Thursday, October 21, 2010

Weekend What's What 10/21-10/24


As we gear up for Halloween, spooky elements begin to surface. A devilishly carved pumpkin here, a Haunted Theater there, and perhaps your friends talking endlessly about their costumes for next weekend. Do you have yours yet? We suggest between all the dance parties, rocks shows and art openings this weekend, you take a little time to make your Halloween costume sparkle. Whether that's with glitter OR fake blood, we're not partial. There's only a week left, people!


Peep our tutorial on how to make a masquerade mask!


Flourish opening/Third Thursday at the MIA

2400 Third Ave S

7 p.m to 9 p.m. / Free

Psych dramas, melancholy, apathy and double-entendres, tonight's MAEP group exhibition promises it all and then some, in a visually pleasing fashion, of course. Featuring new works by four Minneapolis artists – Jennifer Davis, Erika Olson Gross, Terrence Payne and Joe Sinness – the exhibit includes Davis' familiar hybrid cast of animal/monster/human experiencing the trials and tribulations of fantasy life and lost innocence; Gross' bucolic landscape sculpture and illustrative paintings; Payne's dark humored pastel narratives; and Sinness' baroque, hyper-realistic drawings for a hodgepodge of chimera-esque local art. On view through January 2nd. After peepin' the Flourish exhibit in the MAEP gallery, join in the fun in the museum at large, during their monthly Third Thursday party, complete with a spooky Halloween theme, haunted tours of the museum, music from Vampire Hands and more!

Click HERE for this art event and more at

Art by Jennifer Davis


Eyedea Benefit

@ Honey
201 East Hennepin Ave

9 p.m. / $5-10 suggested donation / 18+

This week, fans across the country have been mourning the loss of Twin Cities shining star Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen. Eyedea’s longtime collaboration with fellow hip-hop artist and childhood friend, Gregory “Max” Keltgen – better known as Abilities – received heaps of critical acclaim on both local and national levels, as did his work with other Rhymesayers standouts such as Slug and Kristoff Krane. Tonight, join friends, cohorts, and fans at Honey, where they’ll be celebrating the life of this local luminary with a hip-hop-fueled benefit party. Smyrx, Mally, and DJ Spy MC will be performing, and all proceeds will go directly to help offset the funeral costs for Eyedea’s family.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

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What's l'etoile looking at this week?

If Boo Ritson ever asks to paint your portrait, beware: your face will be the canvas. And we're not talking a few artsy swirls on the nose or cheeks; Ritson globs thick paint on the entirety of her models' faces and clothes, and then photographs the final product while the paint is still wet. The resultant images are at once statuesque and horribly plastic-looking, echoing the malleability of human identity. In all of their bizarre greasiness, Ritson's portraits play out American stereotypes: cowboys, hobos, truckers, diner waitresses and cheerleaders have all been represented in her work. Ritson has also been known to paint hot dogs and french fries, complete with gobs of "ketchup" and "mustard." Collectively, Ritson's portraits serve as an evaluation of fictional America: what it looks like, and what it might be missing.

Click HERE for more info


The Haunted Theater

@ Music Box Theater
1407 Nicollet Ave

5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (every half hour) / $12 adv, $14 door

Move over Haunted Basement, the Haunted Theater is here! Now through Halloween you can explore the nooks and crannies of this 90 year old Minneapolis theater via 30-minute tours complete with legends from the theater's past hiding around each corner to entertain and terrify. We do know that Jim and Tammy Fae Baker once housed their church from the basement of the theater, so watch out for evangelical/fake eyelash attacks! Local producer/director Steve Barberio has pulled together local artists, designers and actors to deck out the Music Box for your frightful pleasure, so be sure to stop in to check it out before it vanishes.

