Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weekend What's What 9/29-10/2


Kiss Me Deftly

@ Engine
91 10th St S

6 – 10 p.m. / $10 suggested donation benefiting Ashoka

As part of a project within his company True Fixion (a “real-time serial pulp” series digitally designed for iPads) arts writer, artist, producer, and publishing guru, Michael Delgado, reveals a new set of paintings inspired by pulp fiction and 60's era film noir posters. Comprised as a series of panels, Delgado's paintings are conceptually interchangeable, constructed to be mixed, matched and juxtaposed to assemble larger paintings with multiple meanings. Peep Delgado's pop cult offerings plus enjoy tunes courtesy of Santa Barbara's DJ Hammock. A portion of donations will benefit social conscious entrepreneur organization, Ashoka, so bring your wallets!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Sip, See, Connect: The MNfashion Week Kick-off Party

@ Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl

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

Kick off the stylish shenanigans of MNFashion Week with a swanky soiree at Loring Park's Bar Lurcat. Get your mingle on with other local fashion forwards, get the deets on what's going down over Fashion Week, and snap up half-priced well drinks and tap beer plus $4 glasses of wine. Bonus: Shell out 5 clams for an official MNFashion Week button that will supply you with extended happy hour deals at Bar Lurcat all week long.

Click HERE for more events in our Guide to MNFashion Week


IMS Film Showcase

@ International Market Square
275 Market Street

7 – 10 p.m. / Free

A locally-bred film showcase with design at its focus, tonight's IMS Films Showcase premieres six films independently directed and produced by fresh MN talent. Catch a special screening of the films in select uniquely furnished KDR showrooms, plus witness a Red Carpet Awards Ceremony hosted by local icon Robyne Robinson, brush shoulders with local film-lovers during the cocktail mixer in the newly designed luxurious LiLu Lounge and get an insider's perspective on the films with a Q&A session with the films' cast and directors.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Polica/No Regular Play/Matthew Dear/Pat Morita

@ Kitty Cat Klub
4th & 14th SE

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

The Kitty Cat Klub is where it's at tonight, people. An impossible-to-miss musical experience awaits at this totally FREE show featuring the likes of the much-buzzed about Policia (the new project of Channy Casselle of Roma Di Luna, Gayngs); Wolf + Lamb signed super-duo, No Regular Play, featuring Greg Paulus (Beirut) and Nick DeBruyn (who are in town for Paulus' collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra); Ghostly International/Spectral Sound co-founder and epic beatmaster/producer, Matthew Dear; and Pat Morita, who will bring the snazzy vibe to a head whilst you sip cheap drinks and rub shoulders with the cool kids.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


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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Pharmacopeia: A Solo Art Exhibit by Bryant Locher

@ The Future Presence Gallery
1126 2nd St NE

6 – 10 p.m. / Free

Known for his rad design work for local bands such as Solid Gold, Gayngs and Lookbook, lighting installationist and minimal artist, Bryant Locher invites you to check out his latest exhibit, Pharmacopeia – a title that plays homage to his doctor father and artist mother and celebrates his multi-sensory aesthetic. Peep or snag (yes, they're for sale!) 50+ original and distinctly designed screen prints, paintings, light boxes, light installations and other visually impressive pieces as you groove along to DJ sets by a few of Locher's frequent collaborators and sip down cold refreshments. If you've ever wanted to be the proud owner (we are!) of a locally-made faux fur lighting fixture, brothers and sisters, this is your chance. See you there!

Sponsored by l'etoile!

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Full Fashion Panic!

2501 Stevens Ave
Auditorium 150

6:30 p.m. / $10

Manga fever has once again gripped the Twin Cities as the annual Mechademia conference rolls back into town (a conference which celebrations Asian pop culture, especially manga and anime). MCAD once again hosts the "Full Fashion Panic!" runway event, which features fashions inspired by or inspiring to the manga culture. See looks that range from Lolita to steampunk to cosplay and back again in this out-of-this-world runway presentation.

