MN Arts Wire

New Hot Playlist (10/10/11) 11 Oct 2011, 3:59 am

Nous Non Plus “All I Want Is You” Freudian Slip Mayer Hawthorne “The Walk” How Do You Do Erasure “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” Tomorrow’s World Rachael Yamagata “Even If I Don’t” Chesapeake Ben Lee “Get Used…

Source: The Current Music Blog The Current Music Blog |

New Black Keys Album in December 10 Oct 2011, 9:20 pm

The album (produced by Danger Mouse) will supposedly find them embarking on a more garage-rock-oriented sound.

Source: The Current Music Blog The Current Music Blog |

Centerpoints: Art Funding and Social Change, ‘Ugly’ LA, Purloined Picasso 10 Oct 2011, 9:16 pm

A new report on arts philanthropy shows the majority of giving benefits large institutions serving wealthy, white audiences and dealing with western European art forms. That and more, inside.

Source: Off Center Off Center | Paul Schmelzer

MNfashion Week in review: "Athenaeum" + Blasphemina’s Closet Open House 10 Oct 2011, 8:40 pm

Text by Jahna Peloquin, l’étoile Fashion Editor
Photos by Nic Abrego

Steampunk-inspired fashion may be all the rage in mainstream fashion as of late, but it’s been the name of the game for local neo-Victorian designers Samantha Rei (of Blasphemina’s Closet) and Heather Luca (of Scoundrelle’s Keep) for upwards of a decade. After presenting a preview of her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at last Friday’s MNfashion Week runway show “Full Fashion Panic!” (which we review here), Rei hosted a trunk show introducing her brand-spankin’-new Minneapolis studio space as well as the opportunity to see her work, past and present, on display. Also in the mix was Bionic Unicorn jewelry by Kristin Berwald, a frequent collaborator of Rei, who offered a special name-your-price deal in honor of MNfashion Week. View more photos from the open house and trunk show by Nic Abrego here.

Then on Friday’s runway show “Athenaeum: A Study in Fashion,” Luca premiered her Fall 2011 line “Alkali” at the appropriately Victorian-era James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul. Accordingly, Luca showed a collection that held true to the Victorian aesthetic (corsetry, ruffles, bloomers, puff sleeves and high necklines) while adding a modern twist. I absolutely adored her leather satchel that connected to a corset – a hands-free innovation that dates back to Victorian times. Also smart were her pairings of traditional menswear items, like vests, with girlish ruffled skirts and bloomers, as well as her gender-bending incorporation of corsetry on her male looks. Luca demonstrated excellent craftsmanship and use of rich fabrics combined with a genre-pushing sense of style rare in the neo-Victorian fashion community.

The joint runway show kicked off with looks by emerging designer Tara Reich. Like Luca, Reich worked from a neo-Victorian aesthetic while incorporating modern, on-trend touches such as sheer fabrics, fishtail-hem skirts and – gasp! – short hem lengths in eye-popping colors one wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Victorian times. Though some of the taffetas and shiny satins looked a bit cheap and dated (it’s really hard to pull off a fabric so heavily associated with ’80s bridesmaid gowns), Reich showed herself to be one to watch in the local neo-Victorian front.

View more photos from “Athenaeum: A Study in Fashion” by Nic Abrego here. Styling credits: Hair and makeup by MC Nelson Artistry, hats by the Blonde Swan. View more photos of the line by Photosynthetique here.

Source: l'etoile magazine blog l’etoile magazine blog | l’étoile magazine

Using music to build trust 10 Oct 2011, 8:35 pm

Conductor Charles Hazlewood demonstrates how a successful orchestra is built on trust, and how music-making naturally builds bonds between people.

Source: State of the Arts State of the Arts |

LOL/OMG Meetup THIS Thursday feat. Night Moves and Vague-à-bonde 10 Oct 2011, 8:16 pm

Join LOL/OMG for our next Social Media Meetup/Tweeup at the 331 Club on Thursday, October 13th. We’ve whipped up an awesome lineup for the occasion that will surely inspire joyful tweets of epic proportions. Socialize with your Twitter/Facebook/Foursquare/etc friends IRL, drink some cheap dranks, nerd out, shamelessly hit on people, whatever…just be sure to tweet it so we can LOL/OMG you later! Official hashtag: #LOLOMG

FEATURING: Night Moves and Vague-à-bonde

Thursday, October 13th // 331 Club // 9pm // 21+ // FREE

RSVP on Facebook HERE 

Source: LOL/OMG LOL/OMG | l’étoile magazine

Transmission Video of the Day – Bauhaus "Sanity Assassin" 10 Oct 2011, 6:31 pm

It’s that time of year when “darker” music sounds better than ever.

Source: The Current Music Blog The Current Music Blog |

Tutus and teeth: Metropolitan Ballet presents Dracula 10 Oct 2011, 4:45 pm

It’s billed as a family friendly performance with romance and suspense but no blood and gore.

Source: State of the Arts State of the Arts |

On Backstage Wall, Walker Performers Leave a Mark — In Silver Sharpie 10 Oct 2011, 4:26 pm

“Many performers would sign over the course of the time they were there. Some would not want to jinx their performance and would only sign when they were on the way out,” former Crew Chief Rob Mills recalls. “Over time, performers became more bold or, in the spirit of one-upmanship, got more elaborate in their signing. I’ve seen performers spend the week figuring out just how they are going to sign.”