Click HERE for the Haunted Theater Site


After Hours Preview Party: Yves Klein

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave

9pm-12am/ $35 ($20 members)

Part of the new exhibition Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers, the Walker After Hours celebrates the work of French, neo-Dada artist, Yves Klein. Known for his postmodernist take on monochrome, photomontage and his addendum to “la revolution bleue,” Klein has shown works alongside art iconoclasts Andy Warhol and Willem De Kooning and is respected as a paramount figure in post-war European art. Tonight, slip into a slinky International Klein Blue dress – or the equivalent to – and catch a VIP preview of the acclaimed collection before the public feasts their eyes upon it. Per usual, enjoy all the fancy social fixings After Hours parties dish out including great DJ spun tunes, the Party People Pictures photo booth, Wolfgang Puck hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, arts n' crafts and more! FYI, Klein's art openings and performances were often rumored to involve breakdancing, cockroach racing and models wearing nothing but blue paint, so one can only imagine where this one will go!

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Two Harbors/BNLX/Satellite Voices/Still Pacific

@ Stanley's Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Avenue NE

9pm / 21+ / Free

Didn't get the chance to party at Stanley's last weekend for their opening reception? No big whoop, booker Christy Hunt (of Pink Mink fame) has got the place stacked with great shows all month! Like this one, featuring the recently picked 2 click (congrats, guys!) BNLX along with Two Harbors, Satellite Voices, and Still Pacific. A thrilling bill that leaves no choice but to hit up this new Northeast venue. And don't fret boys, they still have those awesome urinals Stasiu's was so famous for. Some things never change!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Sleazy & Easy

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave

10 p.m. / Free

Mark Mallman is probably not fully recovered from the insanity of Marathon 3 yet, but that is certainly not going to keep him from the limelight...or in this case, the DJ booth. Join him and Angie Heitz at Club Jager for a music marathon of a different sort--a deliciously drink-heavy dance night, as Mallman (Sleazy) and Heitz (Easy) are sure to spin a set of wild tunes. The weather is finally starting to act like it belongs in Minneapolis, but heed our warning and dress in removable layers for this sexy night... you're going to get hot. We promise.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Bee Cool

@ Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave

10:30 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Buzz on over to Honey tonight for a sweet little dance party with some of our faves! You'll get sticky with beats a la Bach666 and lady DJs Monsterbrüsten, and when its time to cool down, sip cheap alcoholic nectar including $3.50 PBR Tall Boys and $4 Jamesons. Hopefully you're in synch with the l'etoile hive-mind, because we'll definitely be making a stop at Honey this Friday! Sponsored by, Familia Skatshop and...l'etoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's on the web this week?

Not sure what to go as for Halloween? Go the elegant route with a handmade masquerade mask! This Halloween, the l'etoile crew will be co-sponsoring two events perfect for fancy mask-wearing! On Friday, October 29th we invite you to join us at the Rogue Buddha Gallery for Masquerade, an art opening featuring work by Nicholas Harper, with tunes a la Danny Sigelman. On Saturday, October 30th, head across the river and dress to impress as l'etoile co-presents Tempo's Opera Night Out: Masquerade Ball at Sakura Restaurant, immediately following the MN Opera's opening night of Rossini's Cinderella at the Ordway. We think pairing a pretty mask with anything from a Cinderella-worthy ball gown to the perfect little black dress is the way to go this Halloween. We've put together a handy guide on how to make your own mask, it's both easy AND affordable. You can copy ours or you can improvise by adding fake flowers, feathers, jewels or what-have-you!

Click HERE for the guide on how to make this easy mask


Fall Tweed Ride

@ Meet at Kenwood Park
follow to various locations

5:30 p.m. / 21+ / $4

Tonight, get in touch with your inner Newsie as the Fall Tweed Ride kicks off. Like a more dapper version of critical mass, the Tweed Ride invites two-wheel-toting dames and chaps to brave the October weather donned in stylish elbow-patch jackets, Gatsby caps and – of course – knickers and hop on their roadies for an evening of brisk riding, Brit-enthusiasm and tweed overload. Bikers will meet at Kenwood Park at half past 5 o'clock, scout out for other tweed-clad cyclists and pedal onward to Linden Hills Station, Minnehaha Creek for free pies at Parkway Pizza, the Hexagon Bar, and make a final stop for dancing at Club Jager with tunes from deejays Attitude City & Millions Billions. Plus, prizes will be awarded for the Dapperest Gent and Most Fetching Lady and for Best Bicycle! We can't guarantee the ride itself will feature song and dance, but if someone busts into a chorus of “Sante Fe,” we can imagine they won't be singing solo. Don't forget to stash a thermos of tea or a flask of fine whiskey to keep warm and share with your well-dressed chums!

