Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weekend What's What 1/12-1/15


This is Not a Place: New Work by Isaac Gale & David Jensen

@ XYandZ Gallery
3258 Minnehaha Ave S

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

Head to southside contemporary art gallery, XYandZ, this Thursday for a multi-media phantasm from the minds of artists and filmmakers Isaac Gale and David Jensen. Unless you were living under a rock this past December, odds are you caught wind of the hypnotic, abstract short films created by the duo for Grammy-nominated band, Bon Iver. The gallery exhibit, however, is not simply an ode to the beloved semi-local band, it's an immersive environment complete with its own experimental soundtrack (masterminded by renowned producer Ryan Olson, no less), featuring sculptural installation, unreleased and re-edited footage from the Bon Iver videos, large-scale film stills, and even some wicked lasers. We can't think of a better way to spend a windy, bleak winter night than in the glow of Gale and Jensen's mesmerizing and ethereal vision. Be there.

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For the Love of…

@ SooVAC
2638 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. / Free

Spectrum ArtWorks – a Minneapolis visual art program that provides studio space and community for artists living with a mental illness – is committed to helping artists produce amazing work while educating the public and breaking down stigmas. To support this vision, SooVAC presents the new exhibit For the Love of… featuring new work by twelve Spectrum artists exploring what inspires the creative impulse. The artists were challenged to reveal their own personal interpretation of what motivates them in life and when making art. The diverse work in a variety of mediums and styles – from geometric abstraction to mixed media installation – is a great introduction to a dozen gifted artists who also just happen to be living with a mental illness. Come support this great program that illustrates the power of art to influence communities and improve lives!

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Drew Peterson / A Moment Stays

@ Burnet Gallery

901 Hennepin Ave. 


6 – 9 p.m. / Free

Minnesota-bred artist, Drew Peterson, is well known for his intricate, detailed industrial prints; his style is distinctive, intense and instantly recognizable. For the new exhibition A Moment Stays at the Burnet Gallery, Drew pushes his work in new directions with over 20 silkscreen prints, lithographs and mixed-media paper sculptures inspired in part by Ukiyo-e – a Japanese woodblock printing technique. The results are works that maintain the detail and layering of his earlier efforts while moving away from the hard industrial forms, toward something with intriguingly organic and naturalistic character. The prints also incorporate a nuanced understanding of color and an assured sense of composition. This compelling collection of work from an artist who is emerging as a national talent is not to be missed!

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Friends Like These Reunion Show

@ Triple Rock
629 Cedar Ave S

9 p.m. / 18+ / $8

Before founding the popular harmony pop band, Communist Daughter, local musicians Johnny Solomon and Adam Switlick rocked together on another project. Their band, Friends Like These, busted out catchy power-packed rock jams with songwriting skills and melody-perfection akin to Communist Daughter. During their glory days (early to mid 2000s), Friends Like These could be caught touring alongside acts like Ike Reilly and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but before they reached national success, the band fell apart and members went their separate ways. Tonight, former fans of the band the Strib called the “great shoulda been band” rejoice as the group joins for a five year-awaited reunion show. Plus, tonight's show doubles as a CD release of a remastered collection of the best songs and unreleased tracks from Friends Like These's short catalog of tunes. It's a raucous show that would make 2004 proud.

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Reviler: Two-Year Anniversary Party 

@ Turf Club
1601 University Ave.
St. Paul

9 p.m. / +21 / $5

It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming the birth of local music website Reviler, and now it’s entering the terrible twos – mon Dieu! Not content to toddle around throwing tantrums, the music lovers at Reviler are throwing a party to celebrate and also get the word out on some of their fave local acts that deserve a higher profile. Psychedelic electro-krautmeisters Food Pyramid headline the show with support from Andrew Broder of Cloak Ox, fuzz-rockers Is/Is, and Shoegaze quartet Fire in the Northern Firs. Trust us, if the music connoisseurs over at Reviler think enough of these bands to showcase them you’re likely to be picking your jaw off the floor after the show. Come wish the Reviler gang a happy birthday – or anniversary or whateves – with a night of critic-approved local music.

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GlebFest 2012: There May Be Two

@ Club Med

8 p.m. – 2ish nightly / $8 per night

We know it's only January, but we're going to go out on a limb and call this weekend's GlebFest the year's best eclectic agglomeration of insurgent TC underground bands massed in one place. Oh yeah, it's that epic. Gleb-chella – if you will – features alarmingly disorienting live sets from Seated Heat, Leisure Birds, Kontrasekt, The Liz, Safewords, Crimes, Food Pyramid, the Miami Dolphins and tons more! Witness all the best Gleb shows from last year, in one hearty weekend.

