Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekend What's What 9/15-9/17


Fireside Lyrics in a Bulletproof Vest

2400 Third Ave S

7-10 p.m. / free

Tonight, catch an open art discussion in response to the MIA's current multiple-media exhibition, “Finally, We Are All Young Again,” featuring new work by Adam Caillier and Micheal Mott, and “Movie” by Scott Nedrelow. On hand will be MAEP special guests, John Provo, intellectual property attorney and Riot Act Reading Series veteran poet, Paul Dickinson, primed to share their professional and artistic opinions. Plus, don't miss a brand new poem from Dickinson, “Fireside Lyrics in a Bulletproof Vest,” inspired by the show and including – but not limited to – word slings about cars, switchblades, high heels and other “fine literary devices.” Share your thoughts and bask in artsy convo.

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Work by Adam Caillier & Michael Mott:


The 9/16's

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Now this is what we call a super group, even if they only get together to play but once a year. Five birthdays will be rung in at Midnight tonight as the 9/16's wrap up a smokin' set of some of their collectively favorite cover songs. The celebratory annual jam sesh features birthday boys (and girl) Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, Dosh), JG Everest,(The Sensational Joint Chiefs, Dosh) Matt Darling (Honeydogs), Trent Norton (Honeydogs), and vocalist Janey Winterbauer (Astronaut Wife, New Standards). "The birthright band" plays one set, once a year, so you best not miss out. Also featuring sets from Walker Fields, Martin Devaney, and Jack Klatt.

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@ Loring Pasta Bar
327 14th Ave. SE

7 p.m. to close / 18 + / $5 or $3 w/ student ID

The party peeps at Anthem Heart know how to throw down, that's one thing we know for sure, and tonight's inaugural edition of METRONOME at the Loring Pasta Bar is absolutely no exception. This new weekly (yes, weekly!) dance jam hosted by the AH crew promises to bring only the finest of beatslingers to the ears and feet of the 18+ crowd (here's lookin' at you, college freshman). Tonight's kick off features sassy red-headed wax flipper, Babycakes (Monsterbrüsten, Tendercakes) and resident DJs (and minds behind the Varsity's popular Recess dance night) Ken Hannigan and Conrad Leber. The night begins with an early "dinner appropriate" set at 7pm, complete with a live saxophonist, and ramps up after 10pm with the epic dance firestorm that you've come to expect from Anthem Heart and friends.

BONUS: $3.50 Red Bull Vodkas and $3 Lemon Drop shots!

Click HERE to RSVP for $1 admission (good through Thursday afternoon)


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!

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Spaces Between

@ The Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Free

The Textile Center’s annual exhibition showcasing Minnesota’s top emerging fiber artists highlights the latest work by this year's four recipients of the prestigious Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant. On display will be the eye-popping, colorful knitwear of longtime local designer and l'etoile favorite Annie Larson, who will give her knits the cashmere treatment in the designer’s first foray into luxury yarn. While you won't be able to purchase Annie's pieces on-site, be sure to check out her e-shop at Also represented are sculptor Kim Matthews, jeweler Brenda Brousseau, and mixed media artist Kristina Fjellman.

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Delightful 3: A Pop-Up Gallery

@ The Historic Minnesota Building
46 4th St E, Street Level
St. Paul

Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Reception 6 to 9 p.m.); Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Free

This weekend, get yer art-loving buns over to St. Paul for a rare, one-weekend-only pop-up gallery featuring a collaboration between two local lovelies, Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis. Peep vibrant stencil prints and paintings that range from nostalgic and innocent to whimsical and enigmatic, large-scale and small, on wood and paper all displayed on the gorgeous art deco/mod walls of the Historic Minnesota Building. Don't miss the public reception from 6-9 on Friday. Prepare to be beguiled!

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Nordeast Music Showcase

@ Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE

8 p.m. to Midnight (Friday and Saturday) / $10

Music is alive and well in ye olde Northeast Minneapolis, and this weekend the Ritz Theater proves it in spades. Head down on Friday or Saturday (or both) nights for a tasty sampling of local talent. Friday night brings sets from Javier & The Innocent Sons, Poverty Hash, The Cactus Blossoms, and Damper Downs, while Saturday rocks our socks with performance from the Mighty Mofos, Crankshaft, L'Assassins, and The Floorshakers. Viva Nordeast!

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Envision: Artopia

@ Graves 601
601 1st Ave N
5th Floor Ballroom

9 p.m. / $20 Adv or $25 door

One of the biggest local fashion events of the year is back at the Graves 601 Hotel this weekend. The semi-annual event includes two runway shows featuring Ignite models wearing bold fall fashions from 13 of the Twin Cities’ trendiest designers and boutiques. Take in live painting, art installations, a silent auction, swanky cocktails, glamorous décor, styling by the up-and-coming ladies of Secrets Fashion Agency, and a soundtrack by DJ Jevne, plus food and spirit tastings for the VIP set before the show. Brand new to the event this year will be the vitaminwaterZERO™ Designer Challenge, featuring three Envision veterans: Jenny Carle, Sarah M. Holm and Project Runway alumni Christopher Straub, who will each create one garment inspired by the flavors of vitaminwaterZERO™.

