Thursday, November 11, 2010

Weekend What's What 11/11-11/14


We don't know about you, but our plan for the weekend is to try to hit as many art openings as we can. From blimps powered by live flies (yes, flies) at the SooVAC to decadent underwater photography at 526 to sure-to-be-amazing group shows at Soap Factory, Rosalux and more, this weekend is definitely a visual overload. Toss in some cool rock n' roll, stylish shopping events and maybe even a dance party and your epic itinerary is all sewn up.


Photo by Jayme Halbritter for l'etoile/


Juleana Enright interviews designer Laura Fulk

Beth Hammarlund reviews SCENEaSOTA

Stephen Stephens snaps pix at SCENEaSOTA

Jahna and Lauren update our Guide to Sales & Shopping


'No One Said It Would Be Easy' Screening

@ Tarnish & Gold
1511 Marshall St. NE

6-8pm / donations appreciated

If you missed the opening party for Cloud Cult live painter Scott West's Still at Tarnish & Gold last week, don't fret. Tonight you'll be treated to not only live painting by the creative guru, but also a screening of the Cloud Cult music documentary No One Said It Would Be Easy, created by West himself along with John Paul Burgess. The doc follows the impressive rise of the indie troupe through live musical interludes, interviews with the band and more. While you're there, you can peep the art exhibit, which West has been "evolving" throughout its run.

Click HERE for the Tarnish & Gold site


Tapes ‘n Tapes

@Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

8 p.m. / $10

Tapes 'n Tapes return to the Turf this Thursday to treat hometown fans to their stellar rock-meets-pop-meets-indie awesomeness. Hear a blast of new tunes off their latest album Outside, and rock out to the additional sounds of Leisure Birds and Tarlton, which are bands worth the $10 cover alone. Prepare yourself for some seriously epic tuneage!

Click HERE for the Turf Club site


On the November 18th, Third Thursdays will unveil the products of a design challenge poised to pair four local fashion designers with works from Minneapolis Institute of Art's extensive trove. Inspired by the pieces' artistic aesthetic and cultural elements, the designers have created looks that bring their visionary juxtaposition with art and fashion to life via a stylishly eccentric gala runway show. Prior to the event, l'étoile will be featuring a short Q&A section where readers not only get an insider's perspective on the designers' specific art choices but also catch a sneak preview of their wearable “works of art” collection. (photo of Laura by Marshall Franklin Long)

This week, we went behind the sewing machine with sculptress and fashion designer, Laura Fulk, as she talks about her personal connection to photography and how she plans to bring her clothing collection to life.

Click HERE for the full interview and more photos


Gastro Non Grata

@ The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE

7 p.m. / $10 advance, $13 door

Let’s face it. If you live in Minneapolis and you like cool things, chances are you go to a lot of live shows. And after how many of those rock shows do you rack your brain for some gourmet, convenient eats nearby and come up short? If that's the case, then Gastro Non Grata is your dream come true. This “goulash of good times” features local chefs pairing their creations with local booze to the tunes of solid local musicians - at the lovely Ritz Theater no less. This is an amazing two-day event: Friday night features chefs Philip Becht (Modern Café) and Erik Anderson (Seachange), Crispin Cider, and DJ Pat Dwyer; post-dining entertainment features Magic Castles, Unknown Prophets, Tyler Burkum, and Me and My Arrow. Saturday night sees Philip Becht with chef Steven Brown, Fulton Beer and Grape Beginnings, and DJ Solid Gold with music from Black Audience, Phantom Tails, Rude Girl, Marijuana Death Squads and Pink Mink, plus some sweet treats from Cakeeater Bakery. Not to mention, both nights feature a meat raffle from Clancey’s Meat and Fish Market, along with other prizes. Um, holy wow. What a mouthful. Literally.

Click HERE for the Gastro Non Grata site


Loss of Innocence: Rhea Pappas

@ 526 Salon & Gallery
526 Selby Ave
St. Paul

7 p.m. / Free

Local photographer Rhea Pappas is best known for her graceful portraiture; for the alien, dreamlike world into which she takes her viewers...a world photographed beneath the clear water of a swimming pool. Full of wonder and almost angelic beauty, Pappas’ photographs have been shown across the U.S. and internationally - and at 23 years old, her career is just beginning. Her latest series of photographs, Loss of Innocence, opens Friday at 526, and from what we’ve seen, they’re absolutely stunning. The opening night event will also feature a live photo shoot with Darrin Commerford and three models, who will be rocking hand dyed scarves by Wendie Zekowski and jewelry by Jamie Ingham. No, it won’t be underwater, but we’re sure it’ll make a splash nonetheless.

Click HERE for the 526 site


New Work by Justin Newhall + Richard T. Walker

@ Franklin Art Works
1021 E Franklin Ave

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

In Franklin Art Works' latest exhibit, two artists explore the isolation of nature while attempting to establish a connection to their surroundings. In British artist, Richard T. Walker's tender ode to the nature, “Successive inconceivable events,” Walker holds a confessional, albeit one-sided, conversation with nature, created while at the head of a sylvan English valley. The six-minute video is an intimate gaze into a solitary wilderness experience. Fellow exhibiter, Justin Newhall, takes the viewer more in-depth into a color photography series 4 years in the making, capturing the chilled landscape along the Canadian Rail.

