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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for March 23 - March 29, 2005
Wednesday 23 March @ 01:53:35
Hot TicketsHockey Night...Style Construction...JG Everest & Smattering...Medea Benjamin...Haley Bonar...As You Like It...Happy Apple...Amartya Sen...and many other igneous show and events this week! Check Your Pulse!

March 23 - March 29, 2005

Hockey Night
The Triple Rock Social Club

St. Paul outfit Hockey Night crafts Euclidian indie-pop masterpieces for the smokin’ and thinkin’ set. It goes without saying that the Velvets are a part of all contemporary rock musicians recombinant DNA, so we’ll dispense with that semi-comparison forthwith. Others could include Alien Lanes-era GBV, only more sober, polished and fully realized. And hipsters will be delighted to hear traces of the Allmans, Thin Lizzy, Supertramp and Manfred Mann. Ha! Oh, and let’s not forget Toni Basil. While largely upbeat, courtesy of halcyon hooks and helium-fueled lead guitar, they sprinkle enough verjuice and vinegar into the mix so we can have a little bitter with our sweet. But the real cherry on top, which isn’t apparent on the record—which is why you have to see them live—is to behold the bitchin’ double-drummer action. These rhythmically conjoined twins wear each other’s skin and flail away in graceful unison, like the cilia of a swimming paramecium. Speaking of protozoans, the dudes will be coming fresh off a tour that included appearances at the virulent industry slugfest, SXSW. Also during their extensive travels, they seem to have fallen under the amorous gaze of Lookout! Records and, according to my sources, have consummated some sort of conjugal agreement that will result in the release of their sophomore album all across this great land come July. Ah, spring. Love is in the air. Then again, it could just be good weed. 5 p.m. $6. All Ages. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. Also on Fri., 3/25 with Troubled Hubble, Malachi Constant, Pariah Caste. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. The Corner of University and Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. 651-647-0486. Donny Doane


John Snell X
The Turf Club

Local psych-popster John Snell X (he really is the tenth John Snell in a row in his lineage, according the press bio!) is celebrating the release of his new jubilantly schizoid long player, The Clock Stops Here. Featuring help from some high profile local music buddies (most notably Jeremy Ylvisaker of the Melismatics), Snell is all over the place on his third self-released album. There are scattershot bits of brilliance to be found—the lazy folk-rock of “Carried Away” is an immediate stunner—and even when things get a wee bit too busy and acid-laced for my tastes, Snell’s wild-man showbiz exuberance keeps things moving. Should make for an interesting live listen. With TBA. 9 p.m. TBA. 21+. The Corner of University and Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. 651-647-0486. Rob van Alstyne


Style Construction
Minnesota Museum of American Art

Performance chameleon Mark Mallman dons a new hat this week, when he hosts “Style Construction: A Runway Exhibition” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. This show presents fashion as art and highlights the work of seven local designers, including high-end handmade couture concoctions by Danielle DePietto, couture wedding frocks by Mindy Craft, and funky assemblages by Laura Fulk. DJ Booka B will spin tunes during the show and at the after-party that follows. Gather ‘round the catwalk and indulge yourself in some sartorial splendor. 7 p.m. $7 adv/$10 door. 50 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-292-4355. Liberty Finch



Instituto de Cultura y Educacion

As the St. Paul International Film Festival approaches, movie lovers can get a sneak peak into independent and locally produced work by Latino filmmakers at the two-day MiraMex festival March 24 and 25. The festival is devoted to short, feature-length, narrative, documentary, and experimental film and video with subjects ranging from Mexico City street kids to Chicano artists in Los Angeles. MiraMex will feature three films from the Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival, as well as films from local Latino filmmakers. 7:30 p.m. $5 adults/$3 children/$7.50 two-day pass. 4137 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. 612-728-5728. Allison Herrera

JG Everest & Smattering
The Bryant Lake Bow

Local music stalwart JG Everest recently returned to the fold of his ambient instrumental group Lateduster for a pair of stellar local gigs earlier this month, but this show turns the focus back to his all-too-infrequently-gigging solo work. This intimate BLB concert marks only the fourth since the late summer release of Everest’s rousing debut, Hush Money—and, as if getting the chance to catch Everest’s hazy loop-heavy bedroom pop in the live setting weren’t enough incentive for you, he’s managed to line up the equally live-gig-reclusive Matt Olson, AKA Smattering. It’s been five years since Smattering’s release of Rajah Pink and Wading Pool Blue and multiple unreleased follow-up records are rumored to be in the can. The two will be performing solo and in tandem, so expect plenty of chilled-out melodies and geeky musical gadgetry on display. 9:30 p.m. $6 adv/$8 door. All Ages. 810 West Lake Street, Mpls. 612-825-8949. van Alstyne



