Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weekend What's What 2/3-2/5


This weekend has a tasty line up of artsy goodness, ripe for over-indulgence! From Cult Status Gallery's cute animal art benefit to the MIA's grand soiree for the opening of their new exhibit plus a number of other fun shows on the sched, there's bound to be a little something for everyone. Of course, that's not to say we don't have a stellar lineup of music and other such excitement going on as well, because believe us, there's no shortage!

Photo by Nic Marshall for l'etoile, 2011


Picked 2 Click: Zoo Animal, Red Pens, Gospel Gossip

@ Loring Theater
(formerly the Music Box)
1407 Nicollet Ave South

7:30 p.m. / $13

The bands involved in City Pages' Picked 2 Click showcases rarely fail to keep our hearts racing, feet moving and eardrums ringing, and this Thursday night's roster is no exception. Usually found headlining their own gigs about town, P2C alums Zoo Animal, Red Pens, and Gospel Gossip will be joining forces at the Loring Theater – a rare treat for any local musichead who’s ever debated which stellar show to attend on any given weekend night. In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the scoop on this triad, a rundown: Zoo Animal’s sound is grungy, artfully uneven, and gloriously haunting; Red Pens is lauded for bendy guitar melodies and waves of abstract sound; and Gospel Gossip's utterly noisy, mesmerizing overtures are something we've been obsessed with for years. Somehow the midwinter blues just got a little more bearable.

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ZOO ANIMAL - "Sailor" (remix) from Northern Outpost on Vimeo.


GASP! Gender Anarchy Sex Positivity

@ Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S

5-10 p.m. / Free

Remember those awkward sex education classes in high school? Condoms over bananas, the cringe-worthy use of the word “intercourse?” Well, cringe no more. This ode to sex education extravaganza promises to be nothing like those lame reserved classes. Tonight's multi-disciplinary event, GASP! (Gender Anarchy Sex Positivity), features visual art, free love radical educators & speakers, performers, poets and musicians for an open-minded showcase interpreting the many threads, umbrellas and windows of gender and a healthy sex life while merging the bonds between art and human sexuality. Highlights include artist presentations from local sex shop boutique, Smitten Kitten, co-organizer/hip-hop MC Heidi Barton Stink, Brooklyn's Ignacio Rivera, Chicago's Dalice Malice, local performer Kaoz and many more, as well as sex safe workshops, dialogues on gender politics and musical segues from some spunky local bands. Bananas optional.

Click HERE for the Intermedia Arts Site


What art is l'etoile appreciating this week?

Some artists, even as young'uns, were simply not content with the world at large. These rare movers and shakers sought to translate their talented compulsions and dreamscapes into realities. Brazilian artist, Thais Beltrame is one of those oddities. Long-time sketcher and fine art illustrator, Beltrame began her artistic catalog as a child, harboring an aversion to colored pencils and endlessly scribbling on her mother's books with a ball point pen to create narratives with simple lines and patterns. These days, her work is represented by nostalgic black and white drawings, recreating memories of displaced energy, death and parallel universes. Inspired by the sometimes dark feelings and emotions of childhood discovery, Beltrame describes her illustrations as “the simple things – like when you walk into a room and something doesn't feel right, but you can't say why.” Through subtle and meticulous strokes of brush and ink, Beltrame reveals a forgotten, yet youthful past that's both peculiar and melancholy.

Click HERE for the Thais Beltrame site


Ruff Love

@ Cult Status
2913 Harriet Ave S

7 p.m. to Midnight / Free

Try to stay away from Cult Status' fundraiser for orphaned dogs and puppies tonight and you'll find yourself forever in a limbo haunted by the commercial where Sarah McLachlan's “Angel” plays over a video segment about abused animals. Sound horrible? We suggest you just attend the show. Tonight, peep awesome artwork from over 25 local artists who have generously donated their creations to raise money for the animal charity group, Secondhand Hounds. Browse through work from a roster of talented artists including Nate Vincent Szklarski, Rudy Fig, Danny Sigelman, Leif Peterson, Alexander Uhrich, Jess Searles, and many, many more. Plus, some of the adorbs Secondhand puppy runts will be strutting their cuteness around the gallery in hopes of winning over the crowd and procuring a good home – think All Dogs Go to Heaven meets a rad art show! So, bring your pocketbooks and save a pup or two. Charlie will thank you.

