Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weekend What's What 8/25-8/28


The "Great Minnesota Get-Together" pops off this Thursday and runs through Labor Day, as any self-respectin' local knows. So, trade in your heels for comfy walking shoes, go see the sights and eat some curds--just don't forget the delightful array of art, music, and assorted soirees occurring outside of the fair grounds this weekend!



MN State Fair Kickoff

@ Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul

6 a.m. – midnight / $10

Yah sure you betcha it’s State Fair time! Twelve days of food on a stick, honkytonk tunes, and cute baby animals began at the crack of dawn today, and props to any of you eager beavers who made it a point to be there that early. But no matter when you roll in, the fair is celebrating day one as Thrifty Thursday, with discounted admission for all ages. The day will be hosted by the Minnesota STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Network, which will also be holding activities throughout the day, including a demonstration by Microsoft, a chemistry show, and a raptor center. Opening day goings-on also include a state fair history walking and cell phone tour, a giant sing along, and an opening ceremony at the Leinie Lodge (as if that wasn’t going to be your first stop anyways).

Click HERE for the State Fair Website


Project Runway Weekly Screenings

@ Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen
in the Caterpillar Lounge
533 Hennepin Ave S

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 as well, so bring your autograph books! Afterward, choose to stick around for DJs and dancing, or follow us over to the 331 Club for our sister blog LOL/OMG's monthly meetup (details in the listing below).

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The DooBees/The Seeks/Vague-a-Bonde

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
St Paul

9 p.m. / 21+ / $6

Make your way to St. Paul this evening as two bands featuring local rock charlatans – The DooBees and The Seeks – take the stage at the Turf for an uber rare, uber special performance guaranteed to invoke the rock gods. Indie newbies, please take notes. Check “psych-jam garage rock” from TheDooBees featuring members of MercRage, So It Goes and The Copper Field, plus feast your ears on tunes from The Seeks featuring the stylings of ex-Hovercraft, Shatterproof and Landing Gear members. Vague-a-bonde – a new project featuring Nicole Brenny of the on-hiatus electro-pop outfit Waxx Maxx – opens. So many super groups, so little time.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Nyteowl Tokyo EP Release Show

@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE

9 p.m. / Free

Do you dig your music with a laidback edge? Prefer your tunes with just the right blend of mellow and synthy beats? Well, then MPLS electronic soul project, Nyteowl, is definitely up your alley. Head down to the Kitty Cat tonight as Nyteowl (aka producer Jeremiah Conlon) celebrates the release of his latest EP, “Tokyo,” a melodious, smooth ride inside the world of a perfected “sleep-tronica” sound. Check sets by local special guests, western-influenced indie electronic band, Night Moves and MPLS electro duo, The Night. It's your night³.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

“Sleepwalking” on YouTube:


What's l'etoile admiring this week?

There’s portraiture, there’s wildlife photography, and then there’s photographer Daniel Naudé, whose portraits of domesticated animals in South Africa are so crisp, so perceptive, that you almost forget that you’ve been looking at a picture of a cow for five minutes and that’s kind of weird. A fascination with the complex relationships between farmers and their animals is what drove Naudé’s latest project, titled Animal Farm. For Naudé, humans’ dominion over animals is something to be met with unease, and the almost voyeuristic nature of his photographs evokes an uncomfortable reminder. Still, there is a sense of wonder and awe in the way he portrays his subjects, perhaps a reference to the tenderness a farmer might feel towards the objects of his livelihood. This thoughtful dichotomy is exactly what makes Naudé an eye worth following as he pursues greener pastures.

Click HERE to see the full series.


PBR Mobile Art Truck

@ Various Locations

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

This Friday follow the PBR Art Truck to multiple locations in the Twin Cities to peep cool art by national artists, sweet prizes, and ice cold PBR. Winners from PBRs national art contest will be projected inside the truck, which will make a pitstop at Grumpy's Downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., then will head Northeasterly to Future Presence Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the opening of their 3rd group show (see listings below for more details!), and finally the truck will land at Uptown's Cult Status Gallery, where the opening party for the Nay-Say exhibit will be in full swing (again, full details in the listings below!).

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Future Presence 3

@ The Future Presence Gallery
1126 2nd Street NE. 55413

5 p.m. / Free

For an art show to inspire a gallery name, it must be pretty special. And that’s not to mention the first two installments of the show, which were so successful, the gallery is already hosting round three. That’s right, art hounds, Future Presence 3 is happening Friday, complete with PBR, cold press Peace Coffee, music performances, and a handful of first time exhibitors and Future Presence veterans alike. Artists include photographer Ben Lansky, printmaker/painter/mixed media artist and Bloodtime collaborator Justin James Sehorn, writer and multi-media artist Austin Swearengin, and gallery owners Nathanial Smith and Bryant Locher. Yours trulies are also sponsoring the event, so be there – and here’s to future Future Presences!

