Thursday, July 28, 2011

Weekend What's What 7/28-7/31


We're declaring a posse up weekend! Grab your bffs (and maybe even a few frenemies) and party en masse at any number of down n' dirty dance jams, amazing art shows and festivals, or rockin' live music blowouts. As we head into the final "official" month of summer, we must insist you (and your, um, posse) make the most of it.



Radical Cemetery N.N.E. Audio Cassette Tape Release

@ XY&Z Gallery / Trylon
3258 Minnehaha Ave S

7 p.m. – Midnight / Free

Local musicians, Radical Cemetery, aren't your average, run-of-the-mill experimental band. Comprised of Hartland/Heartland founders Aaron Anderson and Eric Carlson, Fletcher Barnhill, and multi-instrumentalist Derek Maxwell, the 4-piece takes their cues from improv, “stoner metal,” hip-hop and dub techniques mutating and progressing their beats through digital production. Hence, it comes as no shock that the band's release party should reflect the same multi-media eclecticism. Tonight, don't miss as the XyandZ Gallery and the Trylon host just such a release party for Radical Cemetery's latest cassette (yes, we said “cassette”), N. N. E. Catch video installments in the Trylon, plus peep art installations, “spacial interruptions,” drawings and live performances from Cage 3, Moon Glyph and – of course – Radical Cemetery. Engage in sensory overload.

Bonus: Secret special guests are rumored to be adding to the musical melee! Our lips are sealed!

Click HERE for the Facebook invite


Project Runway Premiere Screening

@ The Caterpillar Lounge
Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen
533 Hennepin Ave
Downtown Mpls

8 p.m. / Free

Join l'etoile and Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen each Thursday as we host weekly 8 p.m. screenings of Project Runway Season 9 in the Caterpillar Lounge! This season features one of our very own: talented local designer Danielle Everine! Cheer Danielle on whilst sipping stylish drink specials (including the $6 special "Everine Fizz") and noshing upon Pham's delectable bar menu. Danielle herself, as well as season six contestant Christopher Straub, plan to flatter us with appearances from time to time, so bring your autograph books, eh?

Bonus 1: During the show, Tweet your reactions along with the hashtag #projectrunway. Former Minneapolis contestant Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman (@ramonlawrence) will be live Tweeting for the show @projectrunway during the premiere episode this week!

Bonus 2: Show up early to get a good seat (screening starts at 8pm sharp!) then stick around afterward for a DJ set by Plain Ole Bill and more drink and app specials beginning at 10 p.m.

Bonus 3: Check out our interview with Danielle Everine on the eve of the premiere HERE.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Dearling Physique Live + Video Screening

@ Hell’s Kitchen
80 9th St. S.

10 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Dearling Physique has treated us to some mystifying experiences throughout the past few years. To name a couple: the spine-tingling, knitwear-heavy music video for “Discipline Your Hands” and last January’s “Choose Your Color” listening party. Thursday at Hell’s Kitchen, Dearling will release the next music video from their album “Deadeye Dealer” – for the album’s first single, “Oh This Currency.” Production stills show frontman Dominique Davis, clad in a striped tuxedo vest, being bound with cords. So, we’re definitely in for a fashionably creepy treat. In addition to the video premiere, the band will also be performing with 2NoHO and Youth at Large. The perfect teaser to Dearling’s newest group of tunes, set to release on August 22.

Click HERE for the Facebook event
Just to wet your whistle, Dearling Physique's video for "Discipline Your Hands" to which the new video will be a sequel:


We've always dug Absolut Vodka's innovative and stylish ads. From the cutting-edge and sophisticated, down to the hilariously tongue-in-cheek, in seems the Absolut marketing team is always one step ahead of the rest. Their latest campaign is no exception. Under the tagline, “It all starts with an Absolut Blank,” New York commissioned a myriad of exciting new generation contemporary artists to turn the iconic Absolut bottle into a blank canvas to “indulge their creative inspirations.” What resulted is an eclectic mix of print, interactive, digital and installation art ranging from light installations to murals and collages that launched for public display earlier this month. The catalytic campaign features collaborative work from Jeremy Fish, Morning Breath, Sam Flores, Brett Amory, Dave Kinsey, and tons more including MPLS' own Aesthetic Apparatus. Well played guys!