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Cyn's Birthday Bash

@ Palmer's Bar
500 Cedar Ave

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. / 21+ / $5

Columnist, arts 'n' culture writer, KFAI DJ and chick-about-town, Cyn Collins, consistently shells out the best in music and advice to ease your daily woes and fill your ears with audio pleasure. So, the least you can do in return is attend her b-day bash, fools! Tonight, join the knowledgeable lady as she celebrates her (and coincidentally Neil Young's) birthday via dancing, live tunes and, of course, booze. Taking the stage is one-man band Hastings 3000; Brooklyn's lap slide steel Americana groover, Joe Novelli; cowpunkers, The Gleam; and gritty rock 'n' rollers, The Goodnas. The FB invite not only encourages you to get “palmerized” but promises nom nom-worthy midnight snacks and dancing on the bar, Pee Wee Herman-style.

Click HERE for the Facebook invite


The Soviettes

@ Triple Rock
629 Cedar Ave

9pm / 18+ / $10

Punk bands come in one of two varieties these days - Southern Californian faux-political snotty Green Day rips, or poppy 80's throwbacks that refuse to accept that punk is dead. So when you get to listen to a punk band that actually sounds like a punk band, you don't turn a blind ear. Sure, they still sound late-90's, but what's great about The Soviettes is their intense brevity and razor sharp hooks. That, and the fact that you can actually f%&@ing dance to it! Last time they came out of hiding for a show, the place was packed to the nuts, so be sure to get an advance ticket at the T-rock, the Fetus, or Red's Savoy Pizza! Cheap Girls, The Slow Death, Written Off, and DJ St. Patrick open.

Click HERE for the Triple Rock site

Vintage Soviettes a la Justin Staggs!


Extra Large

@ Record Room
701 1st Ave N.

10 p.m. / 18+ / $3 Adv, $5 Door

After a bangin' dance party debut last month, Extra Large is back for a second round of DJs, drinks and debauchery. Join the head honcho of the gig, Mike 2600, for his usual bumpin' DJ antics including our fave hip-hop, disco and funk tunes. To make the night even spicier, this time around Mike will be joined by hip-hop radio show host and Rhymesayers partner/DJ BK-ONE for some Minneapolis original jams that will rock your face off. Not to mention the mounds of drink specials (including 2-4-1's til midnight!) will keep the night extra fresh.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Play the MIA & l’étoile Art & Fashion App to win an iPad!

How to Play:

1. Download the free app SCVNGR for your iPhone or Android.
2. Under “Treks,” look for MIA & l’étoile Fashion.
3. Complete challenges at participating locations to rack up points. Challenges can be done once a day at each location, so play often!
4. Come to Third Thursday on November 18, where the person with the most points wins an iPad! You must be present to win.

Participating Locations-

Electric Fetus-
Blacklist Vintage-
Design Collective-
Jasmine 26-

For more info on SCVNGR and to download the app, visit


MNfashion Holiday Bazaar

@ Grainbelt Bottling House
79 E. 13th Ave NE

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / $10

‘Tis the season… for some shopping! Join the MNfashion peeps and local design favorites for a seasonal shopping social unlike any other this season. For just ten dollars, take part in an exclusive event to peruse tons of unique holiday must-haves from vintage to hand-made pieces from local designers. Browse pretty pieces from over 35 vendors and boutiques like Cliché, Parc Boutique, Karma, Ruby3 by Anna Lee, Robyne Robinson’s ROX jewelry and more, all while sipping on complimentary cocktails and hot cocoa and nibbling on yummies from Ginger Hop. BONUS: Don't miss l'étoile's live photoshoot starting around 2pm! Sponsored by l'etoile.

Click HERE for the MNFashion site


Soft Chaos + Half Awake

@ SooVAC
2638 Lyndale Ave S

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

In tonight's double-header art show, technology harmoniously walks...err, flies hand in hand with nature and viewers get knocked into a state of lucid dreaming. Intrigued yet? Read on. In the Main Gallery, installation artist David Bowen intertwines the organic with the machine to create a hybrid environment consisting of vinyl blimps controlled by swarms of houseflies, grazing the cusp of sci-fi and bridging the gap between technology and the cosmos. Continue into the Soo Local gallery and experience the hallucinatory chimera world of artist Sarah Nakano's Half Awake. Using theatrical lighting, smoke devices and lens filters, Nakano creates a haunting, intensely personal photography journey into her psyche drawn from art journals, streams of consciousness and dream diaries. Half Awake and chaotic...we're down with that.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


A Very Much More

@ Soap Factory
518 Second St. SE

7 p.m. / Free

Twice per year, the volunteers at the Soap Factory get the opportunity to show off some of their own creations upon the gallery's glorious walls. Opening Saturday, A Very Much More brings together 54 individual artists and collaborative groups under the theme: "New and old, everyday and exotic, scrapped together and manufactured, a beautiful mess of things collect and gather, swapping their pasts for new purpose." More than 60 works will be featured, including paintings, video, sculpture, and rumor has it, a plunger-ific ode to Marcel Duchamp. Without this hardworking, clever bunch, events like the 10-second film festival and the Haunted Basement probably wouldn’t exist, so be sure to show your support and love. Besides, a very much more arty evening won't be found anywhere else.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Open Door 6

