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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for December 13 - December 19, 2006
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:33:55
Hot TicketsSenorita Extravida, Missing Young Woman :: Fancy Ray :: Vitriol, 2024 and Afternoon Records Holiday Party :: Mr. Dibbs and Co. :: Bee Gees Tribute :: Homemade Peace Workshop :: Winter Solstice Celebration :: Deftones AND THIS WEEK'S HOT PICK: Know Name Records Death Party ...


Señorita Extravida, Missing Young Woman
Riverview Branch Library
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library wind up their fall Women’s Human Rights Film Series with the disturbing story of the missing women of Juárez, Mexico. Located just across the border from El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juárez has become an international symbol for the dark after-effects of globalization. The city is littered with U.S.-owned factories and sweatshops that have failed to produce on promises of economic liberation. A major drug cartel calls Juárez home. And while the cogs of international business grind on, hundreds of young and impoverished working-class women have been kidnapped, raped and murdered. The serial murders have gone on unabated for more than a decade. Mexican authorities have failed to find the killers and have even been accused of being complicit in the sex murders. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo spent two years unraveling the ugly silence that has surrounded the deaths of these young women. Using the testimonies of the victims’ families, Portillo bears witness to the stories of these young, violated lives. Ann Theisen, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Education Program Assistant, who spent time on the Juárez/El Paso border working with women’s groups concerned with the Juárez murders, will lead a discussion after the film. 7 p.m. Free. 1 George St., St. Paul. 612-341-3302 ext. 107. JOHN TRIBBETT

Fancy Ray
Minnesota Comedy Club
Twin Cities legend Fancy Ray “The Best Lookin’ Man in Comedy” McCloney is back in town. And although he’s been gone a few years doing standup in L.A., and most recently shooting promos for Swedish TV, the Little Richard of humor has been well represented here. That’s him on those television ads for a particular video store in town. You know—the one with the guy who does a rib-tickling lampoon of Prince. And the one with the two-fisted, afro-coiffed brotha doing a take-off on ’70s super bad cinema. Coming off stints on the “Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent” and the U.K.’s “Bo in the USA,” the lovable mighty mouth—brandishing more attitude than Diana Ross—has an early Christmas gift for us. He’s at the Minnesota Comedy Club this weekend. 8:30 p.m. Also Dec. 16, 8 & 10:30 p.m. $12.50. Best Western Maplewood Inn, 1780 E. County Rd. D (near Hwy. 694 & White Bear Ave.), Maplewood. 651-777-7255. DWIGHT HOBBES

Vitriol, 2024 and Afternoon Records Holiday Party
Nomad World Pub
December is certainly flying right by, and we’ve had nary a snowflake. Of course, time waits for no man (much less a snowman), so the holidays are nearly upon us, and the Vitriol Radio/2024 Records party is reason enough to celebrate. This year, they’re celebrating with Ian Anderson’s Afternoon Records, and all the bands performing, whether they belong to 2024 or Afternoon, are all serviced to radio by Vitriol. Anderson’s own band, One for the Team, will be there with their special blend of super-exuberant power pop and heart-on-sleeve lyrics, as will 2024’s poppers Romantica and Fitzgerald side-project Ghost in the Water. I was fortunate enough to catch Ghost in the Water at a recent Minneseries show, and Nathan and Mandy Tensen-Woolery’s dark glitch-pop is a woozy and beautiful complement to Fitzgerald’s more chamber-pop approach. The press release promises a handful of holiday tunes from each act, plus there’s an oblique reference to “tasty vittles.” No Tender Vittles, though, so leave your cats at home. Also with The Glad Version, Arch Stanton and We Became Actors. 9 p.m. $3. 21+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. STEVE McPHERSON

Know Name Records Death Party
Know Name Records
While hanging out on the bar side of the Triple Rock this weekend, I was tangentially involved in a conversation about the state of the music industry wherein someone archly stated, “You know what else is hilarious? Record stores!” Kind of one of those moments where you laugh to keep from crying. The sad decline of the brick-and-mortar record store in the Twin Cities, which has already claimed Let It Be Records, Root Cellar Records and Aardavark Records, will take another victim at the end of this month when Dinkytown’s Know Name Records shutters its windows. Forget brooding about it, though: Know Name is throwing a killer party on Saturday with 10 bands playing from 2 p.m. to closing, ranging from newcomers like Jeremy Ylvisaker’s Alpha Consumer and Hexagon Bar regulars Vampire Hands to Twin Cities staples like Paul Metzger and John Snell X. It’s a shame to see another record store suffer at the hands of big box chains and digital downloads, but at least they’re going out with a bang and not a whimper. With Bridge Club, Vampire Hands, Paul Metzger, Alpha Consumer, Noise Quean Ant, John Snell X, Fuckstorm, Skipper, Dreamland Faces and KLN. 2 p.m. - close. 1309 4th St. SE, Mpls. 612-627-9680. STEVE McPHERSON

