Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekend What's What 10/20-10/22


Third Thursday: Crafterhours & Semblances opening

@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave S

6 p.m. / All Ages/Free

Every third Thursday of the month the Minneapolis Institute of Arts opens their doors and allows the public to dive into diverse art, drinks, live music, and this month, crafts! On this fine evening come and create your own hands-on projects with some of the best crafters in town. Hang out with popular local makers I Like You, Crafty Planet, ArtStart and many more. Enjoy silversmith work and native textile exhibits on MIA’s curator-led tours. As you mingle and create a masterpiece, jam to local band, Starfolk and get toasty with some tasty drinks from the cash bar. Don't forget to stop into the MAEP Gallery for the latest locally-bred exhibit, Semblances, featuring artists Jennifer Danos, Natasha Pestich and Marcus Young. The exhibit will create an interactive experience throughout the museum through performance; a poster exhibition; and a commentary on work hanging in the nearby contemporary prints and drawing gallery.

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Literary Death Match Twin Cities, Episode 5

@ Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Avenue

doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. / $7 adv, $10 door

Come on Literary Death Match, is it really wise to convene so many of the Twin Cities' best creative minds into one place for the evening? Sure, it makes for a riotous good time, but what if there's a gas leak or a meteor strike, or some such? Tonight's always-entertaining event packs the best virtues of a spoken word jam together with a judged competition format and a heavy dose of ridiculously witty interactions. Saying this iteration exhibits an embarrassment of riches when it comes to local talent would be a gross understatement. Competitors include writer and Macalester prof Peter Bognanni, talented author and multi-faceted man of mystery Rob Callahan, spoken word artist Cole “Inky” Sarar, and The Tangential's Becky Lang, not to mention an impressive judging panel roster with documentary filmmaker Emily Goldberg, Rogue Buddha proprietor/painter Nicholas Harper, and writer and Balls Cabaret founder Leslie Ball. It is possible that the room will just implode into an imaginative Supernova, so be there to witness all the audacious and harebrained goings on for yourself. If the current attendee list is any indication, the audience may be nearly as impressive as the participants, so it's definitely the place to stalk your current literary crush, or find a new one as you mingle with all the players at 9:30 post-show drinks. Put on your sexiest cardigan, dust off a few stray David Foster Wallace quotes and prepare to be dazzled.

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Project Runway Weekly Screenings

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

Doors at 7:30, show at 8 p.m. / Free

Join l'etoile and Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen for the LAST TWO EPISODES of Project Runway! October 20th & 27th mark the finale episodes, starting at 8 p.m. sharp in the Caterpillar Lounge (We suggest you get there by 7:30 to get a good seat and a pre-show sushi order in!). This season featured 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!

Click HERE for the Wondrous site


The Bureau of Artistic Validation

@ MCAD Gallery 148
2501 Stevens Ave

6-9 p.m. / Free

If you're an artist, writer, or general creative, you can relate to that moment when you've stared at a piece of work so long the daunting dubieties start to kick in. Does it make sense? Is it good? Could your cat do better? Well, wonder no more. Put your work through the ultimate test: a thoroughbred assessment with the no-nonsense detectives at The Bureau of Artistic Validation. These local purveyors of fine art sift through work – evaluating case by case – to reveal the answers to that nagging question “what is art?”. On the fence about a piece or just want to quiet your qualms, you're in luck! The BAV is taking on clients pro bono. Submit “questionable artwork or practices” to the Bureau during tonight's grand opening, and let them be the cold hard judges, live and in your face. It's time to face the facts. May the force be with you.

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Sean Hartman & Michael Gaughan Art Exhibit

@ Modern Times Cafe
3200 Chicago Ave

7 – 10 p.m. / Free

Tonight, don't miss a duo exhibition from Minneapolis artists Michael Gaughan and Sean Hartman. The collaboration highlights Gaughan's flair for intricately illustrated watercolors and Hartman's comic art aesthetic, for a vivid show who's work varies from mimicry of M.C. Escher's famous Drawing Hands piece to colorful satirical abstracts with a lax tone and a bit of humor. Peep recent paintings, drawings and works on paper as you enjoy live tunes by Jon Coe, Sean Hartman (Moonstone) and others.

Check out an interview with Sean & Michael on City Pages HERE.