Click HERE for the Tweed Ride blog

Photo by Ed Reilly


Shannyn Joy Potter, Caitlin Karolczak, Beth Loraine Bowman

@ Design Within Reach
2939 Hennepin Ave S

6 p.m. to 8 p.m / Free

This Saturday's opening at DWR, featuring local artists Beth Loraine Bowman, Caitlin Karolczak and Shannyn Joy Potter, is apt to intrigue. You see, these three artists couldn’t have three more separate aesthetics. Painter Beth Loraine Bowman will be showing her “Bridge” series, a collection of paintings exploring forgiveness and reconciliation through vivid colors, canvases divided by multiple shapes and lines, and colloquial forgiveness symbols such as bridges, birds, and branches, as well as her "Trains and Other Transport" series. Minneapolis artist and Spinario Design co-owner Caitlin Karolczak’s color palate, on the other hand, is a rather bleak one. Muted tones and harsh textures mesh with classical, often gothic imagery, generating notions of the frailty of the human mind and body. Shannon Joy Potter’s abstract wood sculptures present a series of dichotomies: organic, rich wood grains are juxtaposed against shiny painted colors, symbolizing urban life versus organic life, beauty versus destruction. How will these three artists merge? We’re not sure, but here’s hoping three really is a charm.

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Art by Beth Lorraine Bowman


Yeti Records Grand Opening Party & Art Show

@ Yeti Records
3506 Nicollet Ave S

7 p.m. / Free

It’s big. It’s fierce. It’s your new favorite indie record store! After much anticipation, Yeti Records is finally opening its doors, and they’re celebrating the occasion with an appropriately epic opening party. James Leonardo will be spinning from his fantastic record repertoire, beer will be flowing, and the gallery walls will be packed with featured artists Matt Bardins of VisionQuest, Josh Journey-Heinz, Mike Burrill, Hannah Mae Haugberg, Jessica Seamans, Suzanne Mahoney, and Lisa Luck (who co-owns the gallery AND collaborated with the aforementioned Mahoney on the whimsial poster art you see below).

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Benefit for Give Us Wings/Design Challenge

@ 526 Salon
526 Selby Ave
St. Paul

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / $35

Recipe for awesome: take ten really talented clothing designers, a special photography exhibit by Elizabeth Barnwell, a silent auction, music, styling by 526 Salon, and a spectacular cause? The Give Us Wings Design Challenge and Benefit features designers Emma Berg, Pafoua Thao, Kimberly Jurek, Maggie Dayton, Seth Hardin, Renalie Bailey, Heidi Inwood, Patricia Castillo, Susan Timm, and Heather Aasandn. Each designer has been slated to create a look incorporating textiles from Africa to benefit the Give Us Wings project, which helps adults and children in Africa eradicate poverty with financial and educational person-to-person support.

Click HERE for more info


Thanks Mpls

@ CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd Suite #2

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free

MCAD alum, Aaron Draplin may have hit the proverbial art road years ago after receiving his high-falutin' graphic degree, but his devotion to the MPLS scene that helped shaped his art career definitely hasn't left his mind. The influential graphic designer has lent his talented chops to a series of big league projects, using his outspoken stance as traditional preservationist and blue collar advocate to create clean, well-conceive logos, posters, album covers and more. Tonight, don't miss as Draplin heads back to Minneapolis for an exhibition of pretty much everything he's worked on since he skipped town. Expect tons of limited-edition Draplin-designed merch including a screenprinted poster produced by Burlesque of North America and Permanent, plus custom-made CO Exhibition Field Notes and a special “Autumnal Brew” concocted by the peeps at Northern Brewer. Not to mention a guided tour of the exhibit narrated as only Draplin can and live music from The Evening Rig. All hail MPLS love!

