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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for March 9 - March 15, 2005
Wednesday 09 March @ 16:57:36
Hot TicketsRally, Campout, Lobby for Homeless...The Monkey King...The Hold Steady...Jim Wallis...Clem Snide, Archer Prewitt, Marbles...Stars...and many other smoldering shows/events/tickets this week! Check Your Pulse!

March 9 - March 15, 2005

Rally, Campout, Lobby for Homeless
@ Minnesota State Capitol

Condominiums (priced for sale at $200,000+) pop up like mushrooms, while the number of homeless people keeps growing. Wealthy and big business tax cuts by Bush and Pawlenty mean closed shelters, dropped rent vouchers and frozen waiting lists. “Support the troops” is the current mantra, yet almost half of homeless men are veterans. About 40 percent of homeless people are employed and Hamline University students think that fast food workers, childcare providers, janitors and people working at the downtown Minneapolis Target store (subsidized by $81 million in “economic development” public money) deserve a roof over their heads. They’ve organized a rally and campout at the State Capitol to gear up for the annual Housing Matters Lobby Day. Greet your legislators as they leave work. Then, hear spoken word artists, headlined by singer-songwriter Julia Dinsmore (formerly homeless, now living in Duluth). A cookout and campout overnight follows. The next morning, get trained to be a lobbyist and meet with your legislator. Lots of people are just a couple of paychecks away from homelessness, making this a broad issue. Free. Rally 5 - 8:30 p.m.; campout overnight. Thurs. Mar. 10, morning workshop, afternoon Housing Matters Lobby Day, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Martin Luther Kind Blvd., St. Paul For more info contact Tom Goldstein at 612-649-1710 or tgoldstein@mnponline.org Lydia Howell

The Monkey King
@ Children’s Theatre Company

The Children’s Theatre Company continues to amaze. This time they choose to retell the most popular tale in history that most Americans have never heard of. “The Monkey King” is a 500-year-old classic of Chinese literature. It tells the tale of a mischievous monkey born out of a mountain who threatens to upset heaven and earth until Buddha convinces him to accompany a monk on a trip across the mountains in the west. There are dazzling displays of martial arts and Chinese acrobatics. The scenic and costume effects are breathtaking. It’s a wonderful tale and it is told with magic in the hands of the CTC. The Monkey King is performed by two actors: Dean Holt, who has enchanted audiences as the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” and the dog in “The Grinch” and Xin Li, who has made a career out of playing the Monkey King as an adept acrobat. Holt does the acting and Xin does the tricks. The transition between the two is so seamless you can’t tell when one stops and another begins Tonight, Wed., Mar. 9 at 7 p.m. is pay-what-you-can. You can afford that. Do something nice for yourself. Go! Spread the love. Through Apr. 16. For dates and times call the box office at 612-874-0400. Ed Felien

Halloween, Alaska
@ The Varsity Theater

With head Halloween, Alaskan James Diers (also vocalist/guitarist in Love-Cars) now spending most of his time soaking up the sun in Los Angeles, gigs for Minneapolis’ down-tempo answer to the Postal Service have been few and far between (no matter how much love they’ve been getting on “The O.C.” soundtrack), so don’t sleep on this one. This outing was originally planned as the CD release show for the group’s sophomore album but that plan has been scratched in the wake of some exciting record label developments that will see the band re-releasing their debut on a wider distribution scale with some extra tracks in April on record label East Side Digital and coming out with a full-on sophomore release this fall. Halloween, Alaska are hands-down the most exciting drum-machine and synthesizer-driven pop group to hail from the land of 10,000 lakes, producing a surprisingly warm and organic sound from their array of largely electronic tones. And although the group’s members all have other high-profile local music stints on their resumes (Diers with Love-Cars, keyboardist/studio guru Ev with 12Rods and drummer Dave King with Happy Apple), you would be dead wrong if you thought you could envision Halloween, Alaska’s sound based on their past recorded efforts. Halloween, Alaska is its own wild and sexy tech-driven beast. With A Whisper in the Noise, Foodteam. 8 p.m. $8 adv / $10 door. 21+. 1308 4th Street SE, Mpls. 612-604-0222. van Alstyne