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Online (Dis)connect

@ Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE

7 p.m. / Free

Blogging, g-chatting, status updating and checking in: Self-expression (and creeping on the cool kids) has never been easier. Or more time consuming. But have we created a monster? How does all the time spent online affect real-world relationships? And to what degree do our online personas actually reflect who we really are? Through a myriad of mediums, including mixed media collage, iPod paintings (a la Matt Ollig), photography, and the again-altered painting by Kara Hendershot and Summer Scharringhausen’s collaborative team Happy Accidents, Online (Dis)connect, opening Friday at Altered Esthetics, will explore such questions. Expect to leave the show pondering, senses overloaded, and wholly conflicted: to tweet, or not to tweet?

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@ Rosalux Gallery
1224 NE 2nd St

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free

Rebecca Krinke is not a simple artist. In her new project entitled Visitation, she incorporates sculptural installation, performance, and four weekly “excursions” open to all. This Friday at the opening reception, see her installation which explores memory and forgetting. The overlay of Krinke's delicate, careful artistry on the viewer's senses is surely quite a thought provoking (no pun intended) artistic experience. Don't miss this opening--and if you can, make sure you at check out the "excursions" that span over the four Saturdays in February at different locations. Check the Facebook invite for further details on the excursions.

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Mayda + Fauna

@ Nick & Eddies
1612 Harmon Place

8:30 p.m. / free

A female Prince comparison may seem overblown, but if anyone can live up to such an honor it would be a Twin Cities-bred star. The Purple One's kindred for more than just her similar pint size, the sound of R&B-infused pop rocker, Mayda Miller, is slick, expansive and switches between funkadelic beats and electronic synth and lots of drums. Mayda and her killer back-up band whip together one of the Twin Cities' epic live shows – full of confident stage prances and saucy soul. Tonight, don't miss a rare intimate performance from Mayda as she's joined by experimental pop-rockers, Fauna, who've only recently resurfaced after a long hiatus (with some rumors of awesome new material too). A sexy venue, two sexy bands, what more could ya want?!

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Mayda by BKP Photography


Leisure Birds, Is/Is, Food Pyramid, Tender Meat, Rank Strangers

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

10 p.m. / $6 / 21+

Naturally, the oh-so-musically-savvy folks at Yeti Records are kicking off February the right way: with a show. A really, really good one. To be exacting: the Leisure Birds, Is/Is, Food Pyramid, Tender Meat, and Rank Strangers. To be razor-sharp, two(ish)-word review-style precise: with the Birds’ hazy garage-rock, Is/Is’ sassy punk-tasticness, Food Pyramid’s spacey old-school, Tender Meat’s Nintendo pop, and Rank Stranger’s tried-n-true Midwest-rock. It’s all going down at the Turf Club, but get there and get drinks early; there isn’t an act in the house you won’t kick yourself for missing.

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What's l'etoile peepin' on the web this week?

We couldn’t be more jazzed: after a two-year stint as a producer’s assistant for the TV show Ugly Betty, Jake Thompson is back in the great white north, and with him, Fashionasty, your new fashion blog crush. Witty, biting, and deliciously irreverent, Fashionasty is trash culture commentary at its finest. And it’s boldly dressed, too – literally (the blog interface is decked out glitter, cheetah print, and Big Macs), and in manifesto. Says Thompson: “if you like mixing paisley with animal print, leather with lace, Chanel with fur, gold lamé with cashmere, join the club (sandwich)!” Fabulous. We’re all over it.

Click HERE for the Fashionasty site


NET WORKS : New art from Guy Chase

@ Nicademus Art & Framing
225 N. Snelling Ave
St. Paul

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

Guy Chase is one of those artists that works with the details of life; in the everyday phrases and objects you might continually overlook. Join him for an intimate peek into his most recent work at Nicademus Art this Saturday. Food, refreshments and live music will be available. Stop down, and you might find yourself discovering more than just delightful new art.

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Muja Messiah & Maria Isa

@ Cause
3001 Lyndale Ave S

8 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Local hip hop mainstay Muja Messiah is definitely not your typical "backpack-rapper" - his style has a much sharper edge, his lyrics more politically driven, and his past a bit grittier. Despite not quite fitting the mold, Muja has emerged as one of the Twin Cities' most noteworthy rappers the past few years. His heavy hitting rhymes flow almost effortlessly over banging club beats in a refreshing twist to the sound of our sometimes homogeneous rap scene. Muja is paired tonight with the sultry, provocative Maria Isa, who's beats and rhymes will most certainly have you moving. Expect special guests all night!

Click HERE for the Cause site

The Official "Gary Coleman" by Muja Messiah Directed by Hi Def Photo Prod. by Benzilla from Didier Mbilizi on Vimeo.


Dirty Queer Show III

@ Hell’s Kitchen
80 S. 9th St.

9 p.m. / $7-10

With the Creating Change conference in full swing, there really is no better time than the present for the Dirty Queer Show. This year’s event opens with a plethora of queer art, which you can enjoy with amazing food and drinks a la Hell’s Kitchen, followed by a cabaret show and a dance party with DJ Blowtorch that promises to be so hot, it’ll feel like summer in the city. This third annual event benefits the Trans Youth Support Network, so feel free to be extra generous in that silent auction (which includes prizes from Surly, Peace Coffee, the Smitten Kitten, and Hay Gurl Hay Café) and in your suggested donations. Because really, the only thing better than a fridge full of dirty magnets and participating in a puppy and kitty peep show (for petting a pussy or giving a dog a bone(r), of course) is supporting a great cause while doing so.

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Bella Naughty

2400 Third Ave S

9 p.m. to Midnight / $45, $25 for MIA members

Okay, so moonlit canals and Venice gondolas may not be in your future anytime soon, but tonight the Minneapolis Institute of Art invites you don a fancy mask and get a traditional taste of the Venetian Carnevale. A decadent time of indulgence dating back to the mid-13th century, Carnavale began as a giant masquerade celebration where nobles could walk amongst the randoms. Tonight, the MIA presents a kudos to the tradition in honor of the exclusive preview party for the new exhibition Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, a collection of 13 paintings and 12 drawings from master painters of the Renaissance in Venice: Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto, and Tiziano Vecellio (best known as Titian). Enjoy delicious cocktails, music, light refreshments and even find a gorgeous mask from the Museum Shop to become part of the mass masked.

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Titian's "Diana and Actaeon"


HANDS Album Release

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

9 p.m. / Free

Experimental and psychedelic jam-duo Hands has filled another album with their folky vox and pretty guitaring – and this weekend, they're taking over the 331 Club to flaunt these new tunes. Join the team this Saturday to celebrate the release of their newest album Woods Suite and get an ear full of all their musical goodness live. On top of Hands, the duo has brought along specials guests like the indie dudes from Still Pacific and funky rock ’n rollers from Strange Lights to please your ears all night long.

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Just the Two of Us (We Can Make It If We Try)

@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave S.

Midnight / $5

Come after party it up at 1419 this Saturday with a stellar lineup of dancemasters and beatsmiths. The funky hip hop antics of Bight Club will light up your night along with dance floor burning DJ sets from Jonathan Ackerman and 1990 (Tony of Bight Club). The party starts late and goes late - so respect the space and enter like a silent specter of the night. Will Smith may or may not make a cameo.

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What's l'etoile listening to this week?

We are totally sick of all these negative temperatures and giant mounds of snow. Lucky for us, happy-pop band Tennis seems to be the perfect mid-winter escape to a warm and summery paradise. Though the two leading members of the group Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore started their career sailing over 2,500 miles along the North Atlantic coast, the two finally parked sail after 6 months of hard work and looked for a new adventure to come their way. After two years, the two decided that they wanted to create a set of pretty jams that would attempt to bring people on their nautical, lovey dovey sea voyage with them. And they totally did it. Now, this oldie-sounding musical group is all about sway-worthy melodies and beachy tunage that will make you wish you were sailing and lounging on an ocean too.

Bonus: Tennis plays the 7th Street Entry on February 19th!

Click HERE for the Tennis site

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

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