Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weekend What's What 6/16-6/18


Yep, it's Father's Day weekend! And while you certainly aren't expected to cramp your stylish lifestyle by hangin' with your pops all the live-long-weekend, the least you can do is get the lovable old coot a card, right? Right. Between arty parties, outdoor fests, and bike-centric folly be sure to tell your pappy you heart him, whether he's near or far!



Third Thursday: Body Art

@ Mpls Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave S

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

If you hear “hey man, nice tats” on the regular, then tonight’s soiree is definitely up your ink-scarred alley. Join the MIA’s Third Thursday series as they present an evening dedicated to awesome tattoos and the artists that ink them. Peep local body art submitted as part of Metromix Twin Cities “Show Us Your Tats” contest and flaunt your own for a chance to win prizes, not to mention “Kodak” the night in Metromix’s photobooth. Did someone say live tattooing? Don’t worry, they're just temporary. The talented staff at Uptown Tattoo and Mehndi by Angela will be on-hand all night long painting out temp tats and henna to even the ficklest of fickles, or watch as the pros ink a real tattoo in progress. Enjoy live music by rockabilly tunesmiths the Reckless Ones and perhaps a couple drinks from the cash bar. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the current MAEP exhibitions, “A Field Guide to Snow and Ice” and “Ornamental Invasion” featuring new work by Paula McCartney and Liz Miller, complete with an art talk featuring special guests Cheryl Olman, Andy Sturdevant and Marc Swackhamer starting at 7 p.m.

Click HERE for the MIA site


What's l'etoile looking at this week?

It hardly comes as a shock to us that the wife of No Wave cult filmmaker turned erotic photographer, Richard Kern, would be any less progressively free than her husband. A book editor by day, Wawrzyniak spends her free time as a photographer, performance artist and food art provocateur. Performing what are usually described as “wildly unsettling” and “uncomfortable” video documentations, the Polish artist’s latest installation and video projects include an ode to the olfactory, an intimate take on the artist’s essence and a video short titled “Chocolate” where the Wawrzyniak basically lays immobilized as rich, dark chocolate is poured onto her. And as for as sexy as it may sound, it’s actually rather disturbing. In another short, she stands still as children – including her real-life stepson – squirt ketchup on her. What's not to love?

Click HERE for the site


Full Gallop

@ Allee Metro Chic Boutique
179 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul

6:30 p.m. shopping & wine, 7:30 p.m. performance / $25

A shopping excursion AND the theater? No, it’s not a local rendition of Legally Blonde; it’s something much better. Tonight, join the Les Reines Formidables Theater Company for a journey into their latest production, Full Gallop directed by Melissa Hart. Based on the life of iconic, longtime Vogue Editor, Diana Vreeland, and her abrupt fall from fashion, the performance follows Vreeland as she attempts to dinner-party her way back to the top performed as a one-woman-show by local luminary, Sally Wingert. Head down to Alle early for wine and shopping and stay for a reception and more shopping – if you dare! Space and performances are limited so snag your tickets fast!

Click HERE for tickets


Sideshow Soo: Interactive Carnival Closing Party

@ SooVAC
2638 Lyndale Ave S

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Free

If you missed the opening, tonight's the night to make all your whimsical wishes come true! We can hardly believe that beloved Uptown gallery space, the Soo Visual Arts Center, is 10 years old. And like any other red-blooded American 10-year-old, the Soo is enchanted by mysticism, magic, monkeyshine mischief and – of course – unicorns. So, what better way to celebrate their decade-long art stint than in carnival-style, crammed with all the oddities, wonderment and curiosities a 10-year-old can handle. Rescue lost unicorns and spear stuffed animal wiener dogs with antlers, play an intense table tennis game, and much, much more.

Click HERE for the SooVAC site


Patio Nights at City House featuring Communist Daughter

@ City House
Shepard Rd. & Old Chestnut St.
St. Paul

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. / All Ages / Free

The Minnesota Museum of American Art may have lost their Kellogg Boulevard space a couple years back, but that's not stopping them from resurrecting the popular Patio Nights series. Hosted at the City House, you'll be privy to summer performances featuring live music from a rotating local musicians along with phenomenal local food available for purchase. This Friday, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River in what was once an endangered Minnesota Historic site (the City House has been recently restored by the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation) and the exceptionally rocktastic sounds of Communist Daughter, along with food from 128 Café. Guests will also be able to view a 3D sculpture by Jim Campbell entitled “Scattered Light”, formed by nearly 1,600 LED lights on a huge piece spanning 80 feet wide, 20 feet high, and 16 feet deep. This night will truly be a quadfecta of Minnesota’s greatest offerings—nature, food, art, and, of course, music. Take advantage of it.

