Thursday, September 1, 2011

Weekend What's What 9/1-9/3


Although this weekend's transition from August to September is a bit painful in theory, we expect there will be plenty of fun to keep your mind off the impending cool weather doom. Not to mention, a three-day weekend never hurt anything! Make the art rounds, pop over to an outdoor rock show, do a little square dancing, and enjoy the weather like it's going out of style--which technically, it is--not to be Negative Nellies or anything (we love our fall fashion, really!).


Photo by Kate Iverson


Walker Free Thursday + Gather Tastings

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue

5 p.m. / Free

The only thing better than free art is food to go with it – especially when Adam King (executive chef at Café and Bar Lurcat) is cooking. Since the opening of Gather by D’amico earlier this summer, Walker Free Thursdays have been extra tasty, and this Thursday is no exception. Especially considering the restaurant’s latest guest chef, King will be introducing a series of new culinary fancies, which will be available through the month. Once you’ve had your fill, head outside to the field for Acoustic Campfire, whose latest installment will feature songs of revolution and political change. Bring your tambourines, guitars, and a belly full of fire (if there’s any room left in it after Gather, that is). And oh yeah, free admission to the entire museum!

Click HERE for the Walker site


Cum On Feel the Noize: An Evening of Butt Rock

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave N

9:30 p.m. / 21+ / free

You know you belt them in the shower, those classic, head-bangin' 80's hair metal power ballads. You may even harbor a few heavy duty crushes on the hot dudes that made gender androgyny a rock “it” factor. That's why tonight is your night to shed the shame and join DJs Danielle Morris and Jacob Grun as they spin “macho hard rock” faves for your fist pumping and sing-a-long pleasure. Expect tasty jams from the likes of AC/DC, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, RATT, Cinderella, Poison – you know, the all the bands your dad would be proud to find out you dig. Plus, sip down delish Jager libations conjured up by your resident no-nonsense, hot stuff ladytender, Robyn Lewis. Girls rock yer boyz; boyz rock yer girls; girls rock yer girls; boyz rock yer boyz...You get the picture.

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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! Despite Danielle was (unjustly!) 'aufed half-way through, we'll still be there, 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.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Amsterdam Bar & Hall Opening Weekend

@ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
6 W. 6th St.
St. Paul

9 p.m. / Free

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While the “official” grand opening hijinx will pop off September 23rd-25th, this weekend’s soft opening of St. Paul’s newest music venue, The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, will surely be a doozy. The old POP! Restaurant space in Downtown St. Paul has been reimagined by music venue magicians Jon and Jarret Oulman (331 Club, 501 Club), who have transformed the space into a hip, modular club and restaurant, which can expand for larger shows and national acts, but will typically maintain a more intimate setting–thanks to a dividing wall. The father-son duo have linked up with Eclipse Records and Big Table Studio, who will add a fresh retail element to the adjoining and adjacent spaces–a move we’re betting will inject some major pizazz into the area and foster creative culture at the same time. This Thursday night kicks off with the Red Pens, BNLX, and Lilian & The Harveys; Friday brings The Goondas and Ghostmouth; and Saturday rounds things out with The Bitter Spills, Germaine Gemberling & Rich Mattson. Stop down and support the St. Paul scene! Bonus: 3 free hours of parking at the adjacent Lawson Ramp with voucher from the bar.

Click HERE for Kate's interview on with Amsterdam co-owner Jarret Oulman

Click HERE for the Amsterdam Facebook page


What's l'etoile admiring this week?

Of all the big questions that drive artists, Argentine sculptor Adrian Villar Rojas’ query stopped us dead in our tracks: What would human beings’ final art look like before we disappeared from the face of the earth? Among his answers are a gigantic stone whale stranded in the middle of a forest, an equally large clay statue of a woman weeping over the body of a dinosaur, and two equestrian monuments riding side by side, one a traditional horse and rider, the other a futuristically-dressed figure atop a droid. Equal parts melancholy and metaphysical, stirring and surreal, Rojas’ sculptures make tangible the intangible, stand as bold monuments to all that which humans are afraid to lose. And for that, we say, the apocalypse can bring it.

