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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for March 10 - March 16, 2004
Thursday 11 March @ 13:37:57
This week's events are hotter than Hades in August!
10 - March 16, 2004
Political Theatre Festival
@ Intermedia Arts
don't hear much on a regular basis from Teatro del Pueblo, which
is too bad, considering what they have to offer. The outfit is the Twin
Cities theater's sole Latino venue, a place - just like Penumbra
Theatre Company and Theater Mu - devoted to cultural authenticity.
TDP has put on some noteworthy productions, including "Help Wanted,"
a satirical look at the plight of workers whose labor is desperately needed
in Minnesota, but who face racist discrimination when trying to fill this
need. For the past two years, Teatro del Pueblo has partnered with Intermedia
Arts to mount the Political Theatre Festival. It's a collection
of pieces on political issues and brought together as a "town hall"
where information and ideas are exchanged. Each performance consists of
two one-act plays exploring the experience of Latinos in various places
around the world. Facilitated dialogues follow. Series A at the festival
will be Emiliano Silva's "The Myth of Metamorphosis"
and Enrique Buenaventura's "The Schoolteacher."Series
B is comprised of Leopoldo Hernandez's "We Were Always Afraid"
and Osvaldo Dragun's "Stories for the Theatre"as translated
by Joe and Graciela Rosenberg. This year's festival also includes
two nights of film, poetry and performance art on Mar. 17 & 18. Preview
Thu. Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Opens Fri. Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Mar. 13,
7:30 p.m.; Sun. Mar. 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Wed. Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Thu.
Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m.;
Sun. Mar. 21, 2 p.m. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-4444.
A Whisper in the Noise
@ The 7th St. Entry
A Whisper in the Noise, the Twin Cities best loved (and possibly only?)
orchestral rock combo, have been busy beavers as of late. Releasing a
collaborative limited edition album with Duluth instrumentalists If Thousands
(the hauntingly epic 2D) and gearing up for what appears to be a monumental
European jaunt. Catch the boys while they're still in town because
their overseas itinerary (which includes playing the Steve Albini-curated
All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in London and scheduled 'hang
out' time with Icelandic musical sensations Sigur Ros) is so high
profile I could see the group opting to extend their stay. It's
always nice to see innovative bands getting their due, and even sweeter
when it's part of the hometown crew. With the Ashtray Hearts, the
Umbrella Sequence and April Seconds. 9 p.m. $6. 21+. 701 First
Ave., N., Mpls. 612-338-8388.
(Rob van Alstyne)
Black Diamond Baby or
The Voice of the Volcano
Press material for "Black Diamond Baby or The Voice of the Volcano"
reads, "[It] might be about the questionable solidity of self and
the mass delusion caused by the ephemeral existential security of group-think.
It might be about the last moments of a culture arrested in a crippling
adolescence. It might also be about nothing at all."An odd way
to try and interest an audience, but, you may just want to stop in and
see this show. Here's the premise. "In an island hotel at
the end of the earth that's being evacuated due to the imminent
eruption of a volcano, twins Sydney and Howard believe themselves to be
affecting (sic) a redirection of the births of a new generation of babies.
Babies that will be born free of the world the twins wish to leave behind.
But these babies are different and the General knows it. It's vitally
important to his operation that these outsiders be stopped and he's
dispatched his best man to see it. But Wait. Is the General really in
charge, or is it the strange and shadowy figure that seems to be a grotesque
ventriloquist's dummy? We don't know either."Presented
by Flaneur Productions at Brainco. Mar. 11-27. 8 p.m. Brainco,
2900 Aldrich Ave. S., Mpls. 612-822.6395. (Hobbes)
John Vanderslice, Okkervil River
@ The Triple Rock Social Club
Recording wizard John Vanderslice may be the most popular man in indie-rock.