Click HERE for more info


Moments in Hip Hop

@ Nicademus Art
225 N Snelling Ave
St. Paul

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free

Hop, pop, and lock on over to Nicademus Art tonight for a hip-hop-centric exhibit featuring the keen stencil-work of one Taylor Lindgren. See custom stencil renditions of rap icons from all walks, including Brother Ali, Gucci, Grandmaster Flash and many more. A must-see for hip hop heads, this nostalgic exhibit will surely warm the cockles of your rap-lovin' heart. Not to mention, openings at Nicademus are always a blast!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


2011 Bridesmaid Bar Crawl

Various Locations
starts at Seven Sushi and Steakhouse
700 Hennepin Ave

7 p.m. – midnight / $20 / 21+

Tonight, it pays to be “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” as the first ever MPLS Bridesmaid Bar Crawl kicks off. Almost as scary as the zombie pub crawl – just with more pastels and sashays – tonight's Bridesmaid Pub Crawl invites ladies to dust off that old bridesmaid dress you'd maybe rather forget or pick up a cheap one from Ragstock and hit the town on the hunt for drinks, prizes and fun. A mere $20 includes a raffle ticket to win over $2000 in prizes including a Badgley Mischka Couture Nikki Gloss Clutch & .5 carat diamond earrings and drink specials at bars The Imperial Room, The Local and Drink. Plus, to start your evening extra gussied up, head to Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge for a free faux lash application. Bridesmaids are the new bride.

Click HERE for more info


The Lovely Creatures Cabaret: Pride Extravaganza

@ Ground Zero
15 4th St NE

10 p.m. / 18+/$8 or 21+/$6

If you have yet to experience the glory of a cabaret performance, this Friday would be the appropriate time to introduce yourself to the format. In honor of Pride month, the darlings of the Lovely Creatures Cabaret troupe will be taking over Ground Zero in Northeast. There will be dancing and acrobatics in the extreme—burlesque, bellydancing, and circus feats, featuring performances by Kajal Bellydance Co., Barbara Gordon, El Le Faunt, and aerialist Zyra, with guest appearances from the Illuminettes, Mia Malone and Sadie Simone, Apollo Hawthorne, Naptime Note and Signora Luce Della Focolare. The evening will be emceed by the always entertaining Hugo Kalision and Mz. Kizzy Tulips. This is a top-quality variety show with vaudevillian roots, executed with a dazzling exuberance that will leave you breathless. (Oh, and 2-4-1’s go from 10-11 p.m. Have at it.)

Click HERE for the Facebook event


What's l'etoile looking at on the web this week?

Here at l’etoile, we’re firm believers that one can never have too many accessories. That’s why we were thrilled when we discovered we could indulge our closets while supporting an amazing worldwide cause. Enter: Nomi Network. A non-profit created to thwart women being sold into sexual slavery in countries where sex trafficking is rampant, Nomi Network links the fashion industry to “cause-driven, well-designed” merch employing the women who would be at-risk to such trafficking with sustainable employment, fair wages, medical care and education making fashion-forward products out of recycled materials. Wielding the slogan “buy our bags, not our bodies,” the accessories crafted by Nomi Network workers – totes, purses and accessories –not only are stylish additions to your wardrobe but helping profit a fantastic organization and changing lives.

Click HERE for the website


Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

@ Minneapolis Riverfront District- St. Anthony Main
219 Main St. SE

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. / Free

Minneapolitans may forget to stick a card in the mail for Pops, but we never forget to arrange our third-weekend-of-Junes around the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. Which, not that you need reminding, is the best time to frolic amongst local artists and crafters, musicians, and food vendors whilst enjoying the gorgeous skyline and riverfront views we never seem to get over. This year’s headline concert, happening at 7 p.m. on Saturday, features Rogue Valley and Farewell Milwaukee. Other Saturday acts include Dragons Power Up!, White Light Riot, and The Goondas, with Phantom Tails, Blue Sky Blackout, and Mayda taking the stage on Sunday. And that’s not to mention the more than 250 artist booths, Minnesota film series, art car display, and Minnesota Made Artisan Market. Swoon!

