Thursday, January 27, 2011

Weekend What's What 1/27-1/29

CABIN FEVER

Is it still winter? Yep. And we're still a couple months away from the spring thaw, so buck up Twin Cities--there's no point in hibernating! It may be chilly, you may feel the urge to hide under a bundle of blankets, you may even say you're "sick." But we know better. Brush of the S.A.D. and venture forth, there are plenty of hot times to be had this weekend!

xo-l'étoile

Photo by Stephen Stephens for l'étoile

THURSDAY JANUARY 27TH (THROUGH SATURDAY)

Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival 2011

@Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / $20

Grab your best guys and gals and make your way to the Ritz Theater for a risque affair of leggy lingerie, magical music and a showcase of aerial and burlesque acts that will wow you like no other. This Thursday marks the opening of The Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival and the folks behind the swanky shindig are kicking off the three-day extravaganza with a bang. Say hello to White Hot Thursday, where attendees are asked to dress in their flashiest red and whites as they admire crazy circus acts and sexy burlesque skits the whole night through. To make opening night even sweeter, after the music, comedy and stage sites everyone in the audience is invited to a totally posh party with the cast. For more info on the festival, including Friday and Saturday lineups visit the link below.

Click HERE for the Midwest Burlesk site



THURSDAY JANUARY 27TH

DJ Dick Pic

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Head to Jager tonight for a party jam throw down with the lovely ladies of DJ Dick Pic. Machen Davis and Maggie Morrison encourage you to flaunt your moves (not your junk, well, okay, maybe your junk) on the dance floor while you guzzle cheap drinks slung by none other than l'etoile's own Robyn Lewis (a.k.a. The Bitchelor). It's also DJ Big Dick's (Maggie Morrison) birthday party, so make sure to bring her an extra festive "dick pic" for the occasion.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


FRIDAY ART PICK: KRISTIN SCHUE

What's l'etoile looking at this week?

Kristin Schue has been actively engaged on the art scene in the Twin Cities for over a decade, and her delicate layers of collage and mixed media have an antique charm to them that capture the viewer in a memory that might as well be their own for the familiarity of it. She is one-part photographer, one-part multimedia artist, and the two often go hand in hand as she creates her collage pieces. At the heart of Schue's work is a story--the narrative of whatever her subject is. It is the story, in the end, that makes her work precious--and well worth checking out at her Northrup King Building studio. Perhaps next Thursday during 1st Thursdays in the Art District?

Click HERE for the Kristin Schue site


FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

Street as Source: Wing Young Huie and Richard Copley

@ IFP Minnesota
2446 University Ave. W.
St. Paul

5:30 p.m. / Free

For the indulgent people watcher in all of us, photographers Wing Young Huie and Richard Copley present Street as Source, a collection of images fueled by the drama, humor, irony, and transitory but perfect converging of elements in space that is day to day life. Known for his street photography projects and ethnographic studies along Lake Street and University Avenue, Wing Young Huie strives to capture authentic moments in an age where digitally-enhanced photographs reign supreme. In a similar vein, Richard Copley has used the same Nikon FM2 film camera and black-and-white film for 30 years, continuously chasing the poetic realism and mystery of a world ever composed – at its core – of light and shadow, structure and people. See how these two photographers’ styles contrast and converge at IFP Minnesota, where Street as Source will run through mid-March.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH (THROUGH SATURDAY)

Gleb Fest

@ xxxusa
Facebook for more info

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. music/ $7 per day, $12 both days

25 bands tenderly packed into a two-day package all under the same roof? To what do we owe the honor? Why, Gleb Fest, of course. This weekend – for even less than the price of a movie ticket – feast your ears on a plethora of local bands from every spectrum under the music rainbow plus rad carnival-style attractions including kissing, rapping, face painting, and karaoke booths. Featuring live sets from bossanova/light psych lovelorns, Buffalo Moon; the acoustic ballads of Michael Gaughan's project Little Dog on Top of A Big Dog; garage rockers, Vampire Hands; saucy glitch jam kickers, Chelsea Boys; Is Is, Moonstone, The Chambermaids, Chickadee Mountain Martyrs and tons more! Don't forget yer dancin' shoes.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Buffalo Moon:

FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

Heroes: A Benefit for Local Recording Artists

@ Varsity Theater
1308 4th St. SE
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / $10 / 21+

On Christmas Eve, we all lost a little bit of faith in humanity when the studio of The Alarmists’ Eric Lovold was burglarized, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars of recording equipment and masters for the upcoming albums of local artists Kicks & Spurs and Brian DeRemer. Fortunately for our hearts and souls, Twin Citizens have never been ones to put up with crap like that, so Lovold and his friends are hosting a concert to offset the costs of re-recording and releasing the two stolen albums. The Alarmists, Brian DeRemer, Chris Koza, Kicks & Spurs, and White Light Riot will be performing throughout the evening, with Solid Gold DJ Sets between bands. Go. It’s the perfect opportunity to support the local music scene we love so dearly – and to say a big “eff you” to Yuletide scoundrels.

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FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

Walker After Hours: On Ice

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. / $30 ($20 Walker members)

Winter is still a'raging and if you're anything like us you're going a Whatever Happened to Baby Jane-level of stir crazy. Attention hermits and shut-ins, tonight's Walker After Hours shindig helps you ditch the snuggie while still catering to your love of cozy and urging you to keep the flannel on. Celebrate the opening reception of artist Mike Kelley's 'mass art meets folk art' exhibit, The Spectacular of Vernacular, while sipping down delicious cocktail's from the Walker's outdoor ice bar or drink up a little taste of seasonal comfort in the form of a hot cocoa and Wolfgang Puck complimentary hot dish nosh. Enjoy some slick tunes from Transmission DJ Jake Rudh and flaunt your solstice-themed sweater threads in the famous Flickr photo booth. Prizes will be doled out for most “Minnesotan” – so bust out those “Uff da!” sweaters! Sign up as a new Walker member in advance and receive a free party ticket, while supplies last. Old man winter be damned.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

CLAPS, Blue Sky Blackout, Mercurial Rage, Aaron and the Sea

@ Cause
3001 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis

9:30 p.m. / $5

Always a contender when it comes to killer local rock shows, Cause’s Friday line-up brings together CLAPS, Blue Sky Blackout, Mercurial Rage, and Aaron and the Sea for our head-banging pleasure. A rabbit-quick rundown of why you should see all of these bands: CLAPS is so good, they make us long for the return of a genre (minimal synth, somewhat like Depeche Mode) we didn’t even know existed; Blue Sky Blackout is like the ideal bad-boy: cool, fashionable, a helluvalota fun, and just the right amount of rock-godlike testosterone; Mercurial Rage wants you to have a good time, and perhaps the only thing they’re better at doing is recreating the glory of a '70s coke ballad; and Aaron and the Sea’s jumpy, soulful, and utterly loveable songs more than live up to the band’s wistfully adorable moniker. See you there!

Click HERE for the Facebook event




FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

DOSH / H.U.N.K.S. / DGK

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

9 p.m. / 21+ / $7

H.U.N.K.S., the more melodic, dreamy spawn of Marijuana Death Squads, will bust out of its Wednesday night residency at Nick & Eddie to play a special one-off at the Turf Club. They will be joined on this occasion by legendary noisemaker Martin Dosh, who's live shows never disappoint, and newcomers DGK. Expect a night of knob-twiddling experimentation in sound, created by some of the most talented collaborators around.

