Despite the sheer exhaustion that lingers over the l’étoile staff post-fashion week, the show must go on! And go on it does with a busy weekend that’s majorly heavy on the awesome—we can’t help but perk up! We’re especially giddy this week, however, as we’ve scored a coveted spot on the Metro 100 List—a roster of the 100 coolest things in the Twin Cities according to Metro Mag. We’ve also received a nod to our editor in chief in Minnesota Monthly’s “Best of 2009” issue. We feel so fancy! Click HERE to read all about it.
THIS PAST WEEK ON L’ETOILE: Check out numerous recaps of MNFashion Week by our diligent and tireless fashion editor, Jahna Peloquin, HERE, HERE and HERE. And mini one from Kate HERE. See MNFashion Week photos by our staff photog, Stephen Stephens HERE. Peep Rob Callahan’s recap of the Upper Midwest Emmys HERE. Read Kate Iverson’s interview with Nobody writer/director Rob Perez HERE. Check back later for more recaps and images from our Styling Challenge at Charmed Life!
FRIDAY ART PICK: XAVIER TAVERA: FARSAS While this amazing exhibit at the Weisman has yet to have its own opening reception (we’re rallying to make that happen) we simply must insist that you go check it out. Xavier Tavera is one of Minnesota’s finest portrait photographers whose latest exhibition features three bodies of work in a stunning series illuminating self-identity. Tavera’s work always moves us; it’s brooding, moody, festive, touching and visually brilliant all at the same time. Go see this exhibit now! l’étoile hearts Tavera! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE WEISMAN SITE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND (THROUGH SATURDAY) Burlesque of North America Factory Sale @ First Amendment 1101 Stinson Blvd Minneapolis Friday 3-8pm / Saturday 12-5pm / Free Out with the old, in with the new. Rare and classic posters, stickers, T-shirts, CDs and vinyl, all lovingly designed and silk-screened by our pals at Burlesque of North America are on sale at rock-bottom prices to make way for the 2010 models. Stop by their sweet Stinson studio and pick up that poster you’ve had your eye on or that t-shirt that’s been calling your name. Get ‘em while they’re hot! CLICK FOR THIS ART EVENT AND MORE AT MPLSART.COM
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND Art for Choice @ W hotel 821 Marquette Ave Minneapolis 6:30pm-9:30pm/$25 pre-sale or $35 at the door Thanks to local artists for making this the sixth year of this event to raise money for Pro-Choice Resources, who provide women and youth with sexual health information and services. If that’s not reason to start bidding on artwork at fraction of the original value, we don’t know what is. Amy Rice, Jennifer Davis, Tara Costello, Nick Harper, Alec Soth, Chris Mars, and about a million other artists donated their works for you to fight over, all in the name of a good cause. DJs Eros and TK spin until the ’70s and ’80s cover band Bellebottom gets the crowd grooving. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE ART FOR CHOICE SITE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND Sound Unseen + Vision Models Mixer @ Vision Models Studio 25 N. 4th St. Suite 501 Downtown Minneapolis 8 pm-midnight/ $3 The Sound Unseen’s encompassing culture festival already covers film, art AND music, so why not throw in fashion? Tonight’s social mixer is a true eclectic fete where film buffs, fashionistas, and music & art lovers alike can brush talented shoulders in artsy hobnobbing. Groove to hot electro tracks from DJ Real Talk Radio and guests, while enjoying specials on beer and wine and tasty appetizers from Tsunami sushi. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot on ze list! For even more Sound Unseen events click below! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE SOUND UNSEEN SITE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND Pierced Arrows @ Turf Club 1601 University Ave St. Paul 8pm / 21+ / $7 Dead Moon might not be around anymore, but we can at least see Fred and Toody Cole in their most recent incarnation. Total rock and roll with an edge of sweetness, this long-time rock couple found a drummer and continued the amazingness. Fred has been doing his thing since the ’60s, so prepare to see a professional at work. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE PIERCED ARROWS SITE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND (EVERY FRIDAY IN OCTOBER) Survivors of the Undead Plague @ Brave New Workshop 2605 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis 10:30pm / $10 Fake guns! Hilarious creepiness! All month! Ahhhh! Really though, are you prepared in the event of a zombie attack? What about a zombie apocalypse? These educational survival scenarios will give you tips and pointers on what seems to be getting closer every day — a zombie takeover. A double billing with Creature Feature, who improvise a monster film! Get down there this month – it’s a no-brainer. Runs every Friday in October. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND Get Cryphy @ First Avenue VIP Room 701 1st Ave N Minnneapolis 10pm / $3 / 18+ It is very important that you go to First Avenue’s Very Important Person Room tonight. Why? Because Plain Ole Bill, Mike 2600, Wezzy F. Baby (Winship), Jimmy 2 Times and Prof will be there, duh! Sweat your lights out this evenin’ while dancing to the Cryphaholics special blend of electro, hip hop, Miami bass and a whole lot more. We’re pretty sure you’ll go insane with dancing pleasure with these boys! Click here for the Facebook event!
