Arts Orbit Radar 10/7/10


What’s happening this week

Thursday, October 7

On the radar: “In 13 Days and 22 Hours I will have embarked on my masterwork thus far,” tweeted Mark Mallman 13 days and 22 hours ago. Three days. 400 pages of lyrics. Dozens of musicians. One Turf Club. Mallman’s Marathon 3 will be, for better or for worse, an unprecedented event in Minnesota music. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, METRO will be toasting 100 more reasons to love the Twin Cities.

Under the radar: It’s October, and even though Halloween is still a few weeks off, people aren’t going to wait any longer to start dressing up and freaking out. Tonight’s classy option: an avant-garde jazz retelling of Frankenstein, at the Walker. If you’re not feeling particularly classy…put on your horn-rimmed glasses and/or take off your shirt, then click here.

Friday, October 8

On the radar: Franklin ArtWorks will be awash in synth as the potluck music series Somethin’ Else turns its focus on electronic mayhem.

Under the radar: With the Fitzgerald Theater turning 100, Scott’s been getting all the attention lately among Minnesota’s literary lions; now it’s Sinclair Lewis’s turn to take the spotlight, as the writers’ conference that’s taken his name celebrates its 20th anniversary in Sauk Centre (the town that inspired Main Street, an odd point of pride).

Saturday, October 9

On the radar: Having grown by thousands every year, this year the Zombie Pub Crawl has notified Guinness that they intend to break the world record for largest zombie gathering. Don’t you want to be a part of this?

Under the radar: In its first show since leaving its Nicollet Avenue space, Art of This is collaborating with Artcodex to present No Assumption, a site-specific art show in a foreclosed storefront home.

Sunday, October 10

On the radar: As a St. Paul native, I’d say the Capital City is at its best in the fall, and the colors will be in full bloom today for the St. Paul Art Crawl. Go for the art, go for the crawl, and bring your camera.

Under the radar: Roll up your sleeves and drop your jaw at the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention.

Monday, October 11

On the radar: Joining the ranks of the Grateful Dead and Phish, Insane Clown Posse may be the first hip-hop act to become better known for their fans than for their music. There are no age restrictions at tonight’s First Ave show, so all the young Juggalos will be prowling downtown. Brace yourself, Jimmy John’s!

Under the radar: A famous pedigree can feel restrictive for an emerging artist, but in the case of the beautifully broken Wainwright-McGarrigle-Roche dynasty, one might make an exception. Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche, making her the half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Her debut album, Lucy, is just out this month, and she’ll be at—do I even need to say the venue’s name?—the Cedar tonight in a lineup with Antje Duvekot, Eliza Blue, and Mother Banjo.

Tuesday, October 12

On the radar: When Lady Gaga was in town, where did she go to hang out? The Turf Club. And what did she dance to? Guided By Voices. The cult-favorite indie rockers are back in action, and they’re at First Ave tonight.

Under the radar: There are more reasons than upside-down corn to visit Minneapolis basements this month. Case in point: Andy Elwell and Bethany Larson, performing tonight at Honey’s New Music Tuesdays with MFR.

Wednesday, October 13

On the radar: When I visited Boston recently, I looked at some prints, then remarked to my friend that going from the Twin Cities to Boston to buy screenprints would be like going from Boston to the Twin Cities to buy lobster. Our stellar community of local printmakers are hosting the Mid-American Print Council Conference this week, and as a kickoff, Aesthetic Apparatus is throwing a Deadwood party (what is it with that show around here lately?) featuring the display of a Wild West print folio, screenings of episodes, canned peaches, and “Deadwood-appropriate libations.”

Under the radar: At Common Good Books, Glenn Keitel will appear to discuss his book Scene from the Sidewalk, a comprehensive guide to public art in the Twin Cities.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


Shefzilla (blog entry by Amy Rea)
Ed Ruscha, Nels Cline, and David Breskin make a Dirty Baby together (review by Jay Gabler)
Orphan Train Riders (blog entry by Mary Treacy)
A Porch Sofa Almanac (blog entry by Amy Rea)
The Opposite of Cold (blog entry by Amy Rea)
Beginning a family history (blog entry by Dick Bernard)
Minnesota owns Sherlock Holmes (blog entry by Mary Treacy)


The Social Network, the Harvard of dreams, and the dreams of Harvard (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
The Breakfast Club, Never Let Me Go, and the strange fascination of adolescence (blog entry by Jay Gabler)


Poor Nobodys shine with sophomore disc Until I Uproot and Walk Again (review by Dwight Hobbes)
Traditional music of Mali gets warm reception in Minneapolis (feature by Issa A. Mansaray)
Vinnie and the Stardusters have a hoot with David Daniels and…Duluth? (review by Dwight Hobbes)
You sure this is how Richie Havens got famous? Part II: So far, so good (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
Eels and Jesca Hoop stir up the right kind of trouble at First Avenue (review by Leslie Kruempel, photos by Meredith Westin)
Local Natives at First Avenue: Doing it again, with less feeling (review by Leslie Kruempel, photos by Meredith Westin)
Broken Social Scene at First Avenue (photos by Meredith Westin)

Theater and Dance

A Few Good Men, one good story (review by Becca Mitchell)
Frank Theatre’s Eclipsed tells the story of women during the Liberian Wars (review by Sheila Regan)
There is a Field documents Palestine tragedy “Black October” (feature by Sheila Regan)
Flower Shop Project takes on discrimination in 515 (review by Sheila Regan)
Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan is an absorbing epic (review by Jay Gabler)

Visual Arts

In which I venture into the Haunted Basement of the Soap Factory, and am licked (review by Sheila Regan)
Seward Arts Festival keeps the focus hyperlocal (feature by Sheila Regan)
Intermedia Arts faces Legacies of War in Laos and Minnesota (review by A.J. MacDonald)

Food and Dining

Minneapolis college working to overcome homelessness and hunger—on campus (feature by Cynthia Boyd)
Bruce expands road trip palate beyond cheese curds and beef jerky (blog entry by Lu Lippold)


Parade of Chicken Coops in Minneapolis, St. Paul (feature by Jeanette Fordyce)
Minnesota’s “Godfather” Kid Cann had Northeast liquor interests (feature by Gail Olson)
Online life as an onion (blog entry by Erik Hare)

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