Click HERE for the Stone Arch site


Arty Garage Sale & Bikini Bike Wash

@ Q.arma Building/Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE

Noon to 5 p.m. / Free

The clever kitties at Altered Esthetics always come up with the darnedest things. Saturday's outdoor fundraising party for the community-oriented gallery will feature a garage sale, a bikini bike wash, and even some good old fashioned sci-fi film goodness. Pick up some artsy items in the sale, which will be rife with art supplies, frames, art work abandon at the gallery, and everything in between. Be sure to ride your bike so you can get it scrubbed down by the busty babes from Bawdy Blue Burlesque Review while you enjoy a screening of one of the best Sean Connery film of all time: ZARDOZ.

Click HERE for the Altered Esthetics site


Bike City Pre-Launch Party

@ One on One Bike Studio
117 1st Ave N

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

When do the peeps at MPLS.TV sleep? We're pretty sure they don't. And to prove that point even further, the non-stop team is set to launch yet another facet of their growing empire: Bike City. What's that, you ask? Well, Bike City is a new arm of the MPLS.TV brand that focuses on urban biking and the culture surrounding it. In other words, an obvious fit for our town, considering we hold the title for "Best Bike City" in America. This Saturday, head down to the alley adjacent to One on One Bike studio for a festive two-wheel-inspired blowout with the MPLS.TV brethren and Surly Bikes, featuring giveaways, performances, music, and cyclist-friendly shenanies a-plenty. We can't wait to see what they do with this new project!

Click HERE for more info


The RMS Duchess of York

@ Paper Moose Jumpsuit
945 Broadway Ave. NE

7 p.m. Fri-Sun, and 9 p.m. Fri-Sat. / $10

In World War II, the HMS Duke of York was a King George V-class (read: super awesome) battleship of the Royal Navy. Equally hell-bent on conquering its foes, albeit in a much more arty, metaphoric, and wholly non-violent manner, is the RMS Duchess of York, launching from Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co this Friday and Saturday. Anchored on the idea that doing whatever “feels right” may not be the best way to amuse ourselves and find happiness, The Duchess aims to restore the rules of joy, lost in a time where the cocktail your friend ordered always tastes better than your own. All aboard!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


You Must Not Name Everything: An Art Party

@ 360 Larpenteur Ave. W.
St. Paul

5 p.m. / Free

Three floors of open galleries bursting with creations from found art and poesy to upcycled lingerie and art journals are yours to explore Saturday at “You Must Not Name Everything: An Art Party.” And they really aren’t kidding – it would take way too long to name everything this event has in store. Highlights include new works by Jack Walsh, known for making humorous, curious pieces from materials found in nature and dumpsters alike; readings from husband and wife poet/book artist team Dale and Laura Pendell and from John Colburn, editor of art magazine Spout and cofounder of the Center for Visionary Poetics; a plethora of crafts from Bird & Flower Studio; music by Dog Town; and, of course, refreshments and door prizes galore.

Click HERE for more info


Giorgio Moroder Monthly

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave N

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. / 21+ / free

So, you dig disco? Sassy synth gets your motor started? Well, then you probably owe your dancefloor soul to Giorgio Moroder. Dubbed “the father of disco,” Moroder and his notorious creep stash blessed the world with 4 solid decades of pure dance and electronic pleasure and smothered his juicy producing chops on remixes for Donna Summer, Bowie, Blondie, Cheap Trick, and providing the soundtracks to a few of our favorite 80's flicks – American Gigolo & Midnight Express fans please stand up. We can pretty much guarantee that any and everything you like about dance music – vocoders, drum machine beats, sexy synth build-ups – has its roots in Moroder. Tonight, join DJ Dirty McKenzie and Club Jager for their third Saturday night delight featuring 4 straight hours of Moroder and Moroder-inspired dance jams. As you move your stuff to the tunes, Fritz Lang's classic silent film “Metropolis” will be screening in the background. Yes, the hour has come to go avant-gardely electronic; and Dirty Mackenzie be there, holding your Power Glove suited hand.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

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