Thursday, December 2, 2010

Weekend What's What 12/2-12/5


Brrrr! We'll, we've officially accepted that it's winter, that much is true. But with that acceptance comes the ever festive glow of holiday lights, cozy (yet stylish) jackets, fun shopping events and the like. And despite the chilly temps, the Twin Cities never misses the opportunity to thumb it's nose to the wilds of winter with a smokin' line up of rock shows, art shows and more - and this weekend is no exception. Bundle up in your cold-weather finery and rock out!


photo by Nic Marshall for l'etoile 2009


Project/ Film/ Book Launch!

@ Franklin Art Works
1021 E Franklin Ave.

7:30 p.m. / Free

Now a buzzworthy poetry-film production company, Co-Kisser has roots in a short film, a chapbook, and even a compilation of poems Jen March wrote in her twenties. The poet wondered how someone else’s mind might perceive her imagery – or better yet, how she could create another version of her poems in the real world. With the help of Peter Hogan, March produced SWIM, a live-action film inspired by dance and based on the book. See what they came up with – and get the skinny on Co-Kisser – Thursday at Franklin Art Works. Niki Becker, Adam Wirtzfeld (on musical saw), Birds of Virginia, Kurt Froehlich and DJs Psychedelic Shack will be providing the tunes, and there will be cake and finger foods aplenty. Be sure to stick around for a poetry reading by March, and then pick up a copy of SWIM as an artist book.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup & Rock Show #5

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S.

9 p.m. / 21+ / Free

It's that time again! The LOL/OMG Social Media Meetup & Rock Show is back for its fifth monthly installment on Thursday with a super hot lineup of bands! Social hour from 9pm followed by the one-man-band + gas masked awesomeness of Hastings 3000; the hypnotic electronics of local legend Chris Strouth's new experimental outfit, Paris 1919; and the smoldering, theatrical rock n' roll stylings of All the Pretty Horses helmed by the enigmatic Venus DeMars (rare full band appearance!). Check in on Foursquare and show the bartender to score a FREE shot. Official hashtag: #LOLOMG.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile looking at this week?

Women in wigs, saturated colors and the neon Californian landscape define the work of Los Angeles born photographer Alex Prager. At once highly staged and eerily familiar, Prager’s narratives draw heavily upon visual cues from fashion, pulp fiction, and film (several pieces directly reference Hitchcock conventions) and reflect notions of women on the verge. Like Annie Liebovitz or Diane Arbus, Prager possesses the rare keenness for the bizarre – and an artistic vision to match it. Melodramatic, dynamically-lit and darkly playful, they’re the type of images that linger, that engage much deeper than what meets the eye. In all of their glamour and defiance is a dichotomy we can’t help but fall head-over-high-heels for.

Click HERE for the Alex Prager site


No Coast Craft-o-Rama

Midtown Global Market
2901 Chicago Ave S

3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday / Free

This wondrous annual craft extravaganza will definitely have you burning to indulge your own creativity. We know you're busy though, so go the easy route by bringing plenty of cash to snap up deals from some of the coolest craftisians in the Twin Cities! Find handmade jewelry, home decor, bags, cards, journals, candles, soaps, clothing, art and so much more - buying local not only helps the arts economy, but will make your gifts seem much more special. Not to mention, a trip to the Midtown Global Market always results in delicious food eating and exciting sensory overload. Be sure to stop by the booths of l'etoile faves like printmakers Adam Turman, Miss Amy Jo, Burlesque and Aesthetic Apparatus; and for the little ones in your life (or your friends' lives) we are big fans of I'm so Presh, which offers adorable handmade hipster hats in vintage fabrics for babies and toddlers.

Click HERE for the No Coast site

For more Sales & Shopping Events, peep our weekly guide HERE.

Hats by You're So Presh


Prints On Ice: The 18th Cooperative Exhibition

@ Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 Lake St W

6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

Are you a printing geek? Do you regularly pretend to be a printing geek because printing is basically the cool kid’s art form? Well, here’s your chance to up the ante: the awesome Highpoint Center for Printmaking is debuting its 18th annual Prints On Ice exhibit, showcasing works by members of its studio coop and featuring an array of styles from lithographs, relief, intaglio, and screenprints. If you’ve never been to Highpoint, now would be a good time to introduce yourself. But, obviously, since you’re a printing geek, and are keyed into all of this cool printing geek info, you’ve probably already squeezed this into your calendar, right?

