Arts Orbit Radar 12/29/11

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On the radar

1. On the eve of New Year’s Eve, take your pick of concerts. Two top contenders: Mason Jennings at First Ave. and Dawes at the Varsity Theater.

2. Comedy shows have become a tradition on New Year’s Eve. This year it’s Louie Anderson: Laugh Out Loud New Year’s Eve that’ll (hopefully) have you in stitches as the ball drops.

3. Mark Mallman‘s official nickname is “Mr. Serious,” but unofficially he’s also “Mr. New Year’s Eve.” His annual 12/31 performance is a can’t-miss tradition for many local music fans; this year, the Marathon Man plays two sets at the 7th Street Entry. Opening both shows are surefire party-starters Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

4. Top rock photographers Stacy Schwartz (an occasional Daily Planet contributor) and Erik Hess are showing (and selling) their work on Friday night at—what else? A rock show.

5. Cole “Inky” Sarar edged out Jay’s blogmate Becky Lang in the most recent local Literary Death Match, so you know she’s got something going on. Sarar is at the helm for Wednesday’s Punch Out Poetry match: an all-female spoken-word bout.

Under the radar

1. A Year in Review: Bang the Dumb Slowly with co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead at the Parkway Theatre is the under the radar counterpart to on the radar’s event number two.

2. The Harty Boys, who just finished their run of The Harty Boys Save Christmas, ring in the new year with Baby New Year’s Time Traveling Diaper Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl on Saturday.

3. HAPPY CRAZY NEW YEAR at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul is advertised as three nights of “absolute mayhem” over NYE weekend that features music, dancing, frog dodgeball, sauerkraut and much good party. 

4. Denizens of downtown St. Paul can take a lunch break on Wednesday for a free jazz performance (don’t worry: that’s a jazz performance with no admission charge, not a performance of free jazz) by the Nick Haas Trio.

5. On Wednesday night at the CC Club, a group of local lit fans will be gathering to discuss Glory Goes and Gets Some. Emily Carter’s story collection, the December selection of buzzworthy New York e-bookseller Emily Books, is largely set in the Twin Cities.


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