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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for June 27 - July 4, 2006
Thursday 29 June @ 14:06:31
Peace Bridge Vigil...
B-Girl Be Summi...
Mei Young’s Last Broadcast on Drive 105...
We Are One - the Motherland Campaign...
A Taste of Minnesota Music...
Tiny Film Fest...
Secret Gardens ...
plus, HOT PICK OF THE WEEK: Electropolis...
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28 - July 4, 2006
Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge
Maybe you’ve honked in support of the war protesters on your way
home after work. Maybe it’s now time for you to make your own signs
and join them. This week would be a good one, symbolically, for you to
do that, since all the fireworks you’ll see around town mean what?
That we’re still sort of free? If you thinks that’s just fine,
you’ve been Bushwhacked by what many call the most corrupt, unpopular
Administration in U.S. history. Vigilers call for the end of the U.S.
occupation in Iraq, and want the troops home now. More than 2,500 of U.S.
military personnel have been killed, and more than 100,000 Iraqis have
died as a result as this war based on lies from our government. Don’t
take this sitting down—stand up with your own sign and meet at the
east end of the bridge (the Marshall Avenue side) to be greeted by those
who are simpatico. New summer hours: 5 to 6 p.m. www.worldwidewamm.org.
Forgive me for pimping my bumping project for a second here, but we’ve
got a fantastic little compilation coming out this month called Twin Town
High and I’m not being falsely modest when I say little. With only
78 minutes to fill, we had to leave a lot of quality tracks on the cutting
room floor, and, unfortunately, Buildings’ excellent “Miners”
was one of them. Mixing At the Drive-In’s emo-ier talk-sung moments
back into their hardcore roots, the track was an excellent example of
something I don’t often hear: knife-edge punk music that I can actually
tell is better than the bulk of hardcore. That I am saying in all modesty,
as the whole genre of hardcore is something I have precious little handle
on. But when you combine it with some witty titles (they also submitted
songs entitled “Cohorts Adorned” and “I Invented Al
Jazeera”), you’ve got music that can find a home outside of
tattoos and bludgeoning guitar riffs. With USS Horsewhip. 9 p.m.
$5. 21+. 1567 University Ave. W., St. Paul. 651-645-8472.MCPHERSON
PICK OF THE WEEK
Eyes bug out of heads when I tell people from supposedly cosmopolitan
cities (I’m looking at you, New York) about some of the lineups
we get to enjoy on a pretty much weekly basis around the Twin Cities.
And I’m not talking about lame showcases where no band’s fans
listen to any of the others. Why, just the other week at the Battle of
the Underage Underground we had aggro-pop, ‘70s-style-prog-jazz-rock,
electro-dance metal and retro-grunge all representing. And here comes
a night that promises electronic avante-garde jazz craziness from Electropolis,
catchy, yet gritty, alterna-pop for the adult set from Alva Star and organic
electronic trip-funk from Keston & Westdal. An embarrassment of riches
for your delight, truly. The Nomad is staking out some heretofore vacant
territory in the land between the lounge vibe of the Kitty Cat Klub and
the bring-your-beret black velvet of the Artists’ Quarter and this
night will slot in right nicely. Being simultaneously adventurous and
rewarding is a tough balance beam to walk, but Electropolis pulls it off
in spades, always nailing the dismount with jazz hands and a winning smile.
Man, I have got to stop editing Dwight Hobbes’ pieces before I write
my Hot Tickets. With Alva Star and Keston & Westdal. 9:30
p.m. $5/$7. 18+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424.MCPHERSON
B-Girl Be Summi
I suppose the only thing that compares to enlightening entertainment is
(no, not impromptu sex, you shameless hedonist) good grub, and you sure
can’t beat an afternoon of both. Visit this year’s B-Girl
Be Summit: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop—a four-day festival
(June 29-July 2) that highlights female hip-hop/spoken word artists. Entry
is free on Sunday and includes access to stuff like aerosol art production,
visual arts exhibition, open mics, films and outdoor performances. And
the B-Girl BBQ eats are only five bucks a plate. Catch, among other acts,
RhapsodE, a sterling purveyor in town from Philly. Not entirely new to
the Twin Cities, she’s a 2003 Minnesota Music Award nominee who
started out here. “M.E. National Bank” off her Spoke Inward
CD (released June 23) is sly wit that cold-busts men who come from the
dogs-just-wanna-have-fun school of romance. And “The Choice”
sagely confronts the parasitic plague of dealing crack, without climbing
on a soapbox. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.,
Mpls. 612-8711111-4444 or intermediaarts.org.DWIGHT
Mei Young’s Last Broadcast on Drive 105
It won’t be without a tiny tear that we bid adieu to Mei Young on
this week’s Homegrown. After all, she’s been one of the most
tireless supporters of the local music scene for as long as anyone can
remember. After getting permission to play one local song a night in her
2 a.m. slot on KQRS way back in 1996, Young had planted the seeds of what
would one day become Homegrown, and the show’s long list of impressive
guests is a testament to her unwavering dedication to all things local.