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Print by Miles Mendenhall


Toys in the Attic

@ Gallery 122
122 8th St SE

6 p.m. / $1-5 suggested donation, free with toy donation

The mission of Toys in the Attic is simple: celebrate toys, to benefit those without them. Founded two years ago, the annual toy drive and art show was inspired by – of all things – the Aerosmith album by the same name. The original event collected work that celebrated the darker side of the joys of toys, or the nightmares favorite toys might conjure (Sid’s baby doll contraption in Toy Story, anyone?). This year’s event, happening Friday at Gallery 122, will feature a plethora of toy-inspired poster prints and custom-created toys from artists all over the world, including local favorites Adam Turman, Squad 19 and Aesthetic Apparatus. Eighty percent of art print sales go to benefit Toys for Tots, so feel free to shop your heart out. And don’t forget to bring a toy to donate at the door.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

@ Various locations

$9 per show or $49 for all access pass / Times vary

Since 2008 the eccentrics at the Minneapolis Underground Film Fest have been curating a delightfully experimental lineup of films to please and disturb audiences all over the Twin Cities. Ranging from shticky horror to twisted dramas to off beat shorts, the Underground Fest seems to have a definitely dark twist, which is not to say it's without humor. Visit the website below to check out the schedule and decide for yourself. You may find something that appeals to you, confuses you or appalls you, but regardless, we guarantee it'll be memorable.

Click HERE for the Underground Film Fest Site

2010 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival December 3-5 2010 from Greg Yolen on Vimeo.


Yuletide Sweater Ball

@ 331 Club
331 13th Ave NE

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Don your gay apparel...or in this case, your sassiest holiday sweater, as the 331 Club throws its third annual Yuletide Sweater Ball. Whether you're into sequins, festive kittens, felted Santas, crocheted snow-people or whatev, odds are your heinous holiday sweater will be welcome and adored at this annual soiree. Prizes will be awarded for the best/worst sweaters! Live tuneage provided by the Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins and The Boys n' The Barrels.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Freaky Deeky Live: A Fun Raiser

@ The Entry
701 1st Ave N

9 p.m. / 21+ / $5

You may have enjoyed the ridiculous abstract antics of the Freaky Deeky crew live on MTN on at least a couple stray Sunday nights. Maybe you've seen the video clips circulatin' the web, or maybe you've even participated in your very own bit of "naked time." The wild and wacky troupe uses their weekly allotment of cable access space to blow minds with psychedelic visuals, outrageous shenanigans and lots and lots of LOLs. Tonight at the Entry you'll be privy to a live taping of the show complete with the visual manipulation magic of Playatta's famed video portal as well as a smattering of live musical acts including First Pube (ha!), Waxx Maxx, Stuart DeVaan (of Savage Aural Hotbed), Buck Fuck, CruX, and Mich Maske. The "Fun Raiser" is asking just 5 bones per person to help keep this clever all-volunteer phantasm alive and kickin', so make your way to the Entry tonight and help out. Who knows? You might even end up making a cameo on the show!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Peep a behind the scenes video with Freaky Deeky gurus Hal Lovemelt of Playatta & Hamil Griffin-Cassidy

FREAKY DEEKY - Super Behind the Scenes Extra Fun Time Forever- from Anthem Heart A/V on Vimeo.


Gay Witch Abortion, TV Ghost, Dead Meat, Teddy and the Turks

@ Turf Club
1601 University Avenue West
Saint Paul

9 p.m. / $8

It’s been a few years since they hit the scene, but Gay Witch Abortion is still one of the fiercest rock bands in the cities. But if that isn’t reason enough to head to the Turf on Friday, let us assure you that Detroit’s TV Ghost and San Francisco’s Dead Meat will make the evening more than worth your while. TV Ghost, whose labelmates include Zola Jesus and Pink Reason, is art-punk at its grittiest and most sinister, and Dead Meat has pigfuck (a genre coined in the 80s for no wave rock misanthropes like Sonic Youth and Big Black) down perfectly. Fellow locals Teddy and the Turks will also be performing. Prepare for complete and utter madness – in the best possible way.

Click HERE for the Turf Club site


Get Cryphy

@ The Record Room
701 1st Ave

10 p.m. / 18+ / $3 adv, $5 door

As the Get Cryphy website says it, it's now time to get CRUNK + HYPHY. This weekend, Get Cryphy is back with a booty-poppin' bash to tickle your rap music fancy. Stop by the usual Record Room jam space to get down to some hip-hop tunage from Plain Ole Bill, Last Word and DJ Fundo all Friday night. Just be sure to arrive early, the team's hott sponsors will be givin' out free goodies to some of the first attendees.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Our sister site, social media gossip blog LOL/OMG has scored a coveted spot in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's "Best of 2010" issue and now we have a photographic evidence! We are beyond flattered, of course and would like to thank the magazine and our loyal readers. The mag gives props to the three biggest stories we broke the news on in 2010, including "LOL/OMG parties with Pete Campbell," "Lady Gaga hangs out at the Turf Club," and "Prince at Gayngs."

