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The Black Dog inspires creativity -- its high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious tables encourage daydreaming, journaling, doodling and other precursors to art making.


Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for March 22 - March 28, 2006
Monday 27 March @ 12:46:12
Hot TicketsI Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House... Dan Bejar’s Destroyer... Warning: Juxtapoz... Cheap Trick... Re-live Following Sean!... Grassroots Media Fair: BECOME the media!... Rody Hall... P.O.S. All ages... Warm Beer Cold Women... plus, other fiery indy shows/events/funness to thaw your week.


March 22 - March 28, 2006

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House
The 7th street Entry

If you caught Sonofabitch last time they came through town at the Turf Club, you know the kind of wreckage they leave in their wake. If not, here’s your second chance. Simply put, they rock, as evidenced by their album, Live at Dante’s. It opens with the blazing live favorite “Gone,” slams you back and forth and ends with a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” There aren’t very many bands that can pull that off with authority, but SOB’s straight-up, no-nonsense, AC/DC-meets-Steve-Earle style is a perfect fit. In their screeds against the Right, singer Mike Damron spits bile on-stage against everyone from Charlton Heston to Fred Phelps, but offstage, he’s just a big teddy bear—one of the most genuine and forthright people I’ve ever met, much less interviewed. Despite their shocker of a mouthful of a name, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House is one of the few bands with a heart as big as their rock. With Two Cow Garage. 8 p.m. $6. 21+. 29 N. 7th St., Mpls. 612-332-1775. STEVE MCPHERSON

The 400 bar

Dan Bejar’s Destroyer is a band of subtle pleasures. I must have listened to their most recent, Destroyer’s Rubies, for two weeks before I began to realize how great it is. It’s a little like falling in love with an acquaintance: at first, bumping into him or her is just happenstance, but soon your chance meetings turn into appointments and excuses for encounters until one day you’re making out on the couch. Bejar’s lyrics are elliptically self-referential in the manner of Craig Finn and similarly voluminous, but rather than the Hold Steady’s bar band aesthetic, Destroyer’s music is more akin to The Band and will inevitably remind listeners of the slower songs from his other project, The New Pornographers. New Pornos, however, never started an album with a 10-minute mini-epic like “Rubies.” Every time I cue it up in the car, its tango-esque acoustic guitar opening makes me smile, as do lines like “Quiet Ruby, someone’s coming/ Approach with stealth/ Oh, it’s just your precious American underground/ And it is born of wealth with not a writer in the lot.” Bejar’s theatrical voice is not your typical pop croon, so you might be thrown off the trail in your search for lilting melodies, but sneakily beautiful lines lie hidden in fuzz guitars and plunked acoustic guitars. How did Canada get to be so blessed with musical talent? Must be national healthcare. With headliners Magnolia Electric Company. 8 p.m. $10. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. MCPHERSON


Juxtapoz Annual Group Show
Soo VAC and Ox-Op

Warning: the following art galleries contain exhibits that may not be suitable for children or adults with limited imaginations and sensibilities. So sissies, stay home. The rest of you, prepare for an art invasion of the underground kind, ’cause this weekend underground art is in full view at three Minneapolis galleries. Creative Electric Studios hosts Lutefisk Sushi Volume B, an answer to last year’s amalgamation of cartoonists who contributed works to a limited edition box set of kick-ass comix. This year’s show offers even more diversity, with close to 50 participants and a special tribute to local inker Ken Avidor (see Arts Calendar, p. 12). An even bigger coup is the Juxtapoz Annual Group Show, so big, in fact, that it’s taking place at both Soo Visual Arts Center (Friday) and Ox-Op (Saturday). Juxtapoz is the art and culture magazine—a glossy monthly founded by Robert Williams 11 years ago that features an eclectic mix of artists too lengthy to mention here (the March issue, for example, has pieces on David Lynch, Camille Rose Garcia, Egon Schiele and the burgeoning art movement in Bali). Lowbrow art, a term coined by Williams himself, is the focus of Juxtapoz, and a movement enjoying immense popularity. The exhibits promise work from dozens and dozens of local, national and international artists. And consider yourself hip, Midwesterners—this show is the first one Juxatpoz has ever held outside of LA, San Francisco and New York. Several artists will be on hand, and grunge-punk-trio The Melvins will play both nights. Fri. 7 – 10 p.m. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263. Sat. 7 – 10 p.m. Ox-Op, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 612-259-0085. LIBERTY FINCH



