Thursday, January 19, 2012

Weekend What's What 1/19-1/21


Third Thursdays / Standards: Mark Ostapchuk & 90° South: Chris Willcox

@ Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. / Free

Head to the MIA tonight for a double dose of artsy fun. Kick things off by sipping a "MIA Tai" and relaxing in the "pop up park" that will remind you of the breezy, warm days of yore. Get your pic snapped in the Yelp photo booth, then bop to the fresh beats of electro outfit, Apollo Cobra. But that's not all: hit the MAEP Gallery for Standards, a combined show that highlights the talents of two local arts educators who also produce accomplished and impressive work of their own. U of M prof Mark Ostapchuk produces large abstract oil paintings inspired by his knowledge of jazz and the improvisational style so important in that musical milieu. Chis Wilcox – who teaches painting at Macalester – has developed a series of haunting and ghostly works inspired by documentary photographs from early Antarctic expeditions. The results are both aesthetically intriguing and fraught with contextual depth. Come see this great work and support MAEP's role in highlighting a duo of Minnesota artists at the top of their game!

Click HERE for the MIA site


Dirty Girls Come Clean: The Return!

@ Nimbus Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE

7:30 p.m.

Featuring hilar work by some of the most provocative writers and performers in the Twin Cities, Freshwater Theatre proudly hosts the triumphant two-week return of Dirty Girls Come Clean. With “confessional and introspective” rant material from resident members Amy Salloway, Kjersti Bohrer, Alison Witham, Courtney McLean, Ariel Leaf and J. Merril Motz, plus newcomers Mame Pelletier, Hannah Holman, Katie Starks and more, this production should be an empowering and gut-busting exploration of feminism and cultural idioms. Tonight's performance features the Gaymerica Book Launch Party and Variety Show. Don't miss January 27th's show featuring special guest, the diabolically sassy Mayda. Proceeds from the show will go towards the local chapter of Dress for Success.

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Paper Darts vs. The Tangential Smackdown

@ The Nomad
501 Cedar Ave

7 – 10 p.m. / 21+

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the wittiest writer of them all? Tonight, join the local literary gurus of Paper Darts and the hilariously snark-centric Tangential team as they go head to head in a “certified WWE (Weakass Writers Event)/metaphorical cagematch.” Prepare to be engaged as writers share their most epigrammatic, clever and sardonic pieces to date. Judge readings by John Jodzio, Jay Gabler, Becky Lang, Eric Vrooman, Katie Sisneros, Heidi Thomasoni, Regan Smith, John Gordon, Sarah Morean, and Dunstan McGill. The audience chooses the winner so get your thunderclap on -- we're hoping there will be an applause-o-meter akin to the one Casey Casim used on Saved By the Bell. Yeah, you remember it. Have a beer and buy a round for your favorite writer, we hear booze helps loosen the tongue.

Click HERE for the Paper Darts blog


Accumulation Reception

@ MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 Grand Ave

6 – 9 p.m. / Free

What happens to art students after MCAD? See first hand as Compound MCAD MFA hosts a retrospective exhibit reception like no other. Explore the latest artistic endeavors from over 20 current and post-MCAD MFA students from a variety of disciplines selected by guest juror, John Rasmussen – Executive Director of the Midway Contemporary Art Center. Peep new art, hobnob with the artists, enjoy refreshments and design an answer the question “is there life after art school?”.

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LANDSCAPE: The View From Earth

@ Two Tigers Gallery
Northwinds Lofts Building
2400 North 2nd Street (Suite 107 and 113)

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Free

The Landscape is a foundational tool in an artist's repertoire. Simple in concept, yet endlessly variable in execution, it's a perfect expression of an artist's style. The 8 local and international artists whose work makes up Two Tiger's Gallery's exhibit LANDSCAPE bring their unique perspective to works in various media with images ranging from the hyper-real to the whimsically surreal. The international flavor of the works makes the exhibit a study in stylistic contracts and influences. The opening evening also features a musical performance by soulful singer and guitarist Michelle Lynn. Come see 8 artists prove the enduring vibrancy of the Landscape!

