Thursday, April 28, 2011

Weekend What's What 4/29-5/1


Lines have been drawn in the sand this weekend, as Friday and Saturday battle it out for your attention. Friday is all about the visual, with more art events than you can shake a stick at, while Saturday brings the noise, with a number of hot live music events and dance parties. We say, enjoy the best of both worlds--that's our plan anyway!



Beth Hammarlund reviews the Sol Inspirations show

We release our Paper Dolls spread by illustrator Lisa Luck

Jahna and Lauren update the Sales & Shopping Guide

Natalie Gallagher interviews film director Jeff Lipsky

Photo by Eric Eul for l'etoile agency


Bell Museum Social || Preserving/Memory

@Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St SE

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

Juxtaposing nature next to art, the Bell Museum has teamed up with local photography fiend and artist Jeff Millikan to show off all the odds and ends of the Bell Museum – pulling out unique insect and animal specimens from their vaults. For their monthly Bell Museum Social, sip on some Red Stag-served refreshments and dive in to Millikan’s pieces to discover the one-of-a-kind tendency of humans to both destroy history and preserve it.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


DJ Dick Pic is Sprung

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Come down to Club Jag for a musical punch in the crotch tonight! The airhorn-blasting duo of Maggie Morrison and Machen Davis--otherwise known as DJ Dick Pic--will fill your ears with all the tit-illating tunage you can take. On top of all that, l’étoile music editor and saucy drink slinger The Bitchelor will be commanding the bar top until the sun rises (er, until the bar closes). Print off some dick pics to bring along and share, drink some dranx, and dance like a fool. Spring has sprung in more ways than one with Dick Pic on the turntables.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile looking at this week?

If you’re like us, the adorable choose-your-own-ensemble paper dolls may have just been your first introduction to fashion. Well, that and dressing up our brothers’ G.I. Joes in dapper menswear outfits. Hey, plastic army men need trendy styles too! That’s why we’re ever-so pleased with our interactive vogue du jour with a local artist + designer twist. We plucked some of our favorite looks off the runway of Voltage: Fashion Amplified and handed them over to local illustrator Lisa Luck! We've long been a fan of Lisa's whimsical, color-rich paintings: you may have seen them floating around town under the guise of gig posters for Twin Cities' bands or as promotional pieces for Yeti Records (the cute record shop that Lisa co-owns with her husband Jake). Who better to indulge our girlish fantasies of having our own book of paper dolls paired with local designer creations? All 10 runway designers from Voltage: Fashion Amplified are represented, along with Lisa's charming illustrations. Click the flipbook below to view in magazine format, or download the spread in PFD format here to cut out and play!

View the spread below via Issuu:


Saint Paul Art Crawl

Multiple Locations
St. Paul

Friday 6-10pm / Saturday Noon-8pm / Sunday Noon-5pm

You’ve been tromping through snow all winter, and now it’s time to crawl. Friday marks the opening of the annual Spring St. Paul Art Crawl, an art-venture that will lead you to the city’s core and back again, through the galleries and studios of Lowertown, Harriet Island, Grand, Raymond and University Avenues, and downtown St. Paul. The biggest and baddest yet, this year’s crawl has over 325 artists, including printmakers, musicians, textile artists, photographers, ceramicists, jewelry makers, and bookbinders. Some highlights: the art vending machine in the Tilsner Building (corner of Kellog & Broadway), where $5 gets you a cigarette-pack sized work of art; the McNally Smith Sound Crawl (starts Friday at 5:30); and “25 Minutes of Fame,” a musical feast with everything from classical piano to Uilleann pipes.

