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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for June 7 - June 13, 2006
Friday 09 June @ 17:26:49
Nightmare on Sesame Street...
Accidental Death of An Anarchist: revolution in our hearts...
The Rise and Fall of Northeast Civilization...
Swedish Films @ the Oak and Bell...
Shauntae: R&B-pop is not a dirty word...
Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Festival: it's free and tasty...
Christopher McGuire’s Meat Raffle Music Festival...
So Many Dynamos + local overachievers...
Newmad Tuesdays with newbies Tuesday's Robot +
other new bands showcased at Nomad's new band night...
plus, HOT PICK OF THE WEEK: Rob Skoro...
CHECK YOUR PULSE!
7 - June 13, 2006
on Sesame Street
Southside Family School students’ annual theatrical battle is between
corporate power and social justice. In this year’s “Nightmare
on Sesame Street,” the Bad Guys, led by corrupt CEO Brickhead
Brainy, have wrecked the weather and are using state-controlled media
to promote child labor in toxic environments. But brave and resourceful
kids fight back! Satirical wit is liberally laced with a music score that
includes original rap, reggae classics and songs by Nina Simone, John
Lennon and folk legend Odetta, plus parodies like this, from “My
Favorite Things”: “Bright shiny prisons with easy admissions/
Pretty new products with toxic emissions/ Pricey new condos all tied up
with strings/ These are a few of my favorite things…” Through
June 9. 7 p.m. Free. 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-722-6612. LYDIA
Accidental Death of An Anarchist
Minneapolis Theatre Garage
satirist playwright Dario Fo (b. 1926) once said, “Our homeland
is the whole world. Our law is liberty. We have but one thought, revolution
in our hearts.” His play “Accidental
Death of an Anarchist” is a perfect blend of satire, irreverence
and irony in telling the story of how the man accused of bombing a bank
and whom the police claim “accidentally fell” out a fourth
floor window of a police station, exposes more than the police department’s
ham-fisted cover-up of his death. The arrival of a maniac disguised as
a high court judge and a shrewd reporter soon have the police inspectors
in a scuttle to retract their story. Directed by co-artistic director
Liz Neerland, translated by Simon Nye, the play closes Nimbus Theatre’s
2005-2006 season with guffaws galore. The stellar cast includes Dave Gangler,
David Lind, Joe Herman, Tiffany Givens, Shannon Troy Jones and Hope Moy.
Your funny bone will be tickled, if not broken accidentally by the slapstick
comedy and effusive dialogue. Fo’s farce was originally seen by
nearly a half million Italians shortly after a series of bombings took
place in Milan in 1969, where police held anarchists and arrested a railway
worker/anarchist named Pinelli. Soon after his arrest, Pinelli “accidentally”
fell out the fourth-floor window of the police station. At the time, Fo’s
play was his response to the widespread police corruption of Italy in
the 1960s. Today it provides a comical but solemn look at how imprudent
those we trust to protect us can really be. Through June 18. Thu.