Click HERE for more events in our Guide to MNFashion Week


Villa Rosa & I Self Devine

@ Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Ave

10pm / 18+ / $6

Fans of local hip hop would be ill advised to miss this brand new collabo featuring the brazen, non-Slug-imitating rap style of Muja Messiah bred effortlessly with Maria Isa's saucy, sultry vibes. Join Villa Rosa for an epic word-spitting, club-banging rapstravaganza complete with a full roster of hot local talent and audio gold. Tonight's power-packing hip-hop event includes live sets from I-Self Devine, Lioness, Clique Tight, DJ Stage One, and quite likely special guest appearances. With hilar lyrics like "speaking of my cycle, its time to take a Midol", really, how can you go wrong?

Click HERE for the Facebook event


The Cloak Ox "Prisen" EP Release

@ Loring Theater
1407 Nicollet Ave S

9 p.m. / 21+/ $10/$12

The Cloak Ox, the newest project from Andrew Broder and crew is set to release their eagerly awaited debut EP, Prisen, at the Loring Theater this Friday. A six song mini album of astronomic proportions, Prisen has been coined dark, vivid, subtly simple, and full of bar-band vigor. The album is a collaboration of year-long works put together by cohorts Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mark Erickson, and Andrew Broder. The Cloak Ox, which has received much press in its short time together, proudly celebrates with a Friday night release riot along with other Minneapolis based bands including Kill the Vultures, Seawhores and Tender Meat. Grab your band groupies and pop on over, the party starts at 9.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Check out MPLS.TV's recent City of Music vid on the band:

City of Music: The Cloak Ox perform "Vacuum Cleaner" from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.


BOMP No. 9

@ First Ave Main Room
701 First Avenue Minneapolis

10 p.m. / +18 / $5 w/RSVP or $10 at door

Who could turn down a night of epic/digital DJ distortions and mind-blowing visuals? Get down to business on this fine fall Friday in the First Ave mainroom with The Moongoons, Get Cryphy, Wzz Wnshp, and Jimmy 2 Times. Experience 4 turntables, 4 video projectors and speakers that will rock your richters, accompanied with the visual art essence of digital masters Playatta. Grab your boys and girls and bust out your best moves at BOMP.

Click HERE to RSVP for reduced admission


Haunted Basement Opening Weekend

@ Soap Factory
514 2nd St SE

6 p.m. to Midnight / $21 (buy tickets here)

Looking to be artfully terrified this Halloween season? Look no further than the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement, where a fleet of the cities' spookiest artists have teamed up to create a horrifying, mind-bending underworld of epic proportions. From intense sensory deprevation to unimaginable monsters to giggling ghouls to brilliantly scary set design, each leg of the basement tour offers up a psychologically damaging twist. Now in its 5th year, the annual Soap Factory fundraiser has a new, extra-scary component: performers are allowed to touch their guests, something that wasn't allowed in past years (guests, however, are not allowed to touch haunted strippers, if you will). This lends to all sorts of startling gropes in the dark and additional spooks and entrapments never before seen/felt in the Haunted Basement--and in our opinion, making it the best one yet. Snap up your tickets as soon as possible, this event tends to sell out faster than you can scream "Uncle!". Runs through October 31st.

Click HERE for the Soap Factory site


Apocalyptic Mongoloid: Ocular Variant Infestation

@ CO exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd NE suite #2

7 – 11 p.m. / Free

Not to worry, gentle readers. Despite its moniker, Saturday's event is more art-tastic than ominous invasion...unless of course you have a weird aversion to awesome art and tunes. Set your sights on artwork by manga terror vs. cuteness artist, Junko Mizuno; Fleabag member and 80's punk & rock album illustrator, Mackie Osborne; punk icon/artist/AmRep Records honcho HAZE XXL; Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart; and creepy/awesome collage artist Math.i. Plus, sift through exclusive art records from the Melvins, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Grant Hart, and Sea Whores; peep Mizuno's limited-edition art book with a soundtrack by Gay Witch Abortion; and check out live sets by bands (surprise, surprise) Sea Whores, Gay Witch Abortion, and more!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Art by Math.i