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C.L.A.P. Mixer at Yeti

@ Yeti Records
3506 Nicollet Ave. S

7 p.m. / All Ages / Free

Calling all ladies: this Friday, party the night away with C.L.A.P (Creative Ladies are Powerful). C.L.A.P’s first ever mixer, celebrates the release of the group’s winter issue. Sip and snack as you enjoy a night of intimate film screenings, magical music, and creative portraits brought to you by the lovely Lisa Luck. Enjoy music from the Burglars, Bernadine Ophelia (Molly of Heavy Deeds), and a DJ set by Hot Roxx. Any ladies who are interested in showing off their creative talents are encouraged to contact: or just arrive with your wonderful works of art! Copies of the newest issue of C.L.A.P will be available for purchase at Yeti Records.

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Maudlin T-Shirt Party

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

8 p.m. - 1 a.m. / Free

Local indie rock trio Maudlin stake a claim on the Amsterdam Bar this Friday with a bevy of musical friends for a ear-poppin' t-shirt release party. Fellow local rockers Al Church and State, buzzworthy foursome The Brutes and charismatic rock masters Blue Sky Blackout round out the bill. If you're wondering why new t-shirts are a big deal, we're not certain either, but hell, who doesn't like a good band T? Trust us, these four acts each put on a fantastic show, so any excuse to get them together is justified. Throw on your ratty, vintage Ziggy Stardust shirt (with optional armpit holes) and head over to ye olde St. Paul!

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Father You See Queen "47" EP release show

@ 7th St. Entry
701 1st Ave

9pm / 21+ / $7

From the ashes of revered Kranky-signed local dreamsters To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, comes the latest project from swoon-worthy Mark McGee: Father You See Queen (or, FUCQ - clever!). Juxtaposing the ethereal, ghostly howls of Nicole Tollefson with a backdrop of McGee's heavily labored beats, an atmosphere is created that lies somewhere between Beach House and...well, a haunted house. Tonight they present an extremely limited pre-release of their new EP 47, each beautifully packaged in a hand-crafted music box made by artists Jason Wasyk and Danielle Voight. This Friday, Father You See Queen will perform with drummer extraordinaire JT Bates and power-bassist Adam Marx of the Seawhores and will be joined by a stellar line-up of supporting acts including The Cloak Ox, Marijuana Deathsquads, and Robust Worlds. We expect you'll walk away from this show with a new favorite band.

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Wants Vs. Needs

@ Record Room
701 N. 1st Ave

10 p.m. / 21+ / $3

When every Friday rolls around, we’re once again stuck in this little dilemma – not only do we want to get our feet movin’ to a beat, but we absolutely NEED to. Well, this Friday we’re all taken care of because Wants vs. Needs is back again to rid us of our body groovin’ cravings all night long at the Record Room. DJ quintuplets Anton, So Gold, Espada, Booka B and Petey Wheatstraw will be controlling the musical buzz throughout the evening while you get your grabs of limited edition Anton Pearson-designed t-shirts.

Click HERE to purchase advance tix (recommended)


Rock 'n Roll Breakfast Series: Heavy Deeds at Treehouse Records

@ Treehouse Records
2557 Lyndale Ave S.

10 a.m. / All Ages/ Free

What sounds better than a little rock ‘n roll with your breakfast? This Saturday, hop out of bed and hit up the Heavy Deeds show at Treehouse Records. Catch the gang’s 2nd installment of the Rock ‘n Roll Breakfast Series, an event guaranteed to have you waking up on the right side of the bed (for those sans Friday night hangovers, that is). Heavy Deeds is a five-piece band that includes a handful of ex-members from local fave, Vampire Hands. The local crew crashed the Minneapolis music scene a few months ago and has since ignited an interested following, which only seems to be growing. Enjoy coffee, scones, and muffins as you groove with the early-rising Treehouse set. And buy a record while you're there, eh?