The Sirens

@ Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave NE

7:30 – 10 p.m. / $5

Featuring Miss Nadine DuBois and Karen Vieno Paurus (original shining members of the Minneapolis-based lovable cabaret troupe, Lili's Burlesque) The Sirens may not be as physically “provocant” as their sister act, but this crowd-pleasing spicy doublet offers no less tantalizing treats and flirtatious entertainment, not to mention impressive pipes & vibrato. With seminal jazz guitarist, Robert Bell cooking up galvanizing riffs in the background, prepare for an evening of “sultry, sassy, somewhat silly and possibly slutty” ditties that your imagination – even on its naughtiest days – couldn't conjure up. Stick around after the show for a night full of funky beats from the Soul Suite DJs.

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Walker After Hours: CMYK vs. RGB

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave

9 p.m. – 12 p.m. / $35, $25 Walker members

That age old graphics divide, CMYK vs. RGB – it’s the team Edward vs. team Jacob of the design word. Whether you’re on team Subtractive color palette or team Additive, the place to show off your color coordination skills this Friday is the Walker’s always swank and satisfying ‘After Hours’ party. You’ll get a chance to preview the huge new exhibit Graphic Design: Now in Production – which explores the vast and impactful world of graphic design through posters, books, magazines, identity & branding, information graphics, typography and typefaces, film and television graphics, and the rapid evolution of communication design in the last decade through technology and user generated content. Hobnob with the all the creatives while noshing complimentary vittles and sipping down cocktails. Bop to the sounds of graphic designer/DJ duo Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi while you take in the exhibit. As usual, there will be ample opportunity to unleash your own design skills, including a ‘create your own font’ station. Don’t settle for partying in Greyscale mode, inject some ‘After Hours’ color –may we suggest Pantone 182 - into your nightlife this weekend.

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Secret Panels & Blood Canyon CD Release

@ Cause
Lake & Lyndale

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Double CD releases means double the fun, if you ask us. And when you add in the fact that it's actually a double album collabo, it's even more of a two-fer. Slide on over to Cause this Friday evening for the release party for Divider/Destroyer from conceptual rockers Secret Panels who will debut not only a disc chock-full of their own original material, but an additional album produced in cahoots with "dub-metal" band Blood Canyon. Divider/Destroyer tells thoughtful tales of the relationship between violence and faith, taking cues from meaty, melancholy '70s jams and lofty soundscape experimentation. Pick up a special limited edition copy of the album complete with a fancy silk-screened case then stick around for performances from supporting acts Lesser Known Saint and Crisis Line.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Grant Hart w/ Javier & the Innocent Sons

@ Palmer's Bar
500 Cedar Avenue

9:00pm / 21+ / $5

Founder of the legendary Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart has been holding his own in the Twin Cities since the '80s - in the true style of punkdom. Friday night, the gritty, intimate stage at Palmers bar will play host to this local rock hero celebrated for paving the way for just about every good rock band currently playing stages around town. Rounding out an outstanding line up of shining local rock is newcomers Javier & the Innocent Sons, known for their own brand of delta blues, country, and sick guitar stylings. Expect a raucous good time and general West Bank shenanies.

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Hallo-Whoomp (There it is) Early ‘90s Dance Party!

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+/ Free

Gotta gotta get up, get down and gear up for Halloween of course. This Friday a ‘90s pre-Halloween party will commence at the 331 Club, declaring it officially X Files season. Dance to featured DJs Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, DJ Delicious and MC Hang Time. Come dressed as your favorite extraterrestrial, FBI agent, monster, alien invasion or just adorn yourself in fantastic ‘90s attire. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. The night is free so just bring your inner freak and maybe a few friends.

Click HERE for the 331 Club site


Open Studio: New Art by Garrett Perry + Jon Reischle + Jeremy Szopinski

@ Open Studio
558 Vandalia St
St. Paul

2 – 6 p.m. / Free

St. Paul isn't normally known to be a haven of vivid acid-trips, but today local artists give audiences a taste of hue-matic lucid visuals. Peep new work by three emerging artists, Garrett Perry, Jon Reischl and Jeremy Szopinski. From avant-garde, visual oddities from Perry to prismatic mixed-media print work from Reischl to colorful impasto paintings suggesting violence, religious ecstasy, belief and doubt from Szopinski. Welcome to a new St. Paul.