Click HERE for the Art Crawl site

2011 Poster Winner: Kevan Willington


Altered Esthetics 7-year Anniversary Celebration

@ Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE

6 p.m. / Free

Altered Esthetics is turning seven, and surely the Minneapolis art community at large has been lucky for it. Head to the gallery Friday for a celebration, complete with music, snacks, raffle prizes, and, of course, the artiest and most awesome of company. You can also bid on oodles of neat paintings, photographs, vases, and other crafty items, including the slice of Danno! wisdom pictured below. Other artists featured include Minneapolis printmaking stalwart Adam Turman, abstract oil painter Jennifer Stano, fairytale photo-maker Cris T. Halverson, and local book artist Amber Janey, Happy 7, AE! And many more!

Click HERE for this art event and more at


White Knight

@ Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Pl.

7 p.m. / Free

He's inspired punk songs. He's also a popular Halloween costume. And at his core, he's the Twin Cities most recognizable artist. Scott Seekins spends his days and nights strolling around the town in his dapper uniform: a black suit in the winter, a white suit in the summer; his shock of black hair sprouting from a headband complete with a pencil-thin mustache, dark-rimmed spectacles, and of course, his signature traveling art gallery/portfolio. Odds are you've seen him and have likely wondered "what the hell?" Well, wonder no longer. You can meet the man behind the image and the artwork tonight at his annual changing-of-the-suit party at Nick & Eddie. Dress in your best Seekins ensemble to win prizes in the look-a-like contest, take a personal, Seekins-led tour of the artist's studio (located about N&E), and get down to live bands later in the eventing. SS will also be offering 2-4-1 deals on his $100 prints on Friday only, so take this opportunity to fill in your art collection with the colorful works of a local icon.

Click HERE for the Nick & Eddie site


Regression into Relations

@ Madame of the Arts
3401 Chicago Avenue South

7 p.m. / Free

Regression into Relations, opening Friday at Madame of The Arts, is kind of like a time machine: it jumps backwards and forward, providing fresh perspective on both – and it provides a forum to geek out over things like chaos, alternate realities, and the fabrics of space. Exploring the intertwining of history and the future through installation, “mining of data,” and the “geometry of response,” the show features evocative narratives by five local artists: Luke Axelson, John Foster, Alex Fritz, Ryan Hughes, and Jonathan Karen. After the show, make sure you stick around for the After Exhibition Extravaganza. Details are scant, but a show this cool is bound to have a post party equally enticing.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The Judgment of Paris

@ Jeune Lune
105 N. 1st St.

8 p.m. / $20

One of the most chic art events of the year, the Midway Contemporary Art benefit is a can't miss for art lovers and patrons in the Twin Cities. The event hops to different venues each year to keep things fresh, this year landing at the charismatic old Jeune Lune theater space in the warehouse district. Dress your best and rub elbows with art collectors and Midway supporters while perusing the ridiculously amazing selection of contemporary art up for bid in the silent and live auction. Midway does not mess around: both big name local and national artists are represented in the work, including Minneapolis ex-pat David Rathman, photographer David Goldes; rising art world stars Jesse Chapman and Jay Heikes; Walker darling Chris Larson; and recent college grads (and Midway faves) Tynan Kerr and Andie Mazrol--just to name a mere few. Sip fancy drinks, nibble hors d'oeuvres, and if you got the ching, buy some art. After all, every penny goes back into the Midway pot, so they can continue bringing amazing work to the Twin Cities. Not to mention, our own editor Kate Iverson is on the host committee for the second year in a row, and l'etoile is a fancy-schmancy co-sponsor!

Click HERE for more info


No Bird Sing CD Release Party

@The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

7pm / All Ages / $10

Over the past few years, No Bird Sing has been highly celebrated in the Twin Cities for their unique take on the hip-hop and passionate live performances. Their melancholic and menacing take on the genre has impressed the likes of Brother Ali, POS, Dosh, and Eyedea & Abilities, all of whom No Bird Sing has shared the stage. Friday, watch the magic unfold with special guests Kill the Vultures and Kristoff Krane at the Cedar Cultural Center - no doubt the perfect venue to capture the intensity of a No Bird Sing show. Also, we've heard that additional guest appearances shall be expected! Music starts at 8 sharp.

