Thursday, October 13, 2011

Weekend What's What 10/13-10/16


Boneshaker Halloween: Real, Live Ghost Stories

@ Boneshaker Books Community Room
2002 23rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

7:30 p.m. / Free

If you need some early Halloween inspiration, want to support gifted spoken word performers or just really like to get your shit scared good and proper, this event – billed as “A respectful look at what we thought was dead” - is tailor made for you. Boneshaker Collective – Rob Callahan, Dorothy Cleveland and Kay Kirscht – will dust off some horrific tales, true ghost stories and maybe even some tips on avoiding unexpected awfulness via spooky 1935 public service pamphlet "SUDDEN DEATH, and How to Avoid It." The event also qualifies as Twin Cities Literary Punch Card eligible so you can get one step closer to burnishing your literary street cred by getting that elusive 12th card punch – don’t front, you know you need that punch! Warning: These peeps have a history of finding and presenting some truly unsettling material, so you’ll probably want to leave the wee ones at home.

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Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival

@ Ritz Theater & Trylon Microcinema
various showtimes

Attention cinephiles, cinema buffs, indie film gurus and music geeks: there's more to love about fall than comfy sweaters and a cascading assortment of leaves, and this one's for you. Yes, Sound Unseen is back and poised to bring to you the best music-focused films and documentaries, juxtaposed with amazing live performances from local bands. Some of highlights from year's 12th annual fest includes the heavily awaited documentary about controversial garage rock icon Jay Reatard, Better Than Something, The Beat is the Law: Fanfare for Common People dedicated to Pulp's legendary '95 Glastonbury concert and the US premiere of Inni, Sigur Ros' 2nd live performance film screening at the Ritz. Friday's screening of Hit So Hard – the documentary about Hole's ex-drummer, Patty Schemel – features a guest appearance by Ms. Schemel for a Q&A session, not to mention a performance from local riot Grrl kindreds, Pink Mink and an DJ-spun after-party featuring complimentary nosh and libations. Films – including tons of MN premieres – and musical guests will be dynamic all-weekend long so be sure to check out the full film schedule on Sound Unseen's official website. See you there!

Click HERE for the Sound Unseen site

Better Than Something - JAY REATARD - Trailer from Children of Productions on Vimeo.


LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup & Rock Show

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Join LOL/OMG for their next Social Media Meetup/Tweeup at the 331 Club on Thursday, October 13th. They've whipped up an awesome lineup for the occasion that will surely inspire joyful tweets of epic proportions. Socialize with your Twitter/Facebook/Foursquare/etc friends IRL, drink some cheap dranks, nerd out, shamelessly hit on people, whatever...just be sure to tweet it so we can LOL/OMG you later! Official hashtag: #LOLOMG. This month's edition features Night Moves and Vague-à-bonde!

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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!

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Where in the World Exhibit

@ Minneapolis Photo Center
2400 N 2nd St. #200

7 p.m. / All Ages/ Free

Where in the World, a colorful exhibit and collection of over 120 images displayed from photographers across the United States, opens this Friday at the Minneapolis Photo Center. Browse art, converse with friends, and enjoy food while you listen to melodies from musician and composer, Eddie Estrin. Friends, family and fellow art enthusiasts are all welcome on this fine fall evening; this event is free and brought to you by the Pioneers of Aerial Photography.

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Cage III Tape Release w/ Free Boys, Tender Meat & Burnet

@ Club Gleb
You know the spot
West Bank

Do not attempt to adjust your earbuds; we assure you, the glitches are normal. Prep yr ears for tonight's epic tape release party from local melodic rockers, Cage III. The show features live sets from North Carolina's freestyle rock heads, Free Boys, electro-non-grata groove jammers, Tender Meat and Burnet, the electronic new project from Moonstone Continuum's Sean Hartman.

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Vis-A-Vis Release Party

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave N

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / no cover

You know those music diehards who dig through every section of the record store, painstakingly flipping from album to album – leaving no bin unturned – searching for that one diamond in the rough, that one forgotten gem? Well, times that intensity by three and you have the concept behind local reissue vinyl masters, Secret Stash Records. Reviving tasty tunes from international artists is their forte. Tonight, be schooled in the history of sound as the Secret Stash squad celebrate the release of their latest reissue, Obi Agye Me Dofo by Ghanaian legends Vis-A-Vis. All night long enjoy $4.50 Tallgrass Tallboy specials and hot Afrobeat and funk spun by Paul Harding, DJ Steely from KFAI's Kinda Cloudy Radio, General Moses (Steady Rock Sound), Larry Englund (KFAI's Rhythms and Grooves) and Salif & Brad Wrolstad (KFAI's African Rhythms). Plus, check out Secret Stash's merch table for deals on one-of-kind, rare vinyl including the limited edition Vis-A-Vis pre-order back featuring a bonus 7''!

