Arts Orbit Radar 3/31/11


What’s happening this week

Thursday, March 31

On the radar: Ellie Goulding has a #1 album in the UK, but the promoters of her show tonight at the Fine Line are still sweating to sell tickets. You can grab one for free at the Electric Fetus with the purchase of Goulding’s debut LP Lights. Do it!

Under the radar: Having hosted guests like DeVon Gray, Holly Newsom, and Grant Cutler, composer/performer/improviser Jon Davis is promising “mystery guests” for his Thursday Funhouse tonight at Nick & Eddie. Josh Hartnett, mayhap?

Friday, April 1

On the radar: “Bout to start on 30 Days of Something I Can Tweet About,” declares Becky Lang. “Super psyched.”

Under the radar: If you can trust anyone to handle April Fool’s Day right, it’s Four Humors Theater. They’re taking their April Fool’s show on a one-day, two-city tour.

Saturday, April 2

On the radar: Affordable, practical, democratic, and fun: bikes and posters are two things Twin Citians are way into. Fittingly, the event that combines them—Artcrank—has been such a hit that it’s sprouted copies across the country. This year’s event starts today with a party at Shelter Studios.

Under the radar: DJ Scrubfish “has proven to the greats like DJ Dan and Terry Mullen that he has what it takes to shake that booty.” But has he proven it to you?

Sunday, April 3

On the radar: Are Toro Y Moi’s glasses actually functional, or just for chillwave relevance? Tonight at the Entry, you’ll be able to look close and see.

Under the radar: You’d have to go to London to see the new stage production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle—know for directing the movies Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours—but today at the Guthrie you can do the next best thing and watch a screening offered through the National Theatre Live program.

Monday, April 4

On the radar: Turn around! Bright Eyes!

Under the radar: Hip Hop Against Homophobia, an annual event designed to challenge the idea that hip-hop is homophobic, takes place tonight at the Whole. Featured performers include Guante, Heidi Barton Stink, and Tish Jones—a spoken-word griot who’s dropped hints about having a hip-hop album in the works.

Tuesday, April 5

On the radar: I’m going to be honest and say that I wish they’d managed to name their new company without disrespecting the importance of spaces in written language, but I’m excited that Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp are making their persisting theatrical partnership official. Tonight at Franklin Art Works, meet the MovingCompany.

Under the radar: Who will you see tonight at the Triple Rock for the infamous Triple Double dance night? Sarah Heuer and I did some reconnaisance last week, and we made up a handy field guide for you.

Wednesday, April 6

On the radar: Philip Glass, who The New Yorker calls “without a doubt America’s most famous living composer of classical music” and who Time goes so far as to call “the world’s greatest living composer,” performs a rare and intimate solo recital of his work, on piano, tonight at the Dakota. Even his haters (and they are legion) will envy those who get in to this show.

Under the radar: For the past half-century, critical consensus has regarded Orson Welles’s 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time. If that’s not enough reason for you to go see Kane tonight on the Walker Art Center’s big screen, consider that Astronautalis just improvised a rap about the movie when he performed at the Triple Rock, and that the composer of the score—Bernard Hermann—was also the composer of the opera Wuthering Heights, which the Minnesota Opera is performing this month. (The Walker screening is a tie-in.)

Daily Planet arts roundup


Detective stories (blog entry by Eleanor Arnason)
Lois Lowry answers questions from St. Paul schoolchildren (by Lisa Steinmann)
Books & Bars selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: A living legacy (review by Courtney Algeo)

Design and Style

University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Alix Nettnay (photos by Jay Gabler)

Bend or break (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
Sony Holland’s Sanssouci improves upon perfection (review by Dwight Hobbes)
Hot Tuna’s Steady As She Goes: Yes, they do still make them like that (review by Dwight Hobbes)
St. Paul’s BT label offers a small but impressive roster of artists (feature by Dwight Hobbes)
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra round ’em up at the Dakota (review by Betsy Gabler)
Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick perform a heart-bursting show at First Avenue (review by Natalie Gallagher, photos by Meredith Westin)
Holly Newsom, Jon Davis, and Grant Cutler make a beautiful noise at Neddie’s (blog entry and photo by Jay Gabler)
How to make your very own Hood Internet show at the Varsity Theater (review by Sarah Heuer, photos by Jay Gabler)
The Wailin’ Jennys’ Bright Morning Stars fairly glistens (review by Dwight Hobbes)
MJ Kroll burns barns at the Fine Line (review by Dwight Hobbes)
Dodos entrance the Cedar Cultural Center (review by Kyle Matteson, photos by Stacy Schwartz)
Sims and Astronautalis dive deep at the Triple Rock (review by Jay Gabler, photos by Meredith Westin)

Theater and Dance

Buy, buy, buy a ticket to Swandive Theatre’s Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) (review by Morgan Halaska)
Blank Slate Theatre releases Bloodymerryjammyparty trailer (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Angst, jealousy, society, and puppets: Woyzeck on the Highveld at the Walker Art Center (preview by Sheila Regan)
Oedipus el Rey illuminates a dreary fate (review by Sheila Regan)
Chanhassen seeks local Jesuses (Jesae? Jesii?) (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Minneapolis Musical Theater brings Bare to Illusion Theater (review by Becca Mitchell)
April 8-16: Original work, Oil! and The Jungle, brings Upton Sinclair’s classic novels to the stage (feature by Steve Share)
David Hyde Pierce at the Guthrie Theater: From Chekhov to Frasier (feature by Sarah Rattanavong-Wash)
At the Guthrie Theater, Heaven is a place where entirely too much happens (review by Jay Gabler)
At the Guthrie Theater, Arms and the Man lays down (review by Jay Gabler)

Food and Dining

Teppanyaki Buffet: The evolution of All-You-Can-Eat (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)
Restaurants wait for shift in late-night hours licensing (feature by Jennifer Bissell)
Be’wiched Deli in Minneapolis (blog entry by Amy Rea)


Change #2 (blog entry by Eleanor Arnason)
World War II—The home front in Highland Park (blog entry by Patricia Cummings)
Meet Governor Dayton’s new pup, Mingo! (blog entry by Meredeth Barzen)
Notes from the tipsy Twit-Pit: How Patton Oswalt earned me a retweet from John Moe (blog entry by Courtney Algeo)
Local heroes change their own lives, and the lives of others (feature by Sharon Rolenc)

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