Thursday, November 4, 2010

Weekend What's What 11/4-11/7


Just when we think our minds couldn't be any more blown, around comes another weekend jammed with pure awesomeness. From art crawls featuring literally hundreds of artists between Lowertown and the Northrup King Building, to multi-media performances and mind-bending art installations to top notch live music and home-grown fashion shows, this time around you've got your work cut out for you - in the best possible of ways.



Juleana Enright interviews Emma Berg about the MIA Fashion Show

Clare Gardner snaps pix at the l'etoile/Tempo Masquerade Ball

Jahna & Lauren update our Guide to Fashion Events, Sales and Shopping


Pocket Lab Reading Series #8

@ Rogue Buddha
357 13th Ave NE

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

Heading back to the Buddha, the literary rumpus Pocket Lab Reading Series numero 8 kicks off tonight featuring a laundry list of talented word wielders. This evening's lit-cast includes Wisconsin-based writer, curator of the BONK! Performance series and editor of the online venue “boo: a journal of terrific things,” Nick Demske; Rain Taxi's contributor and Loft instructor, Cindra Halm; MPLS freelance writer, site editor and photographer, Adrianne Mathiowetz; New Jersey non-fictioner, Brian Oliu; and director of the Slash Pine Poetry Festival and Slash Pine Writer Hikes, Joseph P. Wood. It's just like a science lab...sans the science.

Click HERE for the Pocket Lab blog


LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup & Rock Show #4

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Join l'étoile magazine's social media gossip blog, LOL/OMG for the fourth installment of the LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup and Rock Show at the 501 Club. Tweeters, Facebookers, bloggers, Foursquarers and any/all social media hounds are encouraged to come hang out IRL, have a drink and rock out to the some of our favorite LOL/OMG-worthy bands and performers! Featuring Grant Cutler (of Lookbook and Grant Cutler & The Gorgeous Lords) debuting an all NEW secret project; Christian Erickson's (Blue Sky Blackout, Astronaut Wife) experimental sound/visual project, Byzantine Beatbox; and local electro rockers, Mercurial Rage. Drink specials will be available but if you check in on Foursquare and show the bartender you'll get a FREE shot. Official hashtag of the night is, as always, #LOLOMG

Click HERE for the LOL/OMG site


CONQUEST: The Hunger w/ DJ Bach & The Nightstalker

@ Love Power Church
1407 Washington Ave S

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. / 18+ / Free

What goes best with darkness? Why, more darkness of course! Tonight, join Cizetta and the Love Power Church for the second installment of CONQUEST: an epic evening of cinematic oddities + cosmic dance tunes. This week, the music/film combo follows a “nothing human loves forever” theme as they screen the lusty vampire classic, The Hunger. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet catered by next-door food wonders, Jewel of India, as you lecherously feast your eyes on sexy '80s androgynous versions of Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. After the flick, release your pent up sinister élan in a killer mass-dance party as DJs Bach 666 and The Nightstalker spin dark treats. Only the morbid will survive!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'étoile looking at this week?

They say neon is dead, but the aesthetic behind artists Lagoi & Lace (aka Ralph Lagoi and Kate Lace) is anything but. In fact, it's alive and vibrant. Inspired by '60s psychedelics, J-POP fashion and surrealism, L&L manage to creep you out while smacking you in the face with vivid color and flamboyant ardor. Combing their various strengths of photography, design, art direction and styling, L&L celebrate the power and beauty of the fashion world, their latest collection, “Love Land Invades,” set in Japan's “love hotel rooms,” features a vast assortment of hand-constructed masks, glasses, jewelry, shields, armory and customized clothes, transforming their subjects into energetic superheroes full of dark elegance, pink love and perfecting an idea they tag “luxurious pop.” Groovy.

Click HERE for the Lagoi & Lace site


Crypticon: A Mad Monster Party

@ Sheraton Hotel
7800 Normandale Ave

4:30pm / $20

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is. Unleash your freaky side at the annual Crypticon Horror Convention, held at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington. Are you a monster fanatic? Zombie enthusiast? Have a long list of questions regarding Transylvania TV or the making of Children of the Corn? Maybe you’re dying to meet your favorite horror writers, or maybe you’re interested in the spectacularly rocking double concerts. All good reasons to attend the convention—or just show up for the shows and the peep-watching. Friday night’s Crypticon Concert features an impressive lineup with Jack Havoc, Impaler, Tennessee Murder Club, The Clincher, Alation and Solution Thirteen. Saturday night’s bill includes Mushroomhead, Wrecking Day, Black Flood Diesel, Dead Bundy, Souless Affection, Caustic Vision, Pinwheel and Gabriel and the Apocalypse. Make no mistake—this will be an epic night of skull-crushing creepy music from bands with kick-ass names.

