Arts Orbit Radar 3/10/11


Thursday, March 10

On the radar: If you’ve been to any show at First Avenue over the last couple of weeks, you know what’s going on tonight: the club’s been using the Mainroom stage screen to taunt audiences with a giant advertisement for tonight’s sold-out show by the Cold War Kids.

Under the radar: Live Action Set unveil their new production, which is about as epic as experimental indie theater gets: The 7-Shot Symphony, an interpretation of seven multicultural myths.

Friday, March 11

On the radar: I asked Crystal Castles’s press reps whether frontwoman Alice Glass was available for interviews to preview tonight’s sold-out show at First Avenue. “Alice doesn’t really do interviews,” came the response. “Could that be,” asked my friend, “because she’s completely insane?” We shall see.

Under the radar: Live in this town long enough, and you’ll start to wonder whether shows with titles like Michael Bay’s Super Mario Armageddon are legally prohibited from being presented anywhere other than the Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Saturday, March 12

On the radar: What will Jay Leno joke about tonight at Mystic Lake? To find out, I Googled “Jay Leno one-liners,” and generated a word cloud from the resulting page.

Jay Leno word cloud

What did I learn from this? That Jay Leno’s best jokes are about seven years old.

Under the radar: “For a moment early in his career,” writes The New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman in a recent issue, Dan Bern “made a convincing case for himself” as a “new Dylan.” Well, he sure sounded like that’s what he was trying really, really hard to do. Bern’s Dylan fetish makes his albums hard to listen to in their entirety, but he’s capable of producing transcendent gems such as “Suzanne” and, my favorite, “Marilyn Monroe.” (“Marilyn Monroe never married Henry Miller/ If she did, they’d’ve fucked every day.”) Bern is at the 400 Bar tonight.

Sunday, March 13

On the radar: David Hyde Pierce, as the Guthrie’s website disingenuously notes, “may be best known for his role as Niles in the hit sitcom Frasier.” The big question today is, will Joe Dowling ask Pierce whether he thinks of Kelsey Grammar’s hot new wife is a gold digger, or will he leave that to the audience?

Under the radar: The Kensington Runestone debate is one of the strangest episodes in Minnesota history. If the stone, “discovered” in 1898, were to be genuine, it would prove that Scandinavian explorers made it to Minnesota before Columbus even set foot in America. Despite the fact that experts are near-unanimously convinced that it’s a hoax, the stone has gained worldwide attention and currently resides in its own museum in Alexandria. (The museum’s website is eloquently elusive regarding the question of the stone’s authenticity: “Anyone who visits the museum will recognize instantly that there is something unusual about this artifact. An understatement is that it has been a lightning rod for debate.”) Swedish scholar Adam Hjorthén has been studying the Runestone story for years; today at the American Swedish Institute, he’ll talk about the artifict’s long, strange history.

Monday, March 14

On the radar: In their press materials, roots-rock supergroup Middle Brother tell the story of their first gig: “It was a rollicking and boisterous show that could have fallen apart at any moment and instead centrifuged into melodic and harmonic brilliance.” They’ll be, er, “centrifuging” tonight at First Ave.

Under the radar: Each woman celebrates International Women’s Day in her own way. Some unfollow Charlie Sheen, some Dutch-oven the dog, and some DJ sick tunes while screening episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Tuesday, March 15

On the radar: It’s the Nomad World Pub’s sixth birthday, and they’re celebrating with a show featuring Mystery Palace and New Century Masters. Surely the birthday venue would not be so ungenerous as to begrudge you a stopover at Triple Double between acts.

Under the radar: If you enjoyed Sheila Regan’s article on the local Native literary scene and Stephanie Fox’s profile of Jim Northrup, you won’t want to miss Northrup’s reading today at Birchbark Books. Bonus: soup and salad!

Wednesday, March 16

On the radar: Good Charlotte, now celebrating 15 years of emo, are at First Avenue tonight.

Under the radar: JD Samson of Le Tigre has a new side project called Men; tonight’s bill at the Triple Rock is Men and the Enigmatics, which many women would take to be a redundant phrase.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Musings on museums (blog entry by Amy Rea)
Books & Bars selection Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold: Strange magic (review by Courtney Algeo)
Born Into War book gives family a legacy (feature by Tom Laventure)

Design and Style

University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Jessica St. George (photos by Jay Gabler)
University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Shannon Smith (photos by Jay Gabler)
University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Hilary Hubanks (photos by Jay Gabler)
University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Kelly Ver Duin (photos by Jay Gabler)
University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Nick Ruffalo (photos by Jay Gabler)

Networking, networking, networking (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
Yann Tiersen at the Cedar Cultural Center (photos by Mandy Dwyer)
Asobi Seksu and BRAHMS bring drama and sweep to the 7th Street Entry (review by Jay Gabler, with photos by Meredith Westin)
Lukas Haas tries 2 be alt, forms buzzband with similarly-named dolphin-loving surfer girl (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Murs plays Minneapolis, “the new hip-hop Mecca” (review by Emily Weiss)
Tapes ‘N Tapes, Oberhofer, and Alpha Consumer at First Avenue (photos by Eric Petersen)
Dropkick Murphys bring South Boston to downtown Minneapolis (review by Jay Gabler, with photos by Alexa Jones)
Minnesota Opera’s La Traviata is a treat (review by Jay Gabler)
Telekinesis, The Love Language, and Red Pens throw a birthday party at the 7th Street Entry (review by Kyle Matteson, with photos by Meredith Westin)
Gayngs Affiliyated Showcase leaves First Avenue happily exhausted (review by Jay Gabler, with photos by Mandy Dwyer)
Girl Talk at First Avenue: A hot mess, in a good way (review by Jay Gabler, with photos by Mandy Dwyer)

Theater and Dance

Song of Extinction by Theater Latté Da at the Guthrie Theater: Intelligently designed (review by Christopher Kehoe)
Exit, pursued by infamy: The rise and decline of a ShakesBear (blog entry by Katie Sisneros)
Hair at the Orpheum Theatre: Dicks and boobs everywhere (review by Becky Lang)
The Uptown (blog entry by Patricia A. Cummings)
An effectively campy, creepy Cabaret from Frank Theatre (review by Bev Wolfe)

Visual Arts

Minnesota man makes two-story ice scuplture with geothermal heating water, computer (blog entry by Paul Schmelzer)

Food and Dining

Shabelle Grocery and Deli (blog entry by Jennifer Larson)
The green beaning of St. Paul (feature by Sam Gelfand)


Best tweets of February (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Great-Grandma’s fur coat (blog entry by Rosemary Ruffenach)
To blog or not to blog, that is the question (blog entry by Jean Gabler)
The best place in the world (blog entry by Maxine Lightfoot)

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