Arts Orbit Radar 2/25/10


What’s happening this week

Thursday, February 25

On the radar: Heiruspecs launch a college scholarship fund for graduates of their alma mater—St. Paul’s Central High—with a benefit concert at (where else?) the Central High Auditorium.

Under the radar: Is it dance? Is it performance art? Is it theater? Yes, yes, and yes. The Southern hosts a three-for-one evening of work by a New Breed of artists. Over in St. Paul, Teatro del Pueblo launches its annual Political Theatre Festival—which this year takes place at Gremlin Theatre and at Intermedia Arts.

Friday, February 26

On the radar: Treehouse’s claim to be “the last record store on earth” almost came one establishment closer to being true last summer when a tornado swiped the Electric Fetus, but the 35W beacon’s still shining, and tonight at First Ave it’s hosting a star-studded (and tongue-studded, and ear-studded) benefit show to recoup its reconstruction costs.

Under the radar: Ari Herstand, a trumpet-playing, live-looping, beat-boxing singer/songwiter who’s also been cited by TC Jewfolk as being one of Minnesota’s hottest Jews, plays a CD/DVD release show tonight at the Fine Line.

Saturday, February 27

On the radar: It may be the case, as one fashion insider told me, that all the people who really care about fashion in the Twin Cities could fit into First Ave’s VIP room—but METRO has no problem filling the Uppercut Boxing Gym every year for its Fashion Fight Night, in which photographers compete for the best shots of new styles. The 2010 blowout takes place tonight.

Under the radar: Shipwreck buffs (yes, they’re out there—in quantity) will be gathering in Mounds View for a big event involving expert speakers, an exhibit of antique diving equipment, screenings of shipwreck video footage, and a chance to dive in the Underwater Adventures tank at the Mall of America.

Sunday, February 28

On the radar: Weeks after the Haiti earthquake, artists continue to rally to raise money for the reconstruction effort. Tonight, Hell’s Kitchen hosts a benefit gig featuring Adam Levy, Desdamona, Ashleigh Still, Molly Dean, the Mad Ripple (a.k.a. Jim Walsh), and others, with 100% of all food profits and tips going to the cause.

Under the radar: It’s the last day to see the work of Minnesota children’s book illustrators on display at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Monday, March 1

On the radar: Just like the people who start playing Christmas music as soon as they blow out their jack-o-lantern candles (hi, Mom!), St. Paul starts celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as soon as February’s over. The Black Dog kicks off Irish Season tonight with a reading by five Irish poets.

Under the radar: You may or may not think that my blogging qualifies as “great blogging,” but fortunately my higher-ups at the Twin Cities Media Alliance do, and tonight they’ve enlisted me to teach a free class called “The Difference Between Good Blogging and Great Blogging.”

Tuesday, March 2

On the radar: Does John Mayer have a Pig’s Eye pass? He’ll find out tonight at the X.

Under the radar: If there’s any human being on God’s green earth who’s received TMI in her life, it is Rachel Kramer Bussel, erotica aficionado and former editor of Penthouse‘s “Variations” section. She’s the editor of Best Sex Writing 2010 (not among the contributors: John “I’ve masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life” Mayer), and she’ll be at Bedlam tonight for a book party. Musical opener will be, natch, Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls.

Wednesday, March 3

On the radar: The Trylon is hosting three sneak preview screenings of The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights, a documentary about the duo’s 2007 Canadian tour. One of the three shows is already sold out, so plan ahead if you want in on the rawk.

Under the radar: Another, er, classic TV show is coming to the BLB Theater—and for once, Theatre Arlo is not to blame. Tonight, Dana’s Boys present The Saved By the Bell Show, “a night of music, mayhem, and the danger of caffeine pills!”

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Daily Planet arts roundup


Jeanette Fordyce talks with May Lee-Yang and IBé, winners of Midwestern Voices and Visions Awards. Also, Dan Burns remembers the late poet Paul Gruchow.


Barb Teed reports from the Academy Award Nominees Lunch in Beverly Hills, while Dwight Hobbes is stuck reviewing a real dog: The Wolfman. Also this week, Joe Shansky talks with the creators of The Red Tail, a still-timely documentary about the 2005 Northwest Airlines strike.


In classical coverage this weke, Anne Holzman talks with Soo Bae, a Korean-born cellist slated to make her Minnesota debut in April; while I review top Chopin interpreter Garick Ohlsson’s performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Cyn Collins recaps the Bruce Allen tribute at First Ave and the 2010 Battle of the Jug Bands at the Cabooze; looking forward, Justin Schell previews Heiruspecs’ benefit show at their alma mater Central High.


Deb Pleasants profiles Teatro del Pueblo founder Al Justiniano while Lydia Howell previews Teatro’s 2010 Political Theatre Festival, and Teresa Mock reflects on the BodyCartography Project’s exceptional piece 1/2 Life. In reviews this week, Rebecca Collins and Matthew Everett give thumbs-up to From Here to Maternity and Mojo, respectively, while Dwight Hobbes pans Burial at Thebes and my mom gives a particularly qualified recommendation to Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Coming up this week: the Jewish Humor Festival at the Sabes JCC.

Visual Arts

Judy Peacock invites you to meet muralist Elise Kyllo.


Nykol Johnson praises the “dizzying” array of beers at Buster’s on 28th, while Katherine Lymn reports from Little Tony’s—the new choice for diner food in Stadium Village. Also this week, Amy Rea pays tribute to the fire-ravaged Blackbird and Heidi’s, and Jeremy Iggers discusses the ethics of restaurant criticsm.

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