Cirque du So Gay ≡

@ Launch from Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

2 p.m. – Midnight / All Ages

It’s time for the third annual scavenger hunt/bike tour of the LGBTQ spaces in the Twin Cities. Throw a pair of fresh rubbers on your bicicleta, because it's time for Cirque du SoGay #3! It’s a day of choices and whatever tickles your fancy is the theme. Take either the virgin route (15 miles) or the harder, faster route (30 miles) and bike to your hearts desire or just drink, dance and feel dainty, it’s up to you. On this holiday of bikes, ostentatious outfits, cheap beer, performances, prizes, and worthy causes, anything goes. Remember the day with race-merch-memorabilia, featuring Laura Maker's designs and after the bike tour head down to the Saloon on 8th and Hennepin to catch performances by Dustin Maxwell, Ani & James, Joey Clark & Co., Rugburns, and the Ms. Cirque du So Gay 2011 lip-synch-for-your-bike dance-off! And if you're channeling the energizer bunny join the after-after party, sponsored by Shift, at the Exchange, 3405 Chicago Ave S from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. where dancing and other fun activities will continue. All profits from Cirque du So Gay benefit the Trans Youth Support Network, so feel good ‘n’ clean about ridin’ dirty. Helmets are required (for safety and redeeming prizes).

Click HERE for more info

Photo by Joe Sullivan


274 Music Fest

@ Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Place

4 p.m. to 2 a.m. / 18+ / $3

l'etoile loves outdoor parties in the fall. Why? Well, for one, you can dance your ass off without sweating out a river. Two, you're not in danger of getting heat stroke just from existing; and three, it gives you an excuse to cuddle with an adorable sweater-wearing stranger (if you're lucky). Tonight, come experience what we're talking about as you head to the streets for a Nick & Eddie hosted back alley bash featuring an incredible live line-up featuring Skoal Kodiak, Me & My Arrow, Night Moves, Gospel Gossip, Hot Ashes, Tentacle Boy Trio and Parachute Empire. Afterwards, head inside for an epic main room dance party with tunes from DJ DickPic, AmBassidor, Eric Elvendahl and DJ Danny, plus special guest Deep & Wide spicin' things up in the Parish Lounge. Seasons don't fear the reaper; neither does the Neddie's alley.

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l'étoile presents: Bright Society

@ Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St
St. Paul

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (presentation at 3:30 p.m.) / Free

Join l'étoile during MNFashion Week at St. Paul's historic Alexander Ramsey House for "Bright Society," an afternoon fashion affair. Sip specialty drinks a la Prairie Vodka, nibble fancy bites, explore the famed estate, and peruse selections from the Historical Society's beautifully preserved collection of fashionable finery. Designers Max Lohrbach, Samantha Rei, Russell Bourrienne, Danielle Everine, and Laura Fulk will showcase one-of-a-kind creations, inspired by a garments from the Historical Society's collection. See an informal fashion presentation of the looks, accompanied by a discussion with the designers moderated by Robyne Robinson and words from the Historical Society's textile curator, Linda McShannock. Matthew Curney (of local Britney Spears cover band, Spearz) will entertain throughout the afternoon on the Ramsey House's antique 1875 Steinway piano, playing a smattering of pop hit renditions.

Click HERE for more events in our Guide to MNFashion Week



@ Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. / Free

Those who experienced major WAM withdraws during the museum's closed construction months will be thrilled to know the beloved art venue is back and ready to reveal a freshly expanded gallery space and brand new art exhibits culled from their permanent collection. Today's free grand opening bash – cleverly dubbed WAMdemonium – features an array of family-friendly events including all day screen printing with Bohemian Press; art nouveau-inspired yoga led by local downward dog gurus, Gorilla Yogis; a limber performance by the Ananya Dance Theatre troupe and students from the UofM's Dance program; a live set by orchestral-folk rockers, Rogue Valley and much more. Welcome back, WAM!

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Scott Seekins Flashmob

@ Minneapolis College of Art and Design
205 Stevens Ave S

Noon to 3 p.m. / All Ages

Scott Seekins, the iconic Minneapolis artist who wakes up every morning with one goal in mind: to make his entire existence a work of quirky performance art, is the theme this Sunday. The MCAD alum has been wearing black (in the winter) and white (in the summer) every day for over three decades now. Seekins struts about Minneapolis shilling artwork in his signature suit, a move that tends to stir up an air of excitement, confusion and mercilessly mixed responses. This Sunday, join in on the fun as a mob of Seekin look-a-likes take to the streets. Meet at MCAD at 11 a.m. dressed in black, then venture over to a TOP SECRET Twin Cities event to shock and surprise hundreds of unsuspecting spectators. This event seeks Seekins of all ages, genders and sizes! So, come one, come all this Sunday-- participants will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new iPad! Email to sign up.

Bonus: Download your own print-off-able Seekins mask here.

Click HERE for more info

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

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