Click HERE for the site


The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP

@ The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE

6 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Sunday / Free

Fact: L’etoile’s inner tomboys are wide-eyed and fascinated by the world of LARPing. Costumes and quests and traipsing around in the woods? Ah! Which is why we’re here to tell you, with the most mischievous of twinkles in our eyes, that your mission for this weekend is to spend some time at The Soap Factory, where artist Erik Ullanderson has organized a three-day long LARPing extravaganza, The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP. Working closely with Minnesota LARP-ers, the project has a scripted storyline and a pre-ordained set of rules, under which player characters and non-player characters will engage in live action. Spanning from the wilds of the Soap Factory to the Walker Art Center kingdom, all adventures will be initiated by the Corporate Wizard, a character representing the mores of corporate America. How things will turn out is unknown -- but you'd be a fool to miss out. For peak gaming times and weekend highlights, check out the Soap’s full schedule below.

Click HERE for the schedule


Impermanent Public: The New & Evolving Street Art

@ The Future Presence Gallery
1126 2nd St NE

5 – 11 p.m. / Free

From Bansky to Space Invader to OBEY, street artists across the globe are rising up to take on the challenge “blank walls, blanks minds.” And for Future Presence's latest exhibit, Impermanent Public, the catch phrase has become both a movement and a mantra. An exploration into the evolving path of street art as a contemporary art form, Impermanent Public's goal is to place emphasis and credit not just the evasive artist but awaken a commentary on the art itself, its significance on the modern art scene and its impact on urban landscape. For one night only, check installations by yarn-bomber, HOTTEA, collaborative work from Toronto-based artist, Sean Martindale, local artists Light The Underground, Andrew Casey, Phil Jones, Jenny Moxley and Nathaniel. Plus, don't miss the highly anticipated and sure to be hyped about “Momentary Performance” by experiential artist, Lee Walton. And never again walk the streets oblivious.

Proudly co-presented by l'etoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The Rope, The Night, The Trapezoids

@ Cause
3001 Lyndale Ave S

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5

It's possible we may be a Rope groupie, a band-aid, if you will. But how could we not be? The group we raved about in last week's What's What "Sunday Music Pick" is popping up everywhere and soon they'll be in the hearts, homes and stereos of every gothy post-punk lover across the city. Tonight, catch them headlining with Reverbnation label mates, “Shoegaze-Synth Pop Electropunk” duo The Night and a special blast-from-the-past performance from Minneapolis' 80's techno-pop new wave band, The Trapezoids. Expect glitch, distortion, baritoned vocals and the kind of unapologetic synth your mama warned you about.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ Varsity Theater
1308 4th St SE

10 p.m. / $7 / 18+

For all those who wanted to be rebels in high school but didn’t get it out of their system ‘til their college years and beyond, Recess is the huge monthly dance party that would have surely landed you in detention had the principal caught you. Magical fun purveyors Anthem Heart and their unruly party crew bring you a night of epic musical throw-down, featuring sounds from CODES, GIGAMESH, and DJ Espada, plus mind-boggling video trips from the nimble fingers of Playatta. Go ahead, prep for this evening of old skool delinquency by ripping some holes in your jeans or smoking cigarettes behind the gym—whatever it takes to cancel out those years you spent being a good kid when you could’ve been the bad one. Then be prepared to dance. Get $2 off the cover when you RSVP