Click HERE for this event and more at


Nay-Say: paintings and other things by J. Wasyk and Louis N. LaPierre

@ Cult Status
2913 Harriet Ave. S.

7 p.m. / Free

In four years sharing a studio space, artists Louis N LaPierre and J. Wasyk have spurned quite the artistic argument. While each artist’s work explores contemporary issues of environment and space, each creates dialogue in completely different ways. For Wasyk, creating is about having an artistic vision and executing it to perfection. For Louis, it’s the process that creates the vision; the final product remains unknown until it’s finished. Opening Friday at Cult Status, Nay-Say will let us all in on their ongoing conversation with a collection of paintings and other art objects from each of the artists. The opening will also feature music by Austin Dufaux and Hot Ribs, as well as videos by DuPierre LaFaux (a collaboration between – can you guess? – Austin and Louis). Do yourself a favor and don’t say nay to this one.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Lush 2nd Anniversary Birthday Block Party

@ Lush
990 Central Ave NE

Fri: 4 p.m. / 21+ Sat: 7 p.m. / 21+

Northeast's snazziest gay bar is turning 2! That's right, the terrible two. Now, you probably don't remember exactly how many Wednesdays Lush, got you properly sloshed with their amazing dollar drinks specials, or how many times you've shook your booty on the dance floor in ways even your mama wouldn't understand. Needless to say, you owe them. So come pay your respects and party like you mean it! And in flashy Lush form, the bar/club is taking not one but two whole days of birthday bliss kicking making their celebration a truly epic 2nd Anniversary Birthday Block Party blow-out. Day one BLUSH features two rooms and eight of your fave lady DJs including Mustang Sally, Shannon Blowtorch and Ajent Orange, plus amazing win-able swag from Smitten Kitten, beer pong, darts 'n' pool, delicious grub, dancers and – of course – cheap deals on dranks. But in the words of Mrs. Gloop, “Augustus, sweetheart, save some room for later,” because Lush day two, round two, offers up even more party-flair with performances from HOMOapolis Live, Debby Holiday, DJ Rich B, Spearz, Adam Carmichael and more, not to mention tons more Smitten Kitten delights!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Mike Mictlan/Isaiah Toothtaker/BrodR/DJ Slapping Purses

@ Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Avenue

9 p.m. / 18+ / $6

If you’re looking for the Friday night party, this is it. MC Mike Mictlan of Doomtree headlines what is sure to be a kickass show at one of the most resolutely gritty clubs in town, and he’s joined by Isaiah Toothaker of Tucson—one of the most notoriously street smart rappers in hip hop. Be prepared to get down and dirty, literally, in the T-Rock pit, because you’re going to be rubbing elbows (and probably lots of other limbs) at this show. Along with BrodR (Andrew Broder) and Slapping Purses, this night should kill—and carry you straight into your morning regrets. Get ready.

Click HERE for the Triple Rock site


Bee Cool

@ Honey
205 E. Hennepin Ave.

10 p.m. / 21+/ $3

With summer coming to an end we must admit, it’s bitter sweet. But, the end of August still feels nice and toasty, and what a better time to let loose to some good ole ‘90s R&B. This Friday, Bee Cool at Honey presents the perfect place to leave all your troubles at the door and transcend into R&B dance hit oblivion. Enjoy $3.50 Tall Boys and $5 Jameson all night, while you grind to the magical DJ stylings of 2bach and Monsterbrusten.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


MPLS.TV, Bomp & Freaky Deeky Present: Cruel Summer

@ 1st Avenue & 7th St. Entry
701 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 21+/ $5

Cruel Summer, aka-the perfect way to end the summer, presents two rooms of searing sounds and sights to end one of the hottest summers Minneapolis has ever seen. For only $5, experience a colossal collection of DJS, lights and camera action. In the Mainroom of First Ave, dance to the digital delights of the MoonGoons, Get Cryphy, and Wzz Wnshp as they throw down some hot, nasty sounds. On visuals, Freaky Deeky will bring the interactive eyeball melting and glowing, magical playgrounds a la Playatta. If that isn’t enough stimulation, wander over to the 7th St. Entry and experience Gramma’s Boyfriend, Estate and Seated Heat with DJs Snakebite and Naysen between sets. Over 500 guests have already RSVP’d, if that tells ya anything.

Click HERE to RSVP for discounted admission


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

Bobby Solomon’s friends and family were never that excited about all the musings, ideas, and online wonders he’d discover throughout his day. So he did what any creative with heavy boots would do: started a blog. Centered on art, design, and other interesting facets of contemporary life and culture, The Fox is Black (formerly Kitsune Noir) has since grown to include a team of writers from around the world (all of whom probably get really excited about Solomon’s findings) and several ongoing projects. Some of our faves: Space Suit of the week, Re-covered books (to combat the book-browser’s greatest woe: crappy cover designs), the desktop wallpaper project (no viruses and no tropical fish), and themed, downloadable mixtapes.