Click HERE for the Cedar site


Bee Cool, Be Nice

@ Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave

10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / $3

For this month’s installment, Bee Cool enlists the live gyrations of one-man dance party extraordinaire, Slapping Purses, for an oscillating evening of sampled electronics, Casio-breaks and drum machine kicks. Before (and after) the SP’s amplifiers and modulars heap a dose on the dance floor, check hot, hot, hot tunes from lady DJ duo Monsterbrüsten and Mr. Rico Suave, DJ Bach as you sip down $3.50 Tall Boys and 5 buck Jamesons. And remember Bee Cool’s motto, “bee cool; be nice. don’t steal; slap purses.” And might we add: dance yer ass off.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile lookin' at on the web this week?

There’s really no point in spring cleaning unless you get to snaz up the place a bit, too. And since the flowers aren’t quite blooming outside here in Minnesota, the adorable, easy-peasy framed vases featured on the oh-so crafty site Flamingo Toes are the perfect way to bring the spring cheer inside – and amp up your DIY prowess. What you need: small glass vases (Bev, the sassy gal behind the site, got a bunch at Michael’s for 99 cents each), twine, chicken wire, frames (and paint if you want to redo them), and flowers. And the steps to making these pretty little things are just as simple. Happy crafting!

Click HERE for the Flamingo Toes site


Art Beer Records

@ Yeti Records
3506 Nicollet Ave

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

Yet again, Yeti Records comes through with another round of great local art. This time, the featured artists: Josh Journey-Heinz, Jessica Seamans, Hannah Mae Haugberg, Suzanne Mahoney, Mike Burrill, Lisa Luck, Matt Vision Quest, and Steve Rosborough. Join the artists for little record spinning by the mega-talented James Leonardo, who has slated his perfectly danceable tunes early enough to get you warmed up for your next round of Saturday-night dance-your-face-off madness. Stop down, make friends with new peeps, and have a good time.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Heavy Focus 4

West Bank

9 p.m. / $10

Local noise fest Heavy Focus is back for round quatro on Saturday, with 14 of the genre’s most vociferous, irreverently-named local and national acts. Minneapolis acts include Father You See Queen (formerly To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie), Ison Sucks (the one and only Albert Elmore), and Heavy Focus veteran and scrap metal master, Grain Belt. Out of towners include Chicago-based Vertonen, the project by Crippled Intellect Productions’ (a music label for up-and-coming experimental artists) Blake Edwards; and Brooklyn-based Queening. A show guaranteed to make your ears ring and your brain go fuzzy, as only truly magnificent noise music can do.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Minneapolis! NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off

@Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave S

10 p.m. / 12 a.m. Dance Off / Free

Think you got what it takes to out dance the entire city of Minneapolis? For the local debut of traveling dance jam, SOUL CLAP, don your boogie gear and head to the Hex for a night of sweet soul get downs brought to you by NYC's own DJ Jonathan Toubin. After two hours of warm up, make sure you’re ready to impress a panel of local judges, including Radio K’s lanky swanky Andrew LaValle, CityPages hottie Andrea Swensson, DJ guru Jen Hughes, l'etoile music editor Robyn Lewis, Solid Gold music man Shon Phillp Troth and journalist Steve Marsh.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


#LIFE #RARE: A Music Video Party Experience

@ Triple Rock
629 Cedar Ave

10 p.m. / $5 or free with MSPIFF ticket stub

What pairs best with an experimental film screening? An experimental party, of course! First, hit up Friday night's MSPIFF screenings of Experimental Film Program and/or Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film then on Saturday, head over to the T-Rock to add an extra dose of experimental with the interactive live event, #Life #Rare. Tonight’s extravaganza features two darn good hazy Chicagoan bands How to Dress Well – which you may remember from our raving “Sunday Music Pick” a few weeks back – + futuristic R&Bers, Supreme Cuts – and Minneapolis’ own chillwave, electronic pop, Auto-Tune-friendly duo, Elite Gymnastics. On top of rad, glitchy, DIY beats, peep the laboratory-esque experimental vids and images from Jamie Harley and what is mysteriously described solely on the FB event invite as a “surprise happening on the dancefloor” from Anna Henson. Fancy footwork? A Vogue breakdown, Madonna-style? Robot dance-off? Who knows? You’ll have to witness for yourself.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

How To Dress Well : "Suicide Dream 1" from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.


