Weekend Culture Compass – Hanson, Wilco and The Titanic

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PHOTO COURTESY BRYAN JOHNSON

PHOTO COURTESY BRYAN JOHNSON

Mark Brenden

Friday Music âÄî Wilco Listening to the insouciant sensation Wilco is like feeling a cool breeze whoosh casually across your front porch. Their calm wind is a-blowin’ this way Friday, as Roy Wilkins Auditorium welcomes the now handsomely middle-aged folk strummers, who are still riding the wave of the enamoring yet unsurprising “Wilco the Album,” released in July. Roy Wilkins Auditorium 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 7:30 p.m. $36 Music âÄî Tapes ‘n Tapes Minneapolis darlings Tapes ‘n Tapes are homeward bound Friday, and they have a trick up their hoodies. The scene veterans are removing the electrical clothes from their songs and unplugging their twang machines. This will be a rare chance to gawk at their tunes in all their nakedness. Will they stand comfortably or will they need an amplifier rag to cover up their junk? Jeremy Messersmith & the Owls open. Music Box Theatre 1407 Nicollet Ave. S. 8 p.m. $10 Film âÄî The Breakfast Club Take up the chance to see the quintessential high school flick “The Breakfast Club” on the big screen instead of, as is usually the case, in re-run TV form while you are sick from school with the sniffles. Did “The Breakfast Club” reflect high school stereotypes or did it create them? Chicken or the egg be damned, that is the ultimate question. Uptown Theatre 2906 Hennepin Ave. 11:45 p.m. $9 Music âÄî Monotonix, Turbo Fruits and Gay Witch Abortion The Triple Rock has a show in store that looks to be beautiful in the most disheveled sense of the word. Monotonix is as much an insurrection as they are a rock band, notorious for on-stage raging and reckless treatment of their gear. Turbo Fruits are a surf/punk band from Nashville with a whiskey-fueled locomotive sound. And Gay Witch Abortion, well, their name is almost as offensive as their switchblade noise rock grooves. The Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave. S. 8 p.m. $12 18+ Music âÄî AFI If the above Gay Witch Abortion show doesn’t tickle your darkness fancy, then perhaps AFI will. In my opinion, AFI is like a bad horror movie, but I admit they have quite a following, and I wouldn’t want to subdue any excitement from fans of their eyeliner poetry. Epic 110 5th St. N. 7 p.m. $25.50-$27 Saturday Music âÄî Hanson Twelve years since “MMMBop” occupied our ears and stole our hearts, Hanson is coming to First Ave. and saying goodbye to boyish cuteness and hello to bloomed handsomeness. Speaking of Hellogoodbye, they will also be there providing their own cheese-train pop, as will Steel Train and Sherwood. Can I get an MMMBop? First Avenue 701 1st Ave. N. 5 p.m. $27.50-$30 Music âÄî Mirah Indie songbird Mirah will be tweedle-deetling her way to the Cedar Cultural Center Saturday with her sugar-and-spice ditties in hand. While she sounds as though she could succeed on the mainstream-iest of mainstreams, she keeps it respectably indie with creative rhythms and powerful lyrics. Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave. S. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15 Art âÄî Pine Wood Derby Art Car Show The Pink Hobo Geek Art gallery is living up to its name and harboring a, yes, geeky but also charming display of pine wood cars. Artists used the same pine wood kit that Cub Scouts across America have used for years, but don’t expect orthodox designs. Pay your respects for the industrial arts, scout. Pink Hobo Greek Art Gallery 507 Hennepin Ave. E. Free Art âÄî John Kilduff: Let’s Paint TV John Kilduff works in oxymoron: His organized clutter is precisely frantic. What he does exactly is hard to explain. In short, he pretty much just goes bonkers, and paints while he does it. Kilduff, who takes his wacky “Let’s Paint TV” show live around the world, must have seven arms and five legs. Shows have seen him painting a portrait and giving himself a haircut, all while jogging it out on a treadmill. Check out his art hodge-podge on display Saturday night, for free. Denier Art Gallery at Northwestern College 3003 Snelling Ave. N. 6 – 8 p.m. Play âÄî Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story The History Theatre is continuing