Arts Orbit Radar 6/9/11

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What’s happening this week

On the radar

It’s a sure sign that summer is in full swing when Vita.mn takes haute couture poolside at the Calhoun Beach Club. As the models strut on Thursday night, rogue filmmaker/curator John Waters will be up at the Walker Art Center staging a “devious intervention” into the museum’s display of its permanent collection.

Patrick’s Cabaret, the South Minneapolis institution, celebrates 25 years of showcasing diverse local talent with PC-25, a daylong event on Saturday including a parade, a block party, and (of course) a cabaret.

I’ll be performing in the anniversary cabaret as a member of the Freaky Deeky cast; I’m also squeezing onstage with my fellow freaks on Friday night, supporting the BadNraD EP release show. While we wiggle our tails at the Entry, the Mainroom will be Rocking for Pussy (that is, no-kill cat shelters). On Sunday, musicians rally at the State Theatre for another good cause: Northside tornado relief.

Other big music shows this week include Taylor Swift, the supposed savior of the record industry; Mötley Crüe and Poison, who have miraculously managed to save themselves all these years; and indie faves Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, and Architecture in Helsinki.

But that’s a lot of stuff inside. Lyndale Avenue probably isn’t the first place you think of when you think “great outdoors,” but the inagural Open Streets Minneapolis event aims to change that, this Sunday.

Under the radar

The recent tornado that caused great damage in the Twin Cities should give us even greater compassion for the Japanese tsunami/earthquake survivors, who still need relief funding; on Thursday night, jazz musicians will play at Camp Bar to help raise money for the cause.

Here’s an unsung Minnesotan celebrity: Mr. Bubble! The Chaska-based Village Company celebrates the 50th birthday of their iconic character with the world’s largest bubble bath, Saturday morning at the Water Park of America. Katie Sisneros and I will be there covering it for the Daily Planet. (Katie: “Please tell me I get to be in a swimsuit and push little kids around.”)

You know Harry Shearer from his voice work on The Simpsons (Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, and many more characters) and from his roles in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries; Shearer has now made a real documentary, about the New Orleans flood. The Big Uneasy has its local premiere Tuesday at the Trylon.

Stupid Fast book launch! The launch itself will be relatively quick, but Stupid Fast is actually the title of the book—a new young adult novel by acclaimed local author Geoff Herbach.

Daily Planet arts roundup

Movies

Talking with Jessica Chastain, co-star of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (interview by Jim Brunzell III)
X-Men: First Class lives up to its name (review by Jay Gabler)

Music

Soundset thrived in its fourth year (review by Raghav Mehta)
The sights of Soundset 2011 (photos by Meredith Westin)
Gipsy Kings shake it at the State Theatre (review by Betsy Gabler)
Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe (review by Sarah Heuer, photos by Jay Gabler)
Glasvegas play at the top of their game at the Fine Line (review by Emily Weiss, photos by David McCrindle)
Jackson Browne, among friends at the State Theatre (review by Betsy Gabler)
Jimmy Eat World (and you’ll like it, too!) at First Avenue (review by Jim Brunzell III)
Detroit Cobras fail to strike at the Varsity Theater (review by Jay Gabler, photos by Jeff Rutherford)
Glee! Live! In Concert! ranges from gorgeously ethereal to cringe-inducing (review by Marcus Michalik)

Theater

Ovo is a gentler, kinder Cirque du Soleil (review by Jay Gabler)
Fe/Male at Intermedia Arts: I have never wanted to be a wall so much in my life (review by Matthew A. Everett)
Auditions for the tale of Medea and Jason, as a dark romantic comedy (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)

Visual Arts

New Broken Crow: Carnivores in South Minneapolis (blog post by Paul Schmelzer)
Constellation: A Backyard Expedition—See how it shines (feature by Denise Rouleau)

Food

A countryman’s platter at Guayaquil (feature by Courtney Algeo)
Mushroom music (video blog post by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine)
Ngon Bistro in St. Paul (blog post by Amy Doeun)
Finding Nirvana at Gandhi Mahal (feature by Courtney Algeo)
El Taco Riendo in Minneapolis (blog post by Amy Rea)
Mississippi hand grabbin’ (video blog post by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine)
A side salad (blog post by Mirra Fine)

Lifestyle

Biennial garden tour set for June 25 (feature by Mary Maguire Lerman)
Memorial Day 2011 (feature by Tom Laventure)
June festivals (blog post by Amy Rea)
When the folks come to town (blog post by Lisa Gonzalez)
A social movement of movement: Twin Cities yoga creatively connects minds and bodies (feature by Ashley Siebels)
Minnesota Twins are experiencing the worst, historically followed by the first (blog post by Jean Gabler)
School bus bullies, superheroes, and why I remember the kitchen (blog post by Adrian Schramm)
Mini golf at the Science Museum (blog post by Ann Treacy)
The Lake Calhoun Sailing School (feature by Bill Morton and Larry Salzman)
My mother’s garden (blog post by Tiffany Lee)
Electroluminescent dragons, dancers fly off the building all at Flint Hills Festival (blog post by Ann Treacy)
Mommy needs a cocktail (blog post by Melanie Danke)
What would Minnesota be like if… (op-ed by Lee Egerstrom)
Lying (blog post by Erik Hare)
Nuit Blanche Twin Cities: The St. Paul story (blog post by Ann Treacy)
Alan’s schedule: Summertime reading, MayDay sprouts, and Northern Spark (blog post by Alan Wilfahrt)

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