Click HERE for the Turf site




FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH

Bee Cool

@ Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5 before 10 p.m. & $3 after 10 p.m.

This Friday, local dance party Bee Cool is moving up from cool to really, freakin’ cool. Not only is the night going to be the usual awesome mix of dancey chaos, thanks to tunage from Bach666 and Monsterbrusten, but local rap studs Bight Club will be taking over the stage at 9 p.m. sharp to the get the party started off right. Plus, all you attendees will definitely have no trouble tankin’ up on the trendy PBR tall boys and whiskey drinks – both are on special the whole night through.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


COOL LINK: THE TANGENTIAL

What's l'etoile lookin' at on the web this week?

In the vein of McSweeny's, The Awl and Thought Catalog comes a world class, yet local-hearted creative collective that puts humor in its place. Enjoy the sardonic antidotes of local writers including sarcastress Becky Lang, man-about-town Jay Gabler and the sassy Katie Sisneros. A verbally clever dose of creative non-fiction – think David Sedaris – the blog is a hilar twist on work-a-day rituals, ribald bits of advice and thoughts on societal norms we usually keep to ourselves with posts such as “How to Convince People You're Interesting,” “An Interview with My College Self Regarding the New Weed Soda,” “The 10 Most Unflattering Pictures of Myself” and “Worst Box Lunches Ever,” it's like reading the private journal of the super verbose friend you always wished you had. Totally one of our fave daily web stops! Don't miss this soon-to-be ubiquitous, hip gem from our local literary corner.

Click HERE for the Tangential site


SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Avoid the Gray

@ Old Arizona Studios
2821 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis

Shows at 3 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. / $15

Leave it to Cliche to once again showcase some of the best up-and-coming and established local design talent! Avoid the Grey 2011 features 20 of the Twin Cities' finest: Sarah M. Holm, Ivan Idland, Carmichael Cliath, Amanda Christine, steevie.b, Korrin Lohmann, Danielle Everine, ArielSimone, Elena Mercurio, Tender Cuts, Ashley Busch, DeLange, Jenny Carle, Niki English, Kathryn V, kjurek couture, Sydney Ilten, Renate Adjei, Maritza Ramirez, and Needle & Black. With three shows, and tickets at the low price of $15, there is absolutely no excuse for you to not get all gussied up in your best threads and get your butt down there to show some love and indulge in some cheap dranks.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

This Art Punches Clocks

@ Tarnish & Gold Gallery
1511 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. / free

The artists in tonight exhibit haven't quit their day jobs just yet, but in between the mundane tasks of punching in and punching out, locals Lucas Gluesenkamp, Marie Pelkey, Jake Keeler, Zach Taylor and Brian Johnson have been a'conjuring up some rad art work. City jobs don't dictate these art masters' work! Check what gems the five artists have been creating while not inside an office box while you jam to live music by the Young Pretenders and a special secret guest.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Get Lucky 2011

@ SooVAC
2638 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. / $35 members, $40 adv, $45 door

It's no secret that we heart the SooVAC for their innovation and continual support for local and emerging artists. So tonight, show your loyalty to the gallery as you attend their ninth annual fundraising gala, Get Lucky. Tonight's bash features a silent art auction with art donations from the talented paws of Drew Beson, Amelia Biewald, Andrea Carlson, Tara Costello, Erin Currie, Jennifer Davis, Chris Larson, Liz Miller, Erin Sayer, Sean Smuda, Scott Stulen, John Vogt, Mousesaw, Terrence Payne, Amy Rice, l’étoile's own Kate Iverson and tons others! Plus, a guild-of-one installation and performance by Karl Unnasch all evening long, delicious food provided by Bryant Lake Bowl and Chowgirls Killer Catering, convo with art-minded folks and so much more! Go lucky or go home!

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

David Zink Yi: Horror Vacui

@ Midway Contemporary Art
527 2nd Ave. SE.
Minneapoli

7 p.m. / Free

Depending on the context (and the accuracy of Wikipedia), a horror vacui can mean a fear of empty spaces (literally), the filling of the entire surface of an artwork with detail (visual art-ily), or the idea that nature abhors a vacuum, and therefore empty space is always trying to suck in matter to avoid being empty (scientifically). It’s also the name of the new solo exhibition by photographer, sculptor, and videographer David Zink Yi that opens Saturday at Midway Contemporary Art. Investigating the complex structures of cultural identity and the tensions between reality, materiality, and the dissolving of narrative interpretation, the exhibit will feature sculptural and photographic work, as well as a two-channel video installation, also titled “Horror Vacui.” We’re anxious to see what context (if any) Yi has chosen to represent in his work; no matter what, we bet it’ll be strange and profound in the best ways possible.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Ruby Isle "Appetite for Destruction" CD Release

@ Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / $7

We may or may not have listened to Ruby Isle’s “Nightrain” cover on repeat when it was released in November – and finally, we get to revel in the whole album. Well, live anyways, and via online streaming (who knew such shameless appropriation of another band’s album would be cause for legal ramifications? Geez, iTunes). Join everyone’s favorite badass Mark Rose – er, Mallman, Dan Geller, and drummer Aaron LeMay as they (sort of) release their Guns N’ Roses cover album Appetite for Destruction Saturday at the Triple Rock. Joining them are other hot (and not in hot water) local rockers Me and My Arrow, New Century Masters, and Spyder Baby Raw Dog.

Click HERE for the Facebook event




SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Opera Night Out: Mary Stuart

@ Sakura
350 Saint Peter St.
St. Paul

10:30 p.m. / 21+
(Opening Night performance at the Ordway 8 p.m.)

Just because Mary Stuart married the man who quite possibly murdered her second husband and was convicted of treason for plotting to assassinate her cousin doesn’t mean we shouldn’t throw a dance party in her honor. Or at least in honor of the Minnesota Opera’s rendition of the tale of Mary Stuart. Following Saturday’s opening performance, eat, drink, and be merry at Sakura, where you can partake in a variety of royal festivities, from dancing to Radio K DJs to mingling with opera imperials to indulging in drink specials and complimentary treats to sitting for a portrait with Queen Mary herself beneath the dueling flags of Scotland and Britain (creepy, but totally awesome). By all means enjoy the spoils, just please, take a lesson from history and keep your daggers in your corset (so to speak). Want to check out the opera? We fully endorse it. Become a Tempo member and score $30 tickets to Mary Stuart plus access to a number of cool special events and discounts throughout the year.

Click HERE for the Tempo site


SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Attitude City

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

One of our favorite monthly dance jams is here! The badass boys of Attitude City are at it again with their installation of music and mayhem. Join the Jeff Dubois and special guest Benny Lojak for a night of delicious dance beats and Clubhouse Jager’s tasty cocktails. Not only is it free, but we guarantee that you’ll have an awesome time mingling and dancing up on some of Minneapolis’ finest.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH

Menergy

@ Kitty Cat Klub
14th & 4th
Dinkytown

10 p.m. / 21+ / $3

Join the manly men of Menergy once again at the Kitty Cat Klub for a testosterone-fueled throw down of epic proportions. Get freaky in Playatta's video portal, dance to killer jams from DJ
Sweet Talk Radio and special guests DJs Solid Gold. Close out "Manuary" the right way, with drinks, jamz, and multimedia magic!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

This is MENERGY from Anthem Heart A/V on Vimeo.




SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH


Ghost in the Water

@ Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis

10:30 p.m. / Free

Get both your live music and DJ fill this weekend at the Red Stag. Saturday, local electro-pop twosome Ghost In The Water will be taking over the cozy supper club to bring you a whole night of punchy beatage and dancin’ jams to keep your feet moving ‘til the crack of 2am. Starting at 10, take in a live set from the electronically inclined duo who will treat you to their gauzy, blip-tastic brand of beats followed by a dancetastic DJ set. Enjoy and get down whilst sipping on tasty drinks and nomming on Stag nosh.

Click HERE for the Red Stag site


L'ETOILE NEWSWIRE

3 Courses for $30 at Sea Change

Through the month of January, Sea Change is offering an amazing fine dining deal: A prix fixe menu featuring three courses for $30!

Appetizer choices include two raw bar favorites – Alpine Bay oysters and tuna poke – along
with a non-fish option of pork steam buns. Entrée options include linguine with succulent lobster and pancetta, Sea Change’s signature bouillabaisse or brandade ravioli with smoked leeks, garlic and red pepper. Finish the meal with a luscious pumpkin cheesecake or house-made blackberry sorbet. Sounds like a perfect date night to us (hint hint)!

Click HERE for the Sea Change site

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin, Lauren Gantner

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Weekend What's What 1/20-1/23

JUST CHILLIN'

Yes, we know. It's subzero, arctic, icy, frigid, unbearable, scream-worthy and down right too damn cold to go outside. But let's be honest, when has that ever stopped you? Layer up and brave the chill because this weekend's bursting at the seams with hot, hot art, music and more. Would you expect anything less from the Twin Cities? We think not.

xo-l'étoile

Photo by Nic Marshall for l'etoile 2011


ALSO THIS WEEK ON L'ETOILE

We release our Winter 2011 editorial spread: The Knitting Factory



THURSDAY JANUARY 20TH

Third Thursday at the MIA

@ MIA
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

Head to the MIA tonight to "focus" in on some super cool art! This month's artcentric celebration revolves around photography, from "cutting edge to DIY." Check out the opening of Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers, take a mobile audio art tour using your cell phone, make your own cyanotype with Mpls Photo Center instructor (and former l'etoile contributor) Lacey Prpic Hedke. You can also make a colorful pinhole camera, sip some dranx at the cash bar, and listen to the saucy sounds of experimental jazz band, Jelloslave. Strike a pose!

Click HERE for the MIA site


THURSDAY JANUARY 20TH

SCENEaSOTA film screenings & Party

@ Nick and Eddie's
1612 Harmon Place
Minneapolis

9:30 p.m. / $5

Hey, remember how awesome the SCENEaSOTA fashion show was? Well, here's your chance to relive it just a little bit. The spectacular short films that were produced by Elijah Chhum and Wesley Meirick for the show are being screened tonight at reception and party at Nick and Eddie. The party is $5--and with good reason, since it will be featuring burlesque dancing by Tomahawk Tassels, vocal performances by songbird Faith Udeh and dancing beats by DJ Dr. Nemesis. The visually stunning films will be on loop. Come celebrate with the local fashion forward!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

C'est as nous (It is ours) from Elijah Chhum on Vimeo.


THURSDAY JANUARY 20TH

Mayda/Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles/Kasio & 8Track

@ 7th Street Entry
701 First Ave
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Grab your dancing shoes: this Thursday the Entry welcomes local funk-pop fireball, Mayda. Produced by Michael Bland (who used to work for Prince!), this little lady has a larger-than-life stage presence and that rare, all-consuming charisma that makes you all but forget the drink in your hand. Joining her are the always-darling gypsy folk ensemble Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and Kasio &8Track, the brand-spankin’ new dance pop project by Chris Koza and members of The New Congress.

Click HERE for the First Ave site




FRIDAY ART PICK: THE NEW GRAPHIC

What's l'etoile lookin' at on the web this week?

We're rather swoony towards just about anything that comes from the brilliant brain and talented paws of local visual mastermind and world-renowned graphic designer, Mike Cina. The multifaceted visual artist and typeface generator has been featured just about everywhere, shared his art direction skills to electronic music label, Ghostly International, and this year lends his creative chops to a dual exhibit for soon-to-be-opened San Francisco gallery, Artifact. So when our Cina-adoring ears got wind of a new blog launched by the artist and a few select contributors, we had to peep it. An art lover's visual panegyric, the blog is saturated with spectacular work of international and national artists, hand picked by the art-versed founders. From poster archives to vintage graphic design books, the blog celebrates design history in a refreshing, evolutionary way. Cina and the gang's esoteric, impeccable taste in graphic design make the blog a gem of a site for anyone looking to brush up on their design knowledge or anyone on the hunt for a little artistic eye candy.

Click HERE for the New Graphic site


FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Elsewhere

@ Burnet Gallery
Le Meridien Chambers
901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

For her solo show, local artist Betsy Ruth Byers would like to take you on a trip through space, but in a very Twilight Zone way. Stopping somewhere between the edges of ethereal reality and the ambiguous pockets of time, memory and space, Byers' work blends abstract and undefined imagery with the majestically familiar and potent experiences of the body. Gaze into one of her vivid visuals and you might see sensual traces inside overlapping structures – “feet enveloped in the liquid embrace of a lake” – that Byers' describes as “encompassing movement, space, memory and time with no hierarchy.” Call us crazy, but we're guessing that Rod Serling would have loved Byers work. Fall into the nebulous void as you peep the opening reception for Elsewhere this Friday.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Sticks in the Mind

@ MCAD
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis

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

Installation artist Carole Fisher will be showcasing her latest work in “Lessons Learned from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, 1989-Today”. After witnessing the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that devastated Prince William Sound in Alaska, Fisher has dedicated much of her artistic endeavors to remembering the incident. She has interviewed over 100 citizens whose lives were disrupted by the oil spill. This exhibition is a collection of elements featured in over 25 of Fisher's installments over the years, and promises to be a deeply moving, intimate look at one of America's forgotten tragedies. Highly recommended.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Drunk & Poor at 24

@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / $5

Yep, this event title pretty much sums up life as twenty-something. Which is exactly why you should spend your Friday night at 1419, where for a $5 entrance fee, you can party away all that still-lingering post-grad ennui and celebrate the twenty-fourth year of gal-about-town Sarah Ann Stanley-Ayre to the tunes of Chelsea Boys, G-Biz, The Goondas, Megachurch, Spyder Baybie Rawdog 3K & 2% Muck. And those are just the live performances; DJ Ess, Jackin Josef, Jobot, Nancy Cheng, and The Nightstalker will all be spinning DJ sets into the wee hours. Also check out art installations from Christopher Williams and Biafracaw and Dillon Bakke’s latest stop animation screening, which you can preview below. Here’s to another year just as crazy as this one, for Sarah and the rest of us.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

drunk and poor at 24 from Dillon Bakke on Vimeo.


FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Jenny Dalton

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
Saint Paul

10 p.m. / 21+ / $5

Who other than beloved local singer/songwriter Jenny Dalton could woo fans with an album influenced by Albert Camus, mermaids, Twin Peaks and the Morton Salt Girl? And that's just the start! For her latest full-length, Rusalka's Umbrella, Dalton pulls imagery from her first book, Daughters of the Dead Sea, symbolism, Slavic folklore and the overarching theme of water to produce a surreal, new-age-infused 14-track concept album featuring collaborations with members of Cloud Cult, Murzik, One for the Team, Askeleton, Ela and more. Join the indie folk sweetheart tonight as she performs tracks from her soulful tale of the seas album with sets from indie poppers, Canon Chorus, the Original Mark Edwards Band and Brianna Lane.

