Arts Orbit Radar: 8/27/09


This week’s picks

Thursday, August 27

On the radar: People are talking about some dog and pony show starting today on Snelling. Wuteva wuteva.

Under the radar: Every artist in the state of Minnesota will be playing kickball today at the Walker. At least, that’s the idea.

Friday, August 28

On the radar: It’s Magers & Quinn’s 15th birthday, and they’re throwing themselves a quinceñera with a storewide sale. Music will be provided by the store’s employees—who just happen to include members of Cloud Cult and Dreamland Faces.

Under the radar: …and underclothed! But when it’s Foxy Tann, that’s exactly what you expect.

Saturday, August 29

On the radar: Can an iPhone, thrown with sufficient velocity and precision, be a lethal weapon? We may find out at tonight’s State Fair performance by Kid “Twitter is gay” Rock. (He may also be reconsidering any possible tour dates in California, home of @angryfaggot.)

Under the radar: Afrizo, a gospel group based at Nairobi’s Daystar University, is in Brooklyn Center for its first U.S. performance of the year.

Sunday, August 30

On the radar: Guitar hero Dean Magraw is struggling with health issues related to cancer, and several of his most talented friends on the local folk scene are convening at the Celtic Junction for a daylong hootenanny to raise money for his living expenses.

Under the radar: Mixed Precipitation sets out to win hearts to sustainable agriculture and community gardening with Orpheus and Eurydice: A Picnic Operetta, performed today in Theodore Wirth Park. Of course, if you’d even consider attending an outdoor operetta celebrating the sustainable foods system, you’re probably already among the converted—which means you’re sure to enjoy it.

Monday, August 31

On the radar: Tonight the State Fair hosts Jackson Browne—just so long as no one tells Browne that this year’s Grandstand series is sponsored by Walmart. The ultrasensitive Me Decade heartthrob has supported Safe Energy, the Christic Institute, the Children’s Defense Fund, Farm Aid, Gulf Coast hurricane relief, Amnesty International, John Kerry, the Dalai Lama, and the Guacamole Fund. The only thing he has in common with Kid Rock: he’s not on Twitter.

Under the radar: In a 100% phony-free lineup, Charlie Parr alternates with Sherwin Linton today and tomorrow at the Fair’s Heritage Square Stage.

Tuesday, September 1

On the radar: Weezy “doesn’t have time for beef,” says DJ Whoo Kid. Even if it comes on a stick?

Under the radar: James Brown may be gone, but his jet-black pompadour lives on thanks to Buckwheat Zydeco, who started as a funk keyboardist before switching to zydeco accordion under the tutelage of the legendary Clifton Chenier. The man Fats Domino, Eric Clapton, and Bill Clinton call “Buck” is at the Dakota tonight.

Wednesday, September 2

On the radar: The Oak Street Cinema has supposedly been slated for destruction more times than the Eagles have supposedly broken up; for better (the former) and for worse (the latter), they’re both still with us. Tonight the venerable moviehouse kicks off a series of experimental pictures with a “film and sound experiment” by City Harvest Black.

Under the radar: Andriana Lehr’s songs—like all the pictures on her MySpace—are angled and contemplative. The unsigned local chanteuse is at the Fine Line tonight for a free show with Jorge Figueroa.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


Local songstress Claire Taubenhaus performed her Twin Cities sendoff show Sunday night at the Entry; Crystal Erickson interviewed her about her past (at Perpich High), present (at First Ave), and future (in Austin, Texas). I had to miss the show because I was at the Cabooze, enjoying a first-rate show by Cloud Cult. And by the way…did you know that Lady Gaga got a tattoo with a quote by Rainer Maria Rilke?!


The Walker Art Center is screening a Coen Brothers career retrospective starting next month, and in preparation I’ll be reviewing each of the Minnesota natives’ films—starting this week with their debut feature, Blood Simple. I also, apropos of nothing, revisited Werner Herzog’s instant classic Grizzly Man.


Kids from the Brian Coyle Community Center have been at Bedlam Theatre all summer learning the finer points (or at least the broader points) of drama from, among others, our writer Sheila Regan. Trang Do presents a great series of photographs from the program. Fringe blogger Rachel Reiva recommended Blank Slate Theatre’s production of Disordered, which she says defines teenagers in America today. Decidedly not for young’uns is the upcoming show by Foxy Tann, spotlighting—ahem—the end of summer.


Happy 15th birthday to Minneapolis’s premier independent bookseller, Magers & Quinn!


Kansas sushi? Yes, in Calhoun Village. Jeremy Iggers reports. (“I don’t know whether all that cream cheese is a Kansas thing, but it certainly isn’t a Japanese thing.”)

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