Click HERE to keep up with daily local gossip on LOL/OMG


Sucka Free Art Sale

@ Tarnish & Gold
1511 Marshall St NE

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday / Free

Suckas, stay away -- this weekend is all about Sucka Free Art! Northeast gallery Tarnish&Gold is hosting the most recent incarnation of this must-see sale, bringing together 19 local art faves to flaunt and sell their masterpieces! That’s right, we’re talkin’ photos, stationary, comics, vintage clothing and tons more! This big sale will feature art from Karen O, Dirty Inks, Pixie Girl Studios, Eldritch Curiosities by RM Hanson, Sami Foust, Jared “Chubbybones” Martin, AJ Ragland, Hannah Kleese, KOGiraffe, 7not8Press, Tim Monsters, Jennifer Sandquist, Woe Is Oz, Isaac Breneds, Jonathan McDougal, Chris Crammer, Jessie Schneider, Jesse Nagamatsu, and Patrick Kelley Worldwide Photography. Plus, with the cutesy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, this is a weekend activity you won’t want to miss! (But be sure to bring cash or a checkbook - most artists only accept the two as a form of payment.)

Click HERE for the Facebook event

For more Sales & Shopping Events, peep our weekly guide HERE.


WAMarchy! (Sold out)

@ Weisman Art Museum
333 E. River Road

8 p.m. / SOLD OUT

l'etoile magazine and the Weisman Art Museum declare WAMarchy! We'll be celebrating the year-long closing and impending expansion of the Frank Gehry-designed museum with a art-tastic blowout that will break all the rules! Music from punk rockers Off with Their Heads and the God Damn Doo Wop Band; participatory graffiti wall led by artists Rogue Citizen, Claire Monet, Biafra, Metrik!, Hellmouth, and Erin Sayer; a vivid, Weisman-inspired projection art installation by local artist Clement Shimizu; art activities with prizes; complimentary appetizers and a free red wine tasting, plus complimentary Surly Beer (while supplies last), a cash bar and more.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@7th Street Entry
701 First Ave S

9pm / 21+ / $6

If you think Minneapolis music fans have forgotten about the '90s, think again. Clearly, its influence on music and fashion, from grunge nostalgia to flannel, completely saturates our scene. Making way for a new generation of fans of this great '90s Minneapolis music staple, Arcwelder will be rocking the Entry this weekend and if you haven't seen them live before, you owe it to yourself to do so. Ranked right up there with Superchunk, Pavement, and Husker Du, Arcwelder make some of the most memorable distortion-fueled rock riffs ever, combining post-punk melodies with hardcore nuances that recapture the glory days of 90's indie rock. Bust on over to the Entry early to catch openers the Floorshakers and Black Audience.

Click HERE for the First Ave site


Beight and The Parlour Suite

@ Cause Spirits and Soundbar
3001 Lyndale Ave S

9 p.m. / Free

Charming Minneapolis rock-duo The Parlour Suite has teamed up with up-beat indie band Beight this weekend to rock your socks off at Minneapolis' own Cause. Stop by the Lake & Lyndale Spirits and Soundbar this Saturday to get your fill of tasty drinks, happy tunage and good vibes all around.

Click HERE for the Cause site


Red Pens, Porcupine, IS/IS

@ The Hexagon Bar
2600 27th Ave S

8 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Sweeten your weekend with loops and waves of abstract sound, bendy guitar melodies, and some good ol’ we-heard-them-first smugness courtesy of Red Pens, playing Saturday at The Hexagon Bar. Joining them are La Crosse natives Porcupine, lauded for late '90s-inspired, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and a seemingly expert knowledge of underground music history, and saucy local grit-rockers IS/IS.

Click HERE for the Hexagon site


Black Sabbathon 4

@ m3du$a
Secret Location
West Bank

10 p.m. / tbd $

The Prince of Darkness has been off the deep end for awhile now (Exhibit A: the special edition Ouija board game he launched this week to help fans connect with the dead), but that doesn’t mean the legend of Black Sabbath isn’t worth celebrating. And leave it to everyone's fave underground music spot to do just that. Happening Saturday, Black Sabbathon 4 will feature a slew of cover bands, including Thunderbolt Pagoda, Hanlik, Nightosaur, Sack Blabbath, and Scaphe. The event will also feature trivia, treats, a piñata, an art contest, and a costume contest, so get your black wigs, chunky ‘staches, and rock attire ready. This is hardly a show for the faint of heart.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Save the Date: Black Christmas & Jubilee

Save the date for December 18th for l'etoile's annual 1950s holiday party! But first, come to Black Christmas on Dec 10th, a special shopping event at Blacklist Vintage where you can score guest list spots to Jubilee and get personal shopping help from the Blacklist gals and l'etoile stylists!

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Lauren Gantner, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin

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