Arts Orbit Radar 10/27/11


On the radar

1. Two things Minneapolis is known for: beer and theater. Tip One Back for the Southern begins its series of fundraising events with a Town Hall Brewery beer tasting on Sunday at the theater, and supports the sweeping generalization.

2. It’s Halloween weekend—not like the city hasn’t been celebrating the holiday all month long already. Wear your costume to The Loft’s Dead Writer’s Party at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Saturday, and read some posthumous poetry or prose.

3. The ubiquitous word master Dessa will be at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday with a new album, Castor, the Twin. 

4. Shake your (costumed) moneymaker Friday night for Zenon Dance Company at their BOOty Bash at Honey, and/or at the Apocelectronica!!! at the Southern Theater with DJ DT where your entrance fee also gets you free beer.

5. Michael Ian Black brings his dry humor to the Varsity Theater to make up his missed show in September.

Under the radar

1. After almost 30 years as a performing duo, They Might Be Giants have never stopped having fun. They bring the party to First Ave on Saturday night. Opening the show is a band fronted by one of the world’s sexiest vegetarians.

2. In the last One Nighter to be held at Art of This Gallery’s temporary Franklin Avenue space, Shoot the Moon curator Jonathan Thomas presents “a night of 16mm film, video, live music, and a gallery exhibition” on Sunday.

3. There are always a lot of interesting events happening in the Twin Cities, but it’s not often you see an event listing that includes the words “PopUp Performance Kitchen,” “Iranian/Guatemalan,” “interactive culinary journey,” “Dia de los Muertos,” and “hilarious.”

4. On Wednesday, the Trylon Microcinema’s invaluable Unearthed Series presents rare films by Twin Cities filmmaker/activist Chris Spotted Eagle.

5. The Star Tribune called Minnesota Musical Theatre’s 2004 production of Bat Boy: The Musical the year’s best musical production. This weekend, MMT spreads its wings once again.

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