– Sat. 8 p.m. $12. 711 W. Franklin Ave., Mpls. 651-229-3122 or NimbusTheatre.com.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Mr. Skoro may have debarked
for Philadelphia just after the release of last year’s That These
Things Could Be Ours, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t
left a part of himself here. Like the saying goes, you can take the boy
out of Minnesota but you can’t make him drink. He has to do that
on his own, and on his own is how he returns to us this time for a solo
set at the Nomad. As talented and crack as his band has been every time
I’ve seen him with a full coterie of musicians, I’ve always
preferred the intimacy and vulnerability of his solo acoustic shows. One
of the things Skoro is best at is crafting deceptively intricate pop songs
with beautiful melodies, and when you strip away all the trappings, songs
like “The Package” and “All the Angles” blossom
in the open space. Which is to say nothing of “2318,” a strong
contender for the Can Never Be Overplayed Hall of Fame alongside “With
or Without You” by U2. Would that we lived in a world where Skoro’s
ode to the 2300 block of Something Avenue came on as often at the grocery
store. With The Vestals and JoAnna James. 9 p.m. $6. 21+. 501
Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. STEVE
The Rise and Fall of Northeast Civilization
This is your last chance to see the provocative “Rise and Fall of
Northeast Civilization” exhibit at Tyler St. Gallery’s closing
party. The show is a retrospective for those who’ve been involved
with the gallery since it opened in 1997. It promises and delivers powerful,
diverse work by a dozen visual artists, including Mark Wojahn, Hend Al-Mansour,
Olga Miksic, Keith Holmes and Doug Padilla. Somber themes dominate: The
Croatian-born Miksic uses watercolors to paint the atrocities of war,
while Richard Amos tackles Abu Ghraib. Like most of gallery owner Dave
Monson’s shindigs, the closing party festivities will include live
music, an open mic, spoken word and great people-watching. 7-11
p.m. 1331 Tyler St. NE, Mpls. 612-788-3834. LIBERTY
Cinema & Bell
Can over a million Germans and Swedes be wrong, cinema-wise that is? The
2005 Oscar nominee from Sweden, “As
It Is In Heaven,” has broken the all-time audience records in
both Germany and Sweden this year. This offbeat love story set amidst
a small northern Swedish village church choir is a virtual unknown here
in the United States, where few distributors have shown interest or have
even seen it—the bane of Roger Ebert. Held over from the 24th Annual
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, the film rated as one
of the “best of fest” by viewers and will return to the Oak
Street Cinema June 9–13. Coupled with it is “Zozo,”
this year’s Swedish Oscar submission, which screens at 9:30 p.m.
nightly, switching to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. “Zozo”
is a drama/comedy about a Lebanese boy escaping civil-war-torn 1980s Beirut
to end up in Sweden (an autobiographical take on Swedish/Lebanese comedy
by director Josef Fares). Meanwhile, the sweeping, dreamlike (and toothsome!)
Greek romance, “A Touch of Spice” screens at the Bell Auditorium.
Fri. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat. - Sun. 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. Oak
St. Cinema, 309 Oak St. SE, Mpls. Bell Auditorium, 10 Church St. SE, Mpls.
612-331-3134. or mnFilmArts.org.
who thinks R&B-pop is a dirty word is cordially invited to check out
sultry songbird Shauntae. Sidestepping
the formulaic, cliché-glutted drivel that gives the genre a bad
name, she makes music the old-fashioned way—airing solid chops with
inventive arrangements to create remarkably fresh material. Take “Back
To My Baby,” a song about a lady who’s out to dinner with
the gentleman of her life, when a libidinous bent gets to be a bit more
than she can bear. This turn-the-lights-down-low ballad is a better prescription
for sexual ennui than Viagra and all its best-selling imitators put together.
She lures you in with a fluid melody, then puts you away with a strong
hook and a sucker punch refrain when she croons, quite matter of fact:
“I’m the one missin’ you. Tryin’ to reach you.
So, time to get the fuck up outta here.” Shauntae has put in plenty
of requisite time as a backup singer (Kip Blackshire, Julius Collins)
and as an opener (Keyshia Cole, Ciara), gigging clear across the country
and all over the Twin Cities, including at First Avenue, Bunkers, the
Cabooze and the Fine Line. All that’s missing is an album, and she’s
in the studio, doing just that. To take a look and listen to Shauntae,
go to MidAmericaTalent.com and
click on “artists.” 9:30 p.m. $7. 21+. 107 N. 3rd
Ave., Mpls. 612-465-0440. DWIGHT
Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Festival
On any given night there’s no shortage of music in town. Ditto each
summer with the steady stream of outdoor concerts and music fests. On
Saturday, Famous Dave’s takes its act to the streets at Peavey Plaza,
offering up generous doses of blues and BBQ to satiate any appetite. The
music starts at noon and runs until 10:30 p.m. on two stages. Expect some
familiar faces, such as Big
John Dickerson, Spider
John Koerner, Tony Glover, Charlie
Parr and Paul
Metsa, as well as other local favorites. Lesser known in these parts
but included on the musical menu are Phil
Guy, Lady Bianca
and Billy Branch.
