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Hot Tickets for December 7 - December 13, 2005
Wednesday 07 December @ 22:58:06
Meet IRV, F*K*G - "A" that's crazy jazz!, "warm" welcome Bush to the TC, The most live shows this side of The Grateful Dead, Doomtree vs. Cindy Lou Who, A gay Western?, Crouching Tiger - Ang Lee, plus other Hot Tix to heat up your digits this blustery weekend...
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7 - December 13, 2005
Runoff Voting is a unique concept that has been tried in locales such
as San Francisco, Cambridge, Mass., and Ireland, and now folks are trying
to bring it to Minnesota. Using this system, instead of just casting one
vote for one candidate, voters rank the candidates: 1, 2, 3, and on down
the line. If no candidate receives a majority of the #1 votes, the candidate
with the least total of #1 votes is eliminated; then, the second choice
votes from these voters’ ballots become #1 votes for other candidates.
The ballots are recounted, and candidates are eliminated in this fashion
until one winner emerges with a majority of the vote. Thus, the system
ensures a majority winner in each election and does away with the primary.
Yes, it does away with the primary. Why? There’s no need for a primary
if all the candidates can run in a general election and still have an
ensured majority winner … Without IRV, the winner can win with less
than 50 percent of the vote. How do we really know they have a mandate
(besides, of course, if they say so)? What’s more, without a primary,
everyone saves money! Would this work for Minneapolis? Come to the event
and find out, or at least learn more. 7 p.m. Free. 2441 Lyndale Ave
S., Mpls. 612-871-7110. Erin Green
The Artists’ Quarter
When I was just a sapling and, having been completely floored by David
King’s drumming in Love-cars, decided to check out his other
projects, I discovered where his heart really lies: difficult jazz. And
I mean difficult in the best possible way. Under the name F*K*G, Scott
Fultz (tenor sax), Dean Granros (guitar) and King lay down some stuff
that isn’t going to weasel its way into your subconscious: it’s
going to kick down the door and demand to be understood on its own terms,
and that’s a quality that’s sorely lacking in a lot of music
these days. It’s a tricky line to walk: on one side, there’s
the chasm of music that substitutes abstractness for substance; on the
other, music that satisfies a base ear without trying for more. Fultz,
King and Granros (performing that most difficult of stunts: taking jazz
guitar past bland Wes Montgomer-ations without losing control) tap dance
along that ridge, dropping in melodies and grooves as waypoints that serve
to guide you through the tumult. They’ll be joined by bassist Adam
Linz for this outing. 9 p.m. $3. 21+. 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul.
651-292-1359. Steve McPherson
Human Rights Day Events
Public debate heats up on the Bush Administration’s torture policy
and Sen. John McCain’s bill banning torture. The December 13 California
execution date for Crips’ co-founder, now anti-violence author Stanley
“Tookie” Williams and the imminent 1,000th American execution,
highlights the U.S. death penalty. Another “Rodney King video”
surfaces of New Orleans police beating a retired teacher, exposing police
brutality yet again. These are just a few of the crucial issues raised
by the annual International
Day of Human Rights. Various events are planned throughout the area.
The Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, which sends lawyers to defend
Death Row prisoners, will host a conference on Friday. 1:45 - 9 p.m.
University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-341-3302
x127 or mnAdvocates.org.
On Saturday evening, Witness for Peace, who’ve used nonviolent intervention
methods from Nicaragua to Northern Minnesota, hosts a forum “Righting
Human Wrongs.” Speakers include Green Party Indigenous activist
Audrey Thayer; co-founder of Environmental Justice Advocates Minnesota
and Minnesota State Representative Keith Ellison; and activist and St.
Thomas professor of Peace Studies Jack Nelson Palmeyer. Pre-panel performance
of local Spoken word artists and Danza Mexica Cuautehmoc. Sat. Dec.
11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. Lydia
Protest Bush Visit
GW Bush hits town for a $1,000 a plate fundraiser for Mark Kennedy (or
you can get your picture taken with the Commander-in-Chief for $10,000).
Twin Cities activists will peacefully protest. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1001 Marquette Ave. S., (at 10th St.) Mpls. For more info contact Veterans
for Peace at 612-821-9141 or TwinCitiesVFP.org.
Chris Dorn’s Birthday Bash
birthday of Chris Dorn, Hexagon booker and musician extraordinaire, is
a dream night for local music. The stellar lineup of Your Loving Tiger,
The Gleam, Fort Wilson Riot and Belles of Skin City is an example of what
we’ve come to expect at the Hex, thanks to Dorn. With his finger
on the pulse, Dorn has a nearly supernatural knack for finding and presenting
some of the hottest bands around, often first. He’s breathed life
into the Hex via consistently spectacular live music programming four
to five nights a week, and memorable theme nights. Dorn, also leader of
the Beatifics and bassist for The Autumn Leaves, deserves high praise
for his contributions in the music community, and what better way to celebrate
his birthday than with a bunch of the best bands in town for free? Any
of these amazing bands are a draw by themselves; to see them in one night
will be nearly incomprehensible fun. 9 p.m. Free. 21+. 2600 27th Ave.
