Arts Orbit Radar 7/7/11

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What’s happening this week

On the radar

An organized boycott of the Basilica Block Party hasn’t dented ticket sales, say organizers. Less controversial and way cooler is the Pink Mink record-release booze cruise, departing Friday night from Harriet Island.

I walked out of Miranda July’s new movie The Future—my explanation as to why will be published when the film is officially released locally on July 29—but Jim Brunzell says he liked the movie a lot when he saw it at Sundance, and the twee director’s many fans will certainly turn out to see her appearance when the film screens Friday at the Walker Art Center.

At the Soap Factory, John Jodzio, Lightsey Darst, Sarah Hayes, Katie Leo, Alison Morse, G.E. Patterson, and Annette Schiebout will appear Saturday night for a group reading associated with the exhibit The Erasers. Fans of Broadway musicals, meanwhile, will be gearing up for the openings of the classic West Side Story at the Orpheum and the—er, well—9 to 5 at the Ordway.

Under the radar

Prayers For Atheists headline a notably eclectic bill Thursday night at the Entry, a bill that will include slam poetry and an acoustic pop-folk-hip-hop set by Guante with Claire Taubenhaus.

Fans of indie theater waiting for the Fringe to get going can tide themselves over with the Fresh Ink series of plays by local writers at Illusion Theater. Other quietly notable theater events this week include the opening of Waiting for Godot at the long-shuttered Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis and the return of the kid-friendly duo Milly and Tillie to Open Eye Theatre. In my review of Milly and Tillie’s appearance last year, I wrote, “Like a good picture book, the show is bursting with life and invention.”

Finally, at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, there’s the most aptly named local live game show: Grab My Junk.

Daily Planet arts roundup

Books

Con report (blog post by Eleanor Arnason)
Would you pay to see an author read at a bookstore? (blog post by Jay Gabler)

Movies

Student film project shows light rail’s effects on community (feature by Charles Hallman)
Music and movies in the parks (feature by Uptown Neighborhood News staff)

Music

The return of Roger Lear—sort of (blog post by Dwight Hobbes)
Boom Bap Village 2011 festival to showcase Hmong hip-hop culture (feature by A.J. MacDonald)

Theater

Cow Boat sails into Mounds Park (feature by Stephanie Harr)

Visual Arts

“Honey, I’m chilly. Would you turn on the art?” (blog post by Jay Gabler)

Food

White House, here we come: Parasole one of three finalists in First Lady’s national Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest (feature by Uptown Neighborhood News staff)
Healthier foods are now just around the corner (feature by Jaya Ginter)

Lifestyle

Look out for the nature! (blog post by Melanie Danke)
July festivals (blog post by Amy Rea)
Google+ (blog post by Erik Hare)

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