This week’s picks
Thursday, December 11
Brilliant violinist Leila Josefowicz is in town to play with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and they’re taking her to some kind of sketchy juke joint down on Johnny Cake Ridge Road. Sounds like a party…if not, there’s always the Ill 3 release party at the Entry.
Friday, December 12
Dragonforce are bringing their “Ultra Beatdown Tour” to Myth tonight, but if you really want to see an ultra beatdown, you want to see Dolemite, the picture the New York Times called “the Citizen Kane of kung fu pimping movies.” The film, which stars the late great Rudy Ray Moore, is screening at 11:30 p.m. at the Riverview.
Saturday, December 13
One winter, remembers Woody Allen, “we went to Spain to see Manolete fight, and he looked to be 18, and Gertrude Stein said no, he was 19, but that he only looked 18, and I said sometimes a boy of 18 will look 19, whereas other times a 19-year-old can easily look 18. That’s the way it is with a true Spaniard. We laughed over that and Gertrude Stein punched me in the mouth.” Anyway, she’s dead now, so you need not fear going to the Walker tonight to see The Making of Americans, a new opera based on her novel.
Sunday, December 14
Smoothly as the elaborate props slide across the stage at the Guthrie’s Christmas Carol, the smoothest Christmas Carol in town is at the Capri Theater, where Charmin Michelle leads a “copasetic” jazz interpretation of Dickens’s classic story.
Monday, December 15
Tonight at the Pantages, see the one and only annual performance of Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Holiday Pageant. “The Open Eye troupe plays to the peanut gallery with physical comedy and bathroom humor,” I wrote about last year’s pageant, “but those elements of broad comedy are mixed with subtle wordplay, riffs on obscure Biblical references, and some randy sexual innuendo that—judging by the giggling throughout the audience—was not entirely lost on the SpongeBob set.”
Tuesday, December 16
It’s Beethoven’s birthday! So listen to the Missa Solemnis on your way to Magers & Quinn, where Replacements drummer Chris Mars will be signing copies of Tolerance, a new collection of his macabre paintings.
Wednesday, December 17
Believe the hype: Sean Tubridy’s Toys on ‘Roids show at the SooVAC is a blast. Check out the show—and try to figure out what that framed autographed photo of Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek VI is doing there—then walk down Lyndale to take Jeremy Iggers’s recommendation and sample the tuna tacos at Tiger Sushi. (No, that’s not a name for a mixed shot—they’re actually tuna tacos.)
For more weekend picks, see the Weekend What’s What from l’etoile magazine.
Daily Planet arts roundup
Kicking off this week’s copious coverage of independent music is Ian Power’s list of the Cities’ top indie labels. What’s happening on those labels—and beyond? Well…
• There are Sick of Sarah, five women who may the next big buzz, says Stephanie Dickrell.
• There’s Ed Ackerson, who runs the Susstones label and still finds time to release scads of his own music.
• There are Illuminous 3, who are releasing their new disc at the Entry tonight.
• There are the Steeles, the first family of Minnesota gospel, who are playing their annual holiday show this weekend.
• There are the Flin Flon Bombers, making St. Paul safe for psychedelic pop.
• There are Junkyard Empire, Soulacious, and Mayda, all of whom have 2008 discs that make perfect stocking stuffers.
Not to mention the Korean drumming and all-girl alcohol-free fun ‘n’ healthy 7 p.m. Thursday night dance parties.
It was a week full of scandal and controversy on the TCDP theater beat! First, Dwight Hobbes walked out on Miss Richfield after she called him “the homeless guy” and draped a Latina woman in bling and soul gear to represent Kwanzaa. Then I went to see Joseph Scrimshaw’s Fat Man Crying, which I liked so much that I friended Scrimshaw on Facebook…leading to a bout of self-doubt and soul-searching (mine, not his). Fortunately, there is no self-doubt or soul-searching at Bedlam Theatre, which is happily proceeding with its ironic holiday spectacular The Turducken.
Jim Brunzell III talks with Bruce Campbell about the movie he just made (My Name is Bruce) and the movie he won’t be making (Evil Dead 4).
Do you know any other local news site that ever has a review of a poetry book at the top of its most-read article list? No, and that’s why you read the Daily Planet. See Jess Grover’s take on Alex Lemon’s Hallelujah Blackout. Also, check out Alison Morse’s feature on Lao-American poet Bryan Thao Worra and the MCBA’s 20th annual Winter Book.
Hannah Dentinger catches up with Ann Ledy, a St. Paul native who’s just stepped up to lead CVA—the Avis of metro-area art schools.
More sushi—just what Uptown needs! Or not, writes Jeremy Iggers. Meanwhile, Andy Birkey reports on the Twin Cities’ newest GLBT establishment: Tickles! Finally, the comment war continues over whether or not St. Paul is thrifty and/or hip—even ever whether or not “STP” is a legitimate abbreviation for “St. Paul.” I say let’s settle the matter with a steel cage match between Scott Weiland and the Johnson High School battlebot.
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Jay Gabler (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Daily Planet’s arts editor.