Click HERE for the website


Audio Perm Block Party

@ Shuga Records
165 13th Ave. NE

2 p.m. to 10 p.m./AA/$10 advance, $15 door

It’s still summer, let the block parties roll! This Saturday, get your behind down to the parking lot of Shuga Records for a glorious 8 hours of performances and fun. You can catch sets by Pac Div, Toki Wright, I Self Devine, Audio Perm, Kanser, Bobby Raps, Tribe & Big Cats!, Illuminous 3, T.U.S.S., Duenday, Niles Miller, and Yakub & Big Dylan. This is a dense cast of local talent—South Minneapolis rap duo Duenday are up-and-comers that deserve your attention, and Rhymesayers crew member Toki Wright is an infallible source of entertainment. Shrug down to Shuga and wring out one of the last summer weekends with some phenomenal local hip hop.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Three Artists: Guo Gai, Meng Tang, Slinko

@ Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Free

Culled from the U of M and the Soap Factory's ongoing pool of submissions, this exhibition of three boundary-pushing artists is just what the art doctor ordered for end-of-summer visual stimuli. Based on the concepts of "society, memory, language and loss, while retaining an emphasis on the beauty and power of the object" the tri-show will range from beautifully startling photography, large-scale image installations with musical scores, and politically charged sculpture works. The show runs through October 23rd.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


The Cloak Ox "Prison" Video Premiere Party

@ CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson blvd NE #2

8 p.m. / All Ages / $5 suggested donation

Broder. Ylvisaker. Erickson. Dosh. Now that's our idea of a foolproof supergroup. And if you've seen em play you'd be pretty inclined to agree, as these boys take experimentation in rock to a new level of awesomeness. This weekend, the Totally Gross National Product camp will premiere Cloak Ox's new video, "Prison", accompanied by a special set full of musical surprises and spazz outs. As if that wasn't incentive enough to get your butts to CO Exhibitions, Cecil freakin' Otter will be performing as well. We can't think of a better way to kick off your Saturday night.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Twin Cities EJ Festival

@ The Record Room
701 1st Ave. N.

10 p.m. / $3 TML crossover

A decade ago the music world met the EJ Midi Turntable: the scratching method that made DJs and VJs so yesterday, at least when it comes to mind-blowing visual performance. The term ‘EJ’ – and the turntable – were invented by performer/media mogul Justin Kent, who’s been lauded for “blasting the market into 2099,” and who’s set to grace Minneapolis with his presence on Saturday. The event is the Twin Cities EJ Festival, a celebration of all things electronically fast-forward. The event will also feature some of the best local video artists and DJs, including 000000000001, Mathstatic, Emmanuel and Tonio, EJ Nate, Naughty Wood, TimeSquid, and VisionQuest. Cover also gets you in to TML. Be ready to dance.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE

10 p.m. / 21+ / $3 RSVP, $5 w/out

The boys of the monthly dance jam, Menergy, know that testosterone is bliss, manly, manly bliss. So come down and get sweaty with your favorite dudes for another round of the man-core tuneage. This month's installation proudly adds l'etoile fave, DJ Gigamesh, to the bill and we're sure he'll bring an extra edge of tasty dance gems and it-jams to the plate...errr...floor. Resident DJs Bach to the Future and The Nightstalker will be man-handling the decks as well for epic dance pleasure as you sip down $4 Jim Beam drinks and other Kitty Cat Klub concoctions. Party hearty!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Attitude City

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

One of our favorite monthly dance jams is here! The crate-digging connoisseurs of Attitude City are at it again with their installation of music and mayhem. Join the one and only Jeff Dubois and special guests Superbrush and Mike the 2600 King 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 all up on some of Minneapolis’ finest.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile listening to this week?

Listen up, the end of summer can be a jerkface. It can fill you with so much ennui about could-have-been nights on the beach, picnics, sunny hand holding...we won't even continue lest you go Sylvia Plath on us. The point is, you need a little something to get your head back up. Enter: Dominant Legs. Longhaired tall drip of a man, Ryan Lynch (of jangle pop band Girls fame) is here to help. Lynch's catchy debut EP highlights all the best parts of Girls' nostalgic, bubble-gummy pop flair but adds an element grown-up reflectiveness. Joined by the dreamy Hanna Hunt, Lynch's swoony melodies feature perfectly harmonized contrariently cheery ditties about heartbreak, purified acoustic riffs, drum machine boosts and synthy flavor. In their world, the California sun always beats down. So turn Dominant Legs up – way up – and tell summer to suck it.

Click HERE for the Dominant Legs site

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

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