Ask nearly anyone on the circuit and you'll get a knowing smile
and instant praise, both for Vanderslice's notoriously artist friendly
and affordable recording studio (Tiny Telephone located in San Francisco)
and his visionary gadget pop tunes. Making the leap from behind the mixing
board to center stage, Vanderslice's career has slowly gained critical
mass and his latest LP, Cellar Door, finds itself near the top of the
CMJ charts. Featuring the usual array of notable guests (Mark Kozelek,
members of Death Cab for Cutie and Beulah) to flesh out Vanderslice's
concisely layered tracks.Among the bands who've benefited from working
with "the slice"(note impromptu poor taste nickname) are
Austin, TX, outfit Okkervil River who recorded their latest effort at
Tiny Telephone. Still touring in support of last year's standout
Down the River of Golden Dreams, the group's lushly orchestrated
folk-pop is an altogether different beast on stage. Expect throat-searing
intensity from frontman Will Robinson Sheff expertly complemented by fiercely
pounded keyboards and emphatic mandolin strums from his bandmates. With
local gloom-rock masters Kid Dakota who are inching ever closer to the
June release of their sophomore LP, The West is the Future. 9
p.m. $8. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. (van Alstyne)
@ 400 Bar
Jamie Kennedy wrote and recorded Judas Son in 2000 he's been marked
a Suppressive Person by the church of Scientology, the church's
equivalent of the Islamic term "Fatwa."Judas Son was Kennedy's
harsh take on the cult-like behavior of Scientologists and the deterioration
of L. Ron Hubbard's sanity as the church grew. As a result, he says
Scientologists probably have his phone tapped and often show up at his
raucous slam poetry shows posing as fans. "In order for a cult to
work you have to go after weak egos,"Kennedy says, but now he tries
to keep slam and his anti-church opinions separate. "If I just went
out and told everybody they are wrong and should just listen to me, then
I'd in essence be going after those same weaknesses."For
now, the safety of his 4-year-old daughter is his main concern, and, after
all, Kennedy has no shortage of other people to piss off. During his award
winning Tourettes Without Regrets vaudeville series in San Francisco,
he's been punched for making fun of the Notorious B.I.G. and kicked
out of Naked Poetry readings for performing "weenie windmills."
Kennedy wraps up a week's worth of shows Friday night, landing at
the 400 Bar for a performance with a variety of guest artists including
Unification Theory, Thadra Sheridan, and a World Champion yo-yoer. 8
p.m. $8. 21+. 400 Bar, 400 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612 332 6903. Also appearing
and teaching at the Loft Literary Center on Thursday, all ages. http://www.Loft.org
for show info. (Doc Pop)
Staggering Toward America
@ Bryant Lake Bowl
Sounds like some good old-fashioned existential angst is going on at
Bryant Lake Bowl. Feeling disconnected in the aftermath of 9/11, Rik Reppe
closed his thriving management consulting business and set out to reconnect
with what he lost that day. He threw his clothes, a sleeping bag and a
tent into his pickup truck and left home. He began what would become an
eight-week journey across America to see the Pentagon, the World Trade
Center and a lonely field outside of Shanksville, PA. On the way he spoke
with hundreds of people asking what it means to be an American. This is
the basis of Reppe's "Staggering Toward America: The Journey
Home."A hit at the 2003 Fringe Festival, "Staggering Toward
America"has been hailed in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune
and Minneapolis Star Tribune as a must-see. Jack Rowe directs. Mar.
12 - 13, 10 p.m.; Mar. 14, 8 p.m. $12. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810
W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949. (Hobbes)
MCAD created its Post-Baccalaureate Program as a "focused, intensive,
custom-designed study for students who have considerable background in
Studio Art and Design"they were clearly waiting for this bunch to show
up. The 2004 Post-Bac group, the largest and most diverse in the program's
history, includes 15 artists and represents eight disciplines. In true
P. T. Barnum style, the exhibition entitled simply FIFTEEN offers up something
for everyone. Works in painting, graphic design, interactive media, film,
drawing and textiles span the gamut of contemporary visual representation.
