Arts Orbit Radar 8/26/10


What’s happening this week

Thursday, August 26

On the radar: Pronto pups, free pencils, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. This is how we roll.

Under the radar: The music of the late great Egyptian singer provides the soundtrack and the inspiration for Jawaahir Dance Company’s The Dark Nightingale.

Friday, August 27

On the radar: Dave Alvin, one of the great journeyman singer-songwriters, comes to Bunker’s with his new band the Guilty Women.

Under the radar: They Won’t Find Us Here is about as under-the-radar as it gets: it’s a tiny, private gallery at Bryant and 35th. But its proprietors know their stuff, and the stuff on display tonight—at a show marking the gallery’s first anniversary—is the work of American-Italian artist Justin Randolph Thompson. 

Saturday, August 28

On the radar: Drink ’em up, folks—it’s last call for merriment at Art of This Gallery, which says sayonara to its Nicollet Avenue space tonight with a show featuring work by the gallery’s founders.

Under the radar: Everyone likes a good biennial, and today marks the opening of the Soap Factory’s second Minnesota biennial, A Theory of Values.

Sunday, August 29

On the radar: Join Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA) executive director Jeremy Iggers and master chef Shelagh Connolly at the Black Dog Café for a Pick of the Market dinner featuring foods fresh from the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. The dinner is a fundraiser for the TCMA, the nonprofit organization that publishes the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Under the radar: It’s Conflict of Interest Day at Arts Orbit Radar! My friends Deb Carver and Erica Edwards are among the creators of Twin Cities Runoff, a new online magazine that’s throwing a preview party tonight at the Walker’s Open Field.

Monday, August 30

On the radar: She’s the Last Superstar. The Great Common Denominator. The New Britney. The New Madonna. The New Jesus. Whatever your musical prayer may be, chances are it’s been answered by Lady Gaga. Tonight, she brings her Monster Ball to the Capital City.

Under the radar: If Kenn Wanaku’s music was any more fun, writes Dwight Hobbes, “you’d be able to roll it up and smoke it.” The Afropopster plays tonight as part of the 42nd Avenue Stations’ World Music Mondays.

Tuesday, August 31

On the radar: Marijuana Deathsquads, the supergroup not normally seen before dark or out in the open, emerges from hiding to play in Loring Park tonight before a screening of the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece Fargo. You’re darn tootin’!

Under the radar: The Soap Factory is collecting bottle caps for the Haunted Basement and the old Hollywood Video on Hennepin is turning into a Halloween superstore; you can’t fight the Halloween buildup, so might as well join it by hanging out tonight at Bedlam, which is screening videos of two past Barebones Halloween Shows.

Wednesday, September 1

On the radar: #30DaysofBiking, the Twitter phenomenon that rolled past in April, returns—this time, with a website. Hash it over and saddle up!

Under the radar: An eclectic triple bill tonight at Cause features Jimmy Peterson, the Mad Ripple, and—wait for it—the TC Ukes.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


The Music of Failure (blog entry by Amy Rea)


Make it in Minnesota? Yes you can, says the Minnesota Film and TV Board (feature by Erik McClanahan)


Stone Temple Pilots rock the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium (photos by Jeff Rutherford)
Honeystick sweeten the pot at the Entry (photos by Jay Gabler)
Mos Def throws a private party at the Guthrie (photos by Meredith Westin, review by Jay Gabler)

Theater and Dance

Bowling and running and writing (not necessarily in that order) (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)
The Wizzle of Oz-Some, Fish Bowl, Bite Me Twilight (blog entry by Rachel Reiva)
Jeremey Catterton’s Polish Pugilist fights for the avant-garde (review by Jay Gabler)
Principles of Pulse: It’s all about the Rhythm (review by Sheila Regan)
Code 21, Semi-Darkness, Dont U Luv Me (blog entry by Rachel Reiva)
The Scottsboro Boys at the Guthrie: Dancing with demons (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Illusion’s Always & Forever is pure entertainment (review by Matthew A. Everett)
In a state of Nature at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (photos and review by Jay Gabler)
All Shook Up at the Chanhassen: Make it now rather than never (review by Elizabeth Lofgren)

Food and Dining

Heat wave cooking (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
Urban gardening: An economic development tool (feature by Joe Sheeran)
More projects in the Northwoods (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
Huge farm crops will help; not guarantee Minnesota’s economic recovery (feature by Lee Egerstrom)
Home canning: Diced tomatoes (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
Bringing EBT to Minneapolis farmers’ markets (feature by Ben Lilliston)
Cooler weather=Preserving (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
A perfect morning (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
Kansas: Goodbye wheat, hello corn (blog entry by Julia Olmstead)
Native youth farmer markets sell veggies from heirloom seeds (feature by Jon Lurie)

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