Equinox: New World Language on Saturday

Stop by the new Cult Status Gallery this Saturday | 8pm – Midnight

Art groups, (or individual artists),1 giant room. Complete a 1,500 sq ft. installation. Alluding to the rhythms of MC Escher’s tessellations, the modern street-art themed mix-up, and, yes, probably vampires; using the burgeoning art scene in Minneapolis as a platform for a new world language. . . Silent auction. Music provided by Butcher’s Bag. It Will Rock.

Posted 3139 days ago in Visual

gods & monsters on saturday

Heading over to the 33 gallery this Saturday to check out another MPLS Deth Crew event.. there’s a theme to this one – favorite horror films (monsters) and some of the genre’s greats, including Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Alfred Hitchcock (gods)..

Where: 33 Design Gallery
When : Saturday 12/12 @ 7:00pm
Plus: To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie is playing :)

* the 33 gallery is in a weird spot but it’s well worth finding (map) as these MDC events are always a good time

Zack Kinsey | Deuce 7 | Alex Kuno | Matt Kolling | Miss Kitty | Chris Krapohl | Nate Vincent Szklarski | Rudy Fig | Erika Lommen | Maggie DeWitt | Jen Wenmark | Nicolas Caesar | Matthew Jenkins | Cassandra Schorn | Erin Sayer | Charlie Mendez

Posted 3240 days ago in Audio, Visual

Last Call @ The Uptown Bar

The Uptown Bar was demolished today.

I started sneaking into the Uptown when I was 15 to see the bands i loved play insane sets so close their sweat was dropping on you… it was the first (and last) bar i ever got carried out of, the first (and last) place I started a fist fight, the place where I met and fell in love with my first real lover and one of my very favorite places to work.

Although I stopped hanging out there a long time ago, I still feel sad tonight.

Posted 3261 days ago in Audio

art attack this weekend

It’s Art Attack time again.. so here’s a list of some of the Artists we usually visit during the annual open studio art crawl. Hours + directions below the studio list.

dock 3 Heinz Brummel | Jewelry
dock 3 Randy Walker | String + Light Sculpture

#272 Sean Tubridy (twitter @tubes) | Polaroids + Prints
#288 Karin Jacobson | Jewelry
#301 Mobius | Antiques
#319 Main Street Toys | Vintage + Collector Toys
#333 LOCUS | Architecture + Photos
#341 Shannyn Joy Potter (twitter @shannynjoy) | Sculpture
#350 Betty Scagnetti | Clothing + Accessories
#351 Jennifer Davis (twitter @JDavisArt) | Paintings
#357 Duane Ditty | Paintings
#367 Mike Welton | Mpls Landmark Paintings
#400 Bicycle Theory | Bike-stuff
#404 DC Ice | Paintings
#410 Angle Bomb Design (twitter @angelbomb) | Printing
#432 Kristen Arden | Sculpture + Metal Furniture

Northrup King Building | 1500 Jackson Street NE Minneapolis
More Info / Directions to the NKB

FRI 5-10 | SAT 12-8 | SUN 12-5
Ask about Friday after-party info

Posted 3274 days ago in Visual

shuga records party

Shuga Records Stage Grand Opening on Thursday, October 1st..

In-store: All used vinyl will be 50% off, Electronics 25% off, New vinyl 10% off, 50 cent vinyl buy one get one free… Online: taking offers on vinyl

Doors open @ 10am / Music starts @ 2pm
165 13th Ave NE Minneapolis [MAP]

Audio Perm @ 2:00 p.m.
Sketch The Cataclysm @ 2:30 p.m.
Pharaohs Of Rhythm @ 3:00 p.m.
No Bird Sing @ 3:30 p.m.
P…aul Metsa @ 4:00 p.m.
Beth Larson @ 4:30 p.m.
The Goondas @ 5:00 p.m.
Shuga Rose @ 5:30 p.m.
Chelsea Boys @ 6:00 p.m.
Lonnie Mneumonic @ 6:30 p.m.
Guy Storm @ 7:00 p.m.
Hack @ 7:30 p.m.
Lost In Prague @ 8:00 p.m.
Gigolette @ 8:30 p.m.
Unicorn Dream Attack @ 9:00 p.m.
Web Of Deception @ 9:30 p.m.
Unknown Prophets @10:00 p.m.