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Hot 3-way Action/ Jet-setter Hideaways Closing Reception + Location Book Release

@ SooVAC
2638 Lyndale Ave S

6 – 11 p.m. / Free

Haven't gotten a chance to check out the Soo's 3-way art show yet? Don't worry, not only is there still time, and you don't even have to be open to anything. This tri-powered exhibition is less about compromising positions, and more about collectively melding the minds of mucho respected local artists Scott Stulen, Bruce Tapola, and Erik Ullanderson for a non-tradish group show that evolves through process, success, and failure as works are manipulated through the run of the exhibit. For tonight's closing reception, return to check out how the pieces have morphed or peep them for the first time. Plus, in the front gallery, painter Melissa Loop depicts society’s constant search for perfection and the ways in which natural, social, and consumerist environments could collide to form a utopia. Fusing imagery from Dubai to Disneyland, her work reveals a fantasy land with an almost video game-like aesthetic: sleek, hyper-colored, and not quite realistic. And just to blow your mind a little more, catch a catalog release from artist-run Location, local independent publishing experiment – edited and produced by Scott Nedrelow and Ruben Nusz – offering artists a chance to produce new work in book form free from didactics and commercial content.

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@ Burnet Gallery at the Chambers
901 Hennepin Ave

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

What do you get when you cross corporate culture with the wilds of creativity? You'll find out tonight at the Burnet Gallery, where a panel of esteemed judges have delved into the artistic personal lives of creative professionals from Target Headquarters. On display will be illustration, photography, collage, craftwork, fashion design, and who-knows-what-else from a plethora of talented artists you probably have never heard of including Liz Apple, Allison Black, Stephanie Devino, Luis Diaz, Sarah Dreher, Jason Drew, Sara Fine, Sami Foust, Robin Graff, Daniel Hartman, Sally Hartman, Ann Healy, Lee Jackson, Joseph Jacobs, Kristoffer Johnson, Scott Jordan, John Kucharski, Chris kegel Wayne Laberda, Katie Larson, Terri Martin, Andrea Pease, Jill Sandhei, Mark Stankey, Lindsay Thron & Bonnie Vig (phew!). The perfect example of how much talent resides in Minneapolis (whether they spend their days in a boardroom or an art studio).

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Fall Tweed Ride

@ Powderhorn Lake Park

6 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / Free

Is Netflix's “Period Piece” section a constant in your queue? Do your gams have a secret hankering to be donned in woolens? Do you dig brisk, blustery group bike rides primed with dapper debauchery? Well, the third annual autumn Tweed Ride is the place for you. Tonight, spruce up your tweeds, dust off those oxfords, wax your mooo-staches, “coif your tresses,” fill ze ol' flasky with your fave spirits and get ready for the poshest, merriest ride of the season. Be prepared to stop at the finest of spots and pubs including the Gothic mansion of the Hennepin History Museum, the revamped Muddy Waters, Brit's Pub, Town Hall, Nomad (with tunes by the Hotpants DJs) and suck down a round (or two), plus, they're will be a contest for the “Dapperest Gent” & “Most Fetching Lady,” as well as best cycle – so spit shine that frame! Getchyer self to Powerhorn Park for a prompt departure at 6 p.m. For more info and route info, visit the Tweed Ride website.

Click HERE for the Tweed Ride site


BareBones Halloween Extravaganza 2011

@ Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 Mississippi River Blvd S
North Gate Entrance
St. Paul

7 p.m. / $5 – $20 suggested donation

BareBones' epic pageant of seasonal theater is probably the closest you’ll get here in Minnesota to experiencing the authentic pagan glory of Halloween. This community-created extravaganza combines a spectacle of puppetry, drama, fire, song & dance into something truly extraordinary in scale and ambition. As much a celebration of the season as a Halloween event, this all-ages appropriate – yet darkly engaging – performance will delight audiences with the talents of over 240 artists, puppeteers, musicians actors and technicians along with a 40 piece orchestra! The program this year – A Fistful of Dirt: How the Death was Won – takes on themes of death, grief and the afterlife using Spaghetti Western films and Japanese tengu spirits as creative inspiration. Beyond the spectacular performance, the grounds will also house more private artistic installations such as the “hungry ghost altar” to encourage personal contemplation. This popular presentation – now in its 18th year – has been known to become extremely well attended as Halloween draws near, so hit it this weekend or show up early to secure yourself a prime spot.

Click HERE for the Barebones site

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

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