Arts Orbit Radar 11/18/10


What’s happening this week

Thursday, November 18

On the radar: Sol LeWitt is to visual art what John Cage is to music—someone who seemed very clever in his day, but whose stature has posthumously risen to that of twentieth-century titan. When Sol LeWitt: 2D+3D opens alongside Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers, the Walker will be holding two master keys to contemporary art.

Under the radar: It’s a big night for dance in Minneapolis. First, watch the Zenon performers zing through their fall season (a tribute to women choreographers), then head to the Varsity for the debut of Anthem Heart’s new monthly dance night, called Recess; with Playatta on v-jay duty, there will be a lot more to look at than just your neighbors shaking their rumps to Estate’s DJ set.

Friday, November 19

On the radar: Expect the Entry to be stuffed like a turkey tonight for a show by Military Special that functions as both an EP release and a final show—they’re calling it quits, at least for now. Also on the bill are Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Phantom Tails, Estate, and Dada Trash Collage. Only $5!

Under the radar: Partisans of adventurous contemporary dance have been quickly purchasing the relatively few tickets available for The Thank-You Bar, a new “performance installation” by Emily Johnson.

Saturday, November 20

On the radar: It’s still six days from Black Friday, but local artists and artisans are getting a jump on holiday shopping traffic with a trio of locally-sourced gift sales today. There’s the MCAD Art Sale, the Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market (complete with low-carbon cookoff and “eco fashion show”), and a Handmade Holiday Sale featuring local Etsy artists at the Uptown VFW. For the traditionally-minded, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on West 7th in St. Paul hosts a holiday boutique with that third item in the Holy Trinity of Church Basement Foods. Not hotdish, not lutefisk…that’s right, it’s the overnight soup, booya!

Under the radar: For those who’d like a dose of Wonderful-Life-style small-town life this holiday season, there’s the 14th annual Lighted Snowflake Parade in Cambridge, Minnesota. If you want to join in, “Walkers are welcome and can make creative use of flashlights, lanterns, and battery packs,” but “no Santas, please! Our ‘official’ Santa will make his seasonal debut at the end of the parade.” Macy’s, eat your heart out.

Sunday, November 21

On the radar: The Twin Cities know how to do radio right, and tonight the BLB hosts the broadcast of 2010’s final episode of The Entertainment Machine, a raucous variety show hosted by Rockstar Storyteller Dave Mondy.

Under the radar: “Cheering, clapping pandemonium” is how Dwight Hobbes described fans’ reactions to Jimmy Lyback’s (relatively) new band July Fighter. Join the throng tonight at Honey, as the band headline a benefit raising funds to fight anti-gay bullying.

Monday, November 22

On the radar: If you were going to carve a Minnesotan Mount Rushmore, there would be a long list of candidates to consider, but maybe the only two who would actually agree to be included are at the Fitzgerald Theater tonight, as Garrison Keillor interviews Walter Mondale about the former veep’s new book The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics.

Under the radar: Firmly back in action at its new Lowertown location, Play By Play Theatre Bookstore inaugurates “a new works salon” for the informal debut of scripts by local playwrights.

Tuesday, November 23

On the radar: “Is there a ‘huge backlash’ against the meaningful indie film boom of the 2k0s?” So asks the blog Hipster Runoff, declaring Royal Tenenbaums costumes “the dead end of Halloween civilization.” It’s true—the most relevant Halloween costume of 2010 was Phil Collins. But this isn’t Halloween, it’s Thanksgiving, and MN Film Arts will probably sell plenty of tickets to this week’s Royal Tenenbaums screenings without Brooklyn’s help.

Under the radar: If you enjoyed Sheila Regan’s report on Native writers in Minnesota, you’ll want to consider attending tonight’s showcase Beyond the Pure: sounds of (r)evolution.

Wednesday, November 24

On the radar: He “throws juicy cuts of roots rock around like he’s John Mellencamp, snarls sardonically like he’s Warren Zevon, vamps like he’s Neil Diamond, and grabs his crotch like he’s Michael Jackson.” Who is he? He’s the legendary Ike Reilly, and he’s at First Ave tonight for his annual Thanksgiving Eve show, which for many local music buffs is a holiday tradition more sacred than turkey and cranberries. Expect a raucous time, and unexpectedly revealing stage banter. (“This song is about a Croatian who beat the shit out of me, and also about a gay woman I’ve come to love.”)

Under the radar: The kind of venue that First Ave becomes on Thanksgiving Eve is the kind of venue that Palmer’s is year-round. Tonight at the Last Dive Standing: a music video release show by Crankshaft, with Boom Boom Belam and Hastings 3000.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet (blog entry by Amy Rea)
E.g. bailey: “We have been determined not to allow spoken word to be a fad in Minnesota” (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
Stylish new photography books from Julian Schnabel, Horst A. Friedrichs, and style bloggers around the world (review by Jay Gabler)


Fresh Traditions IV celebrates Hmong designers (feature by Barb Teed, photos by Jeff Rutherford)


Sonny Syonesa film Am I Alone? to screen at Mall of America (feature by Tom Laventure)
Academy Awards announce 15 animated feature nominees for 83rd Oscars (feature by Barb Teed)


At First Avenue, a community says good-bye to Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
“My life is what it is”: Al Pitrelli on Christmas, heavy metal, and the whiskey-fueled birth of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (feature by Sheila Regan)
You sure this is how Richie Havens got famous? Part V: The lull (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
Free Energy’s Paul Sprangers: “We see ourselves as being a Minnesota band” (interview by Leslie Kruempel)
Red House supergroup Red Horse release a debut disc to enjoy over and over again (review by Dwight Hobbes)
Tapes ‘N Tapes play Outside at the Turf Club (photos by Jeff Rutherford)

Theater and Dance

Talking with Tim and Eric for two minutes while they drive through Colorado (interview by Jay Gabler and Nalini Ramer)
BodyCartography Project looks at twin dynamics in Symptom (review by Sheila Regan)
Walking Shadow’s The Crowd You’re In With explores the child choice (review by Rebecca Collins)
Guthrie Theater’s 39 Steps is silly and sketchy (review by Jay Gabler)
zAmya Theater looks at homelessness in Homeroom (feature by Andrea Richards)
House of the Spirits resurrects ghosts of dictators past (feature by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva)
Cowboy Versus Samurai by Mu Performing Arts at the Guthrie Theater: Tofu con queso (review by Jay Gabler)

Food and Dining

Turtle River Pasties (blog entry by Amy Rea)


Sweeping changes, some closures ahead for St. Paul parks and recreation centers (feature by A.J. MacDonald)
K Jay brings standup comedy to the Northside (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)

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