What’s happening this week
On the radar: Circus Juventas may feature young performers, but this year’s show is hardly child’s play: Sawdust, which opens today, makes the troupe the only non-professional circus to dare use the tent-high Wheel of Steel.
Under the radar: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project presents The Art of Conflict: Identity in War and Displacement, an exhibit featuring work by both Iraqi and American artists, opening today at Tarnish & Gold Gallery.
On the radar: At some point everyone has to grow up and stop staying out all night—even festivals of performance art. Artery 24 no more, Artery Twentyten kicks off tonight at the Soap Factory.
Under the radar: Fort Wilson Riot haven’t been around quite as long as the average local fort, but they’re definitely battle-scarred veterans of ups, downs, and rock opera. They’re releasing their new album Predator/Prey tonight at the Kitty Cat Klub.
On the radar: Will Bill Cosby ultimately be remembered for his pioneering standup comedy or for his scandalous infidelity? The answer to that question has yet to be determined—after all, Cosby is still performing, with two shows tonight at Treasure Island—but these days, the American icon seems to be best known for his sweaters.
Under the radar: Understanding that toga parties haven’t been much in evidence since Bill Cosby was just a costar on I Spy, the savvy proprietors of 414 Soundbar (not to be confused with Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, though I’m sure the Hardcore Crayons would welcome a few fans wrapped in sheets) are conveniently making togas available for purchase tonight at its Evening in Rome party. The event notice says that a clothing check will be available, but it looks like you’ll have to supply your own key bowl.
On the radar: Depending on your demographic, you may or may not find it comfortable to contemplate the fact that we live in a world where Sarah McLachlan couldn’t fill Canterbury Park, but Sum 41 have no problem doing so. Or maybe the masses planning to descend on the racetrack today for the Vans Warped Tour really just want to see iwrestledabearonce.
Under the radar: Just about every restaurant and bar in town seems to have a summer block party this year, so it’s only natural that coffee shops would be the next to get in on the action. Caffetto’s been throwing its Arts & Crafts Fair for three years now; today, north Uptown will rock to the sounds of Black Audience, Gabe Barnett, and more.
On the radar: As part of its ongoing roster of classes in theater and movement, Live Action Set is presenting a seven-session workshop—beginning today—led by ridiculously accomplished performer Jim Lichtscheidl, who will “explore music with the belief that the soundtrack of life informs the movement of life.” You can drop in for one session at a time at the cost of just $10.
Under the radar: Get to know Minneapolis’s Oromo community—if you don’t already—at a free presentation of music, fashion, and dance tonight in Matthews Park. Stop by the Cake Eater Bakery, just across the street, for a tasty top-off to your picnic basket.
On the radar: St. Paul’s Soapboxing team defends its national title on home turf as the National Poetry Slam comes to the Capital City.
Under the radar: Movie star Juliette Lewis—as a rocker? After seeing her last year at the Entry, my friend Annette Schiebout was sold. “Her live performance is so full of sweat, feathers, and energy, you can’t help but jump around and feel transformed. She’s got a lot of rock, but she’s got a lot of blues too. She jumped off the stage and shook it with the crowd. I think she would’ve gone out for drinks with us after the show.” Tonight, Lewis is at Station 4.
On the radar: Tonight’s Sample Night Live is a de facto Fringe-For-All, on the eve of the main event. Among the acts being previewed tonight are ROBO-homa! (that’s right, Oklahoma with robots) and the musical parody Bite Me Twilight.
Under the radar: Wondering what the legacy of Willie Nelson is, I conducted an informal poll. To the best of your knowledge, I asked a few local notables, why is Willie Nelson famous? The answers:
• “His voice.” (Chuck Terhark, METRO magazine)
• “Hats.” (Mark Mallman, musician)
• “His lifelong contribution to country music.” (Brenda Karunya Peters, photographer)
• “Smoking marijuana!” (Jahna Peloquin, journalist and fashion stylist)
• “Country music and pot smoking!” (Courtney McLean, Rockstar Storyteller and naughtybilly songstress)
• “Nelson has a sincerity about him that I think is unparalleled in his genre, save for maybe Johnny Cash. That, and ‘Always On My Mind’ was a heartripping tune.” (Jen Boyles, City Pages)
• “(1) He smoked dope on the roof of the White House. (2) He wrote the song ‘Crazy’—made famous by Patsy Cline—and sold it for $50 to buy food for his children. (3) Willie Nelson is what being a damn American is all about!” (Paul D. Dickinson, punk poet)
For all these reasons and more, visit the Trylon tonight to see Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Party, a 1974 concert film not available on DVD.
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Daily Planet arts roundup
• The best worst movies: 50,000,000 Troll 2 fans can’t be wrong (feature by Erik McClanahan)
• From quirky comedies to hair-raising thrillers, top-notch independent films are available at the click of a remote (feature by Jim Brunzell III)
• Chastity Brown: You have to see her to believe her (review by Dwight Hobbes)
• Return of Minnesota Black Music Awards a resounding success (feature by Donavee Chappell)
• Zsamé: From “house diva” to soul sensation (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
• Northrop summer concerts get the ax (feature by Miranda Taylor)
• The Swell Season and Joe Pug at First Avenue (photos by Meredith Westin)
• Run like Angelic Hellions from Moonrunners’ debut disc (review by Dwight Hobbes)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—A Dracula musical that doesn’t bite (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• At Open Eye, Milly and Tillie provide free fun and fancy for young and old (review by Jay Gabler)
• Fringe 2010: Underdog show, this time with actual dog included (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—From the other Manhattan, in Kansas (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—Bad teddy, bad teddy (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—A kids’ show loaded with great Fringe vets (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—World’s cutest corpse (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Fringe of the Fringe: The outer limits (blog entry by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low)
• A pauper connects to Prince to share his story (blog entry by Rachel Reiva)
• Fringe 2010: Fringe-For-All #2—One-man hootenanny (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
• Sounds FLOWed during Minneapolis’s Northside Arts Crawl (feature and photos by Margo Ashmore)
• Two area residents are named 2010 Bush artist fellows (feature by Natalie Zett)
• Wing Young Huie once again turns real people into works of art (feature by Phyllis Louise Harris)
• It’s hard for many people to buy healthy food (feature by Charles Hallman)
• I heart huckleberries (blog entry by Sara Rice)
• Famous Dave’s (blog entry by Amy Rea)
• Cheng Heng’s very satisfying home style Cambodian cooking (blog entry by Phyllis Louise Harris)
• Herb walk at Lake Como (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
• Minnesota Twins baseball at Target Field: It’s a “happening” (blog entry by Jean Gabler)
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