Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend What's What 2/23-2/26


'I’m New Here' & Freakonomique Music Series f. Votel

@ The Future Presence Gallery
1126 2nd Street NE

6–11pm / Free

For too many years the local arts scene has seen a brain drain of talent uprooting for the greener artistic pastures of New York City. While it's long been the case that only in NYC have our artists been able to adequately monetize their work into a real profession, that is changing. The high cost of living in Manhattan and Brooklyn is moving artists back to creative capitols like Minneapolis-St. Paul where rents are reasonable and artistic support and appreciation is on the rise. Future Presence Gallery celebrates this influx with the exhibition "I’m New Here," showcasing seven artists who have recently made the move from New York to Minnesota to study ceramics, printmaking and painting in our world-class facilities. Artists Mike Arnold, Bryan Daly, Alanah Luger Guillaume, Audra Smith, Alexis Stiteler, Dan Vuono and David Swenson will present energetic work exemplifying an exciting new wave of artists relocating to the vibrant Twin Cities arts community. The opening reception also marks the latest installment in Future Presence’s Freakonomique Music Series, featuring local supergroup Votel – with members of Lookbook, Poliça, Vaz and Father You See Queen – perform their electronic sounds with live instrumentation and vocals at 10 p.m. Friday in the Gallery's EON Soundspace. We think this is a great concept, so be sure to come out and see some of the great new artists moving into the local scene. -Anthony Enright

Click HERE for the Future Presence Gallery site.


'Resurgent: A Winter Fashion Rock Show'

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

7pm doors, 7:30pm show / all ages / $5

The fashion designer owners behind local shop You And Me round out Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week with the launch of their new in-house collective label. Their winter line, "Resurgent," is inspired by "a post-apocalyptic scene where a barren wasteland sets the stage for a resurgence of winter survival fashion" - quite fitting for winters in Minnesota, we say. This functional fashion show will feature looks for men and women by designers Tim and Thom Navarro, Deborah Block and Katy Vereide, set to music by Loveless Aphrodite, Tiger Vs. and DJ Encounter. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week calendar.


Nyteowl EP Release Show

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Avenue S

9 pm / 21+ / free

If you missed your chance at a L-O-V-E connection this Valentine's Day, don't run out and get a “lone wolf for life” tattoo just yet. Nyteowl's EP release show promises to lay out the jams sure to lay down the love. And really, how could sexy electro funk sound radiating with crooning vocals akin to The Weeknd and Prince not get you in the mood to lock eyes with a lover? Tonight's “digital + physical + spiritual + sexual + mental” release includes four original tracks from the band, plus, hot remixes from Minneapolis' Comanche and UK's Napolean. Catch live sets from Nyteowl, post-punk masters, The Rope, haunty synthpop from husband/wife duo, Plastic Believers and brooding synth-heavy rock from trio, Friends by Fire, not to mention be among the first to snag a copy of Nyteowl's Valentine release. L'amour est dans l'air...and l'sound waves. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


Fête de Mardi Gras

@ Alliance Française
113 N 1st Street

6-9pm / Free

Come celebrate Mardi Gras in style with local Francophile organizatino Alliance Française! Sure to be a classy affair – so probably leave your girls gone wild t-shirt and beads at home – this fête offers a chance to observe the famous festival as you sample southern style cuisine and even create your own Mardi Gras masque! Mingle with French speakers of all levels and like-minded lovers of French culture as you learn about the origins of well known Mardi Gras traditions. For a mere $7 you can nosh on a New Orleans style gumbo dinner and for another $3 you can sample a festive French King’s Cake (a true Mardi Gras classic). Wine will also be available – as befits the celebratory nature of event. This is sure to be a fun way to meet new friends with a common interest in le français and celebrate Mardi Gras without a trip to the Big Easy! -Anthony Enright

Click HERE for the Alliance Française site.


Flanders Gallery Grand Reopening & 'Stand Out Prints 2012'

@ Flanders Gallery, 910 W Lake Street & Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W Lake Street

6-9:30pm / Free

Lyn-Lake will be bursting with art with two door-to-door openings this Friday - the grand reopening of Flanders Gallery and the opening reception for Highpoint Center for Printmaking's annual "Stand Out Prints" show. Local art savant Douglas Flanders' late lamented Uptown gallery has been revived with "The Art of the Print," a collection spanning 50 years of fine art printing, while Highpoint celebrates some of the best printmaking happening in the country right now with its first-ever nationally juried show, featuring 57 prints that were selected out of nearly 800 submissions by jurors Mark Pascal and Susan Inglett, a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and founder of NYC's prestigious Editions|Artists’ Book Fair, respectively. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for Flanders Gallery's site and HERE for Highpoint Center for Printmaking's site.