Mr. Dibbs and Co.
Triple Rock Social Club
DJ sets, as far as I’m concerned, are underrated events. Too often they’re relegated to placeholding at the beginning of the night, something to have going while people mill about, but you know what? The milling about is kind of what makes them genius. A good DJ doesn’t demand your attention: He or she earns it. Whether through smoothly managed segues between disparate genres, choice picks from the dusty crates of history or on-the-fly mashups, a DJ’s greatest reward is achieved when a handful of audience members turns towards the stage with a smile and a nod of appreciation. This bill will put the turntablists front and center and features some of the Twin Cities finest, plus Cincinnati native and longtime Atmosphere DJ Mr. Dibbs. Come get some drinks, meander about and be sure to nod appreciatively. With DJ Abilties, Jimmy2Times & Plain Ole Bill and Espada & Mike the 2600 King. 9 p.m. $10/$12. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-7499. STEVE McPHERSON

Bee Gees Tribute
Turf Club
Minnesotans are mad for rock tributes—from fanciful one-night wonders like the Monkees homage at the Hex a couple years ago, to the longest-running John Lennon tribute in America at First Ave (27 years this Dec.). Add a worthy cause to the mix and expect even bigger crowds (Rock for Choice, Rock for Pussy, etc.). This weekend the Turf Club is hosting a Bee Gees tribute for the American Heart Association. The Brothers Gibb—Maurice, Robin and Barry—enjoyed immense success in two distinct musical camps during their careers: first as the harmonic, soft rockers of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and later, in 1977 as the unequivocal disco kings with the release of Saturday Night Fever. To this day the blockbuster SNF soundtrack remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Bee Gees songs have been covered by dozens of renowned artists, from Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Al Green, to Destiny’s Child and Feist. Come on down to the Turf on Saturday and hear local bands interpret the melodic masters of pop, rock and disco. With Faux Jean, Autumn Leaves, Signal & Report, The Conquerors, Idle Hands, The Beatifics, Heavy Sleeper and more. 9 p.m. $6. Corner of University & Snelling Aves., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. NANCY SARTOR

Homemade Peace Workshop
St. Joan of Arc Church
Have you ever wondered why there are so many state departments, and yet not one Department of Peace? The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002 and is already the third largest department in the federal government with a budget of over $36 billion. What could a Department of Peace do with even a fraction of those funds? Come to the Homemade Peace Workshop this weekend to address this and other peace-related issues. This free workshop features national and state representatives from Minnesota, with forward-thinking speakers like Rep. Keith Ellison, State Senators Mee Moua and Becky Lourey, Director of the Nonviolent Peace Force Mel Duncan, Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Judi Paulson of the Fairmont Peace Group, City Council members Gary Schiff and Cam Gordon, and President of the World Peace Organization Imam Sheikh Saad Musse Roble. Musicians Larry Long, Van Nixon and Mitch Walking Elk, and The Troubadours of Peace with Doug Lohman will play some peaceful tunes during the breaks. Bring your family or ask a neighbor—all are welcome to practice peace. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. 4537 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. 651-426-9940 or CHAZ DAVIS

Winter Solstice Celebration
Coldwater Spring
As someone in the midst of a paradigm shift of my “belief systems,” I am constantly trying to examine my faith in new ways. As part of that, asking some questions seems like a good idea. “What has Jesus done for me lately?” (I can’t be sure.) “Would I be happier if I prayed to a goddess?” (Probably, yes.) “Don’t the sun and the wind and dirt do things for me every day, and might it be more appropriate to give thanks to the sun and the wind and the dirt?” (Now that you mention it, yes.) And can we go outside? Great news! The 5th Annual Winter Solstice at Coldwater Spring will be held outside, so dress warm and leave Fido at home, please. The event is being sponsored by Twin Cities Reclaiming, an earth-based spiritual community; Earthtones, a women’s a cappella choir; and Friends of Coldwater. Children are welcome, and bring an offering for the land (flowers, sage, a rock, tobacco are all appropiate) if you choose. A portable chair might come in handy, as would a jug to collect spring water. Pray for snow? Coldwater Spring is located south of Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. From Hwy. 55/Hiawatha Ave. turn east toward the Mississippi River at 54th Street, take an immediate right and go south, follow the frontage road past the aqua brick building. 2 - 4 p.m. Free. ADA SCHOCK

First Ave
The sublime, as a Romantic notion, concerns that which is terrifying and dangerous—think tornado—but which, through the remove of fiction, can be appreciated aesthetically for the very qualities that make it threatening. More than any other band out there today, the propulsively aggressive yet melodically angelic Deftones embody this grotesque beauty. “Kimdracula,” from their recently-released album Saturday Night Wrist, is a good example: Singer Chino Moreno whips from a hushed croon to towering falsetto to guttural howl and back again—it’s enough to give you whiplash, and that’s exactly the point. Since 2000’s White Pony, Deftones have milked that knife edge between the visceral and the ethereal, making forays into ambient textural territory and sound collaging. It’s not so much tied together as loosely bound by Moreno’s animalistic and sometimes violent imagery, all teeth, red leather and, yup, ball gags. For me, they occupy a strange oxbow in my musical taste; I listen to nothing else that’s even vaguely close to them in sound, aside from Japanese art-metal band Boris. Still, I’ll maintain my stance that they’re far more than just noise and fury signifying nothing: They’re an overwhelming amount of noise and fury signifying a vast and yawning emptiness—and it scares me, in the best way possible. 8 p.m. $20. 18+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. STEVE McPHERSON
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