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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for May 3 - May 9, 2006
Wednesday 03 May @ 17:14:37
Hot TicketsBiju Mathews... Lost & Found @ Intermedia... Eerie doesn’t even begin to describe Body Worlds... The Cardinal Sin CD Release... Living Green Expo... It From Bit: sum greater than parts... Royalty, Etc. Party is solid... The Vestals... Free Comic Book Day! 'nuff said...plus, HOT PICK OF THE WEEK, Sigur Ros...


May 3 - May 9, 2006

Biju Mathews
St.Paul Public Library

How many business professors do you know who drive a cab? Biju Mathews does, and his book, “Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City” is partly a memoir of his life behind the wheel, and partly a look at where globalization, multiculturalism and migration meet. Mathews is also co-founder of Indian Leftists and a card-carrying union member of the NY Taxi Workers Alliance. The event is part of the annual “Untold Stories” labor series at the St. Paul Public Library. 7 p.m. Free. Merriam Park Branch, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul. 651-222-3242 or TheFriends.org. LYDIA HOWELL



Lost & Found
Intermedia Arts

As the immigration debate catapults further into crude nativism, I recommend Francine Conley’s one-woman performance “Lost & Found,” in which 11 diverse people in an airport contemplate various migrations and the meaning of home. A young Muslim re-imagines her American Dream; a suburban mom takes her Swedish to Stockholm while her daughter goes on a sacred quest back in the Midwest. There’s also a bittersweet jazz singer, Betty D., a Russian exile and more. Conley hit Frinj of the Fringe with her “Shoes” show, published a 2001 book of poems (“How Dumb the Stars”) and co-founded a theatre company that produces French plays. Meeting these humorous and touching characters who are looking for a place to belong reawakens a more welcoming spirit. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. $10/$12. 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-4444 or IntermediaArts.org. HOWELL

Body Worlds
Science Museum of Minnesota

Eerie doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of seeing the controversial Body Worlds exhibit. I saw it in Chicago last spring, and it was the most transcendentally bizarre museum experience I’ve ever had. The majority of museum shows present facsimiles, models, simulations; Gunther von Hagens’ exhibit gives you the real thing: actual bodies preserved through a process called plastination. The quick and dirty explanation is that fluid plastic replaces water in the body’s tissues and is allowed to harden, and the process is used to show different aspects of the human body: the nervous system, the musculature, etc. I recommend you look for the display where the body has been obliterated but for the spindly fibers of the blood vessels. Up close, it looks like a web of fire-red twigs, but as you step back, it resolves itself into a human form limned by its circulatory system. It pushes at your safe spaces a bit, as you can’t help but be reminded constantly that these were actual people who donated their bodies for this very exhibit. Some find it disturbing, some fascinating, most a mixture of the two, but you absolutely need to get out to see the show while it’s here. Science Museum hours: Mon. - Thu. 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. $22 adults/$16 youth (ages 13 - 18) college student & senior/ $12.50 child. Advance tickets highly recommended. 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-221-9444. smm.org. STEVE MCPHERSON


The Cardinal Sin CD Release
Triple Rock Social Club

I have a kind of proud paternal feeling when it comes to The Cardinal Sin: They were the subject of the first article I ever wrote for Pulse. And look at them now! Their debut full-length, Hurry Up and Wait, on Grey Flight Records, ups the ante, tightening the screws on their already impressively tight post-hardcore sound. Cries of emo won’t be silenced by the sweetly arpeggiated acoustic guitar that propels the knife-edge rock of immediate standout “Rough Road,” but when it sounds this fist-pumpingly good, who’s complaining? Singer James Russell’s straining tenor is reminiscent of the Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor but Hurry Up and Wait plays more like a double helping of the Get Up Kids’ excellent Red Letter Day EP than their less consistent LPs. Transfer this exuberance from record to stage and you get an experience you should really muscle your way up front to check out. With Abagnail Suite and Somerset at the early show; God Damn Doo Wop Band, Thunder in the Valley and Ted Romeo at the late show. 5 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5. All Ages & 21+. 629 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-7499. MCPHERSON

Living Green Expo
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Sustainability means meeting current needs without making future generations sacrifice for the same standard of living. It’s about balancing environmental, economic and social concerns. And while the city of Minneapolis has already launched a list of sustainable initiatives, which include increasing bike paths, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving water quality, don’t look to your government to save the planet. George W. Bush’s myopic “environmental vision” consists of little more than clearing brush from his Crawford ranch, and his hands are so oily he can barely hold the chainsaw. Learn for yourself how to live a sustainable life at the Living Green Expo. Now in its fifth year, the event offers an abundance of information on low-impact living, from energy reduction and recycling to organic farming and water conservation and much, much more. More than 60 workshops and over 200 exhibits will cover everything you’d ever want to know about sustainable transportation, energy, home building and remodeling, food, yard and garden, lifestyles and recreation, household products and arts and culture. Don your hemp and ride your bike (or take public transportation or carpool) down to the Fairgrounds this weekend, because despite what Kermit says, it is easy being green! Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. 651-215-0218 or LivingGreen.org. NANCY SARTOR

