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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 August 3rd - August 9th, 2005
Wednesday 10 August @ 14:53:49
Hot TicketsAdnan Alkaissy...Elvis Costello & the Imposters...Report from Palestine...Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance...Art Fairs...Jam for Animals...The Vestals & The Glad Version...Rock the Humpty...Thunder in the Valley with “Bigger than Life”...Flipping the Switch on Technology...these shows are freekin' hot!!!! Check Your Pulse!

August 3 - August 9, 2005

Adnan Alkaissy
Borders bookstore

If everything in Adnan Alkaissy’s autobiography is true, his life has been too unbelievable to make into a movie. According to his new book, “The Sheik of Baghdad,” Alkaissy grew up in Iraq as the son of a cleric and was a childhood friend of Saddam Hussein. Then, he said, he was recruited by a secret U.S. agency operating in the Middle East and given a scholarship to play football at the University of Houston, even though he had never played American football before. Alkaissy eventually emerged as an All-American wrestler, later transferring into “professional wrestling” as an Indian character named “Chief Billy White Wolf.” He writes that he returned to Iraq a hero and was named Hussein’s Director of Youth, but feared Hussein’s rule and eventually escaped Baghdad in the dead of night. When he returned to America after escaping Hussein’s rule, he found a new career in pro wrestling, ironically dressing up like Saddam Hussein and playing “evil Arab” characters. 7 p.m. 1390 University Ave W., St. Paul. 651-641-0026. Brian Kaller

Elvis Costello & the Imposters
O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

I’ve got two words for you: Declan McManus. A good Irish boy playing at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium! How is it possible that a man can have done as much and be as well thought of, and still be criminally underrated? It’s because he’s that good. There’s not much I can tell you that you don’t already know about classics like My Aim is True and Armed Forces, but I can tell you that his newest, Delivery Man, is something of a concept album that runs the gamut from ballads to rollicking tunes like “Button My Lip,” which has as much fire and energy as anything he’s released. Even if I were married to Diana Krall, I don’t know that I’d be able to pull together that kind of piss and vinegar at age 49. Every time I put on My Aim is True, I find I’ve forgotten just how good it is, putting him in the company of musicians like the Beatles and Hendrix as artists you can’t possibly overrate. Someday, people other than music critics will be mentioning his body of work in the same breath as Dylan and Cash, so you’d best not miss out on hearing him riled up with a full band. With Hem. 7 p.m. $45. All Ages. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. 651-690-6700. Steve McPherson

Report from Palestine
Matthews Community Center

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians continues to be a hot button issue for many Americans, an issue intertwined with everything from the 9-11 attacks to our dependence on foreign oil. Several local activists, who definitely come down on the pro-Palestinian side, have returned from living in the Middle East, and having seen the conflict firsthand, will offer their perspectives at the Matthews Community Center. Minneapolis native Flo Razowsky, whose writings have occasionally appeared in Pulse of the Twin Cities, will appear with Liza Burr, John Landgraf and Sabry Wazwaz. The event is sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Coalition-Minnesota. 7 p.m. 2318 28th Ave. S. (28th & Franklin) Mpls. Free. Kaller


Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance
Lyndale Park Peace Garden & Lake Harriet Bandstand

Sixty years ago was a turning point in human history, as nuclear weapons were used in war for the first time—not counting the U.S. use of depleted uranium in the Middle East. Hiroshima and Nagasaki ushered in the threat of nuclear holocaust, under whose shadow we still live. On this anniversary local groups, including Hiroshima-Nagasaki Days Committee, Peace Garden Project Committee and St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, will sponsor a series of vigils and events for peace. On Friday local Americans will dedicate the new Peace Bridge. 6 p.m. Northeast shore of Lake Harriet (near Roseway Rd.). At 7:30 p.m. Sat. groups will host a Peace Crane Ceremony at the garden, with a ritual by Steve Heitzig. Also at 7:30 p.m., the groups will host a Peace Concert at Lake Harriet Bandstand. 612-722-9700. Kaller

Art Fairs
Uptown, Loring & Powderhorn Parks

This weekend is the granddaddy of art fairs, with three to choose from in Minneapolis. The Metris Uptown Art Fair, now in its 42nd year and nationally ranked in the top 10, kicks off on Friday with nearly 400 artists displaying mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry and more. This prestigious juried show attracts artists from all across the country, along with as many as 500,000 visitors each year. If the thought of half a million hot, sweaty bodies is too much to bear, check out the fairs in Loring and Powderhorn Parks, where the wares will be as good, more local and with a fraction of the crowd. Some of the proceeds from Powderhorn’s art fair get funneled back into city programs that support theater arts, a teen center, a computer lab and sports. All of the art fairs promise food vendors and additional entertainment, including children’s activities and live music. A free, air-conditioned shuttle runs Saturday and Sunday among the venues. Catch it at any of the fairs or at the Lake Street/Midtown light rail stop. Uptown: Fri. noon – 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.& Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Lake St. & Hennepin Ave. Loring Park: Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. –
5 p.m. 1382 Willow St., Mpls. Powderhorn Park: Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 35th St. & Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. Free.
Nancy Sartor