Click HERE to RSVP


Sleazy and Easy Dance Party

@ Clubhouse Jäger
923 Washington Ave N

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

This Friday, don't miss the next down n' dirty installment a la sexy DJ duo, Sleazy & Easy (Mark Mallman & Jager's own Angie Heitz). Get down at this dynamic dance party as the sassy pair masterfully mixes all your favorite jams. It’s hard to deny booty bumpin’ beats and lyrical lust flowing from legendary artists like Missy Elliot, Usher, Robyn, Kanye, and Snoop--and just when you think the night can’t get any better, Clubhouse Jäger serves up free jello shots at midnight! Find your friends, lure your lovers and bring your best dance moves, because this Friday night is about to get sleazy, easy and frankly, downright freak nasty.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

photo by Christian Erickson


By now we're sure you've heard of local remix-guru, Gigamesh. But just in case you haven't, here's the lowdown. Gigamesh is Matt Masurka, a Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ. Starting by releasing bootleg remixes on music blogs in 2007, he's built his name as a versatile remix artist and producer. His collaborations include being a member of DiscoTech and Señor Stereo, as well as co-producing albums for Minneapolis bands Lookbook and Estate. In 2010, he became a multi-platinum selling producer when his remix of Mike Posner's “Cooler Than Me” was chosen to be the first single on Posner’s debut album. The song rose to #5 on the Billboard Top 40 and was chosen as iTunes 2010 Pop Single Of The Year. Gigamesh will be releasing his debut self-titled EP worldwide by the end of summer. Not only is the dude the epitome of MN-nice, but his beats could move even the surliest of misanthropes to the dancefloor.

We recently caught up with MN returnee Gigamesh to chat about his latest projects, what's on his iPod and why he couldn't stay away from Minneapolis. You can catch Matt spinning this Friday at the Anthem Heart-produced party "Recess" at the Varsity Theater.

Click HERE for the full Q&A


Red Hot Art Festival

@ Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave S

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. / 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Free

This weekend come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the city’s fave grass roots arts festival! Red Hot Art, a weekend long event that takes place every summer, serves as a showcase for emerging Twin Cities artists. This time around there will be over 100 booths dedicated to visual artists and crafters, an array of 28 musical acts playing between two stages, food from local vendors, and many local community organizations providing hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. The Red Hot Art Festival is the perfect opportunity to gather your family, friends and fellow art enthusiasts together to collectively enjoy a fun-filled weekend of art/music that definitely dabbles in every medium. As you peruse, relax and explore the creative culture, enjoy scrumptious food and drink a la Asase Yaa, La Loma Tomales, Big Bell Ice Cream, and Boiler Room Coffee.

Bonus 1: Fledgling art collectors take note! This event is THE perfect place to beef up your burgeoning collection on a budget.

Bonus 2: Join the crew for a pre-party/Red Hot Art’s 10-year anniversary shindig on Friday, July 29th from 8-11 p.m. at the Boiler Room. Sip on a PBR tallboy and eat some birthday cake! (1830 3rd Ave S, one block East of Stevens Park)

Click HERE for the Red Hot Art site


Sucka Free Art Sale

@ XY&Z Gallery
3258 Minnehaha Ave S.

2 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Free

Head to the XYandZ Gallery this Saturday for the next installment of the Sucka Free Art Sale! This curated art soiree features works from over 15 artsy vendors, all of whom are so talented it shouldn’t be legal: Karen O'Bryan, RM Hanson, AJ Ragland, Hannah Kleese, 7not8 Press, Tim Monsters!, Colette Ricci, Robert Pflaum, Woe Is Oz, Kaleidoscope Kitty, Hello Ladies Vintage, and more. There will be the a plethora of drawings, paintings, jewelry, comics, books, photography, plus vintage clothes and, seriously, who knows what else. Skip down and find a piece of Minneapolis for your living room!

Click HERE for the Sucka Free site


Communist Daughter, Blue Sky Blackout, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, and the Greycoats

@ Loring Theater
1635 Hennepin Ave

7 p.m. / All Ages / $10

As summer wanes, there's never a shortage of excellent musical events and shows happening around the Twin Cities. One such affair. taking place at the beautiful Loring Theater, truly sounds like a show we can get behind. Featuring the musical stylings of the Greycoats, gritty rock sounds of Blue Sky Blackout, sophisticated string orchestrations of touring band John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, and the comforting midwest indie tunes of Communist Daughter. This show is all ages, so bring the kiddos!

