, and light a fire (for when you need to throw your champagne glass later), and cozy up with this month's inaugural selection: Valley of the Dolls. Don't get us wrong, l'etoile loves Tolstoy, but it's almost summer. It's time to get our crap read on.

Bonus: Totes sponsored by l'etoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook group


One Man Minneapolis

@ Pantages Theatre
805 Hennepin Avenue
Downtown Minneapolis

8 pm / $29 / All Ages

After two months (has it really been that long?) of voting, One Man Minneapolis will come to a close at Pantages Theatre. The competition celebrates the coolest, handsomest most good-hearted men in the city -- all for a good cause! A "man pageant" of epic proportions, the One Man Minneapolis finale event will feature the top 5 finalists competing in a potentially hilarious judging process that includes formal wear, interview, and (our fave) a work out segment. We've also heard whispers about a possible dance routine. But despite our rampant Mr. America jokes, One Man is all for a good cause: the winner will get to donate $2500 to his favorite charity, and who can argue with that? Not to mention, the guys are a handsome fleet of community involved, talented, smart and charming dudes who deserve a little "pagentry" if you ask us! Support your favorite do-gooder (we'll be out for our ad man Brian Gioielli!!!) and stick around for the swank after-party at Chambers.

Click HERE for the One Man site


Artists' Co-Op Rummage Sale

@Lowertown Lofts Co-op
255 East Kellogg Blvd. (alley Entrance)
St. Paul

9am-4pm / Free

Ah, spring cleaning season! Motivating good folks to shed some layers of stuff and allowing hoarders the opportunity to gorge. Make sure you stop down to the Artist’s Co-op in St. Paul sometime on Saturday to check out the three floors (THREE FLOORS) of blissful second-hand thrifting, as multiple households and artsy types have pooled their antiques, furniture, books, vinyls, art, collectibles, tools, household items, knick knacks, and various cool things. For those of you who need more stuff. This is the treasure hunt you have been waiting for! For those of you who think you have enough stuff: Don’t be ridiculous. You know you need that ceramic flamingo ashtray.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Jager Spring Patio Party

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington N.

4pm-2am / 21+ / Free

Join l'etoile and Clubhouse Jager for an fun summer kick off party on the patio! Relax at the newly revamped outdoor chill spot and take a seista at the ALL NEW side patio that has it's own outdoor bar! Outdoor acoustic tunes will entertain into the evening, with a wild dance party to commence indoors after 10pm. The Jager crew will be grilling up meat tubes (as in hot dogs and brats) and you'll be privy to them (AND a beer) for a mere 5 bones. No pun intended. At dusk gather 'round the outdoor fire pit and eat some Smores, if you know what's good for ya. See you on the patio!

Sponsored by l'etoile

Click HERE for the Facebook invite


Pick Me Up: New Works by Terrence Payne

@ Umber Studios
3109 E 42nd St

8-11pm / Free

The characters in l'étoile fave, Terrence Payne's latest exhibit couldn't stumble through life in a more colorful way. Engulfed in vivid oil pastels, silk screen prints and bold lines, the works in Pick Me Up illustrate Payne's organic narrative where each portrait's personal evolution appears to visually unfold before the viewer's eyes. Expect bright hues, exaggerated features and habitual daily routines paired with whimsical phantasm. And, as you all ought to know, Umber openings are always a great time!

Bonus: Check out Kate Iverson's interview with Terrence Payne at City Pages HERE!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


City Pages Best of the Twin Cities Bash

@ Varsity Theater
1308 4th Street SE

8pm / 18+ / $10

It's one of our life goals to win a City Pages 'Best of' for something or other. Good hair? Being awesome? tap dancing? Well, ok, maybe we're reaching. However, we do love that CP has, for many years, gone above and beyond to single out and honor the most amazing local talent, best independent businesses, and coolest happenings around these here parts. This Saturday, City Pages, their friends, fans and of course this year's 'Best of' recipients come out to party and liberally back-pat each other. Featuring three-time 'Best of' winner Dessa headlining the night with her poetic hip hop-infused musings and velveteen vox. No Bird Sing opens.

Click HERE for the City Pages site


PEGASSUS: $pring Feeeeever DOCTOR PLAY

@ Bedlam Theatre
1501 6th St. S

9:30pm / 21+ / $5

You know what Minneapolis can absolutely never have enough? Parties celebrating gaydom. Seriously. In one of the most fabulously gay events this fine flaming city has to offer, Pegasus is an all-out opus of drag, dance, music, comedy and obviously, glitter -- with a hilar dose of trashiness and shock thrown in for good measure. With an intermission and closing party hosted by the talented DJ TELL IT TO MY ♥ and DJ Gay Pain, performances by Mysti, Sissy, Muscle Twitch, HIVixXxen and more, this is the perfect opportunity to bust out that Cher wig and tuck it, honey.

Fun fact: Sissy used to be a l'etoile intern!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Get Hip! A Benefit for Laurel Turek

@501 Club
501 Washington Ave. S.

8pm / 21+ / Free

A rockin' party with a fantastic lineup...for a worthy cause? We’re all about it. Hit up the 501 on Saturday for Chooglin', Ouija Radio, Iguano, new super group Pink Mink, and Hamburger Help Me -- and shake those hips to celebrate local music scenester Laurel Turek's new one! Laurel underwent hip replacement surgery, and this event is part celebration, part fundraiser for those uber-icky hospital bills that were wracked up in the process. Plus, let’s not forget the awesome raffle that will also be taking place at midnight, with tons of cool giveaways (from spa packages to cooking classes to yoga sessions). Put on your best booty-hugging pants and prepare to shake your stuff all night!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Two words: Pink Mink!!!


l'étoile hearts Casady sisters “Coco” and “Rosie,” and it's not just because the ladies can sport “fugly hot” even better than Peaches. Defying trite definitions of “freak folk” since their '04 debut album, La maison de mon rêve, the beatboxing duo add elements of blues, opera and hip-hop – often rapping while kid's toys create circuit-bent, lo-fi noises in the background. Their latest album, Grey Oceans – released last week on Sub Pop Records – is another ambitious, surreal dream sequence in audio form from the eccentric pair. Though some of songs on the album seem to move along like honey, when they do pick up the pace, it's well worth the wait. The duo incorporates modern interpretations of tribal elements, world music and genre jumping. Tracks like “Hopscotch” - equal parts jazzy tavern throwback and drum 'n' bass – reminds fans why experimental is listenable and the baroque, piano-laced, “Undertaker,” features a sample of the girls' Native American mother singing in Cherokee – a beautifully sentimental add-in. For every downtempo, piano ballad, there's an ethereal synth-laced track that stays true to their flair for ridiculous musical combinations and lyrical jabberwocky – aka the unmistakable vocals, Pitchfork calls “Björk channeling Billie Holiday.” No one does mystical jazz better.

Click HERE for the Cocorosie site


Rockstar Bookshelf: Sci Fi

@ Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street

7pm (doors at 6pm) / $12 ($10 w/ Fringe Button)

Make it so, Number One! Warp down to the BLB this Sunday for another round of clever yarn-spinning and quippery courtesy of the The Rockstar Storytellers. This time, with a science fiction theme! Most of you know that l'etoile loves us some BSB, Buffy, Dr. Who and the like, so we're certainly interested in hearing what the Rockstars have to say on the subject. Hosted by Dave Mondy, the evening will feature the literary antics of Joseph Scrimshaw, Allegra Lingo, Allison Broeren, phillip low, Courtney McLean, and special guest performer (and l'etoile contributor) Rob Callahan.

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.

MAY 25: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
JUN 1: The Neverending Story


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

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