Arts Orbit Radar 1/6/11


What’s happening this week

Thursday, January 6

On the radar: The 501 Club is officially closing on January 8 with an MC/VL show, but many locals will be stopping by to pay their last respects tonight, at the last LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup to be held at the star-crossed downtown venue.

Under the radar: January is always a fun month for theater, as companies shake off the egg-nog stupor and mount edgy, ambitious productions. Daily Planet contributor Sheila Regan is among the stars of Macbeth: Rehearsing, a Shakespeare deconstruction opening today at Red Eye Theater.

Friday, January 7

On the radar: The Onion celebrates their 1,143rd Twin Cities issue with a big First Ave do featuring Dosh, PInk Mink, BNLX, Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, and lots of other fun folks.

Under the radar: The idea of the Minnesota Orchestra playing music to accompany video games sounds more than faintly ridiculous, but Video Games Live was one of the most surprisingly entertaining—and, for serious video-game fans, actually moving—events I attended in 2010. Tommy Tallarico brings the crew back to Orchestra Hall tonight, and if you really want to get into the spirit, you’ll wear a tanooki suit.

Saturday, January 8

On the radar: Hip-hop favorites MC/VL play their final show, at what also happens to be the final night of operations for the 501 Club. Will John Henry go back to Scrabble?

Under the radar: Brave pilots bring their kites to Lake Harriet for Minneapolis’s annual Winter Kite Festival. Please: leave the razor string at home.

Sunday, January 9

On the radar: Debbie Reynolds? God damn.

Under the radar: Live Action Set’s Noah Bremer ran off to join the circus—Cirque du Soleil, no less. He’ll be hanging out at the Red Stag tonight along with many of the Twin Cities’ most creative theatermakers and theatergoers for a fundraiser and preview party featuring Live Action Set’s upcoming show The 7-Shot Symphony.

Monday, January 10

On the radar: Local photographer Ann Marsden has made a lot of friends and fans over her long career, and tonight at the Dakota a stellar group of them—the New Standards, Kevin Kling, Dennis Spears, T. Mychael Rambo, and many more—are rallying to raise funds to support Marsden in her battle against cancer.

Under the radar: Continuing their streak of attracting superb curators for the Lowertown Reading Jam, the Black Dog welcomes May Lee-Yang (Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman) as tonight’s host.

Tuesday, January 11

On the radar: It’s 1/11/11, which means…well, everything and nothing, I guess. Most to the point, it’s the day Tapes ‘n Tapes release their new album Outside with an in-store gig at the Electric Fetus, followed by an afterparty at Nick & Eddie.

Under the radar: Overheard in Minneapolis, January 2: “My dream honeymoon is a cheese tour of England.” “Is that sexy?” “I don’t care, I want fucking cheese.”

Wednesday, January 12

Under, and on, the radar: George Grove wrote that into the “Jupiter” symphony Mozart put “all the power, which no one seems to have possessed to the same degree with himself, of concealing that science, and making it the vehicle for music as pleasing as it is learned.” Of course, George Grove never heard Ozzy.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Books by and for young Muslim readers—the missing links (blog entry by Mary Treacy)
Twin Cities rich in second-hand bookstores (feature by Mary Treacy)
LGA cuts affect library in Cannon Falls (video by Tom Niemisto)
Write on Radio gets it right! (blog entry by Mary Treacy)

Theater and Dance

Theatre Unbound’s 24 Hour Play Project: You supply the secret ingredients (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
HUGE Theater opens in Uptown (feature by Phyllis Stenerson)

Food and Dining

Korean pizza…just one of many surprises at Pizzeria Lola (feature by Phyllis Louise Harris)


Worst ice dam season in 20 years causes problems for thousands in Twin Cities (feature by Stephanie Fox)
Winter kite flying at Lake Harriet January 8 (photo feature by Alan Wilfahrt)
Best tweets of December (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Lose waste! (feature by Sarah Sponheim)
Minnesota Mamaleh: About guilty pleasures (blog entry by Galit Breen)
Our first nature study: Rabbits (blog entry by Amy Doeun)

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