Click HERE for the Turf site



FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Maria Isa + Cecil Otter

@ Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 18+ / $10

Not only are tonight's headliners the king and queens of local lyrical hip-hop, but they're pretty swoon-inducing as well! Tonight, join the sultry Maria Isa and Doomtree's indie hip hop cutie, Cecil Otter, for an epic word-spitting rap extravaganza complete with a full roster of hot local talent and audio gold. Tonight's power-packing hip-hop event includes live sets from Mnemosyne, The Blend, K. Raydio, Culture Cry Wolf, DJ Turtleneck, Toussaint Morrison and more.

Click HERE for the Cabooze site




FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST

Wants Vs Needs

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / $3

For the third Friday of the month, the groovy peeps of Want Vs Needs have teamed up with Clubhouse Jager once more to bring back another round of their crazy monthly dance party. Hit the dance floor Friday to the funk, rap and dance beats from DJs Petey Wheatstraw, Anton, Espada, Booka B and So Gold. On top of the mind-blowing music, snag posters designed by The Pressure while the Clubhouse serves up glass upon glass of their tasty drinks to keep you happy the whole night through.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


COOL LINK: FASHION FOR WRITERS

What's l'etoile lookin' at on the web this week?

As some of Minneapolis’ resident fashion writers extraordinaire (if we do say so ourselves), l’etoile is always on the lookout for others, near and far, who share our love for words and pretty clothes, not necessarily in that order. Then we found Fashion For Writers, and almost didn’t share it because it’s just that blow-everyone-else-outta-the-water good. The ladies behind this blog – Jenny and Meggy – are putting their creative writing MFAs to use writing smart, witty, poignant vignettes about the politics of fashion, their daily lives and adventures, and the clothes they find, wear, and lose while going through them. We guarantee these posts will make you think – for hours – and then hunt down someone with whom share your thoughts – for hours. You’re welcome.

Click HERE for the Fashion for Writers site


SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Permalesque

@ CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd
Minneapolis

7 p.m. / Free

Celebrity gossip, product guarantees, political messages and super values.Whether we like it or not, human beings take in an overwhelming amount of information every day. And the witty, oh-so creative folks of Permanent Art and Design Group and screenprinting stalwart Burlesque of North America have collaborated to talk about it. The show is Permalesque, and it opens Saturday at CO Exhibitions. Filling the space with design work, prints, objéts-d'art, videos, mixed messages, and more, all created by Burlesque and Permanent, the show is sure to not only stimulate your senses, but to make you think a little, too. Even better, Andrew Broder and Marijuana Deathsquads will be providing music.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

colorant, flesh

@ Umber Studio
3109 E 42nd St
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / Free

Art, glitter, dancing, cupcakes...honestly, you had us at art 'n' glitter. Tonight, don't miss a dual exhibit that pulses on the blurred line between the sublime and the sordid, colorant, flesh. Featuring evocative paintings by l'étoile's own Natalie Gallagher and photography by Sohail Akhavein, tonight's tag-teaming art show dishes out a fierce double-sided sword of electrifying images, revealing photographs and enigmatic incantation. Snack on complimentary cupcakes and sugary delights from Sweets Bakeshops and cold refreshments and Matty O'reilly as you browse art and prints for sale, kodak your night in a uberfun photobook and dance your pants off in an after hour dance party with haute beats provided by DJ Sergei Finch. Arty and party convene tonight at Umber!

Bonus: This is Gallagher's debut show, so don't forget to stop by, peep around and show her some epic l'étoile-style love.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Monster Drawing Rally

@ Midway Contemporary Art
527 Second Ave SE
Minneapolis

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

So much better than a monster truck rally, tonight's highly anticipated, accessible and much-loved annual art fundraiser strikes again. Featuring a lineup of 50 talented Twin Cities-based artists drawing 'til their little hearts are content in every style, approach and reputaton. Peep as the artists create quick masterpieces – live – cheer on the artists, and then snag your fave for a mere $35 bones the minute it hits the wall. And to make its all the more rewarding, all proceeds from the sales will go directly toward Midway's programming and educational events in the 2011 year, meaning you can add to your personal collection while supporting local arts – a win, win! The 3rd annual drawing rally features work from Rob McBroom, A. Caillier & M. Mott, John Alspach, Andy Ducett, John Fleischer, Miles Mendenhall, Scott Stulen, John Vogt and oh-so more!

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com

Video from last year's Rally via 3-Minute Egg:



SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Lazerbeak with Marijuana Deathsquads

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave
St. Paul

9 p.m. / 21+ / $7

Aaron Mader, a.k.a. Lazerbeak, has been well-versed in every diverse corner of Twin Cities music for the past decade and a half - from fronting the Fugazi-inspired pop punk of The Plastic Constellations to creating some of the hardest hitting beats for Doomtree and POS. His latest endeavor, a sprawling and textured pop album - and one of our faves of last year - has proven no less extraordinary. When the raw, battered rasp of his vocals march through the painstakingly fastidious production, he shows you just what a scene without borders is capable of coming up with. See for yourself this Saturday at the Turf, as he's joined by the future of music, Marijuana Deathsquads.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site




SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Alpha Consumer Record Release Show

@ 7th Street Entry
701 First Avenue
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / $8

The release of Kick Drugs Out of America, the third album by local lo-fi trio Alpha Consumer, has been postponed for a myriad of reasons over the last several years, and finally the wait is over. Twelve taut, wry-but-funny vignettes make up this album, which begins and ends in barely twenty minutes. But don’t let that deter you – this band has been known to hook, inspire, and otherwise rock audiences’ faces off. See what they’re all about Saturday at the album release show at the Entry, where they’ll be joined by Pink Mink and H.U.N.X.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Sleazy & Eazy

@Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave North
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Clubhouse Jager is gettin' real buck wyld this weekend with night after night of crazy dancing chaos. Stop to Club Jag tonight to get crazy with local music man Mark Mallman (Sleazy) and Jager honcho Angie Heitz (Easy) to tons of top tunes from Gaga, Peaches, Justice, Lil Kim, George Michael and everything else your body wants to move to. On top of the bumpin' jams, all of you party people can expect free Jell-O shots from the Jager bar as soon as the clock strikes 12.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND

Everybody Gets Laid: The Greatest Dance Party in the World

@ Nick and Eddie (back warehouse space)
1612 Harmon Place
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / $5

Let’s be honest, here. Would you really pass up an event called “Everybody Gets Laid?” Didn’t think so. But just so you know what you’re getting yourself into (no pun intended), here’s the lowdown: dress as a robot or a vampire and dance your titanium, pale, robed, or otherwise costumed you-know-whats off. There may or may not be nudity, but there will be a whole lot of raunchy awesomeness either way - with all the bells and whistles! It's guaranteed that the DJ lineup of Slamdunkapher, Special Youg Bill, Log Jammin Ackerman, and Famuel will get you movin’. Don't miss out, but be sure to practice safe...dance moves.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SUNDAY MUSIC PICK: BROADCAST AND THE FOCUS GROUP

What's l'etoile listening to this week?

