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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for October 19 - October 25, 2005
Friday 21 October @ 14:17:29
Hot TicketsLifesavas...The Children’s Hour...Antiwar Activist Kathy Kelly...The New Pornographers...Benefit for Dean Zimmerman Defense Fund...The Madwoman of Chaillot...Dropkick Murphys...Shadow of the Valley...LeNor Barry...Special Event for Teachers...Poet’s Groove Open Mic...it may be getting colder, but these event have never been hotter! Check Your Pulse!


October 19- October 25, 2005

First Avenue

One day last summer, I needed a T-shirt for some reason while I was at my brother’s house. We may have been playing basketball—I can’t remember. And he offered me a shirt that, at one time or another, had belonged to Kevin Beacham, aka DJ Nikoless and said Lifesavas on it. It’s a rad shirt, and now that I’ve heard Lifesavas’ last album (2002’s Spirit in Stone) I can tell you that they’re hip-hop in the smart vein of fellow Northwesterners Boom Bap Project and Quannum labelmates Blackalicious. That act’s Chief Xcel produced the disc with beats by member Jumbo the Garbageman, who does double duty on the mic alongside MC Vursatyl. Expect a lot of the material, though, to come from their follow-up, which is slated for release in 2006. Co-headliners the Coup will bring the SoCal guerilla warfare to accompany the Portland, Ore. bumps. Thanks for the T-shirt, Kev. 6 p.m. All Ages. $12/$14. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. Steve McPherson

The Children’s Hour
Whitney Fine Arts Theatre

Maxine Klein has done it again. She delights in pulling old chestnuts out of an ancient fire, blowing life into them and watching them burst into flames. No one has produced Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” for at least 50 years in the Twin Cities. Everyone respects Hellman: she was called before HUAC; she was friends with Dashell Hammet; her “Pentimento” was made into a great film with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave … but no one produces her plays. In spite of the common wisdom, Klein’s production of “The Children’s Hour” crackles with excitement and urgency. It’s a simple story of how one vicious rumor spread by a disturbed child (played brilliantly by Ashley Sigel) can destroy people’s lives. The rumor is that the two women who have organized a boarding school for children are lesbians. The witch hunt that ensues is as believable as it is horrifying. Klein combines the talents of seasoned professionals with undergraduates in a seamless and completely convincing production. The Children’s Hour is presented by Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State University at Theatre on the Park at the Northeast corner of Loring Park. Through Oct. 23. Wed. - Fri. 7 p.m.; Sun. 1 & 7 p.m. Free. 1424 Yale Pl., Mpls. Ed Felien



Antiwar Activist Kathy Kelly
Arise! Bookstore

When it comes to antiwar work, Kathy Kelly is one of the most dedicated peace activists of our time. She founded Voices in the Wilderness, one of the peace groups of the pre-Iraq war days that provided humanitarian aid during the U.S. embargo; she was later targeted by a State Department lawsuit that charged her with violating the sanctions against Iraq. She was sentenced to three months in federal prison for protesting the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, GA. Most recently, she’s published a book whose title sums up the essence of the antiglobalization argument: “Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison.” On Friday she will give a lecture about her experiences and her new book. 7 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged. 2441 Lyndale Ave S., Mpls. 612-871.7110. Michelle Lee



The New Pornographers
First Avenue

I have to admit: I wanted to hold the horrible interview I had with Carl Newman against the New Pornographers and their new album Twin Cinema, but I just can’t. Once you get past the twists and turns and some of the spikiness which separates Twin Cinema from the sunny smackdown of The Electric Version, you’ll find a record brimming with fantastic melodies, crisp production and some of the best damned drum beats and fills you’ll hear this year. The kind that make you (or at least, me) look like an idiot while waiting for stoplights to change. Yup, that’s me flailing my arms in the air and trying to hit the high harmonies on Neko Case vehicle “These Are the Fables.” The usually non-touring Dan Bejar will be joining them on this outing, and that’s great news, because his angular and difficult compositions make for great and slightly bitter palette cleansers between Newman’s relentlessly (if nonsensically) sanguine pop gems. You’ve probably heard “Use It” on the Current and even though I can’t make heads or tails of the lyrics, I still shout along. So if you see me at Marshall and Cretin making a fool of myself, laugh quietly to yourself, and if you run into Carl Newman, tell him I’m not taking it personally that he didn’t feel like talking much. 6 p.m. 21+. $15. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. McPherson

Benefit for Dean Zimmerman Defense Fund
Mill City Café

Just days before the September primary, news broke that the FBI was investigating Councilmember Dean Zimmerman (Green Party) on bribery accusations. To date, little more has been reported on these allegations and Zimmerman survived the primary, advancing to the general election in a race with Robert Lilligren for the council seat in Ward 6. This Saturday Mill City Café hosts a party to benefit Zimmerman’s defense fund, with live music, food and a raffle. There will also be a silent auction, with work donated by art notables Aldo Moroni, Heinz Brummel, Kat Corrigan, Doug Padilla and more. 7 – 10 p.m. 75 22nd Ave. NE, Mpls. Nancy Sartor