@ Rosalux Gallery
1224 NE 2nd St

7 p.m. / Free

As the name might imply, Open Door is the one time a year that Rosalux Gallery opens itself to non-member artists. The sixth annual exhibit, juried by the MAEP Gallery honcho, Christopher Atkins, features work from 10 artists from Minnesota and across the country. Hundreds of artists across all media applied to the show, so you can expect some seriously amazing work. A few standouts: John Bell, who paints vibrant, motion-filled abstracts on synthetic paper; Angie Zielinski, who draws inspiration from “shiny things and loud noises” (think birthday parties, car lots, and fireworks!); and Minneapolis’ own Jesse Draxler, whose work mixes appropriated imagery with layers of colorful geometric design.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


The Somethin' Else Potluck

@ Cult Status
2913 Harriet Ave S.

8 p.m. / $5 (free with food contribution)

Perhaps the only thing better than listening to rad electronic music all night is getting to stuff your face with jello and tater tot hot dish while doing so. Nobody knows this better than The Somethin’ Else, whose sixth electronic music potluck is going down at Cult Status this Friday. This month’s lineup includes The Dark Lord of Rhodes (the musician, not the Dosh song), Carnage the Executioner (mind blowing beat boxing!), and ambient vocalist Aby Wolf with upright bassist Josh Granowski and much more – quite the local smorgasboard! Visionquest will also be serving up the visuals, and Slow Derek will be providing some additional aural ambiance. Bring a potluck dish to share, and don’tcha know, it’s free!

Click HERE for The Somethin' Else blog


Birthday Suits

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave. S.

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Continuing a streak of killer shows, the Hexagon Bar will host high-kicking local punk duo, Birthday Suits. Lauded for their infectious, almost feverish live energy, these boys are guaranteed to leave everyone sweaty with ears a-ringing and stars in their eyes. Joining B-Day Suits are Portland-based garage rock duo Pure Country Gold, Milwaukee glam(ma) rockers Ramma Lamma, and Parisian Café-named Les Deux Magots.

Click HERE for the Hexagon site



@ Red Stag
509 1st Ave NE

10:30pm / Free

What can we say about the dudes from Estate? Not only are they dapper, dashing gentlemen, but they also make some of the sexiest tunes around. And with a damn near savant-level knowledge of disco, funk and soul, there isn't a lot else the boys could do but blow our mind with synthy, electro, 80's-inspired grooves in the style of Michael McDonald, Daft Punk and Danger. If you don't dance to this stuff, there's something wrong with your ears. We're almost certain that Estate is an alien/robot project sent to take over the world one dance move at a time and we can't help but acquiesce. Their latest EP, Nuclear City features fresh remixes from locally-bred DJ master, Gigamesh, but their live stuff is just as tasty and their mad skills prolific. Ride the synth wave tonight at the Stag!

Click HERE for the Red Stag site


Here in the Twin Cities we're privileged to be home to more than just few good music men. Call them brave souls determined to bring a little bounce to the ounce, a little beat to the streets. Producer/DJ Dory Kahalé is one of those triumphant sound pioneers. Working his magic since the early '90s under such iconic aliases as DJ Apollo, Cocaine On Her Dress, Ralph Laurenn, and his most recent moniker, Dirty McKenzie, Kahalé delivers hot mixes of electro house, techno, and acid under Midwest Techno Originals' Bass-United. His latest album, Lady Takes Wrong Turn, Drives Straight Into Hell. is a modernized throw-back to glitchy sounds of the '90s, reminiscent of Miss Kitten and the Hacker and electroclashers Mount Sims. Preview a sample of the freshly mastered album below and then pop on over to iTunes to download the album (released just yesterday) in all its techno-fied glory. Plus, for more tasty remixes, don't forget to visit Dirty McKenzie's SoundCloud profile. Arcade Fire fans there's a remix waiting there for you!

Click HERE for more Dirty Mackenzie on SoundCloud

Click HERE for the Bass United site

Check out and download the sample track below, "A Little Tied Up Right Now" via SoundCloud

A Little Tied Up Right Now by Dirty McKenzie


Crafternoon Delight

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

2 p.m. / $5 (if you need supplies)

Calling all DIY-lovers, crafting gurus and artsy people alike! Beginning this weekend, every second Sunday of each month the 331 Club will transform into the crafting hot spot of Minneapolis. At this Sunday's inaugural event, join local craftees for a session all about embellishments, bedazzling and appliques. That's right, this Sunday is your chance to unleash your inner creative by spending your afternoon spicing up a pillowcase or adding some cute to a cardigan. Bring your own pieces to bedazzle and $5 for some supplies (unless you donate some of your own to the cause, and then it’s free!)

Click HERE for the Facebook event

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

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