RSVPs are requested HERE


WORKING TITLE: An Evolving Art Exhibit 

@ CO Exhibitions

1101 Stinson Blvd NE
Suite #2

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. / Free

What do you get when you invite some of the Twin Cities preeminent art and design talents to collectively create, embellish, revise, and re-work dozens of pieces over the course of four weeks? We think the answer is – a sexy hotbed of fecund creativity – and we're dying to see the results! Not only have the folks over at CO Exhibitions conceived this grand experiment in art-making, they've structured it as a uniquely interactive opportunity for art makers and art lovers to participate in a dialogue about the local art scene. Each week a new opening reception will occur displaying the changes made to each work over the past seven days. These changes can include style, concept, and number of contributors, but also price, scale, and media. Buying a piece will freeze it in time and prevent further work, so art lovers will be able to choose when a piece is complete. Additionally, surprise musical acts from artists known for their cooperative nature will pop up at each opening. We're over the moon to see what artist faves like Michael Cina, Rudy Fig, Jennifer Davis, Carly Schoen and numerous others can produce in collaboration with gallery "CO"-owners and design influencers Burlesque and Permanent ADG. This experiment in evolutionary artistic collaboration is bound to be one of the most compelling events of the year - as well as a shit-ton of fun - so if you know what's good for you you'll check it out!

Bonus: This Saturday is the first of four openings--the art will evolve each week. Additional dates are Fri, Jan 27th, Fri, Feb 3rd, and Fri, Feb 10th.

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Juicy Steak Moustache

@ Anita Sue Kolman Gallery
Northrup King Building
Suite 395
1500 Jackson St. NE

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. / Free

Can you have your moustache and eat it too? Not sure you'd want to, but the option sounds more appealing when it's presented as a Juicy Moustache Steak! With a title that references the moustache themed work of featured artist Atom Pechman, this exhibit of fanciful yet serious art by 8 local artists is a playful take on the traditional group show. The work shows an unusual range with pieces from artists whose mediums and approaches could hardly be more different. From Betsy Ruth Byers fantastic abstract paintings to the intricate sculptural work of Kelly Jean Oh and the decorative glass of Dan Mather you're sure to find a piece that speaks your language. An appreciation of moustaches and red meat is definitely not required (but it is encouraged)!

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City of Sound CD Release Party

@ Fine Line
318 1st Ave N

8 p.m. – 2 a.m. / $5 for 21+, $8 for 18-20

Reminiscent of early At the Drive-In, Muse and a dash of Radiohead, local experimental prog rockers, are nothing short of a music explosion. Spewing effusive glitches, vocals that range from the distorted to caterwauling falsetto and a massive mass of reverb, listening to City of Sound is basically the equivalent of a tune aneurysm – and we mean that in the best way possible. Tonight, catch City of Sound live celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Creatures. Pick up your copy, plus feast your ears on live sets by locals brit rock inspired indie rockers, The Idle Hands; nerd slut/indie-rappers, Spyder Baybie & 2%; and folk-pop rockers, Better Bones.

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Forever Young

@ Uptown VFW
2916 Lyndale Ave

9 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / $5, $3 w/ FB RSVP

Uptown's monthly dance par-tay evokes everything you loved about the 90's – hammer pants, floral sweater vests, neon shades, Full House, superfluous flicks about ninjas and surfers – all in dance-worthy form. Tonight, another installments unabashingly brings you R&B ballads, hip house wonders, and 'pump up the jam' house hits spun by resident DJs Snakebite and Cloud. No boy band track is safe nor Eurotrash hit too obscure. Sip down 2 dolla PBRs, enjoy mad drink specials, groove to the deepest of the deep bass beats and flaunt your pimpin-est late 80's/90's wear.

Click HERE to RSVP for reduced admission


The Funeral and the Twilight + CLAPS + The Rope

@ Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave S

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

You are entering dark territory. Words like “post-goth”, “thrash” “negative rock” and “gaze” are being thrown your way. You have two options: turn away from the fog and reverb and live your life is boring peace or paint upside-down crosses on your forehead and proceed into the caliginous night. Tonight, embrace your dark side and catch live sets from local gloom pop band, Hollow Boys, propulsive dark post-punk from The Rope, satanic jazzy Christian Death-esque shoegaze from The Funeral and the Twilight and dark 'n' depressing – yet entirely danceable – electro from CLAPS. Some attendees will go all maudlin, others may form a satanic coven. We'll let you be the judge of your evening.

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

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