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Crosswalk Fashion Show

@ Cliché
2403 Lyndale Ave

7 p.m. / free

We hardly want to whisper the words, but we have to admit it IS nearly fall. Instead of dwelling on the impending facts of the season, let's focus on the positive – fall clothes! Tonight, join Uptown boutique, Cliché, for a sneak peek at the fall trends as shown by local designers Jenny Carle, Sarah M. Holm and Rachel Blomgren. Revel in modern twists to vintage frocks from Carle, an ode to Mad Men-style from recent Voltage designer, Holm and gorgeous fabrics with an edgy flair from Blomgren modeled by locals and styled by Andy Doan and Tiffini Friend. Plus, enjoy crosswalk tunes courtesy of DJs Ben Grimes and Cliché's own DJ Cardigan. Fall is fab.

Click HERE for the Facebook page

Photo by Cody Lidtke



@ Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Free

Despite kitschy sayings, the concept of “home” has morphed for some. Domestic violence, immigration, homelessness and simply the dream for a new destination makes the definition of what a “home” is harder to pinpoint in some many words. Luckily the artists in Friday's opening reception has more than just words to use for their interpretations. In AE's latest exhibition, the artists explore the ever-changing concept of “home” through video installation, drawings, photography, paintings and more. Opening reception features a live music from Greg Brosofske and don't forget to head back to AE for a post-opening artists' discussion panel at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 17th.

Click HERE for this art event and more at

Shuji Usui – My Home:


Compound presents: East + West

@ Whittier Art Gallery
2840 Grand Ave.

6 p.m. / Free

Throughout the years, MCAD MFA-ers have put some pretty incredible work, thought, and discourse into the local art scene. But it wasn’t until recently that a group of students decided to compile them all, uniting the artists and multiplying the impact. Fittingly titled C-O-M-P-O-U-N-D, the art publication is also throwing its first gallery show Friday at Whittier Art Gallery. Titled East + West, the show will feature work from past and present members of the MFA program, a musical performance by CEESICK, and an interactive audio-visual installation created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based electronic music producer PHASEONE. Your eyes and ears have no idea what they’re in for.

Bonus: After party at Nick & Eddie featuring Phaseone, Seated Heat, BK-One, Umami, and Mothers Tongue.

Click HERE for this art event and more at

PHASEONE - SUGAR from Ryan Powell on Vimeo.


Cover Band Show

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave. W
St. Paul

9 p.m./21+/$6

There are few things more enjoyable and entertaining than a cover band—especially a really awesome cover band. Or a really crappy cover band, actually. Either way, you’re going to be thoroughly amused. This Friday night, the Turf Club presents cover bands serving up your favorite hits from T Rex, Patti Smith, The Cranberries, Lee Hazelwood, and 93.7 “The Edge”. Not your typical night of Heart smashes, folks! This is the real thing. The Facebook invite also says a few bands will be providing “freaky deakys”, and while we’re not entirely sure what that might entail, we feel like the names of those bands might have something to do with it: Goatflower, Dante and the Lobster, the Ventures Cover Band, Littlefoot, Dust Buns, Fortified Five, and Voytek. Bands start around 9:45, so if you’d like to play Simon Cowell and sit in a corner judging, get there early. (Just make sure you remember, after various delightful beverages, that you are not, in fact, Simon Cowell…cuz that’d be 'barrassing.)

Click HERE for the Turf Club site


Is/Is, Bombay Sweets, Teenage Moods, Hollow Boys

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave. S

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

As always at the Hex, your late night needs for rad music and PBR will be honored with the usual surliness that you have come to know and love. This Friday, party punk rockers Is/Is and Bombay Sweets are bringing you special guitar shredding and ambiance to make your Friday night extra special. Joined by the bratty Teenage Moods and Hollow Boys, this line-up promises a thrashingly good night of swelteringly sexy dancing. Plus, the iconic Hexagon Bar is the perfect place for you to impress the hipstah gurl of your dreams with your subterranean cool factor. Don’t skip this show.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


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

Like many wandering souls, Lisa Kori Chung has spent much of the past year travelling the world. But while her itinerary boasts of worldwide must-visits Brazil, Argentina, Japan, India, Thailand, Spain, and more, the lens through which she’s been adventuring is so cool, we really wish we’d thought of it first: electronic art, in all its various mediums and manifestations. A new media studies grad from Oberlin, Chung received an independent research grant to study in depth all things electronic worldwide, and The Medium and the Mayhem is where she posts her findings – as well as a few cool projects of her own. Your daily dose of geeky inspiration, done and done.