Click HERE for the Crypticon site


Dancing on the Grave & First Friday Lowertown Art Crawl

@ Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
308 Prince St #100
St. Paul
and various locations

7-10 p.m. / Free

We gotta hand it to the co-conspiring brains behind the Lowertown's recent viral marketing strategy. Bummed by the blows to business the Central Corridor light rail construction brought to the district, a few Lowertown-loving clevertons created a rather amusing publicity stunt: a rumored archaeological discovery – aka the bones of a skeleton – found amid the Central Corridor work. And while the viral hoax may have drummed up a bit of controversy, tonight's Lowertown festivities definitely showcase Black Dog's continued sense of humor over the sitch. Aptly titled “Dancing on the Grave,” tonight's event is a celebration of neighborhood, art, seasonal change and an end to construction. Check artwork by Kristoffer West Johnson and Aaron Marx, enjoy tunes by Dan Newton and The Fantastic Merlins, plus fire spinning, dancers and plenty of delicious food and drink. BYO-ashes! Co-sponsored by l'étoile!

Bonus: While you're in the area, pop in to numerous Lowertown art studios, as the district celebrates the 1st Anniversary of the Lowertown First Friday art crawl!


Art Attack

@ Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE

Fri, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. / Free

Prepare for an onslaught of art this weekend, as the studios of the Northrop King will be open to all for the annual Art Attack. Browse (and shop!) art from nearly every medium – painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, jewelers, and handmade furniture, to name a few, and enjoy live music and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Highlights include the Nature of Ice exhibition (3rd floor gallery), which features artwork capturing the architectural and aesthetic beauty of ice in nature; the Full Feast for the FINE ART Sensibility (Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studio 265), a visual art, jazz, and poetry extravaganza; and Wearable Art, a collection of clothing made with reclaimed fabrics and sustainable materials and printed with digital designs.

Click HERE for the NKB site


Words to Dead Lips

@ Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave South,

8 p.m. / Free

Percussive, Indian-based dance, electronic soundscapes, and hand-drawn animations merge in Words to Dead Lips, on stage at Intermedia Arts this weekend. Presented by Aniccha Arts, a company known for fusing media and dance, the show explores fear, crowd control, and the politics of sound – or more specifically, how a climate of fear can shape a crowd and how individuals can fight against it. To do so, the dancers will use a combination of classical Indian dance, modern dance, and yoga movement set against an oppressive backdrop and insidious sound, and if their reputation proceeds them correctly, the
end result will be utterly hypnotic. Words to Dead Lips will only be performed three times (at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), so get your tickets now – this is one experience you don’t want to miss.

Click HERE for the Intermedia Arts site


KFAI's Freewheelin' Friday featuring Black Audience

@ 331 Club
331 13th Avenue NE

9pm / 21+ / Free

Black Audience doesn't play very often, but when they do, the room becomes silent of bar chatter and fills with the spellbinding sound of new takes on old-timey blues and gospel tunes. Lead singer Jayanthi Kyle's haunting, understated vocals recall Nina Simone and we can't think of a better setting than the cavernous 331 Club - you'll feel as though they are playing in your living room. Expect nothing short of sheer transcendence. Doug Otto & Friends opens.

Click HERE for the KFAI site


Ghost in the Water, Dada Trash Collage, Robotboy (of Estate),Humanda

@ Nick and Eddie
1612 Harmon Pl

9:30 p.m. / 21+ / $5

If you want to expand your musical palate, make sure you stop by to check out the experiential electro-pop of Nathan and Mandy Tensen of Ghost in the Water, plus the psychedelic sounds of Dada Trash Collage, the metallic awesomeness of Robotboy (of Estate), and Humanda’s experimental goodness. This is all the makings of a sweaty, drank-heavy night of the Minniapple’s coolest electronicos, so if you have any interest in good times and good music, you probably shouldn’t miss this.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Get Cryphy

@ First Ave's Record Room
701 1st Ave N

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

Get your bump on this Friday with the Get Cryphy crew! Once again, the exclusive Record Room dance party is back with even more hip-hop antics and festivities than before. Join DJs Plain Ole Bill, Last Word and DJ Fundo for a night of fresh beats and jams. Plus, the peeps from Phenom and Familia will be throwing out tons of sick freebies on top of the usual First Ave drink specials and sexy dance crowd!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'étoile checkin' out on the web this week?