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@ First Ave
701 First Avenue

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

Get down and spooky with the DJs this Friday the 13th as they cast a spell on the First Ave. Join the Moongoons, Jimmy Two Times, Plain Ole Bill and Wzz Wnshp in the Main Room for BOMP, the biggest dance party in town. After capitalizing on the Main Room head up to the Record Room for EXTRA LARGE, where Mike 2600 will be mixin’ up hip hop, funk, disco, electro, dancehall, house and some bass music. As you move to the music, enjoy 2 for 1 well drinks in the Record Room before midnight.

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Art Shanty Projects

@ Medicine Lake

9909 South Shore Drive


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Free

The weird and wonderful love child of installation, performance art, winter festival – and peeps generally cavorting about on a frozen lake – also known as the Art Shanty Project returns this weekend for another round of chilly shenanigans. This four-week exhibition, running every weekend through February 5th, is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment inspired by MN’s ubiquitous ice fishing houses. More than 20 shanties on offer this year include: The Naughty Shanty, where visitors are invited to peep into holes that reveal tiny, risque scenes inside; The Monsters Under The Bed Shanty, which places visitors under a giant bed to socialize and relax in a friendly monster-positive environment; and the fashion-centric Sashay Shantay, a treasure hunting/photo booth/fashion journey that will provide daily on-ice fashion shows. These and the many other shanties represent some great ideas and ridiculously creative efforts from a slew of local artists, oddballs, and designers. The event is sure to offer loads of silly fun as well as some moments of pure artistic transcendence. What better way to usher in our sudden resurgence of winter than getting bundled up to get your Shanty on!

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More Art Shanty pics via flickr here


La Femme Noir: Paintings by Nicholas Harper

@ Gallery 360
3011 W 50th St

7 – 10 p.m. / free

Artist Nicholas Harper could make anyone an saint. With his “elevated approach” to portraiture, Harper's paintings explore the medium of iconography, a Byzantine and Russian-based trade once consanguineous with representing holy and political figures. By gleaning the symbolic aspects and historical meanings of “icon” portraits, pairing them with contemporary elements and eliciting each subject's panache, Harper's images portray the divine and celebrate individual significance. For Harper's exhibit at Gallery 360, La Femme Noir, peep a series of new paintings expounding on the ancient art of iconography, saturated with Harper's signature caliginous style.

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Still Pacific w/ The Night

@ Hexagon
2600 27th Ave S

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / Free

This Saturday, hail the synth as you celebrate Still Pacific's 7'' record release. Maybe you remember Still Pacific – the synthpoppers with dual dude and riot grrl-esque vocals – when they opened last year for bands like Red Pens, Pink Mink, and Birthday Suits. Or perhaps you recognize the band for their line-up of local rock veterans including Tim Ritter (Bella Koshka, Astronaut Wife, and Blue Sky Blackout) and husband/wife duo Tracy & Brad Weller (Hicky Party and The Psychedelicates). Whatever the reason to bring you to tonight's no-wave-adoring show, we guarantee a sinister evening featuring live sets by electro darling duo, The Night, indie dark rockabillies, Upstate, and uber special guest deejay Paul Robb of Information Society. Purchase your copy of Still Pacific's new record and a get a tee-shirt plus a free PBR. Heaven is a synth line.

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Dragmanity: Winter Glitter Carnival

@ Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street

10 p.m. / $10 in advance /$12 day of the show

Calling all drag genres, show lovers, and exotic salsa dancers! Need a little pep in your step or sprinkle of glitz to yo glam? Worry not, it’s Winter Glitter Carnival time at Bryant Lake Bowl this Saturday. The BLB warmly welcomes everyone in from the cold to experience a night of colorful shenanigans inspired by carnival festivities, hosted by the ever-dazzling Esme Rodriguez. Shuck off your winter blues in the most festive metallic party apparel you can find and prepare to be entertained.

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@ Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Avenue NE

10:30 p.m. / Free

Tasty electro-dance-party duo, Estate, is set to rock the Red Stag this Saturday. The intimate NE venue is the perfect place to cozy up and get down to fresh beats and DJ sets from the boys whilst sipping craft cocktails and/or munching on cheese curds. Dress up and come out to experience a night of electropop, ‘80s, flirty-fun, and cotton candy-infused tunes and snazzy visuals, courtesy of cute boys.

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Rogue Citizen Installation & Retro Beer Pre Fixe

@ Haute Dish
119 Washington Ave N

4 – 10 p.m. / free

This harmonious event combines hot local art with “haute” local food. As if you needed any other reason than the decadent menu to visit Haute Dish, tonight's affair takes it further with the artistic stylings of Rogue Citizen and a tasty beer-focused bill of fare from Chef Landon. Peep as the dudes of Rogue Citizen return to the scene to finish their 8x8 masterpiece mural forever to grace the walls of Haute Dish. While you're watching the epic live painting action, munch on amazing treats incorporating the flavors of beer brand staples Old Style, Schlitz, Lone Star, PBR, and, um, Blast. We're alternately scared and intrigued.

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