Electronic pop fans were crushed to hear the tragic news last week that the ethereal-voiced singer/songwriter of experimental indie Brit-band, Broadcast, Trish Keenan had passed away due to pneumonia complications. For the last 15 years, Keenan and fellow Broadcast members have produced some of the most beautiful, wistful, beguiling and bewitching music to come out of the indie scene, idealized by a love of ephemera, psych-rock, Phil Spector-esque pop and dreamy electronica. A beacon of lazy French pop flavor, Keenan and her detached, haunting demeanor and vocal stylings recalled the iconoclast brilliance of Nico and the retro-futurism of Stereolab. In anticipation of their full-length album – which was set to be released next year – Broadcast recently released a side project mini-album titled, Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, a collaboration with long-time friend, co-founder of the Ghost Box label and renowned artwork designer, Julian House, that combined the band's esoterica aesthetic for film, library music and electronics with psych-pop colour, with House's obsession with English folklore and the eerie feel of vintage programs for schools and colleges.

Bonus: As a tragically cool, last parting gift and further proof of her impeccably music taste, give a listen this mysterious mix tape, so-called the “Mind Bending Motorway Mix” Keenan sent to a friend before she died. There's no track list on Soundcloud's page, but Transmission DJ, music buff and long-time Broadcast fan, Jake Rudh claims to have the track list to these great little audio obscurities. Hit him up on Facebook!

Click HERE for the Broadcast Myspace




SUNDAY JANUARY 23RD

Dessa Club Commissions

@ The Cedar
416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis

7:30 p.m. / $5

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it a thousand more times: the quality of music pumping through this city is beyond stellar. But where would our darling artists be without a community to back them up? That’s exactly what the 416 Commissions have been, and will continue to do through February: spotlighting artists and challenging them to compose, practice, and perform new pieces in collaboration with other local musicians. Sunday’s performance is perhaps our most darling: Doomtree’s Dessa, who will perform her project “Laws and Appetites” in collaboration with bassist Sean McPherson, pianist Kahlil Queen, and a quartet of flamenco percussionists. Short opening sets will also be performed by Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble and Mankwe. Be there, or be so out of the loop.

Click HERE for the Cedar site



L'ETOILE NEWSWIRE

3 Courses for $30 at Sea Change

Through the month of January, Sea Change is offering an amazing fine dining deal: A prix fixe menu featuring three courses for $30!

Appetizer choices include two raw bar favorites – Alpine Bay oysters and tuna poke – along
with a non-fish option of pork steam buns. Entrée options include linguine with succulent lobster and pancetta, Sea Change’s signature bouillabaisse or brandade ravioli with smoked leeks, garlic and red pepper. Finish the meal with a luscious pumpkin cheesecake or house-made blackberry sorbet. Sounds like a perfect date night to us (hint hint)!

Click HERE for the Sea Change site

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin, Lauren Gantner

l'etoile Winter Editorial 2011: The Knitting Factory

Minnesota: home of five month-long winters, ground zero of Snowmageddon, originating spot of lumberjack chic. We scoff at a foot of snow and traverse ice storms with aplomb, and we do it with style. So it should be no surprise that one of our greatest exports is knitwear.

Two born-and-bred designers, Kevin Kramp and Annie Larson, have been making waves on the international circuit as of late, thanks to genre-pushing designs, strong web presences, and loads of ambition. Though the two couldn’t have more distinct aesthetics (Kramp’s avant-garde men’s knits put an emphasis on shape, while Larson’s pieces are nostalgic and graphic-heavy), we reimagined the two together, styled with knits from Philadelphia-based brand Isobel & Cleo. Covering up has never been so stylish. -Jahna Peloquin

Click below to view The Knitting Factory:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Weekend What's What 1/13-1/15

FREEZING HOT!

It might be a frozen tundra out there, but considering the number of smokin' hot soirees the Twin Cities has planned, we highly doubt you'll have time to whine about it. From blowout music events to local magazine release parties to wild dance jams and more, this weekend's got plenty of layers - and we're not just talking about thermal underwear.

xo-l'étoile


THURSDAY JANUARY 13TH

Location Vol. 4 Release and Year One Celebration

@ Midway Contemporary Art
527 Second Ave SE
Minneapolis

6 p.m. / Free

Addressing themes of time, change, doing and undoing, folding and unfolding, and division and unification is the fourth volume of Location, a quarterly publication/art gallery in the of two-dimensional media. The current volume, to be released Thursday at Midway Contemporary Art, features the work of Minneapolis-based artists Jennifer Danos and John Fleischer. Together, Danos and Fleischer explore the notion of self-containment through experimental bookmaking techniques, including overprinting, paper-folding, and rotating the viewing plane. The result, which will be available for purchase at the release event, is wordless visual poetry at its most curious, or at the very least, the perfect addition to your bookshelf or coffee table. Box sets of all four quarterly releases will be available for purchase as well.

Click HERE for the Location Books site



THURSDAY JANUARY 13TH

Recess

@ Varsity Theater
14th & 4th St
Dinkytown

10 p.m. / $5 ($3 with RSVP)

Attention Freaks and Geeks: Forget hopscotch and kickball. Rip up those jeans, sneak your dad's pack of cigarettes, and meet up behind the gym. It's time to start spending recess with the cool kids. Anthem Heart's DJ extravaganza returns to The Varsity Theater on Thursday for another high-tech blowout. Get down to the sounds of DJ Espada & Booka B (Wants vs Needs), 1990 (Bight Club), Bach666, Millions Billions, and Basic Physics, while video gurus, Playatta, create mind-boggling visuals with their interactive video portal, live chroma-key dancing blue men and light mapping projections. Nothing will help you rage against the winter parking restrictions like some hardcore drinking and dancing. And be sure to RSVP in advance on Facebook for a discounted cover. It's okay for cool kids to plan ahead.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

RECESS at the Varsity Theater from Anthem Heart A/V on Vimeo.


FRIDAY ART PICK: VIVIAN MAIER

What's l'etoile looking at this week?

If you're starting to worry that perhaps your creative genius will go undiscovered in your lifetime, here's another reason to not give up hope of a posthumous celebration of your talents. An incredibly lucky duck in Chicago recently acquired over 100,000 negatives and prints by late, previously unknown photographer Vivian Maier, who is now being heralded as one of the true visionaries of the 20th century. Maier's street photography - shot between 1950-1990- captures fleeting moments that are at once deeply affecting and elegantly simple. Despite working in the most public of settings, the connection that Maier creates between the subject and the audience is incredibly intimate. Street photography has become such a trend in recent years that it's almost becoming a parody of itself. But Maier both pioneered and elevated the genre, creating something far more meaningful. Suck it, Sartorialist.

Click HERE for more images and history


FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH

Urban View – Rural Sight & Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed

@Minneapolis Photo Center
2400 North 2nd St
Minneapolis

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

This Friday you can go somewhere far away while staying close to home – all thanks to the Minneapolis Photo Center’s newest photography exhibits. This weekend marks an opening reception for two fancy photo shows that will bring you on a journey through different paths, places and walks of life. In the main floor gallery, smarty-pants scientist Jonathon Wells has gotten in touch with his creative side to create a plethora of images he likes to call “photo-geologic composites”. His “Earth Revealed” showcase involves multiple photos mashed together to create epic earthscape panoramas that will blow your mind. One floor up stands another worldly set of photographs which explore the idea of “place”. In this exhibit called “Urban View – Rural Sight”, step into the world inside a number of different, hand-picked photographs from people and places around the nation. Both photography exhibits will be open through February 21.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH

The Somethin' Else #8 (Drone Dinner)

@ 1419
1419 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / $5

Leave it to the 1419 to host something as odd and awesome as an electronic music potluck! Now in its 8th traveling incarnation, ringleader Jon Davis (Ghostband) invites you down to enjoy delicious Jewel of India yumminess alongside a buffet of local DJs. An "appetizer" to the night's most talked about event (see listing below), you can kick the evening off at 1419 then stroll on over to the nearby Love Power Church for your musical main course. It’s going to be delicious.

