Arts Orbit Radar 5/5/11


What’s happening this week

Thursday, May 5

On the radar: When Jack White formed the Raconteurs, I though, okay, whatever, all of a sudden he needs a bassist? But six years later, the White Stripes are officially defunct and the Raconteurs are stars in their own right—to the point where their rising tide has helped lift the boat of frontlady Alison Mosshart’s other band, the Kills, who’ve sold out their show at First Ave tonight.

Under the radar: Tonight at the Ritz, Katha Dance premieres its program in honor of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore.

Friday, May 6

On the radar: It’s technically Seis de Mayo, but whatever—on St. Paul’s West Side, it’s time to party.

Under the radar: Newly minted MCAD MFAs show their stuff. This is your eyeballs’ future, and it starts today. (Shown here: Cacodæmon by Robert Algeo.)

Saturday, May 7

On the radar: YELLE. Pro? They look really cool. Con? Their name is kind of annoying. Verdict? The eyes have it.

Under the radar: Frank Gaard, one of Minneapolis’s most storied artists, continues the story with a retrospective, opening tonight at CO exhibitions.

Sunday, May 8

On the radar: Can you tell by the obnoxiously eccentric capitalization of their name that tUnE-yArDs are innovators? It’s working for them—they’re the subject of the music column in a recent week’s New Yorker, and they’re at the Cedar tonight. Their tags on the venue’s website include “quirky,” “breakout,” “avant-garde,” “experimental,” “indie,” and “freak folk.”

Under the radar: Mozart-Salieri is a classic white-swan-black-swan pairing, so it’s appropriate that the Black Swan’s pas de deux from Swan Lake is accompanying the premiere of the new Amadeus ballet choreographed by Metro Ballet’s artistic director Erik Sanborn.

Monday, May 9

On the radar: Just turned 72, Judy Collins is a folk icon who’s still in fine voice and puts on a thoughtful, moving show. See her tonight in the cozy confines of the Dakota Jazz Club.

Under the radar: Multitalented musician Mark McGee—read about him in our “Who is that?” series—celebrates his birthday tonight at Nick and Eddie with a full bill of bands including Food Pyramid, Larry Wish, and Seated Heat.

Tuesday, May 10

On the radar: The musical Next to Normal is actually far from normal, if by “normal” you mean “winning no Tonys or Pulitzers.” A touring production lands at the Ordway tonight.

Under the radar: I won’t lie, when I first heard about Books & Bars, I thought it sounded really douchey—like a book club for people who didn’t have enough friends to be in a real book club. But I keep discovering that people I like and respect, with brains and friends, are big fans of the about-monthly event. I’m making my first foray among the bookish barflies tonight, and I’m already enjoying tonight’s selection: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Our writer Courtney Algeo will be there too; read her review of Goon Squad here.

Wednesday, May 11

On the radar: As Bedlam Theatre continues its search for a permanent performing space, the company’s tenth annual Ten-Minute Play Festival moves north—to the Capri Theater.

Under the radar: G-Biz is about to blow this popsicle stand—that is, Minnesota. Get one of your last local tastes of that sweet hip-hop magic tonight at the Entry.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Goodbye, books. I won’t miss you. (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Books & Bars selection A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: Time tells (review by Courtney Algeo)


Conscience and courage (op-ed by Mordecai Specktor)
Prom makes you forget that you actually hated high school (review by Marcus Michalik)
Fast Five sweats for success (review by Jay Gabler)


The Pixies at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium: Good as new (review and photos by Stacy Schwartz)
Jorma Kaukonen, still soulful and still on the road—including a stop at the Cedar Cultural Center (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
No Bird Sing at the Cedar Cultural Center: A memorable CD release show with a tribute to Eyedea (review by Kyle Matteson, photos by Meredith Westin)

Theater and Dance

Further Fidgety Fairy Tales, a “mental health musical,” comes to the Basilica (preview by Jose Munoz)
“I knew it was bad, I didn’t know how bad”: How the Southern Theater got here, and what comes next (feature by Sheila Regan)
The Year of Magical Thinking: Nimbus’s wand fails to produce sparks (review by Jay Gabler)
Joking Envelope’s Sexy Librarian is stacked (review by Jay Gabler)
Now Eye See You, Now Eye Don’t falls short of Off-Leash Area’s high bar (review by Matthew A. Everett)
Katha Dance honors Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (preview by Sheila Regan)

Visual Arts

Welded graffiti plaque by NOISE (blog entry by Paul Schmelzer)
Osama: The stencils (blog entry by Paul Schmelzer)


Dire Dawa Restaurant debuts in NE Minneapolis (feature by Oromsis Adula)
Iggy’s fried egg sandwich at the Good Day Cafe—No, we’re not related (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)
The Local in Minneapolis (blog entry by Amy Rea)
Tim McKee, Masu, and renewing the sushi brand (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)


Former Theatre de la Jeune Lune board member plans new cultural venue in the company’s past space (feature by Sheila Regan)
MayDay 2001 caws to unite (blog entry by Alan Wilfahrt)
Online photo album builds one day at a time (feature by Margo Ashmore)
Reflections of new Minnesotans: Qais Munhazim (feature by Nekessa Opoti)
Caption Max (blog entry by Jennifer Larson)
High water (blog entry by Bob Deck)
Baby goats born! (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
May festivals (blog entry by Amy Rea)
Enjoying the last day of winter at the MayDay parade (blog entry by Eric Ferguson)
Coyotes on the loose: Wildlife in Minneapolis (blog entry by Arvonne Fraser)
Raingardens take the city back to nature (feature by Alexander Gutterman)

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