Source: Performing Arts Performing Arts | Paul Schmelzer

Weekend Twitterings 10 Oct 2011, 2:21 pm

Do you still have your brains? Yeah, if you survived the zombie invasion, you are reading the latest edition of Weekend Twitterings. Enjoy!

This is unfortunate indeed.

Best of zombie tweets..

We love it.

Virginia rocks, obvz.

Go Lynx!

Mom knows these things.



@jadelr ‘s #OccupyMN tweets are fantastic.

Yep, we’ve all been there..


YES to this.

Submitted by @marrina.

Source: LOL/OMG LOL/OMG | l’étoile magazine

Eyedea dedication ceremony planned for this Sunday in St. Paul 10 Oct 2011, 1:22 pm

​It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since we lost Micheal Larsen, a.k.a Eyedea. This Sunday, October 16, marks the one-year anniversary of Larsen’s death, and to mark the occasio…

Source: Gimme Noise Gimme Noise | Andrea Swensson

Cactus Blossoms: old-style country crooners 10 Oct 2011, 1:13 pm

The band’s hand-in-glove harmonies mimic some of the giants of early country.

Source: State of the Arts State of the Arts |

RIP Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist 10 Oct 2011, 10:48 am

​Bassist Mikey Welsh, best known for his time spent playing with Weezer from 1998-2001, passed away on Saturday from causes that are yet to be determined. He was 40….

Source: Gimme Noise Gimme Noise | Andrea Swensson

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack talks one-handed drumming 10 Oct 2011, 9:36 am

The irregularly touring Explosions in the Sky are certainly enough reason to head to Monday’s sold-out First Avenue show, but the Baltimore duo Wye Oak are great reason to show up early. Jenn Was…

Source: Gimme Noise Gimme Noise | Tom Pilcher

Build. Collapse. Rebuild. – SpeakEasy for Structure and Sadness 9 Oct 2011, 7:08 pm

Following the Saturday evening performance of Lucy Guerin’s Structure and Sadness, a group of audience members convened in the McGuire theatre’s balcony bar for a SpeakEasy, an informal discussion designed to offer an opportunity to share ideas, interpretations, and questions. This weekend’s conversation was facilitated by choreographer and Walker tour guide Ray Terrill and Otto […]

Source: Performing Arts Performing Arts | Jessica Fiala

Oct. 23, 2011: Film–Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror 9 Oct 2011, 7:00 pm

(2:00 – 3:30 PM) With musical accompaniment by composer and pianist Daniel LloydThe original vampire flick, F. W. Murnau’s 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece, “Nosferatu: a Symphony of Horror,” defined the genre and inspired subsequent generations of filmmakers….

Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis Institute of Arts |

This Week in (Uploaded) Pictures 9 Oct 2011, 6:50 pm

Brenda Peters captures the zombie vibe in St. Paul.

Nancy Sartor takes a country adventure over the weekend.

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne gives away bear masks at the new Air Sweet Air Gallery during the art crawl.

Local girl Karen O’Bryan visits a street market in Singapore.

Hal Lovemelt speaks the light. Photo by Matt Visionquest.

Nice City Clothing shot a cute new lookbook. Photography by Shannon Licari.

Dory Kahale snaps a pic of the Martini Luge at Pixel Farm’s Sweet 16 party.

Amy Gee shoots some swirling fashion at the Little Black Dress MNFashion Week event at the Amsterdam. l’etoile review and more pix here.

A shirtless boat ride in October? Yep, it’s been unseasonably nice out! Photo by Kelsey Johnston.

Photogen Inc does a super pretty fashion shoot.

Behind the scenes at Haus Salon’s fall photo shoot. photo by Avenue E Photography.

C-Rocka goes biker chic.

Dave Enblom captures many different things in one shot. Cool composition!

Iain St. James shoots a zombie Scott Seekins with the real Scott Seekins. Nice!

Things You Carry featuring the work of Vincent Stall opened at CO Exhibitions on Saturday.

Naures Sager and Willow Cobenais get cute on the street.

Christian Erickson checks out the Jeremy Messersmith/Lucy Michelle cemetery show and gets some choice shots.

Andrea Vogel models for Handsome Cycles 2012 catalog!

Mike Minehart shoots Andrew WK performing at the Zombie Pub Crawl in St. Paul.

Gregory Euclide captures a pretty sunset.

Josh Clancy cozies up to death.

Brad Ogbonna chills on a NYC rooftop. Cool light!

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Source: LOL/OMG LOL/OMG | l’étoile magazine

Lucy Guerin, Inc. “Structure and Sadness” 8 Oct 2011, 5:37 pm

Structure Establishes The darkened stage space is set with bright spots, rectangles of amber light like windows on the floor. One is vertical and longer than the others. It is a doorway or portal, hovering. A man storms his way into the space from behind what turns out to be a thin piece of something […]

Source: Performing Arts Performing Arts | Penelope Freeh

Oct. 22, 2011: Adult Class–Sketching in the Galleries: Drawing Objects to Convey a Sense of Weight 8 Oct 2011, 3:15 pm

(10:15 AM – 1:15 PM) Instructor: Kenneth Wenzel.Implied weight or mass is critically important in communicating representational subject matter in a convincing way. It is the depiction of form in space in the presence of gravity. Discuss drawing techniques that convey…

Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis Institute of Arts |

The Art of Letterhead 7 Oct 2011, 7:05 pm

01 Magazine highlights Letterheady, an all-letterhead-all-the-time Tumblr blog. A few samples from the arts and culture submissions.

Source: Design Design | Paul Schmelzer


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