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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

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Hot Tickets for August 23 - August 30, 2005
Friday 26 August @ 08:43:14
Hot Tickets“Waging a Living” & “The Wall”...Kanser...Concert for Cam Gordon...St. PaulaPalooza Kickoff...Arise! Grand Reopening...Waiting on a Fairy Tale...The Exchange...Landmark: 24 Hours at the Stone Arch Bridge...Kay Brown Gustafson...Green Party Candidates’ Forum...So many Hot Tickets, so little time! Check Your Pulse!


August 24 - August 30, 2005
 
 


“Waging a Living” & “The Wall”
Bell Auditorium


Some issues are defined as off-limits, banned, made invisible—even when the impact of them is brazen. Two films being shown by Minnesota Film Arts at the Bell Auditorum refuse to be silenced. “Waging a Living” looks at the 30 million Americans (that’s 1 in 3 workers) who are the working poor, through the daily dreams, frustrations and accomplishments of four people living paycheck to paycheck. Longing to raise their families out of poverty, this film answers the “Ownership Society” hype with the sober economic realities of our stolen American Dream. In “The Wall,” director Simon Britton challenges censorship. From the film’s first moments we see moving images of workers raising panels and blocking out a magnificent landscape and throughout the film there are contrasting human interest stories. Israeli Defence Force soldiers, Israelis and Palestinians all come under Britton’s penetrating gaze in this cinematic masterpiece of postcards from a place of religious-political divisions morphed into a cement barrier, effectively imprisoning a whole people. “Waging a Living” plays Aug. 24 & 25 at 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. “The Wall” plays Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 at 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., with matinees at 3:15 & 5:15 on Sat. & Sun. $7 / $6. 17th & University Ave. SE, Mpls. 612-0331-7563 or mnFilmArts.org. Lydia Howell

Kanser
7TH St. Entry

Longevity counts for a lot in the rap game and Kanser has it. Through lineup changes, name changes (when did they stop being Kanser Troop?) and a host of critically-acclaimed CDs (including this year’s Self-Titled, which injects live instruments into the mix), Kanser has anchored the old school in the Twin Cities and shown that hip-hop is more than just a label for a genre: it’s a community. From hosting the late, lamented Headspin at Bon Appetit—which birthed some of the cities’ best hip-hop units—to well-attended house parties, Zachariah (New MC) has been a mainstay in promoting not only himself, but every fresh new talent that comes around while Unicus has busied himself hosting The Hookup across the street from the old Bon App at the Dinkytowner on Saturdays. Live, New MC’s laidback drawl-y vocals impress with both their wit and solid wisdom, and Unicus is an ideal foil on plug 2. The music blends funky soul samples and strings, but you probably know all that. How could you not if you’ve been paying any attention to the hip-hop scene here for the last decade? What’s important is that Kanser is not just about getting theirs; they’re about giving it back with wide-armed generosity. With Omaur Bliss, Aeon Grey, Pushovers, The Foundation Agency. 8 p.m. $5. 21+. 29 N. 7th St., Mpls. 612-332-1775. Steve McPherson

 


Concert for Cam Gordon
Hard Times Cafe


Minnesota’s Green Party is setting its sails for local waters and Cam Gordon is making a second voyage to become City Councilmember for Minneapolis’ 2nd Ward (Seward, West Bank, Prospect Park, University area). A longtime Green Party member, community organizer and small businessman, Gordon has new ideas for economic development that benefit neighborhoods and small businesses—not just big developers and big corporations, housing and government accountability. You can support his campaign and enjoy a night of music with the Jayhawks’ founding member, singer/songwriter, Mark Olson. Also featured is West Bank legendary folkie, Razz Russell—master of mandolin, guitar, violin and vocals. $7 (no one turned away for lack of funds). 8 p.m. 1818 Riverside Ave. Mpls. 612-296-0579 or CamGordon.org. Howell

St. PaulaPalooza Kickoff
Station Four


The annual street festival St. PaulaPalooza has one frontloaded event jumping off at Station Four: Javier Trejo, Desdamona and David Daniels all on the same bill. Desdamona is on this year’s Minnesota Music Awards ballot for Best Hip-Hop Recording with her newest album, The Ledge. That’s to go along with having copped the Best Spoken Word Artist award in 2000, 2003 and 2004. Small wonder, when you sample a verse from her website: “They are blind to the signs that the rhyme combined with the mind connects them to their feminine side/ the groove slips between their thighs and makes their hips wide like mine.” The old street saying, “That ain’t no real white girl” fits her to a tee. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Trejo, known as a member of the New Primitives and for his weekly gigs at the Terminal Bar, is a favorite of the jam-band set, especially those who get a serious jones when Big Wu is out on the road. His dues include having opened for and played with acts like the Wu, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic and The Neville Brothers. Rasta-bard David Daniels (“Black Hippie Chronicles,” “I, Edgar Hoover”) sustains a maverick profile, smokin’ up a storm and kicking Rastafari-Americana ballistics. 7 p.m. $5. 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul. 651-298-0173. Dwight Hobbes