Posted 3312 days ago in Audio

Contagious Next Saturday Night

Contagious will feature new artwork by Tara Costello, Jennifer Davis & Amy Rice

If you come here often you know that I’m a huge fan of Davis’ work – I only have a couple of her prints but I’m determined to own at least one of her paintings, at some point… I haven’t seen Amy’s work in person yet – but it looks sweet (reminds me of old vintage illustrations) and Tara is a well-known abstract painter – if you’re in Minneapolis you’ve certainly seen her work.

With these 3 popular / much-loved local art chicas, I expect that this show will be packed. Looking forward to heading down there Saturday night..

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
Preview 3 – 7pm | Reception 7 – 10pm [More Info]

1121 Jackson Street NE Studio #145 | NE Minneapolis
Near the corner of Central and Broadway Aves NE [MAP]

Posted 3313 days ago in Visual

Toys in the Attic 2009

If you’re custom toy artist or poster / print artist (graphic designer / illustrator) interested in participating in a cool show (for a good cause) – head over to Toys In The Attic and chat us up about the December 4th show @ the Soo Gallery
About TITA
Toys in the Attic is a celebration of toys, to benefit those without them.

The annual Toys in the Attic event is both a toy drive and art show – featuring limited-edition, toy-inspired poster prints and custom-created toys. 100% of the door donations and toys collected go to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation – along with 25% of art print and custom toy sales.

Posted 3321 days ago in Visual

Broken Crow & Maria Juranic

John Grider (Broken Crow*) is one of my favorite stencil / street artists and an all-around good guy. Check out this cool stop-motion video collaboration with Maria Juranic

*Broken Crow is John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons… Broken Crow is also creating a custom toy for Toys in the Attic 2009.. Friday December 4th @ the Soo Gallery.

Posted 3322 days ago in Visual

Train Brain: Local App Does Good

Minneapolis Light-Rail IPhone App, developed/designed by locals Andy Atkinson and Nate Kadlac is getting a lot of praise around town..

This $1.99 iPhone application is for Twin Cities Metro Transit light-rail riders. You can walk around with a paper schedule in your pocket or pull up a PDF of that schedule on your iPhone, but with a couple of taps, Train Brain can tell you when the next train is coming and how much the fare will cost as well as offer a countdown to the train’s arrival.

The only thing that came to mind after talking to Andy (Andy Atkinson, Train Brain Developer) was this: Metro Transit ought to buy this app and get behind it. With the continued rollout of light rail in the Twin Cities, and likely delays as the system expands, there is no question riders will need better tools to manage their ridership instead of just a PDF of a paper schedule or, God forbid, having to carry a schedule around in your pocket.”

Visit TrainBrainApp.com
Download from ITunes

Posted 3324 days ago in Geek

Taking the Uptown Out of Uptown

Switchblade Comb, Star Tribune and City Pages all reporting that the end is near for one of our city’s most iconic live venues, the Uptown Bar – at least in Uptown..

“The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved the Uptown Bar owner Frank Toonen’s application that would allow him to tear down the bar and replace it with a three-story retail unit. The proposed retail building is being developed by Urban Anthology who are responsible for Victoria Secret and American Apparel opening in the Uptown neighborhood. The last chance the bar has for staying in its present location is if the Heritage Preservation Commission intervenes at their next meeting on September 1.”
- Switchblade Comb

UPDATE 09/11 :
“November 1 ends it. I suggest keeping your evenings free and plan on going into work late from October 1 – November 1. There are gonna be some amazing shows that last month that the bar is open. Bands that you would never imagine playing the Uptown Bar will be playing the Uptown Bar.”

Posted 3345 days ago in Geek

northeast zombie bar

Stand Up Frank’s is dead – Long live Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den

Leslie Bock (owner of Saint Sabrina’s) has reinvented the notorious Northeast bar (Broadway and Washington Avenue North) and made it a zombie bar – complete with insane decor, zombie staff and some cool-as-hell specialty drinks.

We’ll be heading there ASAP…

Posted 3352 days ago in Geek

Benefit for Dean Magraw

Our long time friend Dean is suffering from cancer. A benefit to raise money for his medical / living expenses will be held on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul.

If you have never experienced Dean live, you’ve really missed something…

There is a suggested donation of $15, but any support is appreciated. If you cannot make the show but still would like to make a donation, please email helpdeanmagraw@yahoo.com.

Sunday, August 30, 2009
12:00pm – 11:00pm
@ The Celtic Junction

12:00—12:30 DAKOTA DAVE HULL
12:30—1:00 EASTSIDE
2:00—2:30 ERIC JAHN TRIO
2:45—3:15 AXIS MUNDI
5:00—5:30 MARCUS WISE/Nirmala Rajesakar
9:30—10:00 BOILED IN LEAD

Please spread the word.

