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Hot Tickets for May 17 - May 23, 2006
Thursday 18 May @ 12:56:17
Lama Ole: new-agey, but it works... The New Primitaves will have your tongues wagging on the street and behinds shaking at the club... Arab Coffeehouse: coffeehouse culture at it's finest grind... David’s Redhaired Death... Dance Band: dancing in the streets encouraged... When Reason Sleeps: nightmare comedy @ BLB... LeNor Barry... Casanatra CD Release Show... MN Aids Walk... Down by the Riverside CD Release: cool kids music that's all local... plus, HOT PICK OF THE WEEK: Art-a-Whirl Musicfest at le 331 Club...
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17 - May 23, 2006
Is there anybody out there who wouldn’t benefit from developing
a greater sense of compassion, joy and fearlessness? Meditation is one
way to quiet the mind, and in so doing, strengthen your capacity for happiness.
Sure it’s new-agey, but it works. Lama
Ole Nydahl is one of a handful of Westerners fully qualified as a
Lama and meditation teacher. He’ll be in Minneapolis this week to
present “Meditation: Science of Mind,” a lecture about how
applying Buddhist principles to your life can provide great stability
in these most uncertain times. Lama Ole is himself a bridge between Eastern
and Western cultures and spirituality. His parents were academics and
members of the Danish resistance. He studied philosophy and was a member
of the ’60s counterculture when he met a Tibetan Yogi and began
his own journey into Buddhism. An inspiring teacher, Lama Ole has lectured
throughout the world and has written seven books. A question and answer
session and short meditation follow his lecture. The event is hosted by
Diamond Way Buddhist Center in Minneapolis. Namaste. 8 p.m. $10.
407 W. 15th St., Mpls. 612-825-5055. NANCY
have to reach way back—to bands like War and Mandrill—to find
the kind of power you get when New
Primitives cut loose. They fire up a set of Afro-Cuban rock like nobody’s
business. At the helm is front man and singer-percussionist Stanley Kipper.
He started the band in 1999, after two decades of touring and recording
with a whole bunch of big shots (Minnie Ripperton, Bill Withers, Joe Walsh,
you name it) and, in short order, had tongues wagging on the street and
behinds shaking at the club. You can hear why just by checking out the
reggae-drenched “Bring Me Down” (off their self-titled CD),
with the group locked tight in a rolling rhythm behind his urgent, soul-deep
vocal. For good measure, the three-time Minnesota Music Award winners
also have Javier Trejo on guitar and vocals, and there is nothing like
catching Trejo break out on one of his blistering, Santana-like solos.
He sings pretty good, too. Can’t go wrong with New Primitives who,
by the by, will be at this year’s 10,000 Lakes Festival, along with
opener Gypsy Foot. 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+. 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls. DWIGHT
All weekend long during the fabulous annual Northeast arts extravaganza
Art-a-Whirl, the 331 Club is hosting a live music explosion inside and
out! Beginning Friday, Chris Koza, Ol’ Yeller and Jon Rodine kick
things off with raucous heartbreakin’ tunes. Saturday, Glen Hanson,
JoAnna James, Lonesome Dan Kase and the Crush Collision Trio, the Roe
Family Singers and Le Cirque Rouge de Gus perform on the outside stage
in the 331 parking lot. Music starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.
outside. Meanwhile, there’ll be some fine live spinnin’ inside
from 4 to 9 p.m. by DJs Danny Sigelman (from the Current), Amy Buchanan
(from Le Cirque Rouge) and house DJ James Leonardo. After the music is
done outside and the spinnin’ is done inside, the evening will be
topped off by the Vestals at 10 p.m. and the up-to-10-members-at-any-given-time
Pogue Brady Rockstravaganza (featuring Martin Devaney on sax alongside
Mike Brady, Amy Pogue and friends). And in case you haven’t gotten
enough art in your Art-a-Whirl, there is a mini-craft fair in the 331
parking lot with artists and crafters hawking their wares. Check 331club.com
for full schedule. Free. 331 N.E. 13th Ave., Mpls. 612-331-1746.
than just places to get a cup of java, “coffeehouse culture”
is a global experience where one can partake in exchanges that span the
artistic, political and personal spectrum—whether you’re on
the West Bank of Minneapolis or in Palestine. Mizna, the journal of Arab-American
literary arts, is hosting “Killing Time,” a multimedia installation
by Aissa Deebi. Using photography, sound and text, we experience how Arab
coffeehouse culture has come to America. Community events include the
particular elements of the water pipe, backgammon tournaments and storytelling
evenings. Saturday’s panel discussion includes music and artists
Fouzi Slisli and Abdellah Ouchagour. Runs through June 2. Reception
Fri. May 19. Gallery talks Sat. May 20 & 27. Gallery hours Thu. –
Fri. 5 – 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. –
4 p.m. 2205 California St. NE, Mpls., 612-788-6920 or mizna.org.
