Arts Orbit Radar 8/11/11

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What’s happening this week

On the radar

The State Fair opens in a couple of weeks, but if you close your eyes and ignore the fact that fall is coming, maybe it won’t! Dance blindly at the Pizza Lucé Block Party, or head up to Square Lake where—how cool is this?—the Orange Mighty Trio are performing a live original soundtrack to a 1962 French film best known as the Twilight Zone episode An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

You’ll have one less excuse to drive over to the proximity of the Blue Door Pub when Nick Krings closes the Nicademus Art and Framing Gallery on Snelling; the gallery’s final show opens with a Friday night blowout featuring music from BK One.

Also: need more records? Obviously.

Under the radar

When Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert was the guest at a recent Twin Cities Media Alliance Brown Bag Lunch, he said that one of the biggest challenges of his job was doing justice to the profusion of film festivals that take place each year in the Twin Cities. This weekend’s offering: the Twin Cities Polish FilmFest. What, no Scarlett Johansson? (Half Polish!)

In neighborhood news events, there’s the first annual Bridging Festival in Phillips and the Freedom Jazz Festival in Minnehaha Park.

Meanwhile, if you’re feeling the need for some advice from the Enquirer columnist whose happy clients include Tony Danza and Anna Nicole Smith, head to Roseville for Maria Shaw’s Cosmic Connections Convention. Among the sessions: “Psychic Kids,” “Bring It On! Grasping the Power to Manifest,” “Crossing Over Seance,” “Animal Communication,” and—the caps and exclamation points are theirs, not mine—”ANGELS—ANGELS—EVERYWHERE!!!!”

Daily Planet arts roundup

Books

Poking around at the library (feature by Mary Treacy)
Library plus mall plus environs (feature by Uptown Neighborhood News staff)

Music

Cloud Cult beam Light Chasers into Orchestra Hall (review by Kelsey McDonough, photos by Mandy Dwyer)
Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger parlay nostalgia for children of the 80s (review and photos by Kyle Matteson)
2011 Freedom Jazz Festival—”Jazz for the people” August 13 in Minneapolis (feature by Robin James)

Theater and Dance

Fringe 2011: Today’s the day (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Hello Fringe goers! (blog post by Rachel Reiva)
Lost in Shakespeare (blog post by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low)
A Little Bit of Vegas (blog post by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low)
Fringe Fest musical explores labor tensions (feature by Regina Harris)
Shows I saw on August 4 (blog post by Rachel Reiva)
Fringe review—Red Hamlet—Red Theatre—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Duties and Responsibilities of Being a Sidekick, Recovery, Change Your Underwear, Change Your Life, and Four Clowns (blog post by Kate Hoff)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—SCOTUS—Serious Hedgehog Arts—4 1/2 stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Minnesota Fringe Festival—Buckets and Tap Shoes—Wow (blog post by John Munger)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Domino’s Pizza Saved My Life—Dylan Fresco—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
The Duties and Responsibilities of Being a Sidekick at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Are Minnesota Fringe Festival tickets too expensive? (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Flesh—Present State Movement—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Damn You Auto Caress at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Minnesota Fringe Festival: Dripping in Spit (blog post by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low)
Smothers Brothers Grimm, Painting Portraits, Luke Comes to Life!, and Motherbanking Bankholes (blog post by Kate Hoff)
Once Upon a Time in the Suburbs: The wild Midwest at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Lot O’ Shakespeare at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Smothers Brothers Grimm at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Genaula)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Luke Comes to Life—Charakter Ministry of the Arts—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Painting Portraits—Watkins Theater—Three stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Our Freaking Kids Show—Mainly Me Productions—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Damn You Auto Caress! at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Promising talent, thin premise (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Underneath the Lintel at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: A powerful performance by Pat O’Brien (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Minnesota Fringe Festival: A tussle! (blog post by Phillip Andrew Bennett Low)
Hero at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: The cutest tragedy you’ve ever seen (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Losing My Religion at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Seth Lepore’s loss is our gain (blog post by Jay Gabler)
The Folly of Crowds: A Heterosexual Buttsex Play sneaks up behind you and works its way in…to your heart (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Lot O’ Shakespeare, My Dinner with Andrew, 7(x1) Samurai, Minnesota Middle Finger, Comedy = Tragedy + Someone Else (blog post by Kate Hoff)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Robot Lincoln—OT Pro-Ductions—Four stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Brain Fighters at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—I Love You (We’re F*#ked)—55BC—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Rambler Family Ramblers, Cat, Super Spectacular, Flesh, Disney Dethroned (blog post by Kate Hoff)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Disney Dethroned—Tom Reed—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore…—Partizan Theater—Four stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Camelot is Crumbling at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Heavy metal (blog post by Jay Gabler)
I’m Making This Up as I Go sweats it out at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star: Fun with oversharing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Sousepaw: A Baseball Story—Shelby Company—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Fringe Festival day three and four (blog post by Rachel Reiva)
Ex-Gays shoot straight at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Jay Gabler)
Buckets and Tap Shoes at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Disney Dethroned: Snowcahontas and the Tangled FrogBeast at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review—Camelot is Crumbling—Maximum Verbosity—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Our Freaking Kids Show at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Fringe Festival day five: Reviews of I Love You (We’re F*#ked) and No Change of Address (blog post by Rachel Reiva)
Fletcher and Zenobia Save the Circus at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)
Minnesota Fringe Festival review–The Day the Nineties Died—Callow Youth Productions—Five stars (blog post by Matthew A. Everett)
Longing for Qeej, Red Resurrected, Baba, and Once Upon a Time in the Suburbs at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Kate Hoff)
Deadline at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (blog post by Wendy Gennaula)

Visual Arts

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl draws a vibrant crowd in North Minneapolis (feature and photos by Makula Dunbar)
From Little Earth to 35W: First annual Bridging Festival moves through Phillips August 13 (feature by Dallas Johnson)

Food

Making the healthy choice the easy choice (feature by Tom Niemisto)
The other kind of farm (feature by Natalie Camplair)
Project Sweetie Pie takes youth from seeds to market (feature by Paris Porter)
Ag cuts hit everyone hard (op-ed by Lee Egerstrom)
Mill City Farmers’ Market…one of the most interesting in the state! (feature by Phillis Louise Harris)
Cultivating connections with our local global marketplaces: A social exploration of Twin Cities farmers’ markets (feature by Christy Marie Kent)
Oxtail lasagna? Explore your palette at Heidi’s Restaurant (feature by Rich Reeder)
Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais (blog post by Amy Rea)
Italian in the darndest places (feature by Carla Waldemar)
Most tender beef cuts? How long to age? Small-town meat processor tells all (blog post by Sylvia Burgos)

Lifestyle

Hawks, butterflies, earwigs, and Klingons online in St. Paul (feature by Mary Turck)
Introducing guerrilla gardening: A new Twin Cities movement, or just a fad? (blog post by Kristoffer Tigue)
The righteous among the nations (feature by Mordecai Specktor)

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