S., Mpls. 612-532-3688. Cyn Collins
Cedar Cultural Center
original Hot Tuna was a hell of a band. Too bad they never recorded. Spun-off
from San Francisco’s historic Jefferson Airplane in 1969 or so,
you had Airplane personnel (lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bass player
Jack Casady and singer Marty Balin) moonlighting with Peter Kaukonen (second
guitar) and Joey Covington (drums). Still, they haven’t done bad
for themselves. The two-man jam band nucleus, Chicago-blues devotee Jorma
Kaukonen and dyed-in-the-wool jazzer Jack Casady, have gone through varied
incarnations over some 20 albums and, maybe, the most live shows this
side of The Grateful Dead and James Brown. And the boys are back in town,
promoting the release of their albums Live at Sweetwater I, Live
at Sweetwater II and Live in Japan. With Barry Mitterhoff on
mandolin and Erik Diaz on drums. 8 p.m. $25/$28 All Ages. 416 Cedar
Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-2674. Hobbes
Just about a month ago the Belfry Center debuted in south Minneapolis
as a collectively run community space and art gallery—a collaboration
among the Bat Annex Free School, Daybreak
Newspaper and local radical artists. The ambitions of the Center reflect
the energy and ideals of its 15 to 20 young and enthusiastic members who
strive to “foster democracy and build community through arts, activism,
media and education” and make all decisions by consensus. This weekend
the Belfry hosts its Winter Market—welcoming guests to a holiday
arts and craft sale that features items from a number of local artists.
There’ll be cocoa for drinking, cookies for frosting, board games
for playing and live music, too. The Belfry’s Bat Annex Free School
is a unique endeavor, currently offering classes in quilting, French and
Spanish to students of all ages, and they’re all F-R-E-E. Future
gallery shows include a found-objects exhibit, and submissions are being
accepted now. Noon – 4 p.m. Free. 3753 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls.
The Varsity Theater
heads agree, but the public at large might not know: Rap is only one of
the four elements of the culture of hip-hop. If you extrapolate out from
the MC, the DJ, the graffiti writer and the B-boy, think of the elements
as linguistic expression, musical expression, visual expression and kinetic
expression. Now, put ‘em all in a renovated theater and you’ve
got the Doomtree
Blowout at the Varsity. Just having the whole Doomtree roster in one place
for two full-length sets is reason enough to attend (keep your eyes peeled
for Emily Bloodmobile), but add in a wheat paste mural by design and art
collective KHS which’ll be created live in reaction to the music,
a video premiere, breakdancing crews flexing to Doomtree DJs and giveaways
and you’ve got the makings for one of the hottest nights in recent
memory. With P.O.S. slated to drop his sophomore album in late January
‘06, Mictlan hard at work on his debut and Sims’ Lights Out
Paris sure to make many critics’ top ten lists for 2005, this show
has historic potential, so don’t be the person 10 years from now
telling people how you almost went, but instead stayed home to watch the
Jim Carrey version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on
Channel 5. Cindy Lou Who can wait. 9 p.m. $8. 18+. 1308 4th St. SE.,
Mpls. 612-604-0222. McPherson
Shillock, Desdamona, David Daniels
Daniels. It just might be the last time you can catch these three
at the same gig. Daniels is rumored to be headed for the Left Coast. Besides
which both Shillock and Desdamona need to be heading their own bills.
Shillock, who denies being the headliner (but does admit to being the
ringleader that set the gig up), is one of the strongest poets in town.
And he’s just released the CD Invisible Jazz. Four-time Minnesota
Music Award-winner Desdamona is due to blow up any minute. Especially
since Sly and Robbie’s stint as co-producers on her CD, The Ledge.
If Daniels is going anywhere, he sure enjoyed a hellified stay while he
was around, culminating with his tour de force CD Talkin’ Roots.
Fortune smiles. Three smoking performers at one shot. Wouldn’t do
to sleep on this one. 7:30 p.m. $7. 1931 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. 612-874-8702.
Walker Art Center
A gay Western, huh? OK, mainstream cinema could stand to widen its scope
beyond “The Bird Cage.” Director Ang Lee’s new offering,
“Brokeback Mountain” does exactly that, stacking the deck
with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. They play Ennis Del Mar and Jack
Twist, modern day cowboys who fall in love and then find themselves, over
the next 20 years, dealing with the consequences—not the least of
which includes keeping things secret from their wives. Of course, there’s
also the requisite intolerance and rabid homophobia in rural America.
Gifted veteran Randy Quaid is on hand as the foreman where Del Mar and
Twist are working when they meet. Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film
at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. 2 p.m. $8 ($6 members). 1750 Hennepin
Ave., Mpls. 612-375-7600. Hobbes
Lee & James Schamus
Walker Art Center
This should be good. The month-long series of films by director Ang Lee
concludes with a discussion between Lee and his frequent collaborator,
producer James Schamus. They’ll talk about their collaborative process
as director, producer and co-writers of a wide-ranging body of work, reflecting
as well on their creative history, and illustrating with clips from their
films. Lee once said of his crowning achievement, “Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon”: “I think … filmmakers have become more
mature individually, and that’s a good sign [that] it’s not
a trend that will come and go. I think it could be the beginning of a
good development. In terms of subtitled movies, I hope [it] will break
out of art-house ghettos. Not that it doesn’t have artistic values,
but I hope we break that barrier.” Unfortunately the barrier will
take at least a bit more wearing down. Meanwhile, Lee certainly has prevailed
well beyond any pigeonhole. 7 p.m. $22 ($15 members). 1750 Hennepin
Ave., Mpls. 612-375-7600. Hobbes