DIY diva and NYC designer Erica Domesek has done the unthinkable: she has combined tons of simple do-it-yourself projects with pretty street fashion into one elite bloggy treat. That's right. She sees, she admires, and she creates one of her own. Then she makes a cute tutorial on how you can do it too! Not only does she have a high-fangled blog to guide you through all the tricks, but she's also just released her first DIY book called "P.S. I Made This." Peruse her web pages for tons of fun and crafty ways to spice up an old purse, bedazzle some shoes and even craft your own clothing.

Click HERE for the P.S. I Made This site


Springboard's Free Health Fair for Artists

@ Peoples Center Health Services
425 20th Ave S

10am-8pm / Free with RSVP

Listen up creative types: you probably already know that Springboard for the Arts hearts you, but what you may not know is that they also want to help keep you healthy too; just call them your surrogate mother. Today, Springboard hosts their Free Health Fair for Artists featuring health screenings, flu shots, consultations on health insurance, low-cost clinics, nutrition, sample yoga sessions, reduced-cost medical exams and more. The Health Fair the simple, cheap solution for all artists, arts administrators and their families looking to explore health care options and overall a win-win for artists and the community. Co-sponsored by l'étoile!

Click HERE for the Springboard site



@ Tarnish and Gold Gallery
1511 Marshall St NE

7 p.m. / Free

The Irony of Still opening Friday at Tarnish and Gold, is that its artwork is anything but sedate. In fact, with Cloud Cult’s Scott West behind the exhibit, you can expect a show not only bursting with the breakneck spontaneity of live painting (West is known for creating paintings on stage during Cloud Cult performances), but an utterly musical one, too. Inspired by the motion of music, West’s paintings feature vivid colors and whimsical abstractions; common subjects include rabbits, trees and birds, the stories of which – like a piece of music, perhaps – tend evolve as the painting develops. For an added musical touch: Dewi Saint and The Wapsipinicon will be performing. Look, listen, and be swept away.

Click HERE for this art event and more at



@ Loft 2
Above OM Restaurant
401 1st Ave N

8 p.m. / 21+ / $10 gen or $15 seated

In its third year running, the show that is all about homegrown talent is back with another fresh crop of emerging local fashion designers. If the lovely lookbook (art directed by the fantastic Chris Larson) is any indication, this year's SCENEaSOTA should be a smashing success. This year, producer Maritza Ramirez is throwing in some additional multi-media elements - audio/visual design by Anthem Heart and film segments by Elijah Chhum - that are sure to be a nice match to the fashions hitting the runway. This year's designers include fresh faces (Britta Feuerhelm, Jenn Bratvold), SCENEaSOTA vets (Carmichael Claith, Jenny Carle, Kathryn V.), Voltage alumni (Raul Osorio, Frances Zerr) and established designers (Kevin Kramp), with new accessory collections from the likes of Ruby3, Carrier Pigeon, Ferociter, and Bionic Unicorn. Drop in early to schmooze with other fashionable guests, sip on a cocktail, preview the designs in a pop-up shop, and mingle with the designers before the runway event. Afterward, stay for a bumpin' afterparty with DJs and dancing. Tickets are $10 general admission or $15 seated and available in advance at Cliché. SCENEaSOTA is co-presented by l'étoile and Cliche.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave

7 p.m. art show, 9 p.m.-late music/ $3-5

Fasten your seat belts and secure your oxygen tanks for you are about to journey to a cosmic realm of trippy tunes and altered states, deep inside a universe where friends embrace, dream and – above all – dance. Tonight, curator Tim Krause and the 1419 gallery invite local inquisitive cosmonauts to explore a multimedia night of obscure live music and art. Featuring a riotous line-up of sets: hazy lo-fi jams from the MPLS-based one-man project, Orchard Thief; cavernous chillwave from Farms' Wisconsin drummer, Vacation Dad; plus performances by musical science experimentalist, Famuel; experimental jungle jammers of the art rock persuasion, Dada Trash Collage; plus PPL, Jesse Pollock, Parlour Bikes, Maymok, and more! Rumor has it this could be the last show Krause organizes in Minneapolis, so it's bound to be extra fired-up!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Satellite Voices LP Release Party

