On the radar
1. Paper Darts has a new somethin’ somethin’ to show off at their launch party on Saturday. Expanding beyond being just a literary magazine, the way-cool grassroots organization is now a press, publishing John Jodzio’s newest book of illustrated short stories Get In If You Want to Live.
2. The Twin Cities Book Festival is every word nerd’s dream date with literature. The yearly gathering celebrates anything and everything related to books, from the people who write them, the publishers who produce them, and the stores that sell them.
3. Peace and love, man. Well, maybe life wasn’t really like that in the 60s. At the Minnesota History Center the 1968 Exhibit opens on Friday (with an opening party on Thursday), and gives patrons a glimpse into a historically packed year.
4. He’s a little bit country…and a little bit rock ‘n roll. Maybe Keith Urban wouldn’t appreciate that reference. Either way, he’ll be hitting up the Target Center on Saturday en route on his “Get Closer 2011 World Tour.”
5. The Minnesota RollerGirls are back for an eighth season of abusive entertainment. Their home opener, “Home Bout: Minnesota Nice?”, features polka music by the Bratwurst Brothers and an after-party at the Camp bar.
Under the radar
1. In celebration of their 20 years of cultivating a vibrant arts community, Springboard for the Arts is throwing themselves a 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party.
2. VOGUE/TRASH: Costume Fashion Ball at Patrick’s Cabaret…enough said. The show will be aired on Minnesota Television Network (famous!).
3. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show at BarFly is everything you wouldn’t expect in one place: pancake buffet, zombies, erotic body painting, and I’m sure much more they’re not telling us.
4. Four Destinies, a satirical play about adoption in America, premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre.
5. The environomentally forward-thinking residents of Uptown should be a prime target audience for the documentary Farmageddon, which screens Sunday at the Bryant-Lake Bowl.