Click HERE for Hannah Silk Champagne's MPLS.TV interview with Jon Davis


FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH

Love Power Megablast

@ Love Power Church
35W & Washington
(look for the Rainbow Jesus)
West Bank

10 p.m. / 21+ / $10

Leave it to Ryan Olson and Totally Gross National Product to conceptualize a party to end all parties - a massive blowout that aligns the twin cities DJ and live music scenes, boasting a line up that includes (deep breath) Marijuana Deathsquads, Mystery Palace, Slapping Purses, STNNNG, DJ Andrew Broder of Fog, Jonathan Ackerman, Plain Ole Bill, Solid Gold DJs, Baby Pizza + King Latifah, Spyder Baby Raw Dawg, Ghostband, Makr, Lush Sports (a new project with Ryan Olson of Gayngs and Jason Power of Slapping Purses) and special guests galore. We'd tell ya more, but we wouldn't want to spoil the all the surprises. Food and drinks provided by Jewel of India.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH

Fort Wilson Riot / Me and My Arrow / The Town Monster / Phantom Tails

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
Saint Paul

9 p.m. / $6

The Turf is back (for real this time!) and with it, of course, come some seriously killer, mostly-local lineups – specifically, Fort Wilson Riot, Me and My Arrow, The Town Monster, and Phantom Tails this Friday. From Fort Wilson Riot, expect small-town folksy, big city ambitious ballads; from local nine-piece Me and My Arrow, expect to get lost in grandiloquent, Brit-rock-esque arrangements, complex in the way only a collective of nine could accomplish. Columbus’ The Town Monster has been noted for making the “music of maniacs” – off-kilter piano, oozing syth-pop, and alt guitar throwbacks, a sound perfectly complimented by Minneapolis’ own Phantom Tails and its frenetic potpourri of synthesizers, guitar flourishes, and 60s-psychedelic rock n’ roll.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site




FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH

Extra Large

@First Avenue’s Record Room
701 1st Ave. N
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 18+ / $3 adv., $5 door

Go big or...go LARGE! Extra Large, to be exact, with another bout of Minneapolis’ own DJ mastermind Mike 2600 and his monthly dance installation in First Ave’s exclusive Record Room. For their first of the year, Mike is proud to hit the DJ booth with his usual turntablin’ tunes to get your toes-a-tappin’. On top of that, Rhymesayers DJ and hip-hop beat master Plain Ole Bill is taking over the tables to show off his mad DJ skills by blasting some funky tunes through the Record Room speakers. Plus, expect all you can handle, pre-midnight 2-4-1 drinks from First Ave’s saucy bar to keep your blood pumpin’ all night long.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


COOL LINK: KISSSSSING

What's l'etoile lookin' at on the web?

Smooch sniffles, S.A.D., and never-ending sprinkles of snow goodbye with Kissssing, an adorable little blog dedicated solely to love and romance. Think old timey photos of people being lovey dovey, peppered with sweet lyrics and quotes pretty much guaranteed to make you go “awwww.” A bit sentimental? Perhaps. Cheesy? Totally. But hey, who doesn’t love a bit of tasteful, heart-warming mushiness from time to time, especially when you’ve been hibernating (read: moping) inside all winter. That’s what we thought. Happy swooning.

Click HERE for the Kissssing Blog


SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Crooked Teeth Magazine Launch Party

@ The Coffee Shop NE
2852a Johnson St NE
Minneapolis

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

After two long months of photo shoots, interviews and days behind the computer screen, the seven artsy young people behind Crooked Teeth Magazine are ready to finally share their first publication with the world. Their pretty 'zine had us at "hello," as it's dedicated to the things that we love most: undiscovered music, original art and local culture. This weekend, the mag is officially hitting the stands and the team is celebrating with a small coffee shop gathering in Northeast Minneapolis. Mingle with the editors, sip on espresso, listen to jams a la The Broken Bicycles, and appreciate the creativity of the Twin Cities with people from all walks.

Click HERE for the Crooked Teeth site


SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Boneshaker Books Grand Opening

@ Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave S
Minneapolis

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

Prepare to get radical. Or at least radicalized. Boneshaker Books will celebrate their grand opening this Saturday in Seward. The progressive bookstore boasts bicycle book delivery (though we suspect that deliveries may not be carried out on an actual boneshaker bicycle), and will soon be jam packed with readings and events. So dig out your Wellstone t-shirt, skim The New York Times, and prepare for some serious political and social discourse. Smell that, kids? That's freedom. Or maybe hemp.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Radiohead: Live in Prague

@ The Cedar
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / Free (donations requested)

In a nutshell, Radiohead: Live in Prague is a fan-made live DVD. But before you go thinking shoddy editing, poor sound quality, and creepy amounts of fanaticism, you should know: Radiohead has thrown its support behind the project, so much so that the band provided audio masters to the makers of the DVD. Shot on August 23, 2009 by more than 50 concertgoers – each using a cheap hand-held Flip camera – the goal of the project was simply to capture the band perform from as many different angles as possible. The result is at once scattered, inconsistent, and absolutely electrifying.

Click HERE for the Cedar site



SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Black Audience

@ The Red Stag
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis

10:30 p.m. / Free

The folksy, gospel-inspired blue-soul stylings of Black Audience return to the Red Stag Supper Club this Saturday. Grab some friends and head to Northeast Minneapolis to split cozy winter-friendly fare such as Lobster Mac & Cheese or Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds. But be prepared for your sparkling repartee to grind to a halt - Black Audience vocalist Jayanthi Kyle will literally stop you in your tracks with her transfixing, commanding pipes. Though her killer performance of old-school classic numbers may compel you to sing along.

Click HERE for the Red Stag site




SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Hands High Version 4.0

@Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave NE
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 18+ $5 / 21+ $3

Here we are, two weeks into 2011, and already the peeps at Honey are stirring up the party pot once again. What resolutions could possibly be keeping you from the hip underground space and the awesome beats of DJ Fundo and Plain Ole Bill? None that you would want to keep, that’s for sure. Plus, the first 50 people through the door get a free cocktail or beer.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 15TH

Lemmy

@ Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis

11:30 p.m. / $8

Even at age 65, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is the living embodiment of the rock n’ roll lifestyle. “Lemmy,” the feature-length documentary that debuted at last year’s South By Southwest Festival, delves into this lifestyle over a number of years, treading the oft-blurred line between the reality and mythology of a live-fast international icon. Shot on a combination of High Definition and Super 16 mm film, “Lemmy” includes interviews with friends, family, past and present bandmates, and a slew of peers and admirers, including Slash, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, and actor Billy Bob Thornton. Catch the film Saturday at Riverview Theater.

Click HERE for the Riverview site




SUNDAY MUSIC PICK: BRITNEY, BITCH

What's l'etoile listening to this week?

Every week, there are plenty of new releases to set your hipster heart abuzz. But let's take a moment to celebrate something that truly matters, shall we? It's Britney, bitch. This week Ms. Spears debuted a new single that has already soared to number one on iTunes. "Hold It Against Me" is golden, breathy, Blackout Britney, heavy on the 808, synth, and not-too-particularly-clever wordplay. But it works. The track is infinitely danceable as the Pop Princess auto-tunes, "If I said I want your body now would you hold it against me?" We'll have to wait for more album details, but here's hoping it's packed with plenty dance-heavy hits. Perhaps "You Must Be Tired (Running Through My Head All Day)" and "Is That a Banana in Your Pocket?" And if there's too much guilt for you in this guilty pleasure, don't be ashamed to hide her new disc in your Kraftwerk CD case. We'll keep your secret.