Click HERE for the website


The Call and Answer Project

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue

10 a.m. (dance at 1 p.m.) / Free

Inspired by an evening of dancing and a friend’s keen assessment (it was the most she’d been touched in years), Call & Answer is video artist/photographer Amanda Lovelee’s way to get you to hold hands with someone you don’t know, to the tune of building community and a whole lot of fiddle. Curious as to how strangers can connect through touch (in a positive way), Lovelee made a documentary on the Twin Cities’ square dancing community, which spurned another idea: a group square dance during the Northern Spark Festival earlier this summer (participants got free pie if they had their photograph taken holding hands with a stranger). On Saturday, both projects will converge at the Walker, where Lovelee will be premiering her film and hosting another large square dance on the lawn. So go ahead, swing your stranger ‘round and round.

Click HERE for the Call & Answer blog


Rock the Link!

@ The Nomad
501 Cedar Ave

4 p.m. / 21+/ Free

A hot, hot show is set for this Saturday at the Nomad and the best part is, it's all for a good cause. Link MN has teamed up with the Youth Service Network to raise awareness about youth homelessness in the Twin Cities. The Wilder Foundation estimates that 2,500 youth and young adults are homeless on any given night, so come out and support the cause before you go drunkenly snuggle into your nice warm bed, eh? The night kicks off in the Nomad parking lot: enjoy music by Solid Gold, Me and My Arrow, Howler, Kanser, and Desdamona. Stick around and follow the after party inside for more musical musings a la Fort Wilson Riot, Demographics, and The Japhies. Win-win!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Burger Night

@ Old Arizona
2821 Nicollet Ave S

8 p.m. / 21+/ Free

Wanna come to the best burger night ever? Sounds scrumpsh huh? Well guess what…Old Arizona's music n' food bash is back and bigger than ever. This Saturday, enjoy burgers, grilled corn, beer and wine, all on special, then get geared up for the state fair with some scrumptrulescent chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick, compliments of Chubby Girl Cheesecakes. You can even feel good about your boozing: all beer and wine proceeds go to Old Arizona’s youth programs. Food Pyramid, a devoted Burger Night supporter/enthusiast, will round out the sonic space, along with tunes from No Man’s String Band and a special set by Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Headquarters and Dimes

@ Loring Theater
1407 Nicollet Ave S

7 p.m. / $12 adv, $15 door

For a show self-diagnosed as a “rock 'n' roll Lucille Ball juggernaut of entertainment,” the Patches and Gretchen lead Headquarters and Dimes troupe are taking their formerly web-only stint to the live stages of the Loring Theater for an epic surrealist improv variety show. Help “madcap rocker” Gretchen Seichrest and her talented band celebrate the dual release of two highly amped follow-ups to last year's Sugar Head Pie album, I Steal Carrots and Blue Skin. Enjoy live performances from P&G and special guest musicians as well as hilar interactive skits from band members. We guarantee it will be gong-worthy.

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The Funeral And The Twilight LP Release

@ 7th Street Entry
701 First Ave N

9pm / 21+ / $5

In a town that can be preoccupied with easy-going indie rock and dime-a-dozen garage rock bands, the Funeral and the Twilight contrarily explore themes of darkness, isolation, and loss with the haunting sincerity and feistiness of old-school post punk a la Joy Division, Morrissey, or the Cure's poppy phase. This Saturday, a diverse line-up if ever there was one will celebrate the release of their latest vinyl, the aptly titled Sullen Life / Blighted Death with friends Thunderbolt Pagoda, Claps, and Chickadee Mountain Martyrs. A full spectrum of assorted local talent for only 5 clams!

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What's l'etoile listening to this week?

Brooklyn's retro-rock queens Lights are back with a new name and a new album. But not to worry fans of sinewy, fuzz rock, the Cliffie Swan duo remain true to their mid-70's pop meets grunged out sound. Memories Come True features even more decade-blending tracks that conjure up the good-feeling groove vocals of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie with glitzy beats, psychedelic guitar shreds and haunting harmonies.

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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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