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Sleazy & Easy: September Dance Party

@ Clubhouse Jäger
923 Washington Ave. N

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Fall finds us this weekend with the first chill in the air, which means, it's just about that time for Sleazy (Mark Mallman) & Easy (Angie Heitz) to make you back that thang up on the dance floor and shake it till you're sweaty. This Friday, expect all the sexiest jams to get you in the mood and as always, free jello shots at midnight. We expect to see y'all up in da club sippin' that bubb and getting loose on the floor.

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OHM at the Loring Kitchen & Bar

@ Loring Kitchen & Bar
1359 Willow St.

2 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Free

Experience a 12 hour patio bash of bangin’ beats, cheap eats and cocktail treats at the classy and modern Loring Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy local lady legends on the decks all day and night, including Chrystal Mann, Loveless Aphrodite, Miss Mao, Lenka Paris, Monsterbrüsten and AJent O. Come early or crash the party later, either way, there will be happy hour food and drink specials for the endurance.

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Hold Fast

@ Head to Toe
2445 Nicollet Ave S

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

Head to Toe Salon gets a fine art makeover this Saturday with a triple whammy exhibit from portrait artists Luke Tromiczak, Jamie Cook, and Luke Hillestad. Displaying works that call to "endurance in the face of dissolution" this varied yet complimentary trio of artists expose cracks in humanity through their wholly narrative work. See Luke Hillestad's darkly lush oil paintings which call to mind the old masters while still touching on modern themes; peruse figurative painter Luke Tromiczak's emotive (and often uncomfortable) interpretations of American life at its realest; and immerse yourself in Jamie Cook's whimsical visual tales that leave one curious as to the backstory of each character. And after you're done doing all of that, get yourself a new hairdo. It's a win-win, people.

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Fashioned: One Becomes Another

@ Anita Sue Kolman Gallery
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE

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

Here's a Project Runway challenge for you: Christopher Straub of season six has created a mini line of flirty little cocktail dresses created from textile-versions of paintings by local artist Patrick Kemal Pryor. He'll be premiering the pieces this Saturday during a 7:30 p.m. fashion presentation at the opening reception of new exhibition Fashioned: One Becomes Another. Also featured in the show are new works by Kate Casanova, who grows mushrooms in unexpected places, and Nancy MacKenzie, who fashions new forms from found materials.

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Opera Tasting

@ MN Opera Center
620 N. First St.

8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. / $75 ($50 for Tempo members)

There are several things we wouldn't mind pouring out from the heavens: extra soft kittens, manna (we hear it's delicious), beautiful music, chocolate, of course, wine. Tonight, Tempo and the Minnesota Opera comes close to catering to our wishes as they present the Opera Tasting 2011. “Like your Puccini with hints of smoky etherealness, bouquets of strawberry and oak or aromas of earth and tobacco?” If so, Opera Tasting is the affair for you. Pamper yourself with a five course wine tasting courtesy of St. Paul's Solo Vino with pairings from Toast Wine Bar & Cafe and desserts from Perfect Day Cakes as you're serenaded by Minnesota Opera's Resident Artists, swooning your taste buds with “cadenzas, cabalettas, and arias” in an exciting preview of the MN Opera's 2011-2012 season. Don't forget to don your finest frocks! After the Tasting, let Tempo whisk you off to The Loop, the official after-party palace, to indulge in drink specials, live tunes and more. Viva la regale life!

Co-Sponsored by l'etoile, for the third year running!

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MCAD: pARTy 125

2501 Stevens Ave

6 p.m. to Midnight / $50-$250

What do the Statue of Liberty, Coca-Cola, the tuxedo and Minneapolis' famous art school, MCAD, all have in common? They're all 125 years old. With that kind of mileage under their belts, they ought to deserve your respect. And thankfully that respect translates in the form of a super awesome party. Tonight, help MCAD celebrate 125 years of educating and nurturing young artists as you dine, bid on art and dance the night away. Enjoy complimentary desserts, cocktails from the cash bar, interactive art by MCAD students, tunes and video remix by DJ Spooky, and the premiere of the MCAD student produced film, Shaping the Future: 125 Years of Art & Creation. RSVP ASAP!

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Sex Ed Rocks: Benefit for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave S

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. / 21+ / Free

Tonight, don't miss the third annual party for education. Rock out to four awesome local cover bands Six Underground (Mazzy Star/Hope Sandoval covers by members of the Chambermaids, Vampire Hands, Is/Is and Gospel Gossip), Whitney Houston Residual Plan (Dolly Parton covers by members of Bombay Sweets and Vampire Hands), country covers by Meg Ashling and Littlefoot covering Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Roxette and other 70's/80's faves. Plus, DJs Hot Roxx and Double Trouble we be (wo)-manning the decks all night spinning the best tunes written and performed by ladies and – for the daring – try your vocal skills with Karaoke Roulette after midnight to win snazzy prizes. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Planned Parenthood Action Funds, so spend at your little heart's desire.

Click HERE for the Hexagon site

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