Cheap Trick

Come on, son: Maplewood ain’t that far away. Especially not to catch those kings of rock excess Cheap Trick. No, they don’t bite the heads off bats, make groupies get busy with sharks or light things on fire, but nobody epitomizes good clean rock and roll ridiculousness like these boys, from Rick Nielsen’s multiple-necked guitars to having a drummer named Bunny. Back in seventh grade, I was a sucker for “The Flame,” which just shows the longevity of a band still probably most famous for 1978’s Live at Budokan. You could get all philosophical and say that they’re so much more than just a novelty pop act, but why should we have to smarten it up to make it legit? They write seriously great hooks about seriously ridiculous stuff (just what the hell is “Surrender” about anyways?) and isn’t that enough? They’ve persevered through decades and you know any band best known for a live album is gonna bring it on stage. Those of you willing to get a little ways out of Dodge for the night are bound to be treated to favorites like “I Want You to Want Me” and all the others I’ve already mentioned. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be treated to their take on “Don’t Be Cruel,” the song that got me to dance around in front of my bathroom mirror with a hairbrush back in 1988. With Fifty-Seven Stitch. 5 p.m. doors. $32.50/$37.50. 18+. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood. 651-779-6984. NEIL GRECCO

Following Sean
Bell Aditorium

“Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear … ” “Following Sean” is more than a trip down memory lane, as we follow a barefoot 4-year-old hippie kid running through Haight-Asbury in the Summer of Love, it’s an accounting of a generation. The film follows Sean and his family for 30 years. Not everyone comes out smelling like a rose, and not every dream is fulfilled. There’s heartbreak and compromise, there’s betrayal, but there’s more hope than any of us deserve. Go see it. Re-live it! Through Mar. 30. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; matinees Sat. & Sun. 5:15; no 7:15 Wed. 17th & University Ave. SE, Mpls. 612-331-3134. ED FELIEN

Grassroots Media Fair
Macalester College

The Dead Kennedys’ lead singer-turned-stand-up-activist, Jello Biafra, issued a call in 2000: “Don’t hate the media—BECOME the media!” The Grassrooots Media Fair is your chance to answer that call. Timothy Russo of Indymedia Chiapas, Mexico, reports on how the Zapatistas have used grassroots media in Mesoamerican social movements. Pete Tridisch updates what Philadelphia’s Prometheus Radio is doing with low power. Josh Macphee reveals the creative secrets from his book the “Stencil Pirate.” Learn what’s up with Wi-Fi and how can you be a citizen journalist with TC Indymedia. Hear speakers, gain skills and get active! Fri. 5 – 7 p.m. & Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Corner of Grand & Snelling Aves., St. Paul. LYDIA HOWELL

White Light Riot
The Varsity

It’s confirmed: there’s something in the water here. Somehow, the Twin Cities keep managing to turn out some of the most shimmeringly crunchy power-pop around and White Light Riot are a perfect example. “Out of Sight,” off their debut EP, The Dark Is Light Enough, boasts a four-on-the-floor groove that breaks up into tasty chunks just before the chorus comes rocketing in to melt your face off. The two times I’ve caught them live have given ample evidence that they’ve got the exuberance and charisma to make an impact beyond the Twin Cities. Tonight they’re playing at the CD Release show for The Lid’s Like Walking Through Walls, whose music is more like an apple with a razorblade jammed into it than a sugary pop confection. Their sound owes a lot to the ultra-sharp lines of Tool and the Mars Volta, although minus the former’s over-the-top darkness and the latter’s over-the-top everything. I’ve heard lots and lots of good things about the Alarmists from everyone all over town, and if the moodily ambling acoustic tracks up on their Myspace page are any indication, their upcoming CD should be an absolute treat. With such a youthful and talented lineup, this Varsity show’s going to be more like the NBA Draft; maybe the T-wolves should show up and try to find a point guard to spell Marcus Banks next year. 9 p.m. $7. 18+. 1308 4th St. SE., Mpls. 612-604-0222. MCPHERSON



Rody Hall
Magers & Quinn Bookstore

Reverend Rosalie (Rody) Hall—an Episcopal priest—describes her 1,700-mile journey down the Mississippi in search of meaning and purpose in her book “A River Echoes in My Ministry.” She’ll discuss how her travels from Minneapolis to New Orleans afforded her ample time for self-reflection. Hear about her marriages, children and family, as well as how she became open to a divine call. Hall’s son Phil Willkie will also be on hand to read from his memoir-in-progress. 5 p.m. 3038 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-822-4611. SARTOR

First Avenue

I was pretty pumped for P.O.S.’s Audition to come out, and so were you, apparently. His release show at the Seventh St. Entry back in January sold out well in advance and left a fair amount of people out in the cold, either for being slow on the uptake or for not being 21. Never fear, kidlings, Stefon Leron Alexander is taking his victory lap in First Ave’s mainroom this weekend and you can get in even if you can’t drink. True to the Rhymesayers work ethic, dude and his DJ Turbo Nemesis have been all over the place since then, doing fully solid numbers in venues across the country as a headliner, with Doomtree compatriot Sims and recent Rhymesayers signee Mac Lethal as openers. It seems like people are sometimes confused by P.O.S. on record, and I can’t exactly blame them. On first glance, it might seem like he’s just another guy smushing rap and rock between his fingers like a kindergartener with Play-Doh, but then again, Hendrix was just blending R&B and psychedelia, and Muddy Waters was just plugging his guitar in to play blues. A lot of musical revolutions can look novel at first, but when you’ve got a performer as charismatic and genuine as P.O.S., I’m pretty sure he could get across to an audience by reading a grocery list. Just get out to First Ave and see him live; I promise: you’ll get it. 6 p.m. $8/$10. All Ages. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. MCPHERSON



Warm Beer Cold Women
Music Box Theater

If you’ve always wondered what it’s like inside the Music Box Theater, but just couldn’t drag yourself to a production of the ever-running “Triple Espresso,” here’s your chance to find out and enjoy a good show. “Warm Beer Cold Women” returns to the Music Box for a limited engagement on Monday evenings now through April. The show, which played to sold-out crowds at Bryant Lake Bowl in 1999 and 2003, and at the Music Box last year, features a talented cast of local musicians who pay homage to Tom Waits by dusting off some the more obscure tunes by the rumpled-but-sexy-tell-it-like-it-is-baby crooner. Robert Berdahl, who produced and directed the show, doesn’t instruct the cast to try and replicate Waits’ signature rasp, but rather, coaxes them to emulate the heart and soul of his music. Pack your flask. 8 p.m. $14.50. 1407 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. 651-989-5151. SARTOR

MN Conference on Adolescent Females
Radisson Hotel

Thanks to the unrelenting bombardment of ridiculous, aggrandizing and unrealistic definitions of “beauty” that advertisers shill to kids, it’s no surprise that my friend’s age-weight proportional 9-year-old daughter would grapple with negative self-image issues. Thankfully there are smart women out there dispelling the myths that capitalism espouses, and doing their best to keep our girls sane and healthy. The MN Conference on Adolescent Females is doing its part to champion girl power. The theme of the 16th annual conference is “Rejuvenating the Optimism, Energy and Personal Power of Working with Girls,” and features Dr. Joanne Deak, Nancy Gruver and Rose McGee as keynote speakers. Deak is author of “How Girls Thrive” and “Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters.” An educator and school psychologist for more than 20 years, Deak consults schools worldwide on issues including brain development and gender equity. Nancy Gruver is the Minnesota author of “How to Say it to Girls.” She is also the founder of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. Gruver is a leader in the movement to empower girls and foster their creativity and self-confidence. Finally, Rose McGee is an educator, storyteller, poet and playwright who uses her talents to inspire others. Mon. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tue. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $165 (2 days)/$120 (1 day). 3131 Campus Dr., Plymouth. 888-659-3757 or SARTOR


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