Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weekend What's What 11/18-11/21


We're so spoiled. Each weekend in the Twin Cities brings endless possibilities along with it, and this time around is no exception. From artsy fashion shindigs to quirky themed parties to rolicking rock shows and more, l'étoile's got you covered and then some. Put on your snazziest autumn get-up and enjoy the sweet life in our fair cities!



Juleana Enright interviews designer Samantha Rei

Jahna and Lauren update our Guide to Sales & Shopping


MNfashion presents: Third Thursday

2400 Third Ave S

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

If you've been keeping in tune with our Q&A designer coverage, you're heavily primed, prepped and previewed for tonight's Third Thursday's MNfashion edition. We couldn't be more stoked to see the art-mused fabric masterpieces from four local fashion designers unveiled and oogled. If you haven't been following, here's the skinny: for this month's Third Thursdays installment, the MIA challenged a few of the Twin Cities's most en vogue fashion designers to create three looks inspired by works of art from museum's extensive collection, culminating in a gala runway show. The ultra chic runway and trunk show will feature clothing by Raul Osorio, Laura Fulk, Emma Berg and Samantha Rei with accessories from Ruby 3, Urban Junket, Helen Wang, Retrospect Designs and Bionic Unicorn. Expect all the festive, art-focused fixings of past Third Thursday parties, plus beats courtesy DJ Bach and live set from '90s punk throwback, Pink Mink. Don't forget to don your wearable works of art whether they be your own creations, thrift-store finds or the latest in pret-a-porter! Co-sponsored by l'etoile!

Bonus: Bring your iPhones and play SCVNGR with us at the MIA - you could win an iPad!

Click HERE for the MIA site



@ The Fine Line
318 1st Ave N

7 p.m. / $10 ($30 VIP)

As far as creative hubs are concerned, we all know Minneapolis is pretty much the bee’s knees. And as far as proof is concerned, I am MPLS is the queen. Happening Thursday, this comedy-cum-fashion-cum-live music extravaganza aims to promote interconnectivity and understanding between Minneapolis creatives – because what better way is there to do so than with a big ‘ol party? Clothing and accessories will be provided by local boutiques and designers (CounterCoture and Drama, to name a few), Jungle Red will be doing hair and make-up, and all the models are Minneapolis musicians, artists, chefs, bartenders, entrepreneurs – the people who help make this city awesome. Red Pens and Estate will be performing, and Chris Cloud of MPLS.TV will be emceeing. Um, yes. We’re bursting with MPLS pride, too.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


DJ Dick Pic

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave N

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Head to the Clubhouse tonight for a roll in the hay/on dance floor with enigmatic duo Machen Davis and Maggie Morrison, also know collectively as DJ Dick Pic. Not only do these two saucy broads have the BEST DJ NAME EVER but their their tunes will easily have you boppin' into the wee hours. Sweet drink specials will abound as well, including $3 rails, $2.50 premiums and $2 rail shots. Bring yo dick pics to share and compare!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Anthem Heart presents: RECESS

@ Varsity Theater
1308 4th St SE

10 p.m. to 2 a.m. / 18+/ $5, $3 with FB rsvp or college ID

At first glance it might be easy to write Recess off as yet another addition to the plethora of dance nights in Twin City clublife, however we urge you to take a closer look. Brought to you by the ambitious Anthem Heart collective and introducing the interactive live video superstar crew, Playatta, Recess promises to be a new kind of shimmy-friendly affair catering to art-loving crowd looking for a bit more outta their dance night, aka grown-ups accessing their inner "21st century digital kid" zone. Tonight's debut edition features an incredible line-up of local DJ all-stars including sets from electro/indie dance production duo, Estate; the Wants Vs Needs crew, DJ Espada & Booka B; and Get Cryphy's crunk master, DJ Fundo. All evening long witness visual marvels as Playatta – the chroma-tech-savvy squad notorious for their trippy Menergy video-booths – transform the venue into a manipulated digital collage of real time video effects, light warps and optical illusions. Prepare for maximum “video raditude” and the freshest of the fresh hand-spun beats. Not to mention it makes a great Third Thursday OR I am Mpls afterparty. Co-sponsored by l'étoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

It's time for RECESS from Anthem Heart A/V on Vimeo.


We caught up with fashion designer and the creative chops behind local apparel line, Blasphemina's Closet, Samantha Rei, to chat about the challenges of experimental sewing projects, fashion as escapism and why her Third Thursday collection is a l'amour homage to her hubbie.