Born in Louisiana in 1940, Guy picked up the guitar of his older brother,
Buddy, and has been strumming ever since. He moved to Chicago in 1969,
and was on board the legendary Festival Express train—a continuous
booze-cruise-on-rails that carried his brother, Janis Joplin, the Grateful
Dead and a plethora of other musicians across Canada in 1970. Lady Bianca’s
roots are in gospel, blues and R&B. A singer and pianist, she trained
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was named Best R&B
Female Vocalist by the Oakland Blues Society. Billy Branch has blown the
harp for Muddy Waters, Son Seals and Koko Taylor. He offers a powerful
live performance and will perform a tight, funky set of Chicago blues
with his band, the Sons of Blues. Noon - 10:30 p.m. Free. 11th
St. & Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 952-294-1299 or FamousDaves.com.
Christopher McGuire’s Meat Raffle Music
When I was a good Catholic schoolboy, I was duped into selling raffle
tickets—meet your quota or else. Or else what, eternal Saturday
morning detention? Oh well, I quit that cult long ago. So if you’ve
sold your soul for rock ’n’ roll, here’s an indulgence
you might want to check out. Occupying not one, but two stages, the evening
is guaranteed to provide virtually non-stop rock action, with McGuire
playing drums in about nine or ten of the scheduled acts. And while your
soul might not burn for years to come, there’s nothing like searing
a little dead animal tissue in the meantime to remind us of our fiery
fate once we realize that heaven’s door has been nailed shut. With,
among many other, Phil Solem (Rembrandts), Faux and Honey Jean and Rick
McCullom (Afghan Whigs). 8 p.m. $6. 21+. 3018 Hennepin Ave. S.,
Mpls. 612-823-4719. DONNY
Many Dynamos, Aneuretical, Jai Henry & The Mpls Henrys
Rock Social Club
Everyone loves an all ages show at the Triple Rock. Saunter in, grab yourself
a root beer, soak up some teen angst and get home in time for the 10 o’clock
news. Your enablers tonight are out-of towners So
Many Dynamos, co-headlining with local overachievers Aneuretical.
SMD’s noisy, feverish rock is the perfect drug to bring out your
teen spirit, but the real hot ticket tonight could be betting on whether
Aneuretical guitarist Ian
Anderson will pass out onstage from exhaustion. The 21-year-old has
been getting his multitask on lately, playing shows with Aneuretical,
working on the impending release of a debut album from his other band,
for the Team, and running Afternoon
Records, now in its toddler years. Mingle with the kiddies, the hipsters
and the kiddie-hipsters, and place your bets on Anderson. 5 p.m.
$10. 629 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-7499. MEREDETH
The Nomad World
I could tell you plenty about each of these bands. I could tell you how
Robot deftly blend sharp-edged political folk with charmingly sincere
and catchy acoustic rollicks. I could go on and on about how
Brothers Quetico pushes and kicks at the edges of an acoustic-driven
swampiness with a fluid and nimble musical grace that’s equal parts
noise-rock and jug band. Or I could even get rapturous over The Turns
crunchy brand of pop rock. But that’s not really the point. The
point is these bands can’t send me press photos or talk about all
the gigs they’ve played because they’re too damn new and exciting.
This coming Tuesday and every other Tuesday through the whole mosquito-filled
and the Nomad
are sponsoring the kind of new band night you remember from back in the
good old days. Nothing but brand spanking new talent for the basement-bargain
price of nada, zip, zilch, ZERO. Come wrangle a booth, stake out a spot
on the patio, fall in love, and have the time of your life hearing bands
so new they still have friends numbering in the low three digits on MySpace.
Just enjoy it, because you never know: this could be your last summer.
Featuring Brothers Quetico, The Turns and Tuesdays Robot. 9 p.m.
Free. 21+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. STEVE