I got to peek inside just this past January for the annual Critics’
Picks show and, despite a fantastic case of jet lag, I felt right at home,
due in large part to Mei’s easy way with a mic and a question. Her
final broadcast will feature guest appearances from Howwastheshow.com’s
Andrea Myers and David de Young (who’s become a regular contributor
to the show), as well as the yet-to-be-picked winner of Homegrown’s
Battle of the Bands. Plus, those are just the announced guests; the press
release promises mystery guests from Mei’s past a la “This
Is Your Life.” As Young rides off into self-employment, she leaves
the show in Dave Campbell’s hands as host and producer, so a piece
of advice: I’ve hung out with that guy, and I wouldn’t let
him drive my car. That’s all I’m saying. With David de Young,
Andrea Myers and Battle of the Bands winner. Drive 105 FM. 10
A Taste of Minnesota Music
“Yes, the festival is Minnesota cheesiness at its finest. Yes, there’s
a good chance that you’ll be bombarded with Star Tribune T-shirts,
mugs and sharp, pointy key chains throughout the show. Yes, there’s
a hot-dog vendor that goes by the blissfully ironic name “Quality
Foods”. But let’s try to muscle through our too-cool-for-school
pride and get out there, shall we? Because the twist is that there actually
are some decent bands playing this year. Start out with The Hopefuls on
July 3 at 5:30 p.m., on the Star Tribune Main Stage. Singer Darren Jackson’s
oboe-like, nasal (but strangely enough, not annoying) voice is just the
thing to soothe your cheese-curdled soul, and the band consistently delivers
witty, fun power-pop. Kafka it is not, but sometimes you need to just
stop thinking and clap along. Soul Asylum, a resident favorite local-boys-made-good
story, will play once again for their homies at 7 p.m., directly following
The Hopefuls’ performance. Soul Asylum secured their place in the
Big Five of Minnesota music (along with Dylan, Prince, the ‘Mats
and the Dü) with their 1993 hit “Runaway Train.” These
days they’re still delivering, with a new record, The Silver Lining,
coming out on July 11. The real treat here will be ‘Mats bassist
Tommy Stinson playing with the band, a nice little quirk that comes from
living in such an internally supportive music scene. Finally, celebrate
the Fourth by hugging some trees with Cloud Cult on the Michelob Golden
Light stage at 3:30 p.m. Don’t worry; it’s not your mama’s
nature music (i.e. synthesizers with recorded waves and loon sounds in
the background). Cloud Cult play innovative, catchy indie rock that sticks,
and seldom (if ever) mention Mother Earth. If, on the other hand, you’re
a big fan of musicians who got their start on TV shows, Davy Jones and
David Cassidy are playing on July 2 and 4, respectively. The festival
is held at Harriet Island in St. Paul and is open from June 30 to July
4 from 11 a.m. to 10:40 p.m. daily.MEREDETH
The group called the Minutemen is a racist vigilante group that's harrassed
and assaulted undocumented migrants coming across the U.S./Mexico border,
in California, Arizona and Texas. Now, they're coming to Minnesota to
try to rally support for racism and anti-immigrant views. But, Minnesota
is more diverse now than it's ever been and has become a haven for refugees.
A coalition of immigrants' rights, civil liberties and anti-racism groups
will raise their own voices to say "No Human Being Is Illegal.”
FREE. 2:30 p.m. State Capitol, St. Paul.LYDIA
Tiny Film Fest
Any press release that states, “There are free drinks at the end
of this,” and “I can also tell you how the FBI confiscated
my art project last year,” is bond to catch one’s attention.
As I read on about the Tiny Film Fest (“like Sundance, but crappier
and from Minneapolis”), I couldn’t help but wonder whether
the e-mailer was some quick-witted marketing crackpot, or an aspiring
artist with a special story to tell. Turns out Chris Pennington is a little
bit of both—an art kid focused on community-based, performance projects
(last year he organized a community water balloon fight), who in his words,
is “trying to overthrow the Walker and save the city from its high-brow
bullshit.” Like many techno-savvy kids of this new millennium, Pennington
began fooling around with the video feature on his digital camera a few
years ago and decided that if he was spending so much time making some
“pretty bad movies,” others must be too. So he built a website
and submissions started pouring in. “We got 180 submissions from
all over the place,” he said, “from little kids, soccer moms,
art school students, technophiles and phoebes …” Thus was
born the little film project that could. For the second year running,
Pennington and co-curator Dave Temby have organized the Tiny Film Fest,
which screens 100, 10-second amateur films in 10 different categories
(“most disturbing,” “simply hilarious” and “art
house” are just a few). Festivities, including a Schell’s
beer truck, start flowing about 8 p.m. at the Soap Factory, and movies
will be screened following the fireworks at the Stone Arch Bridge. As
for his run in with the FBI, I’d better let Pennington tell you
about it. Let’s just say it involves Minnesota Twins’ playoff
fans, Derek Jeter and a couple of black Sharpie’s. Post-fireworks.
Free. 520 2nd St. SE, Mpls. tensecondfilmfest.org..NANCY
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Uncle Cargill’s genetically modified corn may be knee-high by the
4th of July, but it’s the veritable plant extravaganza blooming
at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that is the real horticultural wonder.
The U of M’s Arboretum, just down the road a spell from Paisley
Park (once a white concrete oasis on a desolate county road, now surrounded
by gas stations and quickie marts), is home to more than a thousand acres
of luscious landscape—from patches of natural prairie grasses, marshes
and wildflowers, to manicured hosta glades and a Japanese water garden.
There’s always something in bloom here. Last winter, as our little
green friends lay sleeping under three feet of snow, the grand new Snyder
building addition featured an array of techno-colored orchids. Now that
summer has arrived, we can move outdoors and enjoy the sensory feast that
is an abundance of roses, day lilies, herbs and a jillion other perennials
and annuals. And from now until September 10 the Secret Gardens exhibition
features 20 uniquely designed and interpreted places just waiting to be
explored. Throughout the year the Arboretum offers special events, such
as bird walks, guided tours, children’s activities and more. There’s
also an amazing gift shop, restaurant, tea house and horticulture library.
Engage the family or nurture your serenity on the path that is for your
steps alone. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. $7/free for members and children
under 15. Thursdays free for all after 4:30 p.m. 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska.