Arts Orbit Radar 6/23/11


What’s happening this week

On the radar

It’s Pride weekend, and the gay merriment will climax with Minneapolis’s largest annual parade. In St. Paul, the crowds will come out for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Unless you’re one of a couple dozen people, you unfortunately missed last weekend’s production of RMS Duchess of York at Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co.—but the Guthrie will have plenty of tickets for Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, officially opening this weekend after a week of previews.

Hot pop music shows this week include local legends the Magnolias at Nick & Eddie; SXSW darlings Ringo Deathstarr at the Hex; indie heartthrobs Times New Viking at the Entry (with buzzbuilding locals Total Babe opening); and, at the Varsity, the thrillingly emotional Aussies who go by the name An Horse.

Under the radar

Erik McClanahan calls the strange and beautiful Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives the best film of 2010; it’s playing Tuesday at the Trylon Microcinema. If “strange and beautiful” is your kind of aesthetic, you might also want to hit the Ritz to check out a surreal new collaboration between Zorongo Flamenco and Ballet of the Dolls.

On the literary front, up-and-coming local author Al Mueller celebrates the publication of his new novel 2009: An Autopsy with a Friday night party (and “art show featuring talented people”) at Cult Status Gallery. Also notable: on Wednesday, the loose and amusing knowledge exchange Give & Take makes its North Minneapolis debut.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Library history (blog post by Mary Treacy)
Passing the torch at Coffee House Press (feature by Margo Ashmore)


Academy changes Best Picture nomination process (feature by Barb Teed)
Green Lantern is dim (review by Jay Gabler)
The Academy invites 178 new members, including Minnesotans and first-ever posthumous selection (feature by Barb Teed)


The next best thing to being there at the Northside Benefit Concert (blog post by Jeff Skrenes)
On the underground scene: Di Nigunim (feature by Mordecai Specktor)
Taylor Swift turns the Xcel Energy Center into a teengirl fantasy land (review by Sarah Heuer, photos by Jeff Rutherford)
Basilica Block Party boycott: Standing for equality, or barking up the wrong tree? (blog post by Jay Gabler)
What Cee-Lo’s Twitter stream looked like on Friday (blog post by Jay Gabler)
A native Israeli playing salsa music in Minnesota: Shai Hayo from Salsa del Sol gets ready for the Twin Cities Jazz Fest (interview by Sheila Regan)
Stayin’ alive with Jiggity Jake McJackson at the Lowry Cafe (blog post by Megan Goodmundson)
Mountain Goats and Communist Daughter: Kindred spirits at the Varsity Theater (review by Kyle Matteson, photos by Trang Do)
Despite rain, Rock the Garden 2011 turns out to be a pretty mucking good time (review by Jay Gabler, photos by Jay Gabler and Meredith Westin)


A bad review leads to a new relative (blog post by Jay Gabler)
RMS Duchess of York sails happy but dark seas at Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co. (review by Jay Gabler)
At the Ordway, you may or may not want to get mixed up with the likes of Guys & Dolls (review by Emily Weiss)


Lord, Lord, Lord (video blog post by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine)
Finding Nirvana at Gandhi Mahal (feature by Courtney Algeo)
St. Innocent wine tasting at Luci Ancora (blog post by Ann Treacy)
Blue Gentian Farm visit (blog post by Amy Doeun)
My grandma, a whitefish, and me (blog post by Jeff Mandell)


Harmon Killebrew: The Minnesota Twins say goodbye to a legend (blog post by Jean Gabler)
Time to use your imagination: The Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud (blog post by Amy Rea)
Celebrate Freedom Day at Juneteenth (feature by Vickie Evans-Nash)
Rabbis don’t do laundry (blog post by Susan Esther Barnes)
Fourth Generation Fund: A new generation of Minnesota philanthropists (feature by Stephanie Jones)
The Street Rods have landed at the 2011 MSRA show in St. Paul (feature and photos by Mary Turck)
We relive fond memories of the fabric store (blog post by Lisa Gonzalez)
Biennial garden tour set for June 25 (feature by Mary Maguire Lerman)
Challenge (blog post by Erik Hare)
Off my butt, on my bike, and out in the country (blog post by Steve Date)

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