Click HERE for the Britney site




L'ETOILE NEWSWIRE 3 Courses for $30 at Sea Change

Through the month of January, Sea Change is offering an amazing fine dining deal: A prix fixe menu featuring three courses for $30!


Appetizer choices include two raw bar favorites – Alpine Bay oysters and tuna poke – along
with a non-fish option of pork steam buns. Entrée options include linguine with succulent lobster and pancetta, Sea Change’s signature bouillabaisse or brandade ravioli with smoked leeks, garlic and red pepper. Finish the meal with a luscious pumpkin cheesecake or house-made blackberry sorbet. Sounds like a perfect date night to us (hint hint)!

Click HERE for the Sea Change site

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin, Lauren Gantner

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weekend What's What 1/6-1/8

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES

The new year is officially here. We've reset our party clocks and now look ahead to a fresh plate of imaginative events and creative endeavors from our lovely Twin Cities brethren. What on earth will you guys do in 2011? We've already been given some good hints, but we expect the best surprises are yet to come - and we can hardly wait. This weekend, of course, is no exception. From art to music, the odds of you wanting to hibernate at home are slim to none, so put on something crazy and join the party! Don't forget to swing by the 501 Club this weekend to bid adieu to the beloved music venue, which will close its doors for good on January 8th. So long, 501, we'll miss you with all our hearts.

Extra: Check our Newswire section at the bottom of this post to get the deets on how you can win a FREE dinner for two at Sea Change!

xo-l'étoile


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THURSDAY JANUARY 6TH

LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup & Rock Show #6

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Our LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup is back at the 501 Club for its 6th installment, complete with a kick ass lineup of bands! Come meet your Twitter friends IRL, have some dranks, listen to some cool local music, and while you're at it pay your respects to the soon-to-close 501 Club, which will close for good after this Saturday. Tunes kick off with Joey Rizzo and Danny Sigelman's experimental project, Young Quitters, followed by the feisty indie-pop sounds of Pictures of Then and to cap things off, the twisted, melodic Euro-freakshow stylings of El Le Faunt & His Traveling Circus. Social hour commences at 9pm, followed by tunes at 10pm. Check in on Foursquare and show the bartender to score a FREE shot. Official hashtag: #LOLOMG

Click HERE for the Facebook event



THURSDAY JANUARY 6TH

Dearling Physique Album Release Show

@ 7th Street Entry
701 First Ave N
Minneapolis

8 p.m. / 18+/ $6

Domino Davis a.k.a. the elusive visage behind electro-pop quartet Dearling Physique has long been wooing and mystifying local audiences with a enigmatic blend of experimental/tribal sounds, live theatrics, architectural accoutrement and a fashion sense that can only be described as the style love child of Grace Jones and Björk. Tonight, the band emerges from being a pseudo-underground “dark” sensation to claim a spot as a permanent fixture with the release of their first full-length record, Deadeye Dealer. Don't miss as Marble House presents, with sets from Aaron & the Sea, Dada Trash Collage and DJ Loveless Aphrodite!

Bonus: Can't get enough Dearling Physique? Head Uptown Friday at 7pm to be part of the magical unveiling of DP's latest music video, “Discipline Your Hands,” at the Uptown Apple Store. The premiere pairs the band with director Ansel Wallenfang, Art Director Scott Anderson, and alluring costumes crafted by local innovators Kevin Kramp and Hilary Falk. Complimentary food and beverage will be provided!

Click HERE for the Album Release Facebook event


THURSDAY JANUARY 6TH

The Hot Roxx Syd Scruggs Laser Light Show Birthday Spectacular

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Stop down to Club Jager this Thursday for a royal celebration: Earl Scruggs (of this little band Pink Floyd, maybe you’ve heard of them?) and Syd Barrett were both born on January 6th, and it is our distinct honor to celebrate these gods of rock and bluegrass, respectively. Jen Hughes and Nicki Miller will be spinning what is billed as “progressive bluegrass and psychedelic country”, while ever-lovely l'etoile music editor/Jager bar wench Robyn Lewis will get you jazzy with some bubbly. Plus, let’s not forget about the LAZER SHOW.

Click HERE for the Facebook event




FRIDAY ART PICK: LINN OLOFSDOTTER

What's l'étoile looking at this week?

Linn Olofsdotter’s illustrations are like the best kind of fairytale – the kind you wish you lived in, that make you take reality far less seriously. In the worlds she creates, women wear dresses of birds and gems, trees grow human arms and legs, and all things are made up of a hundred tiny other things, breathing with the most organic of movements and the boldest of hues. On top of being a fine artist, she dabbles in the world of advertising, having created T-shirt graphics for Levi’s, an outdoor advertising campaign for the X-Games in 2006, and packaging for Starbucks Liqueur – each of which is more whimsical than the next. Surreal, psychedelic, and haunting, Olofsdotter’s creations are nothing less than stuff of dreams, only they’re way less likely to fade from memory.

Click HERE for the Linn Olofsdotter site


FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

The Onion's 1,143rd Twin Cities Issue Celebratory Gathering

@ First Avenue
701 1ST AVE. N.
Minneapolis

6:30 p.m. / $8

Finally, after 1,143 hysterical issues and not a single celebration to show for any of them, The Twin Cities Onion crew are throwing themselves a party. The when: Friday. The where: First Avenue AND The Entry. The what (brace yourselves): A mainroom show headlined by Dosh, with Pink Mink, BNLX, Zebulon Pike, Fuck Knights, Grant Cutler and The Gorgeous Lords, DJ Jake Rudh between sets and karaoke with “The Infernal Singalong Machine” in the Entry all night long. The why: See “what,” that’s why! And don’t forget to enter the raffle for prizes from Moxie Hair Salon, Blue Plate Restaurants, The Depot, and the party-throwers themselves. If the line-up is any indication, we bet it’ll be the bomb-diggety.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

Trick Horizons: New work by David Whannel

@ Rosalux
1224 Northeast 2nd St.
Minneapolis

7 p.m. / Free

If a typical landscape painting creates beauty from a few basic elements – perspective, horizon line, depth, focal points – then the landscapes of David Whannel exist on a completely different aesthetic plane. Using modern themes, abstraction, found objects, collage, surrealism, and distorted perspective, his paintings convey more than just a place, but the complexity of emotions and memories that can exist within a space. Part of Whannel’s artistic process is to work on hundreds of paintings at any given time, always waiting for that perfect moment or object that would complete them. See the fruits of this process Friday at Rosalux, where Whannel is opening his latest collection, “Trick Horizons.”