The Madwoman of Chaillot
Rarig Center

The University Theatre Department opens its 75th Anniversary Season with a wonderful production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot.” During the Nazi occupation of Paris, Camus was editing the underground newspaper Combat, Sartre was paradoxically claiming that the French were never more free than under Nazi rule because every act could be a meaningful act of resistance, and Jean Giradoux was writing a whimsical tale about an eccentric Countess who saves the world. Considered frivolous at the time, today we still find hope and encouragement in this delightful woman and her bizarre friends who believe, “Nothing is ever so wrong in this world that a sensible woman can’t set it right in the course of an afternoon.” It’s a charming play and a marvelous production. Through Oct. 23. Thu. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. West Bank, 330 21st Ave. S., Mpls. 612-624-2345. Felien



Dropkick Murphys
First Avenue

Dropkick Murphys are the type of band who really know how to throw a good party. It could be that all except one of their members are Irish or it could be that they just know how to manage their instruments to that “just right” pitch. This is a punk band with an amazing punk feel that can draw a listener who isn’t comfortable with the sound right into the punk fold. The Boston-based gents make sure that they are an active band at their shows as they make the audience an active participant. Don’t be surprised if you are compelled to join a sing-along or two at one of their usually packed performances. The sing-alongs are quite contagious, even if you’re not familiar with their sound. Before you know it, you may find yourself belting out “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced,” which will remind you of your current or past beer-goggle days. It’s important to remember that Dropkick Murphys like to work hard as much as they like to party hard. Their songwriting and arrangements suggest a band that’s been around twenty-five years more than one that has been around almost ten. They will draw you in with their sound and you’ll want to party with these guys just like everyone else around you. With Gang Green, Lost City Angels and Darkbuster. 5 p.m. All Ages. $20. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. Louis Lenzmeier

Shadow of the Valley
MN Jewish Theatre Company

In wars and conflicts, the popular vernacular is of battles, bombs and black-and-white “sides.” However, strife is never so cut-and-dried, and in every conflict there are invariably the proverbial Romeos and Juliets: people from opposite sides who forge friendships based on common humanity and respect. Their stories are often lost amid conventional coverage, so it is refreshing to see a work like “Shadow of the Valley.” While fictional, the play explores the truthful experiences of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the many people who befriend, love or live with people from the “opposite side.” The main characters of the play are two men—one Palestinian, one Israeli—who have been friends for 30 years, and whose friendship is tested by the realities of the conflict. Through Nov. 13. Wed. - Thu. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Call for prices. Hillcrest Center Theater, 1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul. 651-647-4315. Lee



LeNor Barry
Kieran’s Irish Pub

LeNor Barry is one of those people who keep it together. She makes community. If there is a folk singer acoustic community in Minneapolis/St. Paul, then some credit should go to LeNor. Voices from the Well, one of many community efforts to which she’s given her energy, and probably the longest running open mic in Minneapolis history, will come back to Kieran’s Irish Pub after wandering through the club scene for the summer. The event will feature LeNor on 12-string guitar and Larrie Rennerfeldt playing roadhouse blues piano. LeNor is the closest thing we have to a Siren of the Southside. As her new CD says, she wants to paint the Dragonfly, she has Impossible Balloons, she hears Wind Chimes, but, at the same time, she sings, “There’s too much action here./ Everybody’s crazy./ Too many amateurs and way too many babies …/ Everybody’s uptight./ I’m living in the Third Precinct./ I don’t walk alone at night.” She gives voice to our hopes, our fears, our realities. Go hear her Monday. 8 p.m. 330 2nd Ave. S., Mpls. Felien

Special Event for Teachers
Walker Art Center

The best thing about the Walker Art Center is that usually it has top shelf fare at a cheap price. Sometimes absolutely free. Take, for instance, the Special Event for Teachers. On Monday, you can drop in on education staff members from the Walker and from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and go on one of the thematic Art Today tours. You can preview the Animation Innovation film collection for students. There’s nothing wrong with being able to network with museum staff as well as other professionals. Up now and not to be missed is the gorgeous painting of Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (whose exhibit House of Oracles runs until January. House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective is the Walker’s first full-scale retrospective since it reopened last spring. Ping is internationally renowned in the contemporary art firmament, but this exhibition gives us run-of-the-mill folk a chance to find out about him—another plus for this big-time institution and its accessibility to the little guy. 4 – 7 p.m. Free but space is limited. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-375-7600. Dwight Hobbes



Poet’s Groove Open Mic
Blue Nile

A colleague recently gave me gas about ace spoken word artist Desdamona. “Just what we need,” he sniffed, “another white person coming along to co-opt something that’s originally black.” Well, you don’t get much more originally black than legendary Jamaican groove-masters Sly & Robbie (Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker). And they didn’t have any problem being co-executive producers on her latest CD, The Ledge (Zlink Entertainment). Bottom line, you either bring it or you don’t. And Desdamona, who recently won yet one more Minnesota Music Award (her fourth) truly brings it. Don’t take my word, check out for yourself whether she keeps it tight with artistic integrity and a live-wire wit to boot. She’ll be at her weekly gig, hosting the Tuesday night Poet’s Groove Open Mic for poets, MCs, singers and musicians at the Blue Nile. Also on hand are Kevin Washington of Moveable Feast (drums) and 2004 MMA winner Alicia Wiley (keyboards). Truth Maze has been known to stop by on occasion. 9 p.m. Free. (18+) 2027 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. Hobbes

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