Come for the art and stay for the live DJ and refreshments. Opening
Reception 6 -8 p.m. MCAD 2nd Floor Gallery, 2501 Stevens Avenue So. http://www.mcad.edu
@ Macalester College
The long-awaited public performance of singer/dancer/composer Rodin Rodino's
original album Ram Memoire unites him with nine Zairean-born professional
musicians from the U.S. and Canada (including Soukoustar from NYC whose
bass and rhythm players have played with every notable musician in Congo)
to create a 10-piece Congolese soukous and rumba band. Rodino's
sculpted works are crafted from his African heart of faith and calibrated
to his Euro-American experience. Although you don't hear directly
the influences of Enya, Mozart, Aaron Neville and Michael Jackson, the
spaciousness, the playfulness and depth of meaning he finds in their work
is all present. The songs, fast and slow at the same time, are complex
and exacting, with a calm, peaceful space inside the high energy and exuberant
beat. You will be impressed at the formidable aural/oral tradition they
represent. And you might be surprised at the degree to which dance is
an integral part of the music. The concert's producer and sponsor
is Dr. Christian Akale, Macalester grad, Cameroon transplant and former
KMOJ host, who is starting a cable program to broadcast African Broadcasting
Network - America throughout the country. What better way to launch an
African cable station than to throw an extraordinary CD release party
promoting the extraordinary Afro pop star Rodin Rodino? Refreshments
at 6 p.m. Storyteller Nothando Zulu at 7 p.m. Concert at 7:30. $20 adv.
/ $25 door. Tickets available at Africa 2000 Store (612-729-2928) and
http://www.ticketweb.com. Janet Wallace Auditorium, Macalester College, St. Paul.
(Mary Ann Vincenta)
Walker Kong and The Owls
@ The Turf Club
Ackerman seems incapable of making up his mind about most things: in the
six years that Walker Kong - his ongoing musical project - has
existed, they've been a naive pop collective, a beat-heavy
art funk band, and breezy and refined pop songsmiths. They've
been on, they've been off, then on again. They've repeatedly
changed lineups. The only constants have been Ackerman's sharp songwriting
and his belief that he needs a dedicated band to carry them off. Back
from a long hiatus, the newest version of Walker Kong is having a release
show at the Turf Club this week in support of Transparent Life, out now
on Magic Marker Records. Splashy and lush, the band describes the new
material as "songs that were written softly and played loud."
It certainly bespeaks some serious talent - in both writing and performing,
this time. Also delivering a breathlessly awaited platter is local girl/boy
pop outfit The Owls. Featuring
Maria May and the husband and wife team of Brian Tighe (the Hang Ups)
and Alison Labonne all sharing vocal and songwriting duties; the Owls
spritely sophisti-pop is not to be missed. Then again you probably already
know this, as Radio K is apparently committed to playing "Do Ya?"
their eight-song debut EP Our Hopes and Dreams, also on Magic Marker)
every hour on the hour. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. 1601 University Ave.,
St. Paul. 651-647-0486. (P.J. Morel & His Intern)
@ The Fine Line Music Cafe
When I heard that the Mavericks had disbanded in 1999 I couldn't
help but feel a twinge of disappointment. These guys were essentially
renegades in the mid-90s mixing traditional county with a hint of tex-mex
over the course of their three albums together. The Mavericks were one
of the first alt-country groups to break through in Nashville and help
garner industry notoriety for all the innovators who followed them. After
trying his hand at a solo career, lead singer Raul Malo is back with his
old comrades. Always willing to play where their spirit takes them, The
Mavericks played in famed small town Herman, MN, for the first and only
Bachelormania festival back in 1996. Who knows, maybe a return trip to
Herman is in store on this reunion tour. With BR-549. 7 p.m. $29.50.
21+. 318 First Ave., N., Mpls. 612-338-8100 (Louis Lenzmeier).
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