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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for January 24, - January 30, 2007
Wednesday 24 January @ 18:39:47
Hot TicketsIn Darfur :: The Deaf CD Release :: Honeysuckle Rose :: Granito de Arena :: Bring the Troops Home Now :: Over/Under CD Release :: The Weekly Minneseries AND THIS WEEK'S HOT PICK: The Atlantis Quartet at Jitters


In Darfur
Guthrie Theater
It's hard to know precisely how history will look back on us and judge us, but it seems likely that we will be tried and condemned for our inattention to much of Africa as it suffered. The story of Darfur, a relatively small region in far western Sudan, is by itself staggering, with a government-
supported militia targeting civilians, causing an estimated 400,000 deaths and displacing as many as 2.5 million people in just over three years. To put it into perspective, it is as though every person in Portland, Ore., was murdered, while, at the very same time, every citizen of Chicago, Ill., were left homeless. Meanwhile, as the Center for American Progress and the Genocide Intervention Fund has pointed out, this suffering has been all but ignored by the U.S. news media: "During June 2005, CNN, FOX News, NBC/MSNBC, ABC and CBS ran 50 times as many stories about Michael Jackson and 12 times as many stories about Tom Cruise as they did about the genocide in Darfur." Well, the Guthrie Theater is doing its part to raise local awareness with a reading of a new play, "In Darfur," which tells of a fictional journalist's attempts to craft a story about the region that will generate much needed international outrage and attention. The play is a product of the Guthrie Theater and the Playwright Center's unique "Two-Headed Challenge," in which playwrights are encouraged to pair up with non-playwrights to develop new material. In this case, playwright Winter Miller, who also works as a researcher for the New York Times, paired with columnist Nicholas Kristof, whose writing on Darfur won him a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. The reading will be followed by a series of discussions and accompanied by a traveling photo exhibition about the genocide "Darfur/Darfur." Through Jan. 28. $15. 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-377-2224. MAX SPARBER

Atlantis Quartet
Think along the lines of Dexter Gordon, Larry Young, Elvin Jones—like that—with a taste of Wes Montgomery smoothed in. Add strong original compositions and insanely serious chops (these cats cover Thelonious Monk's "Brilliant Corners" and get away with it). Jazz lovers, presented for your profound listening pleasure: The Atlantis Quartet. Composed of Junkyard Empire members Brandon Wozniak (tenor sax), who has gigged with Tommy Dorsey, and Zacc Harris (guitar), who also heads up The Luminessence Trio, Travis Schilling (bass), sideman for five years to blues and R&B siren Renee Austin and Pete Hennig (drums), also with The Luminessence Trio. Last October, these ace axemen didn't have anything better to do, so they decided to make Twin Cities music safe for sweet sophistication. They debuted in November at the Fusion Music Lounge and got booked into The Nomad Jazz Series, The Times Bar and The Dakota's Late Night Series, but Jitters has become their weekly home (except for the third week of the month) and die-hard jazz junkies should be glad they've got a place to catch solid jazz on the regular. 9:30 p.m. Free. 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-617-1111. DWIGHT HOBBES

The Deaf CD Release
Turf Club
Thank the lord that the music industry's long winter of discontent (aka Thanksgiving through New Year's, a time during which almost no CDs come out) is at an end, and we can once again welcome with open arms new releases, both local and national. I've been having a hard time getting my head out of 2006: The introspection and evaluation that come along with making year-end lists led me back into listening to old favorites like Hendrix and T. Rex, but This Bunny Bites, the new album by The Deaf, might be just the thing to put an end to my thus far breach-born experience of 2007. Leadoff track, "Into the Fire," rumbles out of the gates on Jack Kalyuzhny's single-stroke tom rolls and the storm of bass and guitar whipped up by Stephanie Budge and David Safar, but the magic happens when it all congeals around the yawning gap that makes room for Safar's exclamatory (and Blur-esque) "Whoo!" It's all the chorus the tune needs. "Chim Cham" is either a reference to a dance step or a "Mr. Show" sketch, and either way, it sets the pattern for songs that were probably named before they had lyrics, sounding more like good, hair-trigger concepts than the result of careful consideration—"Let's Go," "Fuck That Shit," "Shiv" and "Get 'Er Done" being prime examples. In all fairness, this isn't music about subtlety and nuance; it's about rawness and blunt objects. End to end, it's the kind of slightly sludgy post-punk that slots itself in tightly behind locals like The Soviettes and that band's offshoot, Awesome Snakes, and national acts like Queens of the Stone Age. Plus, they got a mention in the 2006 edition of the Best American Non-Required Reading as having one of the Best New American Band Names. Take that, America. With The Blind Shake, Maps of Norway and His Mischief. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. Corner of University and Snelling Aves., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. STEVE McPHERSON

