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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for July 14 - July 20, 2004
Wednesday 14 July @ 17:25:22
Hot TicketsThe Bottle Rockets...The Honey Dogs...Movies in the Park...The Good Life...David Daniels...Califone...Alicia Corbett...and many other sweltering events!

Hot Tickets

July 14 - July 20, 2004

The Good Life
The 400 Bar

Long praised/dismissed as a Robert Smith acolyte (due to a shared affinity for emotional pathos and strangled singing), Tim Kasher's band The Good Life is finally coming into its own at the same time that Kasher's other higher-profile band, Cursive, is about to join the epic Cure-curate Curiosa festival. Although the Good Life's latest full-length, the cheekily titled “Album of the Year” won’t drop until August 10th, the Omaha crew is doing a preliminary sweep through the Midwest to tantalize the Oberst-worshipping set. The band continues to move away from the synthesizer-heavy sweep of its debut on the forthcoming LP No. 3, stretching out in myriad directions musically while maintaining Kasher’s long-standing scathing anti-monogamy screeds (“Lovers Need Lawyers”). With TBA. 9 p.m. $8 adv/ $10 door. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Rob van Alstyne

Alicia Corbett
The Turf Club

Ever have a friend who can connect with anybody? You know the type, bring them to a party where they don't know a soul and by the end of the night, they’ve gained twenty friends. Alicia Corbett is one of those people -- a connector, with songs as her medium of choice. Corbett’s sound is an incredible mix of Celtic harmonies and traditional rock, her band would sound right at home in a true Irish pub (and, in fact, she's toured Ireland for years) or, say, The Turf Club. With Ben Connelly. 9 p.m. $6. 21+. The Corner of University & Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. 651-647-0486. Louis Lenzmeier

The Dazzle
Jungle Theater

Playwright Richard Greenberg certainly is about to be well represented in the Twin Cities. The Jungle Theater and Mixed Blood Theatre both are doing area premieres of his work. Mixed Blood will stage the Tony Award winning “Take Me Out” come spring. And The Jungle offers “The Dazzle,” featuring Stephen D’Ambrose, one of the strongest actors in town, directed by Jungle a.d. Bain Boelhke. The idea alone of D’Ambrose working with Boelhke, who consistently gets the best from the best, is enough to make this worth a pointed look-see. In addition, though, you’ve got a play that comes in with a strong track record, including a run early last year at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco). The premise, taken from history: Brothers Homer and Langley Collyer, known as two of the 20th century's most infamously intriguing weirdniks, lived out their lives in their family's East Harlem mansion, barricaded behind 136 tons of junk. Greenberg used their lives as a point of departure, then let his imagination take off on its own. July 16 - Aug. 28. Wed. 7:30 p.m.; Thu. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7:30 p.m. $10 - $30. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., 612-822-7063. Dwight Hobbes

Angel Street
Theatre in the Round

“Angel Street” by Patrick Hamilton is one of them old-time, raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck suspenses. New owners have moved into the house on Angel Street in London, where a grisly, unsolved murder was committed fifteen years earlier. And now, in its gloomy atmosphere, Mrs. Manningham suffers more and more from forgetfulness and anxiety, until she’s afraid her hallucinations will drive her insane. The psychological thriller, written in 1938, had a hugely successful Broadway run and was made into the movie “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman, who won an Oscar for her performance. The Ellsworth American extols that Angel Street “is a real corker. It's that theatrical rarity - an edge-of-your-seat mystery that’s truly thrilling to watch. There are things lurking below the surface that resonate with modern audiences.” July 16 - Aug. 15. Fri. - Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. July 18 & Sun. Aug. 15, 2 p.m.; Sun. July 25 & Aug. 1 & 8, 7 p.m. $20. Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-3010. Hobbes

The 7th St. Entry

Chicago's Califone continue their increasingly dark journey into the heart of junked-out indie-blues on their latest platter, the epic Heron King Blues. Though just eight songs long, the Califone unit manages to stretch all of Heron King’s tracks to wild lengths, none more so than the 15-minute title track. It’s a dense and challenging listen, with lead singer Tim Rutili’s stoned impressionistic ramblings acting more as another instrumental texture in the intricate tapestry of sound than as any particular focal point. It’s my contention that much of the recent shift in Wilco's work has come from Jeff Tweedy smoking a lot of pot and listening to Califone records with Jim O'Rourke. If it’s good enough for Tweedy to emulate, isn't it good enough for you to check out? With Devil In a Woodpile. 9 p.m. $8 adv/ $10 door. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., 612-338-8388 van Alstyne

David Daniels: Mo' Talkin' Roots
Fireroast Mountain Café

You can’t always sometimes never tell: vastly accomplished spoken word artist David Daniels should’ve broke national by now, but he still escapes the notice of big-time media, most regrettably High Times, which ought to recognize this ganja-reeking, Rasta devotee as someone readers would eat up with a knife and fork. Daniels, after all, makes an artistic, wholly plausible case for pot as not a party favor but a lifestyle facilitator. In the process, he has knocked crowds with “Kolorada...A Western Tale” (Nuyorican Poets Cafe/NYC, Tower Theater/Salt Lake City, First Avenue and Bryant-Lake Bowl Theatre), “I Edgar Hoover” (Mercury Cafe/Denver) and “I and I Roots Story” (The Playwrights Center) as just a partial listing. He recently returned from Denver where he again took the Mercury Cafe stage, promoting his CD “Talkin’ Roots,” which, in just over a few months, has sold out its first pressing. After catching his breath and turning around twice, the Rasta Bard is back at it with “Mo’ Talkin’ Roots.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Fire Roast Mountain Cafe, 3800 37th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-9895. Hobbes


