Arts Orbit Weekly: 3/26/09


This week’s picks

Thursday, March 26
Start your weekend at the Hex, where tonight’s lineup is a gas. Besides headliners Ironbitchface, there’s Bri and her Big Shirt—a solo project by one of the Best Friends Forever—and Tropical Ambrosia Salad, whose rendition of “When Tears Go By” will floor you.

Friday, March 27
You don’t really need a reason to enjoy happy hour at Bedlam Theatre, but tonight you have one—the whole stable of stars responsible for the Daily Planet will be hanging out in the back room (you know how we roll). Once you’re warmed up with love and Surly, head to First Ave for the Manifestation of Sage Francis (and friends).

Saturday, March 28
It’s a day of drink and music at the Acadia Cafe, which is celebrating its 1st (in its current location) and 10th (overall) anniversaries. In the evening, dive into the heart of the City of Lakes for a fund-raising carnival (yes, there will be a dunk tank) at Art of This, the biggest little conceptual art gallery in the Upper Midwest.

Sunday, March 29
The Beyond Borders Film Festival closes with a bang, presenting the remarkable and unconventional immigrant sports story Sugar, which Erik McClanahan calls one of the most authentic baseball movies ever made.

Monday, March 30
A few decades ago, Hüsker Dü and the Replacements were in a neck-and-neck competition for loudest, fastest, drunkest band in Minneapolis—hell, in the world. Back then, it would probably have been hard to believe that one day Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould would be appearing for “an intimate evening” at the Varsity Theater. (Of course, Hüsker Dü’s shows were always “intimate” insofar as there was a really decent chance that anyone in the first few rows would be spat or bled upon.)

Tuesday, March 31
Acclaimed Jamaican novelist Marlon James is at Common Good Books tonight reading from his new book, the dark and stirring Book of Night Women—a historical drama set on an 18th century sugar plantation.

Wednesday, April 1
Enough darkness! It’s time to f-in’ smile, and you’re guaranteed to find at least a tiny bit of inner peace if you stop by Midori’s Floating World Café for a sushi dinner (be sure to order a cup of art tea) and then proceed to the Edina Landmark Cinema to see Steve Zahn and John Malkovich in The Great Buck Howard.

For more event recommendations, see the Weekend What’s What from l’etoile magazine.

Daily Planet arts roundup


Looking forward, Justin Schell previews Manifestation, the much-anticipated show at First Ave organized by the activists at Substance. Looking backward, Dwight Hobbes reviews a disappointing night at the Acadia Cafe—where he didn’t get to hear the Urban Hillbilly Quartet.


Sheila Regan snagged national attention with her scoop on This, an anonymous (and vague) protest at the U of M’s dance program. Meanwhile, Dwight Hobbes popped in to Mixed Blood and was not disappointed by Baseball Saved Us—granted, his expectations were low. Dwight also talked with “Rasta Bard” David Daniels, a playwright who’s fallen on hard times in Minneapolis Town and is looking to relocate to the Rockies.


The Beyond Borders Film Festival is happening right now, and we have it covered in the Daily Planet. Ellen Frazel talks with the festival’s organizers, and Erik McClanahan previews several of the most intriguing films in the festival. (If you see any of the films in the festival, come back to the Daily Planet to share your opinions with our readers.) Our writer Jim Brunzell is the festival’s program director, but he still found time to talk with native Minnesotan Steve Zahn, who swears he’s more than just “the go-to goofy guy.”

Visual Arts

Looking for a 12th-grade portrait that you can be absolutely positive Aunt Margaret won’t put on the mantel? Call Jacob Figueroa, who will paint your nude body to resemble a jungle cat.


Jeremy Iggers praises Jeremy Rath, a coffee roaster who likes to make his customers happy—even the ones who demand dark roasts. Tiffany Smith writes about Midori’s Floating World Café, which now occupies a new location with all the charm of its last spot.

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Jay Gabler ( is the Daily Planet’s arts editor.