their profile musical of the O.G. of bold-rimmed hipster glasses, Buddy Holly. It plays through all of October but get it while it’s hot. History Theatre 30 10th St. E. 7:30 p.m. $28-$32 Sunday Music âÄî Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun If you like to spend your Sunday night gettin’ crunk instead of resting, then come on down, you sinner, you, to the Epic and get down with the new Kings of Crunk. Epic 110 N. 5th St. 6 p.m. $26.50-$31.50 Music âÄî Charlie Parr I believe in second chances. Therefore, if you made the foolish decision to forgo seeing the scruffy farmer on guitar Charlie Parr at Lee’s Liquor Lounge last weekend, you get another chance this weekend. Don’t miss the hard-nosed Mississippi blues this time âÄî I don’t believe in third chances. Turf Club 1601 University Ave. W. 9 p.m. $5 Display âÄî Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century Sunday is your last chance to get educated on the wild world of Wolves at the Bell Museum of Natural History. It’s free for all students, so go check it out, mancub. Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church St. S.E. Noon Free Music âÄî Wanda Jackson The woman who City Pages calls the queen of rock ‘n’ roll is rolling into the area on Sunday. The ’50s heart throb has aged well and continues to reel ’em in and knock ’em out with her heartbreaker attitude. Eat your heart out, boys. Medina Entertainment Center 500 Hwy. 55, Hamel 2 p.m. $17 Exhibition âÄî Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition Near, far, wherever you are, you can peep the ancient Titanic artifacts dug up from below the surface of the North Atlantic at the Science Museum in St. Paul. No, Leo DiCaprio’s locks do not count as Titanic artifacts so cool it, miss creepy. Science Museum of Minnesota 120 Kellogg Blvd. W. 11 a.m. $8-$29 Culture to Consume Watch this: NBC’s new sensation “Community,” works perfectly as the precursor to “The Office.” The knee-slappin’ new comedy finds Chevy Chase stepping in as a respectful elder of the silver screen as he nails his role as Pierce, a washed-up old timer with a sensitive side. Ken Jeong plays a Spanish professor at Greendale Community College in a similar vein to his role in “The Hangover,” except this time he is actually funny. Read this: “The Devil Wears Crocs”, a column by the The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd is the first instance I’ve seen that has linked George W. Bush to Bill Clinton, but she does so successfully. With this column, you can pretty much get the most interesting parts of the new books “The Clinton Tapes” and “Speech-less” without having to page through two entire volumes of political hogwash. The column’s title is in reference to W.’s creepy tendency of wearing Crocs around the White House while spitting out orders. Try to erase that image from your brain. Eat this: Hold onto your tongues. Denver fast-food innovator Smashburger is adding the Spicy Baja Smashburger to its menu. The burger jointâÄôs new zinger is topped with artisan pepper jack cheese, fresh guacamole, fresh jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, and onion, with chipotle mayo on a toasted bun. Thank (insert diety here) that burgers are cool again. Click this: With WIKISKY you can browse the universe as if it were a galactic Google map. The interface isn’t as intuitive as Google’s or that of the touch screen telemetry lab on the Starship Enterprise , but the stitched Hubble images are immaculate and, seeing how we have another 150 years or so until Starfleet Academy is set to open, WIKISKY might just be the next best thing. Zip around to the Boomerang Nebula, Bode’s Galaxy and NGC 6334 and enjoy the pretty colors of the universe. Drink this: If you don’t want to get the Red Dragon’s notorious Wondrous Punch, get one of their shots for a friendly $5.50. The SoCo Lime is a particularly good choice because itâÄôs sweet but not wimpy, and it comes it one of those glasses that will make you feel like you are on AMC’s “Mad Men.” Listen to this: The sludge-ridden pre-grunge rockers The Melvins are, alas, releasing their long-rumored remix of “Chicken Switch.” The band who has benefited as much from Kurt Cobain’s endorsement as he did from their sound never fails to write sardonically brilliant pop songs. Check it out.