Posted 3365 days ago in Audio

arctic monkey

i know i’m late to the game but i just fell in love with arctic monkey..

catch them performing tracks from their forthcoming 3rd album, ‘Humbug’ in a Web Transmission on Thursday 30th July 2009 at 4pm ET (3pm local) or catch them live at First Avenue on Friday, September 25th (18+) – tickets ($25) here

Posted 3374 days ago in Audio

dead weather

You know that band with the SUPER ANNOYING pop-up ads that block content on all your favorite sites.. Dead Weather? Yeah well, despite that, they kinda rock – and they’re coming to First Avenue next week: Mon, Jul 27 / Doors @ 7:00 PM / get tickets here ($29)

Thanks @TENEBRINI for the heads-up :)

Download Dead Weather’s “Treat Me Like Your Mother (Diplo Remix)” here

Posted 3380 days ago in Audio

help keep uptown open late

one of the best late night / early am places in minneapolis is in immediate danger .. the uptown diner is an after-bar staple – with doors open friday am through sunday pm – one of the few places you can get a decent meal at 4am

after 6 years on the corner of Hennepin & 26th (with no notable problems with their neighbors), someone has decided that the uptown diner shouldn’t be open late night. what started with someone calling / complaining about after-bar noise became a complete mess when it was discovered that the diner hasn’t ever actually had the zoning permits necessary for their late night hours

city council member ralph remington has issued them a temporary permit (allowing them to stay open until 2pm) but they are attending the east isles neighborhood council meeting on tuesday in order to appeal to members to issue them the full permit, which will allow them to resume their normal hours

please stop in sometime this weekend and sign their petition for the meeting on tuesday

Posted 3397 days ago in Geek

10 sec films @ soap factory

once again The Soap Factory is giving us something cool to do after the St Anthony fireworks this 4th of July.. their (5th) Annual TEN SECOND FILM FESTIVAL :)

where: soap factory / 110 5th Ave SE Minneapolis
when: right after the St. Anthony Main Fireworks
cost: nothing

Posted 3399 days ago in Visual

thirst is coming..

Chan-wook Park’s vampire thriller “Thirst” is coming to minneapolis (and probably a theater near you non-minneapolis dwellers, as well)

but the controversy over Korea’s censorship of the “priest turns vampire after failed medical experiment (?!)” film trailers & press images is overshadowing the film itself.. see the different trailer versions and learn more about the censorship here

thirst will open at the lagoon theater on september 4th, 2009

Posted 3412 days ago in Visual

rock the garden

the Current & The Walker Art Center present Rock the Garden 2009 this Saturday.. gates open 3pm – 11pm

of course, the show is sold out – but for those who have tickets, here’s the schedule:
4:30 – Solid Gold
5:45 – Yeasayer
7:00 – Calexico
8:30 – The Decemberists (pictured here)

parking will suck (for me, no matter what, since i live right behind the walker :( so walk or bike it (they’re bringing in 500 bike racks)

Posted 3412 days ago in Audio

poster shows this saturday

los vesparados | aprox 30 artists participating.. first (annual?) poster show dedicated to the art / love of the scooter – plus: chow, music via DJ Aaron Porter, scooter show in the parking lot, Scooter movies / old commercials
Saturday June 13th | 6-11pm | Northrup King

sweet hair | aprox 40 artists participating… “sweetest, hairiest event of the year” will showcase original hair-inspired posters and let you get your hair styled on the spot – with 10% going to locks of love (non-profit) – plus: music via DJ Rambo Salinas & DJ Talk Radio
Saturday, June 13th | 7-10pm | Art Minion

Posted 3419 days ago in Visual

kadlac’s 48 hour film project

local rockstar director nate kadlac is making yet another life-changing film this weekend, as part of the minneapolis leg of the 48 Hour Film Project

this friday, At the Kickoff Event, each team will draw the genre for its film out of a hat (plus a character, prop and line of dialogue will be announced and must appear in each film).. teams then have 48 hours to make a cool film.

screenings June 16-17-18 and 22 @ the riverview | 7pm & 9pm ($8)

contact kadlac if you’re interested in being an actor in the film (though i must warn you – the guy’s a total dick) edit** i’m kidding people.. settle down. damn.

Posted 3421 days ago in Visual

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