Arts Orbit Radar: 10/1/09


What’s Happening This Week

Thursday, October 1

On the radar: METRO has just released its annual list of a hundred things to love about the Twin Cities, and you can expect that many of them will show up at the corresponding celebration in Northeast Minneapolis, headlined by top thing-to-love Solid Gold.

Under the radar: The Penumbra continues its epic tour through August Wilson’s epic tour of the 20th century with tonight’s opening of Radio Golf, the follow-up to last year’s immensely moving production of Fences.

Friday, October 2

On the radar: No depression in the Twin Cities! Last week it was Son Volt in Minneapolis, this week it’s Wilco in St. Paul.

Under the radar: It’s Minnesota’s biggest art crawl—not in terms of popularity or amount of art, but in sheer geographic reach. Stretching across the entire Upper Minnesota River Valley, the Arts Meander is the perfect art crawl for culture vultures who love a good road trip. And who doesn’t?

Saturday, October 3

On the radar: Over the past year, Lookbook have been gathering admirers like a rolling snowball. Tonight, they release their first full-length album with a show at the sure-to-be-packed Kitty Cat Klub. Opening are Shahs and the newly picked-to-click Zoo Animal.

Under the radar: Maria Isa, Tou Saiko, Sha Cage, Tish Jones, Poetic Assassins, and a huge number of grassroots hip-hop/spoken-word luminaries are converging on Macalester College for a concert to help pay the legal costs of Fong Lee, the young Hmong man fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer in 2006.

Sunday, October 4

On the radar: As if the Midtown Global Market wasn’t bounty enough on an ordinary day, today it hosts 40 Lake Street area restaurants for the annual Taste of Lake Street. It’s also your last day to enjoy the musical offerings at the Sound Unseen Film Festival.

Under the radar: It’s Chusok, the annual Korean harvest moon festival, and our media partners at the Korean Quarterly are celebrating by sponsoring a 5K run (or walk, if that’s more your speed) at Phalen Park, followed by music, games, and food. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, local pagans are heading off the slew of ersatz Paper-Warehouse paganism about to descend upon us; today is the second day of their celebration of Pagan Pride.

Monday, October 5

On the radar: David Cross—comedian, writer, and creator of Arrested Development and Mr. Show—will be holding forth at the State Theatre for his adoring audience.

Under the radar: Two and a half hours before he takes the stage downtown—Cross will pop in at the U of M bookstore for a free appearance promoting his book I Drink For a Reason.

Tuesday, October 6

On the radar: You’d expect a double bill pairing Colbie Caillat with Howie Day to be at the Pantages, the Fine Line, or maybe even Mystic Lake—but no, they’re at First Ave. Maybe the venue will inspire them to drink and smoke their way through their sets, and to tell you what they really think of Daniel Powter.

Under the radar: The ARTmn exhibition series sponsored by the people at—who are awesome despite their insistence on spitting in the face of perfectly reasonable conventions of capitalization—starts with an exhibit called Faking Nature. If you, like Woody Allen, are two with nature, here’s a show you can get behind. Some of the participating artists are stopping by the library for a panel discussion (how unnatural can you get?) today.

Wednesday, October 7

On the radar: Yo La Tengo have been several of the best bands of the past two decades; tonight at First Ave, they’ll prove it’s actually the same people making all of that evocative music—from the crunchy to the soft, and everything in between.

Under the radar: At Sample Night Live, a smorgasbord of artists take turns on the History Theatre stage to compete for your attention, your votes, and perhaps even your eventual attendance at the full-length versions of their schticks. Tonight’s edition is split into G-rated (jazz, magic, singin’) and unrated (slammin’, improv, rockin’) halves. Your hostess: Foxy Tann.

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Daily Planet Arts Roundup


Melissa Olson explains why Native film score composer Brent Micheal Davids (Last of the Mohicans) was in Minnesota for his new project, and I continue my Coen series with The Big Lebowski. Meanwhile, Erik McClanahan talked with several of the filmmakers featured in this week’s Sound Unseen film festival: Gregori Viens (director of Punching the Clown), John Comerford (producer of Icons Among Us), Peter Esmonde (director of Trimpin), John Chester (director of Rock Prophecies), Eileen Yaghoobian (Died Young, Stayed Pretty), and festival director Rick Hansen.


I went to the Cedar to see the opaquely rocking BLK JKS, and then over to the Ordway to hear the sparkling score of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Meanwhile, Dwight Hobbes praised Seven Steps to Havana at the Artists’ Quarter and the Minneapolis Free Music Society at the Acadia. Crystal Erickson, meanwhile, caught up with Adam Young—who, as Owl City, has hardly released his first album yet already has sealed his spot in the Owatonna Music Hall of Fame.


I took a pair of strange and wonderful journeys on the West Bank: The Mars Project and Bedlam’s Million Dollar Museum. Matthew Everett went through an emotional wringer at Urban Samurai’s Homeland Prayer, and Dwight Hobbes deemed Illusion Theater’s Bill W. and Dr. Bob a flawed but insightful show. Finally, John Munger paid tribute to this year’s McKnight Choreography Fellows and related the experience of learning he’s a double nominee in this year’s Sage Awards for dance; and Jessica Van Berkel profiled Miss Deaf Minnesota Kaitlyn Mielke, who is advocating for performing arts access for the deaf.

Visual Arts

The Age of Aquarius returns to the Walker with Robert Irwin’s Slant/Light/Volume, which I found bemusing though at least more intelligible than Haegue Yang’s Integrity of the Insider.


Raghavan Iyer opened his new restaurant OM, and Amy Rea was there with her camera.

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