Arts Orbit Radar: 7/23/09


This week’s picks

Thursday, July 23

On the radar: Alt-country fans have an agonizing choice tonight on Hennepin, and which way they go may ultimately come down to whether they’ve been scarred by love or by drugs. (If the answer is both, they’re probably in no shape to go out anyway.)

Under the radar: In conjunction with the show Stories of the Somali Diaspora, the Weisman hosts a discussion on the theme “When does the diaspora become home?” Panelists include Kao Kalia Yang and our own Justin Schell.

Friday, July 24

On the radar: In only its second year, the daylong performance-art marathon Artery 24 is shaping up as one of the signature cultural events of the summer; it’s like a tiny little Fringe Festival unto itself. Dare you to stay for the whole thing!

Under the radar: The second annual Somali Youth Summit convenes at the U—and this year, it couldn’t be more timely.

Saturday, July 25

On the radar: What a day! The annual FLOW art crawl wends its way through North Minneapolis, the MCBA awards the first-ever international book art prize, the ArtCar Parade cruises around Lake Harriet (with art boats and art bikes as well!), and Brother Ali headlines the One Day in July festival honoring the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike.

Under the radar: Two festivals—African Global Roots and Carifest—celebrate Black culture. A very different, but no less jubilant, cultural celebration is taking place in Shakopee, as PrideAlive hosts GayDay at Valleyfair.

Sunday, July 26

On the radar: The crafty Aby Wolf heads a solid lineup at the second annual Caffetto Arts & Crafts Fair.

Under the radar: Watch the final leg of the Tour de France live on the big screen at the Riverview, with a continental breakfast served alongside the popcorn and Milk Duds.

Monday, July 27

On the radar: The Walker staff are crossing their fingers and hoping that Paul Newman as Hud (with Roma di Luna) in Loring Park enjoys better weather than he did as Brick Pollitt last week. Meanwhile, Jack White brings his new band the Dead Weather to First Ave.

Under the radar: The Uptown Diner has been called out on not having the proper permit to stay open all night; that wasn’t smart on the owners’ part, but after several weeks of limited hours, we and they have suffered long enough for their error. Stand up for hash browns at a Planning Commission meeting this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 28

On the radar: My aunt Muffie’s seen the Average White Band at the Dakota, and she thought they were pretty fly.

Under the radar: Sherwin Linton’s gone through some rocky times since his promising youth when he was pegged as the next Neil Diamond, but like his idol Johnny Cash (who praised Linton’s tribute medley “Hello, I’m Not Johnny Cash”), Linton has prevailed over the long run. Now known as “Mid-America’s Country Music Legend,” Linton has been inducted into the South Dakota Musicians Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. He’ll be at the Cabooze tonight to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Wednesday, July 29

On the radar: I have my suspicions about a DJ night sponsored by a funny-looking minitruck, but people say good things about Scion Metro.

Under the radar: Also less sketchy than it sounds (probably) is Red Stag Hump Day, with Courtney Yasmineh and Nyteowl.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


The local music scene is buzzing with rumors that Minneapolis is going to crack down on 18-plus and all-ages nights at clubs, because we all know what happens when you let a 20-year-old into a room where beer is being served: sheer chaos. What do you think? Let Sheila Regan know.

Meanwhile, if you were looking for some “conscious global pop,” Dwight Hobbes knows just where you can find it.


The magic really works this time, says Jim Brunzell about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Also effective, writes Deb Pleasants, is Paul Newman’s convincingly loathsome performance as the eponymous antihero of Hud—showing in Loring Park this coming Monday night.


Fringe! If you just wet your pants a little bit, you’re going to want to read each of these blog entries. (If not, let Kate Hoff explain what all the fuss is about.)
• Matt Everett finishes up his reviews of the performances in the first Fringe-For-All—just in time for the second!
• Phillip Andrew Bennett Low previews Agamemnon, a darkly comic adaptation of the ancient tragedy (which Matt Everett can’t stop giggling at); and The Problem of the Body, a show about how uptight we Americans are about sex and stuff.
• Matt pens a love letter to Mike Fotis, a man who can hold an audience captivated without even standing up.
• Matt explains why Savage Umbrella’s Love Me or Die! is going to totally rule.
• Wendy Gennaula writes about the first Fringe-For-All, and why she first thought she should have brought her kids…then changed her mind.
• Rachel Reiva reviews a few highlights of the second Fringe-For-All.

Outside the Fringe bubble, Lydia Howell praises Beyond the Owing, a new play about characters with emotional and financial debts to pay; and Dwight Hobbes praises the comedy of K Jay and the legendary Fancy Ray McCloney.

Design and style

St. Paul’s Alchemy Architects, working with a very limited budget, turned a mundane strip-mall slot into a dental office for the next generation.


Amy Rea visits Mac-Groveland’s Heartland Restaurant and concludes that “it’s pretty hard to argue that local foods aren’t superior once you’ve eaten here.”

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