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Tonight, join MPLS futurist pop rockers Satellite Voices as they celebrate the digital release of their self-produced debut, full-length Scarlet Rays of Future Echoes off Past/Futures Records. Combing elements of futurism and experimentation with catchy riffs and clever instrumentation, the band approaches songwriting with a minimalist stance and delivers a sound that teeters between lavish and simplistically dynamic. With live sets from buzz-worthy Anglophile pop duo, BNLX and four-piece melody rockers, St. Villain. Plus, each paid admission receives a free download of the Satellite Voices album. Score! Co-sponsored by l'étoile and MFR.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Leisure Birds, Fabulous Diamonds, Brute Heart, Pigeons

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Avenue South

9:30 p.m. / Free

The shaggy boys of Leisure Birds are treating us to another show this weekend, and believe us, you want to be there. The psych-rock, Kinks-influenced quartet, taking the Hexagon stage Saturday, plays a delightfully weird live set and is arguably one of the best bands on the local scene. Also performing are fellow locals Brute Heart, known for their fluorescent melodies and reverbs; Melbourne’s Fabulous Diamonds, from whom to expect echoing electric organ, gorgeous saxophone, and chiming vocals; and Bronx-based Pigeons, who sing in French and do so capriciously. Did we mention the show is free? Sounds like your Saturday is set.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'étoile listening to this week?

While this week’s music pick caught our eye with his wild hair, pirate ‘stache, and Edwardian fashion sense, it was his personal brand of dandy, anthemic folk pop is what has us hooked. Like so many great folksters, the young King Charles was cultivated by Bob Dylan records, but what inspired the frazzled, idiosyncratic mash of sounds and electrics that are his singles remains a mystery to us. These days, the London native is opening for Mumford and Sons’ sold out tour and preparing for the early 2011 release of his debut album, for which we couldn’t be more psyched. Here’s hoping his reign is a long one.

Click HERE for the King Charles site


Win a pair of tickets to the MNFashion Holiday Bazaar!

Win a pair of tix to the MNFashion Holiday Bazaar happening on Saturday, Nov. 13th! E-mail kate@letoilemagazine with the subject line MNFASHION with your full name to be entered to win. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Thursday, November 11th.

About the event:

l'étoile and MNFashion present the first annual Holiday Bazaar! This hidden gem of a shopping soiree will sweep gift seekers in to the holiday spirit and offer up beautiful wares from local boutiques and designers. Sip complimentary cocktails and cocoa, nosh on decadent appetizers from Ginger Hop restaurant, sample sugar sweets and pamper yourself pretty with spa treatments between perusing one-of-a-kinds and beautiful finds. Vendors will include Cliche, Parc Boutique, Karma, Ruby3, ROX Jewelry, FOAT designs, Carrier Pigeon, and more.

Tickets are $8.50 in advance or $10 at the door. Get them at

When: Saturday November 13, 2010 from 11am-6pm.
MNfashion Atrium 79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Save the Date for WAMarchy! Dec. 4th (NOTE: ALMOST SOLD OUT)

Join l'étoile and the Weisman Art Museum as we declare WAMarchy! We'll be celebrating the year-long closing and impending expansion of the Frank Gehry-designed museum with an art-tastic blowout that will break all the rules! Music from punk rockers Off with Their Heads and the God Damn Doo Wop Band; participatory graffiti wall led by artists Rogue Citizen, Claire Monet, Biafra, Metrik!, Hellmouth, and Erin Sayer; a vivid, Weisman-inspired projection art installation by local artist, Clement Shimizu; complimentary appetizers and free red wine tasting, complimentary Surly Beer (while supplies last), a cash bar and more! Full details HERE.

L'ETOILE READER BONUS: Tickets are normally $20 but YOU can get the discounted WAM member price of $16. Just visit (use price code L'ETOILE) or call 612-624-2345. Tickets are limited, so act fast!

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

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