Despite the efforts of a once-strong women’s movement, members of
the female persuasion still earn only about three-quarters of what men
do in our post-modern world. It’s no surprise, then, that gender
inequity extends to the arts. A three-year study by the New York State
Council on Arts indicates that roughly 20 percent of professional theater
artists are women, and although they submit nearly half of all the works
to artistic directors, only 16 percent of produced plays are by women,
and only 17 percent have female directors. 20%
Theater Company began as a small project in New York City in 2002.
It spread to Chicago and has landed in Minneapolis under the able artistic
direction of Claire Avitabile. Sticking with company tradition, it will
present Shelly Kramer’s play “David’s Redhaired Death”
as its inaugural production starring Kate Kennedy and Colleen Somerville.
The show is an intense two-woman play that examines how death affects
our ability to love at the risk of another loss. The show runs one weekend
only and redheads get in for a buck! Reservations highly recommended.
May 19 – 21. Fri. – Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7 p.m.
$12 general/$10 students & seniors/$1 redheads. 1931 Nicollet Ave.
S., Mpls., 612-227-1188. SARTOR
Dance Band debuts at the Nomad tonight, and the Minneapolis City Council
has just repealed the 1960 ordinance 427.240, which stated that dancers
in the streets were breaking the law. Coincidence? You decide. Dance Band,
who claim to be “one of the greatest bands in the world,”
(you just don’t know it yet), will be hitting the streets near you
with heavy beats this summer. Be the first to dance to them at the Nomad
World Pub around 11 p.m. “The Philanderer” (bass, vox) a seasoned
young rocker around town, MC’s Captain Octagon and Double Delicious,
The Chop (guitar), The Perfect Beat (drums) and the Boston Lazer (DJ)
will perform crazy beats in costume. This indie funk-inspired dance majesty
was spawned by dissatisfaction with the lack of motion at local shows,
“even at a show with great beats.” Their goal is simple: “To
be so ridiculously fun, that no matter how well you dance, you’ll
still look cool next to us.” Having been one of an elite few to
hear them prior to their club debut, I know they’ll make you dance.
And laugh, and cry. Go! Performing with The
Salt Shakers, Mike
Gunther and His Restless Souls and Fort
Wilson Riot. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424.
When Reason Sleeps
Bryant Lake Bowl
often faces things that other social or political institutions fail to
confront. Ben Kreilkamp’s play “When Reason Sleeps”
shook up last year’s Fringe Fest with strong responses about what
the playwright calls his “nightmare comedy.” An unemployed
artist takes an unusual temp job: hearing confessions as a priest in a
shopping mall. What he hears takes him into the deeply personal implications
of U.S. foreign policy. Kreilkamp does double duty as the artist with
his original Fringe cast: a “mostly holy nun,” a “distractress,”
a guard and “the Protector of Our Freedom.” Fringe audience
members called the play “disturbingly funny,” “a satirical
gas” and “kick-ass political theater” (more at fringefestival.org).
As The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s recent White House Press
Dinner shtick show, the only way some truths can be told is when they
are accompanied by laughter. Saturday’s performance is a benefit
for the Twin Cities
chapter of Veterans for Peace. Reservations are recommended. Through
May 22. 7 p.m. $5 - $15 sliding scale. 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949.
Chris Shillock, he of the grizzled visage and anarchist prose-poetry,
did so well a while back putting together both “An Evening of Poetry
and Song” and “An Evening of Poetry and Song II,” that
he’s back at it. For the third time he’s included singer-songsmith
Barry on the bill with poet-storyteller Hardy Coleman. Shillock knows
how to come up with a dyed-in-the-wool ringer, as he has with Desdamona,
Emily Carter and, now, Barry. Can’t wait to see who’s next.