Honeysuckle Rose
Betsy's Back Porch Coffee
When it comes to easy listening, you can't beat laid back, old-school jazz with a baseball bat. Certainly not the way it comes courtesy of swing quartet Honeysuckle Rose. Steeped in the aesthetic of seminal icon Django Reinhardt, you have, on their self-titled debut CD, winning chanteuse Rose Oyamot backed by David Stenshoel (violin), Dean Harrington (guitar), Holle Brian (bass) and guest guitarist Mark Kreitzer. It's a superb collection of '20s, '30s and '40s standards, along with Reinhardt's "Belleville" and "Troublant Bolero." Before you turn your nose up at old-fogey music, look up where such heroes as Van Morrison, Sting and Wynton Marsalis cut their teeth. You might surprise yourself. Then, slide on down to Betsy's for a taste of true musical sophistication. 7 p.m. 5447 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 612-827-8283. DWIGHT HOBBES

Granito de Arena
Resource Center for the Americas
In the fall of 2006, the annual teachers' strike in Oaxaca against social and economic injustice in Mexico's public schools captured worldwide attention when it merged with what has become a much larger urban social movement against a repressive Mexican government. If you want to learn more about the situation in Oaxaca, head to the Resource Center of the Americas this Friday for a screening of the 60-minute documentary "Granito de Arena" (Grain of Sand). Offered as part of the RCA's "Friday Culture and Movie Nights" series, "Granito de Arena" details the Mexican teachers' movement—an exceedingly important model for community-based resistance—and other social movements for a democratic Mexico. Directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Jill Freidberg ("This is What Democracy Looks Like"—2000), this award-winning documentary places the Mexican teachers' struggle in a global context, delineating the relationship between economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis. Raising essential questions about democracy, sovereignty and the universal right to public education, Freidberg's film is disturbing, riveting and inspiring. Featuring a driving soundtrack by DJ Food, Slowrider, PlanB and Los Mocosos. 7 p.m. Free. Romero Room. 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls. 612-276-0788 or americas.org. AUDRA OTTO

Bring the Troops Home Now
26th & Franklin Aves.
On this day, tens of thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the war in Iraq with no escalation and that U.S. troops be brought home. In Minneapolis and other cities, anti-war events will be held in solidarity with the march on Washington. The Twin Cities protest under the call of "NO to the Escalation—Stop the War—BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! Stop Funding the War!—Funds for housing, health care and human needs, not war in Iraq!" At 1 p.m., join the bannering at Franklin and 26th Avenues in South Minneapolis. Be part of a massive presence of anti-war signs and banners by participating in a "human billboard" against the war. At 2 p.m., there's a "Speak Out" at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 E. Franklin Ave. Short statements will be recorded and sent to the MN Congressional delegation. The event is co-initiated by the Iraq Peace Action Coalition and the Anti-War Committee. For more information,
call 612-522-1861, 612-379-3899 or 612-827-5364 or e-mail info@antiwarcommittee.org. ALAN DALE

Over/Under CD Release
400 Bar
It seems like we rarely want for bands and songwriters mining the rich vein of Americana music here in the Twin Cities, but at the same time, it seems like there's always room for a couple more. Nick Africano released a solo EP, Broken, last summer and has spent more than a few nights holding down the stage at the 400 Bar, but recently he's been playing with a quartet of like-minded musicians (Jack Phinner on bass, Mike Vasich on keys and brothers Dan and Greg Walz-Chojnacki on lead guitar and drums, respectively) in Over/Under. Much like Africano's solo work, Over/Under has a distinctly earnest vibe that's grounded in the flower-power-by-way-of-the-working-class optimism of classic rock like the Allman Brothers Band and the music follows suit, constructed around acoustic guitars and tasteful keys, supplanted by a stinging, UniVibe-drenched lead guitar line here and there. Africano's voice is strong and slightly gruff, swinging right through that aforementioned classic rock wheelhouse, neither too wrought with emotion to come off as excessively dramatic, nor too by the numbers to come off as overly derivative. And just when you think their debut EP, Line Out, is going to get by strictly on a diet of Americana- and country-tinged rock, they toss in "Machine Gun Green," a reggae-flecked protest anthem that recalls Clapton's "I Shot the Sheriff," minus the heroin problem, but scraggly facial hair included. With John Koerner and Willie Murphy. 8 p.m. $5. 18+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. JOSEPH GRAHAM

Nomad World Pub
I'm telling you: Tuesday is the new Friday. There's a spirit of discovery to experiencing live music that, for better or for worse, often gets overlooked. Who knows when you might show up for the headliner and find out that the opener is absolutely killer? These towns are full of bands slogging it out on weeknights in the hopes of being that killer discovery for you and yours, but it can't happen if you don't show up. Two Eyes for the Dead take their cues from the darker end of the rock spectrum, citing goth-yet-melodic rockers A Perfect Circle and Dredg (along with everyone's favorite, Radiohead) as their prime influences. The live recordings offered on their MySpace page hint at inventive sonics, but my favorite part has to be their "Sounds Like" answer: "Tears of joy (which are the same as sorrow)." If you've got a soft spot in your heart for bands with alter egos, you'll probably want to check Landspeeder, whose members include Magnus, Go Dude and Red Threat. At least, I'm assuming those aren't their given names. Expect straight-ahead punk/garage in the vein on Bleach-era Nirvana. If that all sounds a bit intense for you, come early and check out Chicago's Apteka, who display a penchant for the kinder, gentler end of darkness via a kinship with Jesus & Mary Chain and Mojave 3. 9 p.m. Free. 21+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. STEVE McPHERSON
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