Menergy feat. Gigamesh

@Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE

10 p.m. / 21+ / $3 with Facebook RSVP, $5 without

Menergy has quickly garnered the reputation of being where all the pretty people are in this masterful monthly dance party, held at the Kitty Cat Klub, where there is both a dark dance floor for sexy moves and dark corners for, er, sexier moves. Come celebrate your dudeness (or scout for a new dude of your own) in this sweatastic beat fest, brought to you by DJs Bach to the Future, The Nightstalker and Sweet Talk Radio. Joining the musical mavens this month is Gigamesh, the Jesus of hawt mixed dance tracks. Playatta vids will be there to capture all the antics, crazy dance moves, and muscle flexing… and oh, so much more.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

A Gigamesh classic:


Attitude City

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

One of our favorite monthly dance jams is here! The badass boys of Attitude City are at it again with their installation of music and mayhem. Join the Jeff Dubois and special guest Daniel Paul 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 some of Minneapolis’ finest.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Zoo Animal

@ Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall

11 p.m. / $5

Trust us: you want to spend your late nights with Zoo Animal. Especially when the rock trio struts their stuff at Downtown’s classic nightclub, the Dakota. And while we can’t guarantee that husky-voiced, doe-eyed vocalist, Holly Newsom, will be draped across a piano like the jazzy night singers of yore, we can promise a live set of minimal rock and artful grunge fused with lo-fi melodies that border between the visceral and haunting. Who knows? By the end of the night their alluring emotive pop might just illicit a table sprawl from someone in the club…Most likely one of the l’etoile crew.

Click HERE for the Dakota site

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


What's l'etoile listening to this week?

We tried to listen to other tunes this week, but we gave up almost immediately. Why? Because frankly, nothing puts a spring in our step quite tUnE-yArDs, the loopy-jammy-jumpy-burst-y-wait, is that a ukulele?-cacophony slash ear-gasm project by New Englander Merrill Garbus. You may have already heard the magic on her 2009 cassette-tape debut Bird-Brains, or on last year’s trippy Blackberry Torch commercial. But her April release w h o k i l l – now that’s one to set your ears on fire. Equal parts eccentric, world, and bubblegum, Garbus’ beats are second only to her voice, which ranges from husky to boyish to soulful to clear-as-a-bell with slippery ease. Exquisite. Do the cars around you a favor: roll your windows down and turn your speakers way, way up with this pick.

Click HERE for the Tune Yards site


May Day Parade + Festival

@ Powerhorn Park
Southside Minneapolis

1 p.m. – sunset / free

Unless you’re the Ebenezer Scrooge of Spring, May Day marks of Minneapolis’ fave seasonal celebration, the May Day Festival. Not only do the festivities involve a massive parade with humongous puppets, elaborate masks, art bikes and grandiose floats homemade by locals, but the day-long fete features delicious pop-up food carts, live sets by local bands, the Tree of Life ceremony, art booths and tons more hoopla. Now in its’ 37th year, the May Day Fest is still as popular and anticipated as ever and boasts even more activities every year for fest goers to revel in. For some, the festival symbolizes a cathartic celebration of nature, movement and life; to others it’s a day to hang with pals and get a little tipsy covertly nursing flasks in the park. But regardless of how you like to observe, one thing is always consistent--a damn good time. See you there!

Catch up with the parade at the corner of 25th St. and Bloomington Ave at 1 p.m. and travel with as it continues to Powderhorn Park.
Click HERE for more info

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

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