Click HERE for the full interview


MCAD Art Sale

@Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave South
Minneapolis, MN

Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / $35 tickets in advance, $40 door / Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Free

There are a few really good reasons why the MCAD Art Sale should be on your list of things to do this, say, oh, the part where you get to be surrounded by beautiful, one-of-a-kind art pieces, crafted by young creatives with seriously mad potential? This is your opportunity to buy handmade works from one of the most renowned art schools in the country, for a remarkable price--all the pieces in the Art Sale are sold for less than $1000, and many are priced at far less than $100. Hello, affordable, arty Christmas. Pick up a painting for the parents or the in-laws, kickstart your own art collection or simply discover your new favorite local artist. We never miss this annual affair, and neither should you. Opening night has a ticket price, but Saturday is FREE.

Click HERE for the MCAD site

Art by Ryan Hughes


NEMAA 11th Annual Fall Fine Arts Show

@Grainbelt Bottling House
79 NE 13th Ave

Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 3 p.m. / Free

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association has done it again. For their 11th year running the annual Fall Fine Arts show is back, once again making merry in the Grainbelt Bottling House. Join artists and art worshippers alike to peep pretty pieces from over 150 local artists from the NE area in one of Minneapolis' largest group shows. On top of all the mixed-media, textiles, photos, drawings and paintings galore, The Red Stag will be supplying tasty nosh to keep the night rolling. Get there before 8 p.m. to vote on your fave piece of work for the "People's Choice" award and get your hands on in-demand art before someone else does!

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ Black Dog Cafe
308 Prince St
Saint Paul

7 p.m. / $7

Like any good Twin Citizen, you undoubtedly love your beer--there's a time and a place for everything from PBR tallboys to those specialty, seasonal microbrews from our beloved local brewmasters. Luckily, this community is never short on the stuff--or on finding ways to bring it to events everywhere. Enter Artenbru. The Black Dog Cafe has selected twenty local, up n' coming brewers and graphic designers and paired them together to create a limited edition beer and a corresponding poster design. Head to Lowertown Friday night to sample the beers, peek the art and rub elbows with craft beer connoisseurs. Plus, DJ Double Trouble will be spinning some mad tunes for you to get groovy to after you've sampled everything, and your $7 admission comes with a custom pint glass, event booklet, and entrance into a sweet little raffle. We'll cheers to that!

Click HERE for the Artenbru site

ARTENBRU - November 19 from ARTENBRU on Vimeo.



@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave. S.

10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5-10 sliding scale donation

When the folks behind Waterbox say it’s “a new exploration in toy theater,” what they mean is it’s a puppet show...underwater. No, really. Focusing on light and gesture through abstract shapes and imagery, the puppeteers literally submerge us into a different world, a world so striking and innovative that the Open Eye Figure Theater has already selected the show to be part of it’s renowned Toy Theater After Dark festival. Think the underwater scenes of Planet Earth crossed with a Bjork music video (so says the Facebook event listing). We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to dive in.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Pink Mink, Baby Boys, Hastings 3000, and Black Church Service

@ Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Avenue South

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5

The West Bank rarely fails to provide us with seriously rad shows, and this weekend is no exception. Head to the Nomad Friday for Pink Mink, the local pop-punky quartet who had us from day one with their adorable tribute to Scott Seekins. Joining the duo are the exciting, new-on-the-scene Baby Boys, one-man-band phantasm Hastings 3000, and grit-rockers Black Church Service (formerly B.C. Squints) and the Poor Boys. Arrive ready to rock.

Click HERE for the Nomad site


High Society Animal Hoarders: A 'Grey Gardens' Theme Party

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

9:30 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Here at l'étoile we want nothing more than an old age that combines Grey Garden's reclusive bizarro with Auntie Mame's eccentricity, and we know we're not the only ones. Hoarders, squalors, time warped craycrays, those who live on the proverbial edge, tonight the 331 Club welcomes you out of the ramshackley woodwork for High Society Animal Hoarders, a Grey Gardens-theme party that encourages you to be the lovely, whimsical, aberrant souls you are. Brush up on Grey Gardens style and throw on your flashiest nightgown + fur coat combo because tonight's nutty mother/daughter duo homage features prizes for savant-level Grey Gardens trivia knowledge and a costume contest for the “Best Edie Beale,” not to mention live set from local rockers The Poor Nobodys. We'll be the ones wearing rabbit fur and singing “Tea for Two” in the corner; see you there!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile looking at on the web?