Jam for Animals
Lake Harriet Bandshell

Most carnivores can’t be bothered to contemplate the practices of an industry that supplies them with bacon for frying, burgers for grilling or lamb for roasting. But they should. Today mega-agribusiness and animal production have nearly eradicated the family farm, and farmers who once provided humane treatment to their livestock have been replaced by giant corporations who engage in horrific abuse and exploitation of animals. Defending Farm Animals (DFA) is a group dedicated to reducing the pain and suffering of food animals, and to improving conditions for as many as possible through peaceful activities. Some of their educational tactics are shocking—like the “mobile education exhibit,” which includes a truck equipped with multiple monitors that display gruesome video and photographs of the meat industry’s processing antics. But this weekend’s “Jam for Animals” concert promises to be easier on the eyes (and ears), while providing support for a group that’s committed to social justice for our furry, feathered and four-legged friends. With musical guest Curtiss A. 7:30 p.m. Free. 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Mpls. 612-384-0642. Sartor

The Vestals & The Glad Version
Varsity Theater

A little research has led to the revelation that brothers Ben and Jeremy Gordon of the Vestals have each won a John Lennon songwriting competition. Fitting, as the British Invasion-influenced Vestals sport hooks and jangle that wouldn’t be out of place in ’68, were it not for the fact that grinding guitar drives the coda of “Seven Hours,” while other spikes and left turns await hidden inside the airiness of other tunes. Echoes of Rufus Wainwright, Cotton Mather and (hell yes) King’s X mix with the Anglo-jangle foreground, all of which wouldn’t matter if they couldn’t write a hook, which, thankfully, they can. The last time I heard the Glad Version their live show neatly overcame the sound difficulties at the 400 Bar, so here’s hoping their heart-on-sleeve pop comes off better in a great venue like the Varsity. Both the Vestals and the Glad Version have been hard at work on new albums due sometime in the fall, hopefully sooner rather than later. If Teenage Fanclub didn’t sate your thirst for sterling vocals and shimmering guitar, check out this bill for a little hair of the dog. With Dallas Orbiter & Sigcell. 9 p.m. $6. 18+. 1308 4th St. SE., Mpls. 612-604-0222. McPherson


Rock the Humpty
Joan of Art

The whimsical interior of the Seward Neighborhood’s Joan of Art gallery will host local singer-songwriter Karen Copacz and indie-poppers Aviette at a benefit to build an art school onto the gallery. Owner and sculptor Kimber Fieberger, whose conspicuous Humpty Dumpty statues perch outside the gallery, plans to offer classes on a sliding scale, so the masses will be able to learn to paint or sculpt or to study art history. Fieberger’s sculpture and the visual art of Katherine Stemwedel and Tresse Neubauer will be up for silent auction to benefit the school. James Gould, Delisle and the Early Effect will also rock the Humpty. Donation. 7 p.m. – midnight. 3020 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. Troy Piper


Thunder in the Valley with “Bigger than Life”

This season’s Music & Movies series is focusing on the films of Midwesterner Nicholas Ray, and “Bigger than Life” is one of his most well known. Ray was a stickler for authenticity, hiring a gang member to advise on “Rebel Without a Cause” and joining the rodeo circuit for “The Lusty Men.” Paired with this tale of a schoolteacher with a deadly illness cured by a disastrously addicting miracle drug, is weirdo-vaudeville band Thunder in the Valley, who traffic in old school (and I mean old) medicine show music. Angst-y bands with loud guitars are a dime a dozen, so it’s refreshing to hear music with a circus element. Think Gogol Bordello but less Warsaw Pact. Think Dresden Dolls but less pretentious and without powder makeup. It’s tough to pin down, but not to enjoy. The Walker’s Music & Movies is such a great series I recommend going to all of them. What’s not to like about films and bands plus the great outdoors on a Minneapolis summer night? Just bring some bug spray. 7 p.m. Free. All Ages. North end of the Whitney Bridge at Hennepin & Lyndale Aves., Mpls. 612-375-7600. McPherson


Flipping the Switch on Technology
U of M Bookstore

Eric Brende seems like one of those guys Nightline calls an “expert.” He has a collection of degrees from such prestigious places as Yale and MIT, and accolades such as a Citation of Excellence from the National Science Foundation. Except he’s missing the WASP-ish wardrobe, the cultivated accent and the traditional employment history. After decades of phones and TVs and cars and computers, the blind worship of the deus ex machina finally got to him. What better solution than a shotgun marriage and 18 months of living simply in an “undisclosed location” with a group that allows even less technology than the Amish? Brende came out of the experience with progeny, a book (“Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology”), and a new understanding of living with technology. Now he’s neither a technophile nor a technophobe, just your everyday rickshaw driver/soapmaker living with his wife and three children in St. Louis. He’ll be at the University of Minnesota bookstore revealing how a guy can happily and successfully give up his computer, TV and nightly dose of “Nightline.” 2 p.m. 300 Washington Ave. SE (Coffman Memorial Union), Mpls. Julia Curran

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