Arts Orbit Radar 10/6/11

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On the radar

1. The undead are stumbling into both Minneapolis and St. Paul this year for the seventh annual Zombie Pub Crawl. With a slew of national and local bands rising to the stage (Andrew WK, 4onthefloor, 2 Live Crew) and drink specials–and not to mention blood and guts–galore, it’ll be your zombie nightmare come true.

2. The new Cowles Center is just a few weeks old, but just in time for the annual SAGE Awards for Dance (appropriately named for Sage Cowles). A public reception sponsored by Surly Beer to follow at the Red Stag Supperclub.

3. Music and movies—can’t have one without the other. The two come together for Sound Unseenand will feature guests like Patty Schemel (ex-drummer of Hole). Bonus: Twin Cities Daily Planet’s Jim Brunzell is a programmer of the festival.

4. It’s been awhile (ahem, seven years) since Aretha Franklin belted it at Mystic Lake Casino. The Queen of Soul returns to Minnesota with her new album A Woman Falling Out of Love.

5. The Poetry Film Fest is, well, just that: films about, on, and as poetry. MCAD’s Lightsey Darst—winner of the Minnesota Book Awards for Poetry—will also make a showing.

Under the radar

1. The annual Fresh Traditions Hmong fashion show moves this year to the McNamara Alumni Center at the U. If these talented designers can’t bring the breath of life to the building snarkily referred to as “the Death Star,” no one can.

2. At Altered Esthetics, artists get into the spirit of the season by exploring Fear Itself.

3. Anthony Caponi, the idiosyncratic and visionary sculptor behind Eagan’s Caponi Art Park, celebrates the publication of his new book Meaning Beyond Reason with an event in the park this Sunday.

4. Tuesday: Tasty wine, exquisite art books, and FREEFREEFREE. Do we need to say more? Once you’re sated with lit and vino, head over to the 7th Street Entry for a show by electric indie songstress Zola Jesus.

5. Perhaps at no time in human history have there been so many proudly self-identified nerds. If that makes you feel horny, consider putting on your finest Vulcan ears and heading to Bar 508 on Saturday for the second annual Twin Cities Nerd Fest. Bring protection—and we don’t mean a phaser.