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BONUS: Brush up on Secret Stash Record knowledge – check out our interview with Secret Stash's Will Gilbert here.


Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck Mixtape Release Party

@ Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Place

10 p.m. / 18+ / $5

What can you expect from a band dubbed a “drugged-out, party-hungry, pair of booty clappers”?...What can't you expect, is the real question. From dub-step beats to prog rock, catchy raps and ironic lyrics, this duo is the antithesis of tame. Tonight, join the band as they celebrate the mixtape release show for their latest release, Now That's What I Call Raw Vol 2. Pick up a copy as you peep live performances from freestyle rapper Mike Mictlan of Doomtree, La Manchita, beats from DJ Jonathan Ackerman and special guests. Oh yes, the mixtape is not dead.

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Mark Mallman

@ 7th Street Entry
701 First Avenue North.
Minneapolis, MN

10 p.m. / 18+ / $8

Just over one year ago local music legend Mark Mallman performed feats of melodic endurance never before seen in these – or any other - parts when he performed his 78 hour epic “Marathon III” at the Turf Club non-stop with over 110 fellow musicians and no sleep. Whether or not you got a chance to experience that unparalleled example of rock star grit, you should not miss out on Mallman’s virtuoso musicianship when he plays this Friday in the intimate confines of 7th Street Entry. Expect his outstanding piano anthems along with trippy lyrical imagery and just a drop of existential crisis to be on full display. Local quartet Red Daughters and eclectic Minneapolis foursome The Big Strong Men open what’s sure to be a sweaty and exciting night of rock and/or roll at the Entry.

BONUS: Check out Mallman's new ode to Minneapolis, which has been getting major play on The Current for the past couple of weeks!

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Extra Large Anniversary Party

@ First Avenue Record Room
701 First Ave N

10 p.m. / 18+/ 3$ in advance $5 at the door

The First Ave Record room is famous for intimate artist showdowns and memorable late night dance dates. This Friday, 15-year veteran DJ and l'etoile fave, Mike 2600, is putting on a bangin’ one year birthday bash for EXTRA LARGE. DJ Jimmy 2 Times from the Cryphy crew will be joining him to help rock the room and set the mood. No strangers to four turn tables, these old time friends will fill the air with hip hop classics, funk, disco, brand new bangers, dancehall jams, Moohbahton and much more. As you dance, sip on 2-for-1 well drinks before midnight. And don’t forget it’s a b-day party, so leave room for cake!

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Last Gasp Art & Rock Show

@ Grumpy's Downtown
1111 Washington Ave

Noon to 10 p.m. (music starts at 2:30) / 21+ / $5 before 5 p.m. or $8 after

Head to Grumpy's Downtown this Saturday for what will truly be the "last gasp" for block party season. Rock out in the parking lot all day with the likes of The Deaf, Dreamcrusher, Mick Mictlan (Doomtree), Gay Witch Abortion, Rifflord, and Michigan's The God Bullies. Chill on the patio all day whilst taking in the tunes, sippin' PBR Tallboys (first 100 in the gate get a free PBR), and chowing down on brisket tacos. You'll also be entertained by internationally renowned stencil art duo, Broken Crow, as they put the finishing touches on a brand new mural. Try your luck to win sweet AmRep and PBR swag, then stick around after the bands end outside for more drinking and rockin' as Bloodnstuff continues their monthly residency inside, featuring Hardcore Crayons. Enjoy the great outdoors while you still can, before you know it, you'll be busting out the ski masks and snow suits!

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Springboard for the Arts 20th Anniversary Party

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

7 p.m. / $40

All hail Springboard for the Arts! The tireless artist resource center is celebrating 20 years of helping, encouraging, and facilitating creativity in the Twin Cities, and we think that's definitely cause to whoop it up in style. In true Springboard style, a thoughtful concoction of arts awaits this Saturday at the Amsterdam, including performances from sultry R n' B songstress Maria Isa, hip hop honey Desdamona, and the magnificent choreography of the Mu Daiko dance troupe. Sip on signature cocktails and nibble on much buzzed-about menu items a la Amsterdam, find out who won this year's Osgood Do-Good award, and pick up a commemorative poster designed by artist/illustrator Allegra Lockstadt from The Big Table. Come out and support a wonderful organization and thank them for making our lives that much more colorful.