Rock for Democracy featuring Rock and Roll Trainwreck
First Avenue

Something has to be done to save democracy; what should it be? Well, for starters, how about a kick-ass local all-star jamboree at the Twin Cities' most venerable independent music institution? Although it remains to be seen if this incarnation of ragtag supergroup rockers will feature Jeff Tweedy, it is a possibility (Wilco will have returned from Europe three days earlier). Even if Tweedy passes on the event, the combined impact of Gary Louis (Jayhawks), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) and Kraig Johnson (Iffy, Run Westy Run) joining forces should still be more than enough cause for celebration among the Smog starved listening public. Also lining up for the cause are fellow long time Twin Cities staples the Honeydogs and the Flops. The real question of the night is whether Kraig Johnson will still be standing at the end of it all (at last count he was slated to perform with four of the nine acts on the bill - that's some serious patriotism!). With very special guests Golden Smog, Jessy Greene, the Honeydogs, Dana Thompson, The Flops, Iffy, David Poe, Kraig Johnson & The Program, Sideways. 7 p.m. $10 adv/ $15 door. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. van Alstyne

The Bottle Rockets
The Fine Line Music Café

Back when alt. Country was the hot shit that was going to re-shape the music industry (right around the time when the Jayhawks “Blue” provided the theme song to that cheesy VH1 show “Crossroads”) the Bottle Rockets were one of the bands that was supposed to cash in and enter a life of luxury. What the hell happened? Anyway, the Rockets have bounced back from their major-label debacle and now have their first album of original material in over four years to show for it, “Blue Sky.” Former Uncle Tupelo guitar tech and all around swell guy Brian Henneman (vocals/guitars) covers up for the loss of founding guitarist Tom Parr by going towards a quieter laid-back sound on Blue Sky and the shift works -- a group can only be saucy honky-tonkin’ for so long anyway. Oddly enough, these Festus, MO boys are now on the same record label (Sanctuary) as Morrisey and Tommy Stinson (talk about strange bedfellows). Here’s hoping Stinson and the Bottle Rockets find the same comeback success the duke of misery is currently having stateside. With TBA. 8 p.m. $12. 21+. 318 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8100. Dean


Music & Movies
Loring Park

For the record, there's no shame in liking ‘70s film star Steve McQueen. Granted, he didn’t do anything as profound as Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” until late in his career, but the man was a fine actor with a subtle but nonetheless distinct range. Even Al Pacino (“Devil's Advocate”) and Robert De Niro (“City By The Sea”) are allowed to make lousy movies once in a while. Anyhow, this year’s Summer Music & Movies series, titled “Six The Hard Way,” features a half dozen Steve McQueen flicks (and assorted live acts). Things kick off with “The Thomas Crown Affair” (7/19) and, if you really want to grasp just how lame the remake with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo was, check out McQueen and Faye Dunaway throwing down for real. The sounds accompanying “The Thomas Crown Affair” come courtesy of Har Mar Superstar, dubbed “Rock and Roll Man of the Year 2004” by NME magazine. Rest of the schedule: “Baby The Rain Must Fall” on 7/26 (music - Traditional Methods); “Love with the Proper Stranger” on 8/2 (music - The Owls); “Bullit” on 8/9 (music - Trailer Trash); “The Getaway” on 8/16 (music - Redstart); and “The Magnificent Seven” on 8/23 (music - djTRIO). Monday nights at Loring Park. Presented by Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Music starts at 7 p.m.; film starts at dusk. Free. Loring Park, Hennepin Ave. & Oak Grove St.,. 612-375-7622. Hobbes


1934 STRIKE! Film
The Dinkytowner

Americans work longer hours than in any other Western democracy. Their wages have stagnated at 1970s buying power while CEOs make 450-500 times their average employee's wage. Any industry could be “outsourced” next, and real estate tycoon Donald Trump's “You're fired!” becomes a pop-culture slogan. But Minneapolis truckers in 1934 refused to work longer hours for less money: they went on a long and bloody strike -- and ultimately, WON. Gear up for the upcoming free street festival (Sat. July 24) honoring the 70th anniversary of the strike that made Minneapolis a union town, by seeing “Labor's Turning Point.” Hosted by Indy-Media, this 1984 documentary includes archival footage of street-battles in the Warehouse District, reminiscent of southern Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s. Historians and elderly veterans of 1934 tell lost stories relevent for a new labor movement. Bosses did not “give” us the 8-hour day, job safety or health benefits- it was resistance like the 1934 strike that did. 8 p.m. Free. Dinkytowner, 412 14th Ave. SE, Mpls. http://www.1934strike.org. Lydia Howell

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