Arise! Grand Reopening
Arise! Bookstore & Resource Center


There’s something about a good summer remodeling project that makes you want to celebrate. Or rather, the end of a summer remodeling project. Nothing says relief quite like the realization that you are done laying tile, smashing walls and hauling drywall in unairconditioned spaces—all when the weather is appropriate only for lake trips and underwear parties with multiple fans (the electronic kind). Well, Arise! Bookstore was completely remodeled over the past few months, and the all-volunteer construction crew is turning its relief into a grand reopening party, complete with acoustic bands, balloon animals, punk rock face painting, prizes, food, a dance party, a sale and more. Oh—and a new tile floor suitable for all of the above. With Woodcat, Brian Carlson, Ba Ba Blacksheep, Andy Gifford, Our Danielles, Free Radio DJs and more. 5-11 p.m. Free. All ages, kid friendly. 2441 Lyndale Ave S., Mpls. 612-871-7110, AriseBookstore.org. Michelle Lee

Waiting on a Fairy Tale
Center for Independent Artists


Who says all college kids are good for is keeping beer manufacturers, weed growers and birth control companies in business? The Heartbreak Theater Company, a Minneapolis-based college student-run outfit has successfully staged five productions over the last two years. That includes last summer’s completely sold-out season. They’re now offering “Waiting on a Fairy Tale”—an evening of company scripted one-act plays based on characters and themes from traditional fairy tales. But these take considerable license. For instance, Isaac Holter’s “A Little Red,” adapted from the tale about the girl wearing a hood, portrays the heroine as a kid who visits grandma to hide from a whole different kind of big, bad wolf: her drunken dad. Sounds like these folk mean to strike a telling chord. One night only. 8 p.m. 4137 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. Hobbes

 


The Exchange
Lee’s Liquor Lounge


If you’re keyed about piano greats, meet local band the Exchange. With an arsenal of well-crafted indie-pop songs and a surprisingly energetic and entertaining live show, this piano-bass-drums trio has crept its way into the Twin Cities music scene lately. Back with a follow-up to last year’s self-released EP, Aperture, the Exchange will release its first full-length, titled The Day Before. Drawing influence from acts such as Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and Ben Folds, this trio has set itself up for success with its refreshing and unique brand of pop/rock that will have you singing along in no time. Joining the Exchange at the release show is local “punch country” favorites the Gleam. The Gleam was awarded “Best Album of the Last 12 Months” by City Pages and has recently made a name for itself with its one-of-a-kind punk/country/blues hybrid sound. If you’re looking for some fresh local music, head down to Lee’s Liquor Lounge. John Richards and the French Canadians open. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. 101 N. Glenwood Ave., Mpls. 612-338-9491 Jesse Schroeter

Landmark: 24 Hours at the Stone Arch Bridge
Stone Arch Bridge


Ever since my brief but frequent encounters with street artists of the most generic variety while working in Italy one summer, I have secretly wished that flocks of poorly dressed tourists might flood the streets of Minneapolis. All those coins thrown into Tivoli fountain might soon reap dividends; this weekend a local collective of artists (Local Strategy) will turn the Stone Arch Bridge into a hip, interactive, multidisciplinary performance installation called Landmark. For 24 hours the bridge will play host to painters, dancers and musicians, parades and tours, hours-long and minutes-short art. The installation’s pieces take into account the geographical and historical context of the bridge, incorporating boats on the Mississippi River below and paying homage to the trains that rumble in the Great Rail Yard Above. Grab a friend, head down for a few minutes or a few hours, and enjoy street art Minneapolis style—black tie optional. Sunrise Aug. 27 - sunrise Aug. 28. SoapFactory.org/Landmark.html. Julia Curran

Kay Brown Gustafson
Barnes and Noble


One might accuse Kay Brown Gustafson of being a tree hugger. The Eagan woman fought to save “The Grandfather Tree,” a 150-year-old, 250-ton burr oak being removed to make way for a new road for the new Eagan Community Center. Gustafson and her fellow members of the Eagan Community Foundation asked the city to transplant the tree to the front of the community center instead of simply tearing it down. The group raised the money to transplant the tree themselves, raising $55,000 from Eagan residents in just two weeks. After the children of Gustafson’s neighborhood kept pestering her to retell the story, she decided that it might be a good tale for a children’s book, fictionalizing the tale just enough to create “Aunt Gussie and the Grandfather Tree.” Gustafson, whom the neighborhood children refer to as “Aunt Gussie,” will read from her book at the Eagan Barnes and Noble. 11 a.m. Free. 1291 Promenade Pl., Eagan. Adrienne Urbanski


 


Green Party Candidates’ Forum
May Day Books


Tired of the endless attempts to pick the public pocket for new stadiums? Wonder why big corporations get public subsidies—and then don’t have to comply with living wage laws? Worried about housing? The Green Party is fielding an impressive array of candidates for local Twin Cities offices: mayoral hopefuls Farheen Hakeem (Minneapolis) and Elizabeth Dickinson (St. Paul), as well as candidates in Minneapolis for City Council, Park and Recreation Board, Library Board and the Board of Estimation and Taxation. Several candidates will gather for a public forum at May Day Books this weekend. 2 p.m. 301 Cedar Ave. S. (basement of Hub Bicycle), Mpls. 612-333-4719. mnGreens.org. Howell

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