Pancakes & Booze: the new Wine & Cheese

L.A.’s underground art show graces fair Minneapolis, classy premise in tow.

Kirlin's underground

Kirlin’s underground “Pancakes and Booze Art Show” premiered in Los Angeles last May to an enormous opening crowd. PHOTO COURTESY TOM KIRLIN

John Sand

âÄúPancakes and Booze Art ShowâÄù WHERE: 715 Hennepin Ave., Mpls WHEN: Fri., Mar. 5, 8 p.m. COVER: $5 âÄúI love pancakes, man. Who doesnâÄôt love pancakes? After a night of drinking, my friends and I go straight to IHOP in the morning,âÄù says filmmaker Tom Kirlin of his Los Angeles underground art show coming to Minneapolis on Friday. The now-traveling art show boasts over 30 local artists, photographers and fashion designers brave enough to submit art to hang among inebriated twenty-somethings. Kirlin works as a documentary film maker who splits his time between L.A. and Bangkok . His successful party/gallery opening began in a warehouse in L.A., which he uses to shoot music videos and rents out to other cinema aficionados. âÄúI really wanted to open a restaurant, but I donâÄôt know the first thing about running a restaurant, so I decided to make it an art show.âÄù To take his show national, Kirlin put out advertisements weeks ago through local art venues, but got most of his submissions via mnartists.org and craigslist ads. The advertisements were fairly straight-forward, simply reading âÄúUNDERGROUND ART VENUE IS NOW ACCEPTING ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSIONS FOR the PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW (Now [in] Minneapolis)!!!âÄù The show keeps its underground quality while on the road, not releasing the list of artists to the public beforehand. To know who made the cut of the 30-ish local artists, writers and fashion designers on display, youâÄôll have to grace the show or wait at home until photos hit the blogosphere. Remember for just five bucks, patrons can gorge themselves on all of the pancakes in sight. As if unlimited binging on the best breakfast food wasnâÄôt enough, the event has an open bar and live music. Dirty martini and indie kid rock with those flapjacks, sire? Why yes, thank you.