It From Bit CD Release
Turf Club

If you take It From Bit, you get a sum that is greater than its parts. Three band members of Parts from All Makes—Jacob Grun (guitar, vox), Jeff Marcovis (drums) and Laura Meloy (keys)—banded together with Scott McVeigh (bass, vox) to form alt-rock It From Bit ten months ago. The name, culled from a physics theory, is inspired by “’It’ being a smaller part of ‘bit,’ yet there’s meaning within ‘it’ that’s the same as the ‘bit’ it came from.” Heady physics stuff from a very interesting band with a dynamic new CD, Make Some Noise, that spans a broad range of styles, including, according to their MySpace site, “screamo to a cappella to comedy.” The CD was recorded by Nick Tveitbakk, produced at the fabulous Sound Gallery (where Grun is a co-owner), and features special guests Damon Kalar and Corey Palmer from Daykit who are also performing at the CD release. Grun’s impassioned tremolo/ vibrato vocals and darkly wry lyricism channels Marc Bolan in beautiful ways. With Daykit and headliner Kid Dakota. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. Corner of University & Snelling Aves., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. CYN COLLINS

Royalty, Etc. Party
Sound Gallery

Sure, in this town, upstart record labels seem to grow on trees, but not all of them have the drive and initiative shown by Ty Morse’s Royalty, Etc. Boasting a solid roster of artists including Space Camp and Middlepicker, Royalty Etc.’s sound hews to the rougher and edgier end of the good old rock and roll spectrum, and now they’re teaming up with the recently opened recording studio the Sound Gallery to bring you a warehouse party of epic proportions. You can count on sweat-soaked air and plenty of cacophonous energy shot through with some vicious hooks. It’s so exclusive, they’re only letting in people who RSVP, but don’t you worry: you can send an e-mail with your first and last name to soundgallery@royaltyetc.com. They’re just trying to keep out the riff-raff. Or keep it in, depending on how you look at it. With Box of Dicks, It From Bit, Parts for All Makes, Superdanger, Harp and Finial, Middlepicker, Space Camp, White Elephant and Driftless Pony Club. 7 p.m. $10 (refreshments provided). 21+. 414 3rd Ave. N., Mpls. 612-501-8223. MCPHERSON

The Vestals
Suburban World Theatre

Two years on from their stellar debut, anglophile rock lovin’ bros. Ben and Jeremy Gordon return with the Vestals sophomore album, Songs About Girls … And Other Life Mysteries. The result of an epic amount of studio time with local ace Jason Orris (12Rods), Songs About Girls finds the Gordon boys still in love with all things John, Paul, George and Ringo but also injecting a bit more mod-rock crunch into their rock (“Nobody You”) and dabbling in Elvis-Costello-styled-suave-pop-sophistication (“The Average Girls”). The bar is set awfully high with the opening “Before I Run,” a slice of propulsive power pop as good as any in the rather luminous past of the genre locally, and the following 13 cuts—which equally split lead vocal duties between Ben and Jeremy—largely manage to live up to its promise. The national British music mags (Mojo) have already glommed onto these boys as the real deal in classic Brit pop done right—and they should know, right? With The Deaths and Chris Koza. 9 p.m. $5 adv / $6 door. 21+. 3022 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. 612-822-9000. ROB VAN ALSTYNE

Free Comic Book Day
Participating Stores

Here’s the perfect opportunity for the broke bibliophile: Free comic books! But, be warned. Free comic books are a gateway drug, and the comics industry knows that it just takes a sample to create an addict. Soon, the new reader will be spending a sizeable amount of time browsing the shelves at comic book stores and spending an untoward percentage of income on protective cardboard backings and mylar sleeves. Still, as habits go, collecting comic books (or, for those who like to put on airs, graphic novels) is a worthwhile one. After all, this indigenous American art form has produced a few legitimate masterpieces (art speigelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” springs to mind), a unique genre of visual storytelling, and, well, the closest thing this still-young country comes to a collective mythology. Mind you, there’s some limitations to Free Comic Book day: You won’t be able to walk into just any store and take just anything that strikes your fancy. But what’s available should be enough to give you a sense of the astonishing variety of contemporary comic books, as well as the narrative sophistication it has developed. Go to FreeComicBookDay.com for a list of participating local stores. MAX SPARBER



Sigur Ros
Orpheum Theater

Sigur Ros is a band that fairly demands to be the soundtrack to your life in moments of need and transition. Their lyrics, written in a phonetic jumble called Hopelandic, aren’t statements so much as empty vessels into which you inject yourself, and the swell of orchestration that accompanies their dynamic peaks would be overwhelming if they hadn’t been so careful in bringing you along on the journey. Their latest, Takk…, could be called more of the same, but this is a band that knows the power of motif, that creates impact not from aping the frenetic kineticism of modern life, but by applying a steady hand to our musical pressure points: melody, minor-major resolution, dynamic movement. I can’t recall exactly when, but I remember being on a bus in Chicago, mid-fall, headed down Lake Shore Drive late at night, Ágætis Byrjun (their first LP) streaming through my headphones, sodium streetlights flashing by. That night, they were the sound of something beginning curled up inside the sound of something ending. Had I left the East Coast already? Had my band broken up? What is it about buses at night that inspires gentle melancholy and wistful whenandifying (as in, when and if I ever figure this all out)? I can’t tell you; just keep some Sigur Ros handy in case you ever find yourself in similar straits. With Amiina. 7:30 p.m. $30-$40. 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-339-7007. STEVE MCPHERSON


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