The Hold Steady
@ The Triple Rock Social Club

2004 was a damn good year for former Minneapolitan and Lifter Puller leader Craig Finn’s New York City band the Hold Steady. Their debut, Almost Killed Me, was of course an instant smash here in town, but more surprising was the fact that Williamsburg hipsters fell just as hard for Finn’s snarling talk-sing stream-of-witticisms-about-hard-living-lyrics as your average tattooed Triple Rock denizen. Riding the hard-charging classic rock inspired riffage of fellow former Puller Tad Kubler, Almost Killed Me took names and kicked asses – and the national press took notice. Recent year-end “best discs you’ve never heard of lists” from both Rolling Stone and Spin tagged Almost Killed Me as a sleeper hit of the year, all of which has set the stage rather nicely for the band’s pending sophomore album, Separation Sunday. The new album won’t drop until May 3, but the band is graciously making their way through town for what are sure to be two packed-to-the-gills gigs on their way down to Texas for the vaunted SXSW showcase — expect plenty of new tunes. Somewhat unexpectedly, the new record boasts even more Minnesota references than its predecessor, chronicling life with “hoodrats” on 66th and Nicollet and smoking pot in Osseo. Separation Sunday plays like a remake of its predecessor, with the only mild difference coming in the form of added keyboard and piano textures, but that qualifies as a minor complaint – as long as Finn’s spreading his smirking party-hard gospel (“she was shaky but still trying to shake it”), and Kubler’s making like a more melody-friendly Bob Mould on the axe, there’s little more any local rock fan could ask for. With The Oranges Band, The Reputation, Visqueen. 9 p.m. $10 adv / $12 door. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. Also on Thu., 3/10 with The Oranges Band, Thunderbirds are Now, Che Arthur. Same door info. van Alstyne

Jim Wallis
Wayzata Community Church

A man who has been compared to Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jim Wallis has been fighting for peace, human rights and the poor for much of his life, from the streets of Seattle in 1999 to the counter-conventions during the last election. He is also a preacher, and one of the few people speaking out against the takeover of Christianity by extreme fundamentalism. In his new book, “God’s Politics,” he says that populists have responded badly to the rise of fundamentalism, trying to solve the problem by removing religion from public life. Wallis proposes a different way of fighting extremism, to return to the progressive values of King, Day and Desmond Tutu. Wallis will read from his book, which has been praised by such people as Bono of U2, Bill Moyers and Cornel West. 7:30 p.m. 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. For more information call 952-473-8341. Brian Kaller


Clem Snide, Archer Prewitt, Marbles
@ The 400 Bar

This gig features a triple bill of established indie vets with three widely varying styles all celebrating brand new releases. Clem Snide are out in support of The End of Love, which finds relocated front man Eaf Barzelay making the leap from Brooklyn to Nashville but keeping his snarky sense of humor intact (as song titles like “The Sound of German Hip-Hop” would suggest). End of Love doesn’t stray too much from past Snide fare (lots of loping pop-folk with country touches and the occasional sexy string part), but the album makes for a worthy addition to the Snide cannon and is a marked improvement over 2003’s Soft Spot. Also on the bill is Chicagoan Archer Prewitt, whose fourth solo effort of ’70s-inspired orchestral bombast soft-rockery, Wilderness, is getting enough heavy spins on 89.3 the Current that it’s now debatable to claim Prewitt’s still best known for his guitar playing gig in the Sea and Cake. Rounding things out is Marbles, the solo project from former Apples In Stereo front man Robert Schneider. Since the Apples (and, not coincidentally, Schneider’s marriage) went kaput, Schneider’s been a man on a mission, first with the raw and rollicking Ulysses’ album .010 and now with Marbles’ light and frothy ’80s-leaning dance pop display, Expo. Two albums decidedly different than the Apples overtly psyhedilec pop approach, but easily ranking up with the best of his prior work … if only every musician were so successful at artistic reinvention. 9 p.m. $10 adv / $12 door. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. van Alstyne


Eric Ziegenhagen
@ The Bryant Lake Bowl

Chicago’s Eric Ziegenhagen (a native Minneapolitan) makes strikingly unconventional folk music on his debut longplayer, You’re Talking to the Wrong Guy, opting for a rarely seen approach to acoustic guitar playing (he writes and performs on a four-string nylon-string open-tuned guitar slung flat across his lap). The unconventional approach may have been born out of necessity (Eric’s father would only let him play his guitar as long as he kept it in the case, and after he learned to play in that unconventional manner he never let it go), but it yields truly rich results, a sweetly plucked sound that feels oddly full in its nakedness. With a warbly voice strangely reminiscent of outsider music legend Daniel Johnston in its boyish innocence, Ziegenhagen has turned plenty of heads in search of something new in his current place of residence. Come on down and see what all the fuss is about. With headlining act Edith Frost. 8 p.m. $8 adv / $10 door. All Ages. 810 W. Lake Street, Mpls. 612-825-8949. van Alstyne


@ The 400 Bar

Montreal group Stars’ latest, Set Yourself On Fire, is rich in sophisticated pop with a flair for the dramatic, moving beyond the light dance-oriented pop of its predecessors and into far lusher terrain. The album opening, “Your Ex-Lover is Dead,” could pass for a track off of the Delgado’s album Hate. There’s still plenty of rhythmic oomph and sassy beats at play (one need only move ahead to the title track for proof), but it’s all couched in a new maturity and sleek arrangements. Co-vocalists/guitarists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan lay perfectly winsome boy/girl coos atop the sweeping melodies, and the final product is fashion-friendly-future-pop sure to please the ears. With Apostle of Hustle. 9 p.m. $10. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. van Alstyne

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