Coming out of a troubadour bag with some of the strongest such fare since
’70s underground icon Ellen McElwaine, Barry hints at Sade and Patti
Austin, but is distinctly flavored with originality. Among a bunch of
highlights from her Healer With A Twist CD is “From Lorain to Joann.”
Minor chords and major-sevenths are never so sweetly dramatic as when
played on a 12-string guitar. She stakes out artistic territory, eerie
lyrics and haunting melodies over textured chords. And then there’s
the wizardry of “Grandmother Clock,” a laid-back existential
jaunt that brings the legendary Fairport Convention to mind. Long story
short, don’t miss this lady. Colleen Kruse, Hardy Coleman, Duck
Kicking Vultures. 9:30 p.m. $6. 1931 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. 612-339-5002.
Casanatra CD Release Show
Rock Social Club
latest release, Primo Impacto, lumbers out of the gate on opener
“Could’ve Been a Stuntman” with the kind of densely
frenetic and claustrophobic swagger that would make Ultramega OK-era
Soundgarden question the depth of their sound. It’s all the more
impressive that it’s being delivered by Dennis Asher and Jer Fink’s
two-guitar attack, Lance Reed’s percussive assault and—nothing
else. The lack of bass frees up the guitars to be as heavy as they wanna
be, and the vocals’ lips-on-the-windscreen sound re-doubles the
heft of the impact. You won’t find any razorblade-tipped pop hooks
here; Casanatra are more interested coming at you with a belt-sander,
and even when they back off to deliver moody fare like “Depreciated,”
the feeling of paranoia is only lightened by contrast. You can put Primo
Impacto up next to darkly beautiful work by the aforementioned Soundgarden
and their doomed Seattle brethren, Alice in Chains. Formed in 2002 with
a mission to create songs with “big guitars and monstrous drumming,”
Casanatra have certainly earned the right to stand on an aircraft carrier
and unfurl a big old “Mission Accomplished” banner, even if
our C-in-C hasn’t. With headliners Self-Evident and openers Darkmoor.
10 p.m. $6. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-7499.
So you think you can’t do a 10K? Maybe you can if you walk it, since
it’s only a 6.2 mile course through lush greenery, and for a really
good cause. The MN AIDS Walk raises about $600,000 each year for the Minnesota
AIDS Project to fight HIV through advocacy, education and service. In
2005, Minnesota had a 21.5 percent increase in new HIV infections among
gay men, and 22 percent of new HIV cases were in the African American
community. According to the group’s communication director, Amy
Weiss, it lost $131,000 in funding from the Department of Health due to
federal cuts. You can register online through Friday, and there is no
registration fee. Or come on down to walk and make a donation yourself—it
might spark the beginning of your new adventure as a marathoner. Park
opens at 9 a.m.; ceremonies at 11:30 a.m., walk at noon. Donations. 46th
St. between Hiawatha & River Rd. 612-373-9164 or mnAidsProject.org.
Down by the Riverside CD Release
face it: a lot of what passes for kids’ music these days is downright
atrocious. I’m not going to name any names, but as someone who one
day hopes to raise whippersnappers of his own, there is no way I’m
letting them listen to “Baby Beluga.” Sure, I harbor dreams
of children who love John Coltrane, but I’m also a realist: kidlings
want stuff they can sing along to, and parents want stuff that won’t
drive them crazy. So thank goodness for Down by the Riverside,
a fantastic local compilation featuring artists like Dan and Matt Wilson,
John Munson, Adam Levy and many others. The tracks are public domain favorites
like “Oh Susannah,” performed by Mason Jennings, and the title
track, performed by Semisonic with John Munson on lead vocals. In a society
that’s increasingly focused on flash and fad to catch the attention
of the littlest among us, Down by the Riverside provides a refreshing
injection of tradition and simple joy that does more than just distract:
it enriches and broadens the connection between the generations. Even
childless hipsters will find songs to sing along with, and proceeds will
benefit the music therapy program at Reuben Lindh Family Services, a multicultural
provider of pre-schools, daycare, parenting programs and therapies for
some of Minneapolis’ most challenged families. Bring the whole flock
down to this family-friendly event. Performances by Dan Wilson, Matt Wilson,
John Munson, Mason and Amy Jennings, Adam Levy, The New Standards, Dana
Thompson and Chan Poling. 5:30 p.m. $35. All Ages. 2400 3rd Ave.
S., Mpls. 612-721-1098 ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.