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Vogue/Trash: Costume Fashion Ball

@ Patrick's Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave S

7 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $20 VIP, $10 gen

The cabaret artists behind Patrick's Cabaret's annual Vogue/Trash fashion ball leave nothing (and we mean nothing) to the imagination. And why should they? These avant-garde charlatans are constant envelope pushers of fashion and performance art. Those who attended the last benefit show can attest to the eccentrics, aberration and talent of the artists involved, and the 2nd installment of the Vogue/Trash Ball is no exception. Start the evening off with music 'n' mingling and a silent auction at 7pm with prizes from Harriet Brewing, the Dakota Jazz Club, Hell's Kitchen, Mollie E. Makeup, Boneshaker Books and more. After that, join Vogue/Trash for a flamboyant fashion show and delicious dance after-party featuring dirty electro and house beats and amazing skillz from local breakdancers and “funk-stylists” as you sip down wine and beer. Plus, this year's event will be aired on the Minneapolis Television Network, so dress to impress and wear something that's sure to entice the camera's eye.

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Paper Darts' Get In if You Want to Live Launch Party

@ Honey
205 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

7 –10 p.m. / Free

The lovely ladies over at Minneapolis' hippest literary rag (and now publishing house!) Paper Darts, are about to drop some local flavor that you need to experience. To celebrate the release of Get In if You Want to Live, a collection of 19 short stories by local wit-wizard John Jodzio (and the debut publication under their own Paper Darts Press imprint), the wildly creative collective is hosting a launch party that promises to be a hotbed of sexy literary shenanigans. As if the publication of a gonzo story collection wasn’t special enough, the limited edition run of 500 copies include a unique artist-designed illustration to accompany each and every story. The illustrations were designed by a dizzying roster of local and international artists to create a singular lit/art lovechild. The event also includes readings from the author himself, Joe Midthun and Jenny Adams Salmela, live music by Joey Ryan and the Inks and a raffle for artist Jennifer Davis’s original pastel painting for the story “The Bear”. It's a winning combination: a great bar, live local music, irreverent literary humor, and original art...not to mention the infectious entrepreneurial spirit of the Paper Darts crew, which is something that we truly admire. And if none of those things pique your interest, we want you to know that author John Jodzio recently claimed via Twitter that the event will find him “Sporting a 60’s Western suit and reading about cutting sex holes in my papasan chair. Yehaw.” Yehaw indeed!

Click HERE for the Paper Darts site


John Alspach | Recent Work – Opening Reception

@ Fax Tax Gallery
503 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN

7 –10 p.m. / Free

Distinctive and prolific Minneapolis artist, John Alspach, will treat your eyes to a colorful cacophony of mixed media works this Saturday at Fox Tax. These bright and sometimes mysterious abstracts incorporate elements of street art, advertising, and the effects of rust and decay into layered collages that speak to the information overload of the urban experience, but are at the same time beautifully organic and even delicate. In addition to creating his own work, John has long been elevating the local art scene with BroadCast Exhibitions, a project that promotes the public presentation of emerging visual artists in the Twin Cities, hence moving art out of the gallery and into the flow of everyday life. Head to Fox Tax this Saturday to get up close and personal with Alspach's vibrant new work, if you know what's good for ya.

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Nu Disco Inferno with Dirty McKenzie & SL8TR

@ Clubhouse Jäger
923 Washington Ave. N

10 p.m. / 21+/ Free

Dust off your vintage duds and locate your DeLorean, it’s teleportation time. This Saturday we’re callin’ all disco dudes and divas to head down to Club Jäger. Get down on the dance floor to disco mixed ‘70s and ‘80s beats and feast your eyes on the big screen for a showing of “Thank God It’s Friday.” DJs Dirty McKenzie & SL8TR are on the menu and if things get a little too hot ‘n’ heavy the club’s patio is the perfect place to chill on this crisp autumn eve.

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Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen Dedication Ceremony

@ Cherokee Park
700 Cherokee Heights Blvd
Saint Paul

11-7 / All Ages / Free

Its hard to believe a whole year has passed since we bid goodnight to one of our music community's brightest and most beloved talents. This Sunday, on the year anniversary of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen's passing, family, friends, and fans will commemorate his life and legacy at Cherokee Park (where Larsen spent a lot of his growing up) with the dedication of a park bench in his honor. And, in the spirit of Micheal's life, there will be an unannounced line-up of musicians that we're betting will be pretty powerful - bring kleenex. This is a free
event and everyone is invited to attend.

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

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