Click HERE for the Loring Theater site


Night Moves, Speeds the Name, and Grant Cutler

@ Northeast Vintage
1627 Washington St. NE

7 pm. / $5 suggested donation

Northeast Vintage must think Minneapolitans are pretty special. Why else would they dedicate Saturday to spoiling us rotten? Shop the new Nordeast nook throughout the day to receive 25 percent off everything – then go home, don your new wares, and head back to the store for a live show by Night Moves; Speeds the Name, and Grant Cutler (or, stick around all day and catch a pre-show DJ set by Grant Cutler). From former Battlers Royal, Night Moves, expect Minneapolis’ best electro-soul; from Speeds the name, rhythm sections that will rock your face off, and from Cutler’s live set, sweeping, intimate ballads. Come thirsty and thrifty.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave. SE.

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

Both ladies and gents agree: Menergy is the place to bust a move on the last Saturday of the month, if only because its concept never fails to make us giggle. Like Menergies past, this week’s installment will feature a kitchy, testosterone-filled Playatta reel (view last month’s here), laser lights, high-octane, disco slash electronic beats from The Nightstalker, Anthem Heart, and DJ Bach, and tons of scensters making ridiculous faces at each other in the photobooth. And for extra fun this month, there will also be Jim Beam specials and a riotous new guest, DJ Chuck Love. See you there, bros.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile listening to this week?

In the same vein as Zola Jesus, Bat for Lashes, Anna Calvi, and any other number of strident-voiced females with gothic personas and a flare for electronics, Austra beats from the heart of Toronto – and proves a valiant addition to the temptress canon. You might even say boldness is key in “Feel it Break,” the three-piece’s dark and danceable debut: outspoken, out-and-proud songs about sexuality (And videos, too. Even the clean version of “The Beat and the Pulse,” albeit brilliantly crafted, is NSFW) are more than matched in power by lead singer Katie Stelmanis’ crystalline pipes, the product of a classical and operatic upbringing. A must bust out for your next house party; heaven knows we can never have enough hauteur, creepy rituals, ethereal voices, and thumping keyboards.

Click HERE for the Austra site


Red Stag Block Party

@ Red Stag
509 1st Ave NE

3 – 10 p.m. / Free

Here in the Twin Cities, it's almost a bitchslap in the face to summer to miss a block party. Because we know you don't wanna mess with nature, head down to the Red Stag today for their 5th annual free block party. The bash features live tune-age from locals Romantica, Zoo Animal, Peter Wolf Crier, 4ontheFloor and tons more! Plus, North Star Roller Girls, Familia Skateshop, Miyagi Salon, TC Makers and dance collective Epitome-No Question will be on the streets ready to entertain you like no one's business. Feast on locally farmed and organic treats, sip down cold beverages and consume generously because part of the food proceeds go towards the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Riding your bike to the party? Indulge in a little valet-style treatment by parking in the Nice Ride Bike Corral. Fancy! l'etoile says: respect summer!

Click HERE for the Red Stag site



@ Honey
205 East Hennepin Ave

10 p.m. / $5

l’etoile isn’t one to let you be the last to know – which is why we’re telling you to put Spearz on your radar asap! The new local, all-male Britney Spears cover band – no, really, what you see is what you get – is playing their third show ever on Sunday at Honey. Comprised of five self-described “hipster douchebags,” all active in other local music projects (ZibraZibra, Moonstone, The Golden Bubbles, Hot Freaks), Spearz the band is pretty much guaranteed to (drive you) crazy and have you shouting “gimme more!” So whether U seek Amy, mmm Papi, or just want a night against the music, don your lace and leather and be there.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

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

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