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

Resident Artist VII: Agents of Orange

@ Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis

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

A variety of contradictory emotions might pop into association when the color “orange” is mentioned. It is the most sacred color of Hinduism and the symbolic representation of the second chakra. Twist the tables and orange brings to mind prison suits or, more recently, “code orange” – the second highest on the US Department of Homeland Security's terror threat scale. Tonight, join the artists of Altered Esthetics as they showcase their personal interpretations of the provocative hue while exploring its visual impact and emotional resonance. For a more in-depth peek into the exhibit, head back Saturday, January 15 from 1-3pm for the Artists' Discussion as the artists' deliver an insider's glimpse of their pieces.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com

Artwork by Max Heller


FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

Between The Lines: New works by Gregory J Rose and Chris Heidman

@ Rogue Buddha
357 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis

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

The friendship of musician/artists Gregory J Rose and Chris Heidman has always revolved around the things they create together. In the past, collaboration has turned up as the soundtrack to a beef jerky commercial; today, it’s a collection of paintings at the Rogue Buddha, titled “Between the Lines.” Equal parts math, neuroses, memories, and aesthetic sense, the abstract paintings of Chris Heidman (you may remember him from the 90s band Suk Patch) contain shapes that have existed since his childhood. Rose’s work – also abstract and autobiographical – gives viewers an intimate look into “living,” which Rose defines as a constant process of moving, falling, and getting back up. The collection opens Friday, with Nice Purse and DJ Danny Sigelman providing an added musical treat.

Click HERE for this art event and more at mplsart.com


FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

Buildings + The Central Division

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 21+/ $5

Don't even get us started on the 501 Club's closing this weekend. We shed a lone tear - Cry Baby Walker style - every day in mourning. There will be plenty of time for fistshakin' and group bawls later; this week we celebrate the music. What better band to join the club's final weekend roster than local thrash rockers, Buildings, guaranteed to flood the club with wicked caterwauls, throbbing guitar riffs and serrated bass lines. Joining the band are melodic rockers, The Central Division; garage-y pop punkers, The Desert Vest; pop rockers, Safewords; and the rich, multi-layered brilliance of Al Church & State. The final show at the 501 will be held on Saturday (see our Saturday listings for details).

Click HERE for the 501 site




FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH

Hotel

@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Reduce the chances of cold weather-induced cabin fever with Dinkytown's monthly get-down/DJ showdown, HOTEL. Hotel veteran and hunky host, Jonathan Ackerman, spins the night away, with fellow tune hounds, guest DJs Millions Billions and Måtskøgen. Did we mention it's free?! So, spend your money on the things that really count – i.e. dranks – grab your ladies and your flashy gents and get ready to bust a move.

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COOL LINK: CUT OUT + KEEP

What's l'étoile looking at on the web this week?

January can be a cruel, cruel month. On top of SAD, now you have to deal with doves mysteriously dropping dead from the sky, snow in your Balenciaga heels, seasonal hair blahs and a vicious case of the hermit syndrome. We hear ya. But before you Plath your way into a oven, might we suggest a little relief from the wintertime blues, i.e craft night. An online inspirational community for creative DIY projects, Cut Out + Keep has over 34,000 step-by-step craft tutorials for you or your gang of fiery craftsters to conjure up. Get down and dirty making your own unique fashion accessories and jewelry tree to display your creations or whip up a confectionary delight for afternoon munching. Manufacture DIY cleaning products – extra green points – or even impress house guests with a handmade mounted Moose head. Anything's possible! Ennui be damned!

Click HERE for the Cut Out + Keep site


SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH

Teenage Elixir

@ Tarnish & Gold
1511 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis

7 p.m. to Midnight / Free before 8pm, $5 after

Breathe easy, Teenage Elixir has nothing to do with a certain ex-Disney star’s foray into paranormal fiction. What it does have to do with, however, is some seriously excellent local talent. Lay eyes on a wide range of work, from paintings to stencils to illustration to collage by artists Jesse Draxler, Justin Sehorn (both of whom masterminded the event, under their collaborative guise Bloodtime), Garrett Perry, Mark Vomit, Chris Park, Nick Howard, Joshua Norton, and James Penfield. And that's not all: Late night live music a la Elite Gymnastics, Dada Trash Collage, and Malcom Alchemy (DJ Set), will round out your sensory experience. This is one arty party you won't want to miss - trust us.

Sponsored by l'etoile!

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Art by Garrett Perry


SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH

Art, Records, Beer: Yeti Records Art Show

@Yeti Records
3506 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis

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

Here are some things we adore: records, beer, art, cool peeps. Here is the ultimate thing we adore: records, beer, art, and cool peeps in one place! Hence, your Saturday night could get a whole lot artsier (what? It’s totally a word) with the Art Records Beer: Yeti Records Art Show. Swing by Yeti Records for brand spankin’ new (and way kick-ass) artwork by the talented Mike Burrill, Josh Journey-Heinz, Jessica Seamans, Hannah Mae Haugberg, Suzanne Mahoney, Lisa Luck, Matt Visionquest, and Steve Rosborough. Plus, music by James Leonardo.

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SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH

The Black Beneath You

@ The Lost and Found
2524 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis

7 p.m. to 1 a.m. / Free

A furious sequel to last year's “Blood In Blood Out” exhibit, artists Von Shank, Deuce7, Tomas Villasenor, Peyote and Hellmouth return to deliver fresh, sinuous work as feisty and rebellious their creators. Darkly lurking below the surface of everything sacred, the artists are sure to showcase a provocative collection of shock, gore and beautiful decay - street art-style.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH

The MC/VL Final Show & 501 Club Final Show

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / 21+ / $7

All good things must come to an end. The 501 Club was a fave hot spot to many in its short life span, and thankfully they are going out swinging by hosting a grand finale so epic it'll take days to recover. Expect an outrageously wild party celebrating the bittersweet curtain call to two beloved fixtures in the local music community with this highly anticipated lineup: the punk and throwback rock sounds of Kitten Forever and Pink Mink, combined with a massive dance party inducing the beats of Slapping Purses, and MC/VL's very last performance and album release party. If you've never witnessed the wildly energetic MC/VL rap on top of the bar, rip their shirts off in an all-out frenzy, and breakdance till they bleed, now's your chance. We can't think of any place we'd rather be than watching this all go down. Hangovers guaranteed.

Click HERE for the 501 Club site


SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH

WaxxMaxx, Giravves, Kill-Me Kare Bare, Baby Boys

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave S
Minneapolis

9 p.m. / Free

Arguably one of 2010’s best new bands to watch, WaxxMaxx (Mark Mallman’s latest electronic pop project, with sultry singer Nicole Godiva and drummer Alyssa Brenny) is playing the Hexagon Bar on Saturday, and you'll def want to be there – especially considering the three other awesome bands with whom they’ll be sharing the stage. One is the Weezer-esque local supergroup Giravves, whose members have played in ELnO, Crossing Guards, Mark Mallman, and half a dozen other bands; Kill-Me Kare Bare, who play power pop a lot less scary than their name would imply; and Baby Boys, whose fuzzy, intense stylings are among those we consider serious contender material for 2011. As you usually would at das Hex, arrive ready to rock out.

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L'ETOILE NEWSWIRE

Win Dinner for two at Sea Change!

Through the month of January, Sea Change is offering an amazing fine dining deal: A prix fixe menu featuring three courses for $30!

Appetizer choices include two raw bar favorites – Alpine Bay oysters and tuna poke – along with a non-fish option of pork steam buns. Entrée options include linguine with succulent lobster and pancetta, Sea Change’s signature bouillabaisse or brandade ravioli with smoked leeks, garlic and red pepper. Finish the meal with a luscious pumpkin cheesecake or house-made blackberry sorbet. Sounds like a perfect date night to us (hint hint)!

Want to try it out? We're giving away a FREE dinner for two! Simply e-mail kate@letoilemagazine.com with the subject line "SEA CHANGE." Please include your full name and phone number. Winner will be notified via e-mail on Monday, January 10th. Dinner must be redeemed before January 30th.

For more info on Sea Change or to make reservations for the 3 for $30 deal visit www.seachangempls.com.

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin