Arts Orbit Radar: 7/16/09


This week’s picks

Thursday, July 16

On the radar: A new Mississippi Market opens on West 7th; fortify yourself for a smashing night of music options. Just a selection of the options, in ascending order of likely crowd size: Bella Koshka lead a sterling five-act lineup at The Beat Coffeehouse, Gospel Gossip are in the Mill City Museum courtyard, The National are at First Ave, and the one and only Beyoncé is at Target Center. (No word yet on whether there will be glitter cannons. [Update: Yes, there were.])

Under the radar: In fact, underground! At Mario’s Keller Bar, it’s the annual Spoutstock, in which local bands battle it out playing exclusively covers; the event benefits the splendid, scrappy Spout Press.

Friday, July 17

On the radar: The Trylon micro-cinema officially opens (with rockers!), screening six Buster Keaton films accompanied by live music from Dreamland Faces. Later tonight at Ground Zero, an event advertised as “the biggest variety show of the year” features singers, acrobatics, freak shows, burlesque, and even “boy-lesque.”

Under the radar: Is it a guilty pleasure if there’s no one you need to apologize to? Sweet Stache get down and dirty with the 70s and 80s at—of course—Lee’s.

Saturday, July 18

On the radar: It’s Rondo Days! The Twin Cities’ most vibrant celebration of a community that doesn’t exist (the Rondo neighborhood was destroyed decades ago to make way for I-94) includes a parade and drill team competition.

Under the radar: The Northeast Folk Festival sets itself right on down at Grumpy’s NE. Yes, the Buckboard Boys will be there.

Sunday, July 19

On the radar: Across the river from the rockin’ Mill City Museum, St. Anthony Main sees their courtyard and raises them a Roma di Luna. Later, some Old 97’s will be at First Ave.

Under the radar: Did you know there’s a Palestinian hip-hop movement? There is one. Did you know there’s a documentary about it? There is. One.

Monday, July 20

On the radar: Halloween, Alaska open for Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in the first night of the Walker’s cleverly titled Summer Music and Movies series. If you want hot instead of cool, party with the Reverend Horton Heat at First Ave.

Under the radar: The Fine Line’s weekday local music nights are an underrated showcase for emerging talent, but tonight’s free show features some talent that’s outright emerged: Toby Thomas Churchill, Claire Taubenhaus, Wolfman Strikes Again, Brian Just, and Alicia Wiley—who, Dwight Hobbes says, “could blow a hurricane back out to sea. That’s the kind of chops she got.” (If you need some fortification against the storm, take advantage of the 2-for-1 cocktails and shots.)

Tuesday, July 21

On the radar: St. Agnes School, my Frogtown alma mater, must indeed be smiled upon by God. How else to explain a collection of alumni that includes a couple hundred priests, Maria Isa, and Tim McKee? The premier chef opens his new restaurant Sea Change at the Guthrie tonight. While they’re in the neighborhood, maybe his father and brother—proprietors of McKee Sign & Neon Service—can do something about that flickering Gold Medal Flour sign.

Under the radar: Some people need no excuse to make a film. For those who do, there’s MNKINO. Tonight’s films are brought to you by the color orange.

Wednesday, July 22

On the radar: Are you creative? Are you passionate? Do you know something? Then you’ll fit right in at Give & Take, where the audience gives as good as it gets.

Under the radar: I’m not exactly a close personal friend of M.I.A.’s, but if she were in town, I have a pretty good guess about where you’d find her tonight.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


As was the case in past years, there’s a happy feeling about the History Center on Tuesday nights this summer; Marinda Bland reports on the music to be heard there. Jon Behm reviews a performance by the painfully alone Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at the Turf Club, and Dwight Hobbes admits that Frank Brownstone and Associates make him boogie like a white guy.


Erik McClanahan reviews Brüno—which made him laugh, even if it’s essentially a Borat retread—and Jim Brunzell calls The Hurt Locker the best movie of the year so far. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was judged to be one of the best movies of 1959, and the twentysomething Marinda Bland sees no reason to argue with that assessment. Marinda was also at the first screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; she submitted her story at 4:17 Wednesday morning in an e-mail with the subject “Harry Potter and the I’m Finally Going to Bed.”


The Fringe Festival build-up this week included Fringe-For-All: 30 rapid-fire previews. Matt Everett was there (was he ever), and he was also at the Flower Shop Project’s Dawn’s Inferno. Looking forward, Matt previews Fringe shows by Mumble Mumble Ink and Laura Bidgood and Curt Lund. Meanwhile, I secured myself in the safe—very safe—confines of the Guthrie for a little light summer comedy; and Phillip Andrew Bennett Low profiles a comedy group who lost the Fringe lottery but are carrying on anyway.


Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper praise the Signature Café in Prospect Park; the restaurant, they write, has a menu with “not a single clunker.” Jeremy Iggers enjoys the three-course special at the deathless Cafe Biaggio, and Amy Rea gets psyched for the shrimp truck.


Last weekend, local DIY publishers packed the Stevens Square Center for the Arts for the annual Zinefest. Also this week, I review two new guides to the Twin Cities.

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