Medea Benjamin
William Mitchell Law School

Medea Benjamin first made her mark in the anti-corporate globalization movement working for fair trade. She’s the co-founder of Code Pink, a creative resistance waged (primarily) by women opposing the war in Iraq. Reinvigorate your spirit by hearing her speak and also support the National Lawyers Guild, which is on the frontlines defending basic due process and civil liberties. Now, more than ever, making connections between trade policy, war abroad and the shredding of the Bill of Rights at home is critical. Social hour 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7:30 dinner. $35 general/$15 students and low-income. 875 Summit Ave., St. Paul. 651-978-1936 or peterb@hotmail.com. Lydia Howell


Haley Bonar
The 400 Bar

Former Duluth teen music wonder Haley Bonar has finally made the big move to the Twin Cities and the now-nearing-22 songstress has made plenty of other changes to accompany her change of address. She’s got a new band (featuring Vicious Vicious/Amber Estate drummer Adrian Suarez and Mason Jennings’ current bassist Chris Morrissey) and a whole slew of new songs. The follow-up to her appropriately rapturously received sophomore album The Size of Planets is currently being recorded, and don’t be surprised if Ms. Bonar ends up making another move—to the world of major record labels—for its release. Bonar’s soulful cowgirl vocals work wonders in the live setting, whether breathily cooing over a creepy organ vamp or belting out atop countryish pop songs and her every-so-often 400 Bar gigs have become something of a Minnesota music happening—don’t miss out. With The Pines and TBA. 9 p.m. $10. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. van Alstyne


As You Like It
Guthrie Theater

Not even a March blizzard can quash the giddiness you’ll feel after watching this enchanting production of “As You Like It” at the Guthrie Theater. Director Joe Dowling sets Will’s rollicking comedy in the late 1960s, and it’s that interpretation that allows set designer James Noone and costume designer Helen Q. Huang to shine, shine, shine. Behold as Arden Forest transforms from winter’s chilly wilderness to a playful, multi-colored love refuge. Bianca Amato’s enthusiastic portrayal of Rosalind/ Ganymede is superb, and Jim Lichtscheidl channels one groovy Touchstone. A few original songs by Mel Marvin weave elements of folk and Motown into the show and set your hormones dancing. Intoxicating (with no ill after affects), this production is sure to ignite a heavy trip of spring fever. Tue.- Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. & selected matinees 1 p.m. $14 - $49. 725 Vineland Pl., Mpls. 612-377-2224. Nancy Sartor

Happy Apple
The Black Dog Café

This show doubles as both an all-too-rare glimpse of local jazzsters Happy Apple (whose members are generally busy in projects ranging from gonzo metal instrumental combo Zebulon Pike to head bopping in the sophisticated jazz combo the Bad Plus) and a fundraiser for the Minnesota sur Seine music festival. Formed nearly a decade ago in Minneapolis, the Apple’s will be kicking out the jams in support of the just-released album The Peace Between Our Companies, which features the usual feisty blend of alt. jazz courtesy of mainstays Eric Fratzke (bass) David King (drums) and Michael Lewis (more saxophones then you can shake a stick at). The Minnesota sur Seine festival provides a revolutionary cross-breeding of the avant jazz scenes in Paris and these here deuce cities. The Twin Cities-French jazz connection began in 2000 when jazz musician Michel Portal and record producer Jean Rochard visited the area and were instantly taken with the avant-garde jazz scene. This fest promises plenty of live collaborations between the Parisian and Minneapolitan scenes—get ready for some improvisational cross-cultural musical fireworks later this year! 7 p.m. $10. All Ages. 308 Prince St., St. Paul. 651-228-9274. Nathan Dean


Peak Oil Summit
Galaxie Library

Oil powers our vehicles, fertilizes our crops and provides the material for our throwaway plastics. But many experts predict that the skyrocketing world demand for oil will outpace the supply—a moment called “peak oil”—as early as the next few years. For Americans wondering what could happen in a peak oil crisis, and how they could prepare for it, expert Brian Merchant will host a public conference on the topic this Saturday at the Galaxie Library in Apple Valley. Merchant has spoken at area churches and recently attended the first national summit on the issue. Free. 1 p.m. 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley. 952-431-7113 or e-mail skogrand@frontiernet.net. Brian Kaller


Amartya Sen
Hamline University

Raised in Calcutta—the poorest city in the world—Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen has become famous not only as economist but as a passionate advocate for human rights. Sen was the first economist to deal with Third-World realities like famine, health care and women’s rights, and garnered controversy when he maintained that world famines are not caused by a lack of food, but by unjust economic systems that keep some people from being able to buy food. He is the author of several books, including “Collective Choice and Social Welfare” in 1970 and “Poverty and Famines” in 1981, and won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. Sen will talk about “The Causes of Global Violence.” Free. 11:30 a.m. Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul. 651-523-2459. Kaller


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