Print by from Highpoint awardee Mitch Mitchell


Walker After Hours: 'Faux Real'

@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue

9 pm–midnight / $30, $20 Walker members

Dive into the surreal, the real and the fascinatingly fake tonight as the Walker hosts their Faux Real soiree. Rock a fauxhawk, throw on some pleather and don your most convincing knock offs with pride as you celebrate the Walker's latest exhibition Lifelike. Inside the gallery, peep painting, sculpture, photography, video and installations from over 50 artists from the late 60's to the present exploring authenticity, illusion and reality. Outside the exhibit walls, groove to a dance party featuring rare soul and funk tracks from the Hipshaker DJs, nibble on “reality bites” and sip down cocktails from Modern Events by D'Amico as upi strut your stuff in a jumbo version of Party People Pictures and let imitation mirror life in the Art Lab. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Walker Art Center site.


Skoal Kodiak + Food Pyramid

@ Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Avenue S

As their SoundCloud bio boasts, “grinding hump haus oozes from the erect speaker cones when Skoal Kodiak is unfurled.” A toxic mist of electro, noise and glitch, local noise band Skoal Kodiak is like the audio result of robots battling zombies. In other words, flesh dances will ensue. Tonight, catch the trio with live sets from Milwaukee krautrockers Catacombz, ambient electronica from locals Food Pyramid, and bizarro, non-structured freakrock from Lake City's Sir Isaf Gul. Just try to have a decent conversation over the screechin' and wailin'. We dare ya. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


A. Wolf & Her Claws

@ Hell's Kitchen
80 S 9th Street

10pm / 21+ / $5

Earlier this winter, uber-talented songstress Aby Wolf (a member of Dessa's band and regular collaborator with Dark Dark Dark) was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center to team up with a diverse group of musicians in a musical collaboration, as selected by the Cedar. With a genre-melding cast including Jesse Whitney (Dance Band), Linnea Mohn (Rogue Valley & The Alpha Centauri) and Joey Van Phillips (Mystery Palace & Volcano Insurance), the result was a vocal/electronic project that serendipitously melded perfectly. In fact, their debut album proved to be a production of supergroup proportions. If you haven't heard A. Wolf & Her Claws, don't miss them tonight with Father You See Queen (featuring former members of To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie) and Vouka. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Hell's Kitchen Underground site.


Flying Dorito Brothers' Final Show

@ Palmer's

10pm / 21+ / $5

Here's a show you won't want to miss. Get ready to get your heart broken: all-star cover band the Flying Dorito Brothers are parting ways, as members Mark Ritsema and Micky Alfano are needing to commit their energy to their ever-rising electro-rock band Night Moves full-time. You'll hear covers of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and more during this sure-to-be-bittersweet occasion. Hyperactive pop band Hot Freaks and new dance-pop act Vogue open. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


Get Cryphy 4 Year Anniversary Party

@ First Avenue Mainroom
701 1st Avenue N

9pm / 18+ / $5 adv/$10 door

Come celebrate Get Cryphy’s four-year anniversary this Friday when the crew moves their monthly dance party from the Record Room to the First Avenue Mainroom for one night of mayhem. Over the past four years, the monthly dance party they've cultivated into a sell-out event and become a DJ force to be reckoned with. Experience the brotherhood of talented quad-squad of phenomenal DJs Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, Fundo and Last Word, their cryphtastic beats, and a sure-to-be-outta-control house of party people. To get your dance moves ready, be sure to snag a download of their free, commemorative four-year mixtape. -Stefani Arden

Click HERE for the First Avenue site.



@ Architectural Antiques
1330 Quincy Street NE

Noon-8pm / Free

From the creators of NorthernGRADE, comes SnowGRADE. Expect the same day-long men's market featuring USA-made goods from J.W. Hulme, Pierrepont Hicks Tie Co., Red Wing Shoes, Best Made Co., and more, plus local shops martinpatrick3, BlackBlue, and Askov Finlayson. The only difference? This year, they've added workshops showing you handy skills like how to restore your axe, canvas waxing and home beer brewing. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for the SnowGRADE Tumblr.


'Eat to the Beat'

@ Pizzeria Lola
5557 Xerxes Avenue S

7pm / All Ages / Free

Satisfy all your senses this Saturday when local DJ Jake Rudh he teams up with the dangerously delicious Pizzeria Lola for an '80s-themed pizza party. Grub on the wood-fired, “taco pie”-flavored za-goodness, watch John Hugh’s flicks and challenge your friends to a Rubik’s Cube-off. All the while, channel your inner-child with scratch 'n stiff stickers, friendship pins and soft-serve ice cream loaded with pop rocks. Oh and don’t forget to hit the photo booth, you’ll want to capture these presh moments down nostalgia lane. Bust out your jean jackets and neon threads - the two best dressed will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate to Lola’s. This party is the perfect pit stop before a night out on the town. -Stefani Arden

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.



@ Club Underground
355 NE Monroe Street

10pm / 21+ / $6

If you're the sort of soul who's more inclined to hit Austra than Rihanna on your Spotify and itching to show off your mastery of Robyn dance moves to someone besides your cat, look no further than new monthly dance night BERLIN. Hosted by local DJ powerhouses Shannon Blowtorch and Lizzy Tymus, Berlin promises to be your answer to an "indie" queer-friendly monthly dance party. Showcasing every last Saturday of the month, the first edition of Berlin will be serving up groove-tastic hot tracks from artists like Le Tigre, Crystal Castles, Peaches, MEN, Major Lazer, Amanda Black, Deadmou5, Siouxsie, Yelle and tons more, not to mention dubstep, mash-ups and bounce musak. No party rock anthems allowed! On top of refreshing eclectic tunes, enjoy endless $2.75 PBR Tall Boys, monthly deals from vendors and sponsors, special surprises and a full menu of libations offered up until midnight in the upstairs bar. Oh yes, Top 40 can suck it. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


Fuck Knights + Nightinghales

@ 331 Club
331 13th Avenue NE

9pm / 21+ / Free

Whether strutting their own original material or thrashing out innovative covers, Fuck Knights shows are simply among the very best live rock experiences in town, offering the perfect blend of dirtbag garage punk and scuzzy freakouts. After a recent jaunt through Europe, Fuck Knights bring it back home for a good ol' Northeast hootenanny at their fave (and always free) hole in the wall, the 331. Nightinghales kick off the night, and DJs Sir Gregory, Lady Knightinghale and Benito Chupito carry us home. -Robyn Lewis

Click HERE for the 331 Club site.


LiL iFFy

@ Turf Club
1601 University Avenue
St. Paul

9pm / 21+ / $7

We imagine that Knoxville, Tennessee rapper LiL IFFy has read a tiny tad too much Harry Potter fan fiction – hey, haven’t we all? – because his new album shows what some would characterize as an unhealthy obsession with the world of the wanded one. iFFy, along with his posse Dude Source, recently released a full-length (unauthorized) album – entitled Wandcore , no less – based entirely on the teenage wizard, and it’s an addictive doozy! Love it or hate it, unless you’re a hopeless Muggle you’re sure to be left grinning by the funky beats and jaw-dropping aggressive rhymes. This Turf Club show, which features equally weird and inappropriate local quartet Trendy Trendy Space Vegans, sensational local Hip-Hop duo Valley Meadows, and St. Cloud Hip-Hop trio Pop Vultures, is likely to be one of the stranger – and more hilarious – hip-hop shows of the season. Put on your dress robes, grab a Butterbeer and prepare to rock out with your wand out! -Anthony Enright

Click HERE for the Turf Club site.


Dan Hartman: Solo Exhibition

@ HAUS Salon
4240 Nicollet Avenue S

7–10pm / Free

Local collage artist Daniel Hartman recently impressed Twin Cities art lovers with his surrealist collage works at the Burnet Gallery's "The Curative" exhibition. Starting Saturday, Minneapolis salon and progressive art space HAUS hosts the artist's first solo showcase to delve more deeply the artist's unique creative vision. Using found imagery from publications dating back to the mid-twentieth century, Hartman creates large scale collages that include both two and three dimensional elements. By breaking the vertical plane his works become dynamic, arresting the viewer and drawing them into a strange and compelling world. Using both original work and reproduction pieces, the show presents intense groupings of collage to challenge the viewer's notions of how images communicate with their audience. HAUS' recent exhibitions been provided an essential platform for discovering emerging talent, so we're excited to see what this show has in store! -Anthony Enright

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.

Another Saturday Night

@ Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Avenue NE

10pm / 21+ / $3

The good-lookin' men and ladyfolk of the Twin Cities are sure to congregate at this month's edition of Another Saturday Night, the latest dance party concoction from DJs Bach and So Gold. Recline in the shambly, luxe surroundings of the Kitty Cat Klub as you unwind from Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, or blow off some steam on the dance floor to a sexy mix of classic and modern R&B. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


Attitude City Monthly Party

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Avenue

10pm / 21+ / Free

The crate-digging connoisseurs of Attitude City are at it again with their installation of music and mayhem. Join the one and only Jeff Dubois and special guest Daniel Paul AKA DJ Ghetto for a night of delicious dance beats ranging from an eclectic selection of disco, house, boogie, soul, and italo. Surrounded by the decadent, Old World furnishings of Clubhouse Jager and delicious drinks served up by one of the finest bar staffs in town, it's a sure bet for a laidback night of music and mingling. -Jahna Peloquin

Click HERE for the Facebook invite.


Twin Cities Official Oscar Party

@ The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue

5:30pm / All Ages / $50-$125

Dress to the nines this Sunday evening for the 2012 Twin Cities Official Oscar Party. As you partake in all people watching festivities and try your hand at predicting the winners for the chance to win prizes, feel good about ponying up for the cost of your ticket - all the proceeds benefit the Smile Network International and the Target Distance Learning Program at the Cowles Center. As the night draws to a close, keep the party going at the Marriott City Center with discounted room rates of $89, a portion of which goes to benefit the Aegis Foundation. Usher in the Oscars in style with a night of giving and glam - it sure beats couch potato-ing out in your sweats. BONUS: snag a $20 discount on your tickets to the party by typing in "cowles" when you purchase your tickets online. -Stefani Arden

Click HERE for the Cowles Center site.

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

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