Since April 2006, Parisian filmmaker Vincent Moon has been filming musicians in the streets, under the collective title The Take-Away Shows (or the French original, Les Concerts à Emporter). Created using a speedy, über guerilla filming method, each session is improvised in an unusual location (bars, flats, elevators), creating a rough and ready, demo-like feel. In fact, the videos see hardly any editing at all; some contain hesitations, others strange background noise. Rogue spontaneity is key. But here’s the best part: Moon’s subjects aren’t just any musicians; they’re pretty much all awesome, big-name indie artists, from The Shins to St. Vincent to Animal Collective to Xiu Xiu to even Minnesota’s own Tapes ‘n Tapes and Alan Sparhawk. Watch this spectacular session below with Architecture in Helsinki, and then visit the link to see the rest (120 and counting!).

Click HERE for the Take Away Show site

Architecture in helsinki - #58.1 -Heart it races
Uploaded by lablogotheque. - Independent web videos.


Renegade Book Sale

@ Thorpe Building
1618 Central Ave NE

Noon to 3 p.m. / Free

Join our favorite punk poet, Paul D. Dickinson, for his annual fall book sale! The literary eccentric will be shilling his carefully crafted collection of oddball art books and unusual finds, along with LPs, CDs, the "People's Format" VHS tapes, and punk rock fashion accessories for those looking to sharpen up their autumn wardrobe. The event pops off in artist Scott Nedrelow's studio in the Thorpe Building (2nd floor) where you can also pick up a copy of the latest edition of Location, a gorgeous coffee table art book featuring a slew of amazing artists, both local and national.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Every Wall Will Fall

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

9pm / 21+ / $7

Tonight's show "Every Wall Will Fall" is made up of a collection of talented artists against apartheid, with a mission to spread awareness of the injustices suffered by Palestine. With a musical line up that includes Skoal Kodiak, Slapping Purses, Camden from Daughters of the Sun, Seawhores, and Food Pyramid, you don't wanna miss out on an evening of top notch tuneage at the Turf for a good cause. Matt St Germain (Makr) and Fruit and Flowers will round out the evening with sweet DJ sets in between bands. Also, be sure to pick up a screen printed poster designed by the Seawhores' Adam Marx. Show your support for peace and freedom and have an awesome time doing it!

Click HERE for the Turf site

Slapping Purses


Switchblade Comb 3 Year Anniversary Party

@ Triple Rock
629 Cedar Ave

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Earlier this year, Switchblade Comb was named one of MinnPost's “10 Minnesota Blogs That Deserve Your Attention in 2010.” Do they have it yet??? The rad local site is your daily ticket on the local and national happenings in indie music and film and is totally a fave on our bookmarks. Help them celebrate an awesome 3-year run tonight with a little music accompaniment from locals Dada Trash Collage, The Evening Rig, The Framed and Bad Chaber & The Swears. Hang out, throw a couple back, enjoy the tunes and munch on free donuts courtesy of the Donut Cooperative. Congrats guys!

Click HERE for the Switchblade Comb site


Hands High 2.0

@ Honey
205 East Hennepin Ave NE

10 p.m. / 18+ / $5 for 18, $3 for 21+

Put yo hands up in the air this Saturday at Honey! HANDS HIGH is a brand spankin' new monthly dance party for you to add to your already crazy weekend plans. Join locals Plain Ole Bill and DJ Fundo to cut the rug to bumpin' beats and tunage. Just be sure to get there early, the first 50 guests get free drinks!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Gay Beast, Paper Mice, Voyager, Mental Mission, and Safewords

@ M3du$a
Secret Location
West Bank

10 p.m. / $5

The rascally Medusa space busts out with a sure-to-be awesome show headlined by neo-wavers and probably one of the loudest bands in the Cities, Gay Beast. Fellow locals Voyager (known for their cerebral, entirely own brand of baroque-synth) and Safewords will be opening, as will two touring bands: spazzy Chicago post-punk trio Paper Mice, and mixed media barrage Mental Mission, all the way from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Needless to say, you want to be there (if you can find the place, that is!)

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile listening to?

Remember the days of yore when musicians tried to make you feel something? When listening to an album meant you laid in the fetal position, ears to the floor, never missing a beat or a pained string? Well, welcome back. To say Perpignan rockers, The Limiñanas, are a '60s French pop amalgamation would be an understatement. Their self-titled debut album features Franco-cinematic scuzz-n-fuzz laced garage rock in the style of Serge Gainsbourg, Nico, Stereolab, and Françoise Hardy mixed in a blender of surprisingly moving, disaffected croons and beatnik-vibed chords. The words “tragically hip” come to mind, as do “please sir, can we have some more?”

Click HERE for The Liminanas site

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

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