What’s happening this week
On the radar: The Walker begins its season-long showcasing of avant-garde puppetry with a performance by Canadian company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM. (If that name doesn’t say “avant-garde dance company,” I don’t know what does.)
Under the radar: The Daily Planet is inviting all its friends to a happy hour at the Green Mill on Grand Avenue in St. Paul—and if you come early to learn about how to share news from your neighborhood, you get a free drink! Afterwards, head down to the river to wish happy 25th birthday to our media partner SPNN.
On the radar: With no disrespect to Loni Anderson and Tippi Hedren, the Minnesota Walk of Fame on Hennepin Avenue has been something of a slow starter. It’s taking a giant leap in the direction of relevance with the dropping of a star for Bob Dylan, probably the single most famous Minnesotan of all time—but first there needs to be some fundraising, since terrazzo plaques the size of end tables don’t come cheap. Tonight, the Dakota hosts a benefit concert featuring several musicians who’ve played with Dylan: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Maria Muldaur, Scarlet Rivera, “Spider” John Koerner, and Gene LaFond. Expect some good stories, and good music.
Under the radar: The cult of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, whose life was taken by AIDS in 1997, has been growing at a dizzying rate in recent years. Today, Minneapolis pays tribute to Kuti with a “Felabration” at the Cedar Cultural Center.
On the radar: You are not allowed to bemoan the state of the literary arts in Minnesota unless you visit MCTC today to see the readers’ State Fair that is the tenth annual Twin Cities Book Festival. If you squeeze your way through the crowded aisles and make it past the profusion of booksellers, publishers, writers, and readers, and still you think books are dying—well, okay then.
Under the radar: The crowd at Gogol Bordello was pretty crazy, and this week the Juggalos had their fun with Insane Clown Posse, but the prize for the year’s most enthusiastic crowd at First Ave might just go to the masses who will gather tonight for Somali-Canadian MC K’Naan. He’s always had a big fan base among the Twin Cities’ Somali (and non-Somali) community, and in the wake of his song “Wavin’ Flag” serving as the anthem of the 2010 World Cup, his fame has reached new heights.
On the radar: Between the Rockstar Storytellers and the Black Master Storytellers, the Twin Cities have more than our share of master storytellers. Tonight at Kings Wine Bar, the amateurs get their turn in a new monthly event inspired by The Moth Radio Hour. The seasonal theme: FEAR.
Under the radar: It’s a big day for big prints in Northfield. Grupo Soap del Corazon is collaborating with ArtOrg to display some very large (think bed-size) prints relating to the Day of the Dead. This afternoon’s opening reception is followed by an opening for a new exhibit by the great Minnesotan printmaker Zigmunds Priede, who’s created editions for Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and many other great 20th century artists. It’s a great excuse to get out of town and enjoy the fall colors.
On the radar: Many artists begin their careers with distinctive debuts, then slide backwards down the padded chute of blandness (I’m looking at you, Cyndi Lauper). Nellie McKay, however, gratifyingly becomes just a little bit weirder every year. She’s at the Dakota tonight.
Under the radar: Poets and prosemakers who have been honored in mnartists.org’s mnLIT contest will be reading their work tonight at the redSTAG supperCLUB.
On the radar: Given arena rockers’ taste for makeup and pyrotechnics, the distance from the jukebox to Broadway was shorter than most for the likes of Styx, Twisted Sister, Poison, and Whitesnake. Feel the noize tonight as Rock of Ages opens at the Orpheum.
Under the radar: Luverne Seifert, Carl Flink, Michael Sommers, and Black Label Movement are collaborating to create a site-specific performance of Woyzeck at the Southern Theater, taking audience members on “independent journeys” through the mind of a soldier in the twilight of sanity. Note: “Production includes intense adult situations. Phone, video, and camera use encouraged during all performances.”
On the radar: Why is Deadmau5, who’s at Epic tonight, so hot right now? It’s because he’s a great DJ. Honestly. Really. So he happens to wear a crazy giant mouse head when he plays. That’s not the reason he’s famous. I swear. For real. It’s all about the music. Really.
Under the radar: Advertising itself as “St. Paul’s newest theater company,” the Gonzo Group is out to show that the Capital City is every bit as scintillating, flashy, sexy, and action-packed as Minneapolis. Its debut production: Waiting for Godot.
Daily Planet arts roundup
• Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project celebrates release of Queer Twin Cities (feature by Sheila Regan)
• Waiting for Superman (blog entry by Dick Bernard)
• New documentary film kicks off Hubert H. Humphrey centennial (feature by Steve Share)
• Killer musicianship from Kilometers Davis on their debut, Reading Books About How It’s Done (review by Dwight Hobbes)
• How to make a perfect mix CD: The notes from Give & Take 9/22 (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
• Community sings Saturday night in Minneapolis (feature by A.J. MacDonald)
• A warm and intimate Meklit Hadero performs at the Cedar (review by Susan Budig)
• Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: All about love, peace, and brotherhood (feature by Guy Western)
• Ra Ra Riot start a fire (figuratively speaking) at the Varsity (review by Natalie Gallagher, photos by Meredith Westin)
• Mark Mallman’s Marathon 3: “This is just for fun” (photos by Jay Gabler)
• You sure this is how Richie Havens got famous? Part III: Next step, Hell’s Kitchen (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
• Insane Clown Posse at First Avenue: From the Juggalo tree-shaking to the grand Faygo-nale (review by Bobby Kahn, photos by Meredith Westin)
• You’ll be impressed with Theater Latté Da’s Evita—but per instruction, you won’t cry (review by Becca Mitchell)
• CTC’s Robin Hood robs from the someone and gives to the whoever (review by Jay Gabler)
• “Wake up and live!”: The “rootical” Rasta bard David Daniels, battling cancer, returns to Minnesota (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
• History Theatre has a good laugh with Dudley (review by Jay Gabler)
• At the Chanhassen, I Do! I Do! is new again…but not new enough (review by Elizabeth Lofgren)
• Fast and loose: Wedge painter Hippauf surfs the canvas (feature by Bruce Cochran)
• Jimmy John’s employees to vote on unionization (feature by Jennifer Bissell)
• Pumpkins galore and an end to bed rest (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
• St. Martin’s Table closing (feature by Michelle Alimoradi)
• Louis CK gets serious (but not too serious) at the State Theatre (review by Leslie Kruempel)
• It’s the law: No more tattoos for minors (feature by Olivia Deans)
• Zombie Pub Crawl VI bloodies the West Bank (photos by Jay Gabler)
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