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND Future Classic: Mike Huckaby @ Secret Location Minneapolis sign up for info/location HERE The Hush crew brings us another all night, secret location dance party — this time featuring Detroit’s deep house master Mike Huckaby (Not to be confused with right-wing nutjob politician Mike Huckabee). Jams will be brought and dancing until the wee hours will ensue with additional beats provided by birthday boy Daniel Paul aka Ghetto and the legendary DVS1. Max capacity at this secret spot is 250 — so get there early to secure your entry. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE HUSH SITE
COOL LINK: POSTER CHILD PRINTS l’étoile loves PCP! No, silly, not the controlled substance (why, what have you heard?), the L.A. based collective, Poster Child Prints! Keeping with our rampant poster art theme this week, this online mecca offers exclusive screenprints designed by rising and established artists — providing you with a wonderful opportunity to beef up your art print collection in an eclectic range of styles at reasonable prices. A great resource for both the novice art collector and the enthusiastic aficionado, the PCP artists’ roster includes legendary artist David Weidman (the illustrator behind the Mr. Magoo cartoon), Dalek, FriendsWithYou, Joshua Petker (love him!), Mike Giant, Mark Mothersbaugh and many more. Each limited edition print is personally signed and numbered by the artist making it that much more awesome. Get your order on now! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE PCP SITE “Sugarwater” by Joshua Petker
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD Renegade Book Sale @ Northrup King Building 1500 Jackson Street NE #350 Minneapolis 1pm-7pm / Free This ain’t yo momma’s book sale, that’s for sure. Hosted by the ever-cool Paul D. Dickenson (punk poet, musician, and scene starter — re: Speedboat Gallery circa 1993) this literary extravaganza will be brimming with tomes of the most edgy variety. Snap up sweet deals on art books, fiction, philosophy, poetry and more, plus CDs, videos, DVDs and LPs priced at $2 or less. Stock up on hip smarty-pants fodder at the NKB today! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD Wing Young Huie’s Salon: 2009 Group Photography Exhibition @ Wing Young Huie’s Gallery & Studio 2525 Franklin Ave. S. Minneapolis 6-9 pm / free When Wing Young Huie isn’t busy taking award-winning photographs of urban landscapes, he’s mentoring local students of varied ages, genders and backgrounds. Tonight, join Huie as he opens the doors to his private South Minneapolis studio for an opening reception with 100+ emerging artists that this master has taken under his “wing.” CLICK FOR THIS ART EVENT AND MORE AT MPLSART.COM
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD Contagious @ Northrup King Building 1500 Jackson Street NE #145 Northeast Minneapolis 7-10pm / Free The Northrup King Building is on fire today! Book sales and art shows abound, and throwing their hats into the mix come some of our favorite artistic gals. Join local lovelies Tara Costello, Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis for this one-night-only exhibit of their pretty, pretty work. Definitely girl-centric, the creative creations of these three artists are quirky, sweet, tough and feminine all at the same time — and most definitely contagious! CLICK FOR THIS ART EVENT AND MORE AT MPLSART.COM
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD Tectonic/Tapolia/Lahr @ Sellout Gallery Northrup King Building 1500 Jackson St. NE, Studio 456 Minneapolis 6pm-9pm / Free Sellout Gallery knows good things come in threes — their shows are always a triumvirate of talent. This month, Bruce Tapola shows paintings and sculpture exploring the meaning of images after their original context is removed. Tectonic Industries’ Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and Brit Helen Stringfellow play with modern myths and belief systems of popular culture in their mixed-media installations. and Jason Lahr’s paintings, drawings and installations merge text with appropriated images, focusing on popular culture, film theory and fiction. Neato! Runs through October 24. CLICK FOR THIS ART EVENT AND MORE AT MPLSART.COM
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD The Roaring ’20s Party @ Jungle Red Salon 1362 LaSalle Ave Minneapolis 7-11pm / $5 Throw on your hottest flapper garb and Lindy Hop along to musical troupe Jazz Dudes while munching on apps by Solera at Jungle Red Salon and Gallery’s party celebrating legendary decade the Roaring ’20s. Lili’s Burlesque will give a special performance, and you’ll also have a chance to meet and greet Uptown city council candidate, Thriftyhipster.com‘s Matthew Dowgwillo, who definitely has the l’étoile endorsement! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE JUNGLE RED SITE
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD Lookbook CD Release Party @ Kitty Cat Klub 14th & 4th Dinkytown 9 p.m. / 21+ / $5 Twin Cities electro darlings, Lookbook, definitely have something to celebrate! Their long-awaited new album will be released for public consumption (and obsession) this very evening at the Kitty Cat Klub. Not only will we be privy to a live performance of the synthtastically moody gorgeousness that the duo is known for, but we’ll get to lay eyes on a brand spankin’ new music video premiere as well. If we know Lookbook fans (and we know more than a few) this night will find many a starry-eyed lovely dancing their hearts out to the lush and melodic stylings of one of the best bands in town — and loving every minute of it. Locals Zoo Animal, Shahs, and DJ Skullbuster kick things off. BONUS: New Lookbook t-shirts! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE LOOKBOOK MYSPACE
SUNDAY MUSIC PICK: WASHED OUT Washed Out is the one-man dream-pop project from Ernest Greene, who crafts impossibly gorgeous pop that mixes up woozy synthesizers, droney shoegaze textures and funky, sometimes danceable beats, evoking Frenchies M83. For the most part, it’s almost impossible to understand what Greene is singing about, enticing his audience to use their imaginations. With only one 12″ and one cassette under his belt, Washed Out is quickly garnering all kinds of buzz – Husker Du’s Bob Mould counts himself a big fan, and so do we! CLICK THE IMAGE FOR THE WASHED OUT MYSPACE