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Blue Sky Blackout, Fauna, Stellar Vector, and The Seeks

@ Cause
3001 Lyndale Ave S

9 p.m. / $5

We love a good rock show, and tonight's lineup surely won't disappoint. Local power sextet, Blue Sky Blackout, will have you raging from the very first screaming guitar chord along with fresh local rockers Fauna, and the neo-prog and post-punk influenced Stellar Vector. Can you say total rock carnage? But wait, there’s more: The Seeks (featuring ex-Landing Gear/Shatterproof-ers) will also be performing their first show ever. So let your hair down, get your rock hands ready, and come show your support!

Click HERE for the Cause site


ATPH Special In-Studio Performance

@ Venus' Studio
212 3rd Ave N
(park & enter through the back only)

9 p.m. / donate what you can

In anticipation of their newest album, Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses (yes, the full band!) welcome you to check out a special in-studio performance and visual extravaganza. At the end of the month, Venus and the gang will be flying off to NY to work with their producers and lay down the tracks for their latest release. And since the funds to make records don't grow on trees, ATPH is asking you to drop a few Benjamins to help them create an uber special CD/vinyl package, the first to be released since Creature way back in 2002. To make it worth your while, the band has procured an epic night of music and visuals featuring an art opening by artist/photography, Cora Marshall, live sets from guest bands 3 Nuns and a Gun and The Rope, and of course a killer set from the full ATPH line-up. Be there or the band will kick your a**.

Click HERE for the Facebook invite

Some vintage ATPH:


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 dancing up on amongst some of Minneapolis’ finest.

Click HERE for the Attitude City site


As the days draw closer to Halloween, it's no surprise that cult filmmaker David Lynch would pop into our minds. The quintessence of spook and the bizarro, Lynch is most widely known for his unorthodox approach to film metamorphosis, juxtaposing nightmare and dreamlike images, exposing the seedy underbelly of small-town life and overall confusing audiences and critics everywhere, one surreal film at a time. But did you also know the cinematic genius dabbles in music too?! From producing and writing the lyrics for two of Twin Peaks singer Julee Cruise's albums, to composing the music for Wild at Heart, Mulholland Drive and others, Lynch is just as unusual in the music department as he is via film, often jamming out on his guitar upside down and backwards and busting out any pedal effects he can get his hands on. In 2008, he even started his own record label: David Lynch MC. Recently we found little gem of a song unreleased on the soundtrack composed for the '06 film, Island Empire. The video – created by Danny Whalen – “tells the story of a sexually driven and often violent man who presumably justifies his sexual encounter with a drugged up, beautiful stranger because he sees her as 'an imaginary girl.'” Yep, sounds pretty darn Lynchian to us.


Riot Act Reading Series

@ Turf Club
Clown Lounge
1601 University Ave.
St. Paul

7-10 p.m. / 21+

The Riot is back at the Clown Lounge for its monthly poetic throw down! As the untoppable Facebook invite says, "Attention all hot headed punk drifters and lady truckers- and all lovers of literature, poesy, illicit bon fires, renegade dance parties, automatic weapons, Huffy 10 speeds, mexican death metal---Riot Act Reading Series is ready to pounce!!" Tonight's "Customer Appreciation Night" edition of the series features an all-star lineup that includes Maggie Ryan Sanford, Jen March, Courney Mclean, series founder Paul D. Dickinson plus several special guests. Stick around for karaoke after the seems only natural, right?

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Save the Dates: Oct 29th & 30th

Join us Halloween Weekend for a double header party! Friday, October 29th we invite you to join us at the Rogue Buddha Gallery for Masquerade, an art opening featuring work by Nicholas Harper, with tunes a la Danny Sigelman (7-11pm, Free). On Saturday, October 30th, head across the river and dress to impress as l'etoile co-presents Tempo's Opera Night Out: Masquerade Ball at Sakura Restaurant (10:30pm-1am, $10), immediately following the MN Opera's opening night of Rossini's Cinderella at the Ordway.

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Lauren Gantner, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin

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