Editor’s Picks

by Keri Carlson

Unknown Prophets with CunninLynguists, Juice and Kanser
5 p.m. Sunday
First Avenue Main Room
$8/$10, all ages

The Unknown Prophets, one of the Twin Cities more talented hip-hop groups, have put together a killer release party for their new EP, “W.E.T.”

The Prophets will be joined by legendary battle rapper Juice, from Chicago, and another local favorite, Kanser. The boys in Kanser dropped their newest album, “It Writes Itself,” at the beginning of the summer.

But the act you can’t miss in this lineup is the CunninLynguists. The group, made up Deacon, SOS, and producer Kno, released its sophomore LP, “Southernunderground,” to critical acclaim earlier this year. The album is a production masterpiece, featuring some the best vocal samples and soul beats you’ve ever heard. And they can rap too. (Tom Horgen)

Period of Adjustment
7:30 p.m Thursdays-Sundays, Sept. 5-27
The Loading Dock Theater,
509 Sibley St., St. Paul,
(651) 645-3503, $16

Buck-toothed wives and macho husbands of middle age might not find consolation in this play by Tennessee Williams about marital doubt and dashed youthfulness. The play is named for that moment immediately following the curtain when Williams’ fans sit in despair at the cheeky ending. “Period of Adjustment” is a tone lighter than might be expected, given the general sense of malaise in Williams’ work. Great laughs are provided for the impetuous youth and wizened oldsters, both of whom stand at safe proximities from this searing mid-point of existence. With impressive acting and a great location at the Loading Dock Theater this play might not resolve its tenuous conflicts, but at least it sets them aside for some good old-fashioned tail gunning. (Greg Corradini)

WORKS/PLAYS: A short play series
The Rogue Buddha Gallery
2402 E. Hennepin Ave. S.E.
(612) 331-3889

It is not often that one considers dramatic theater a format that lends itself to brevity. In this, the third annual WORKS/PLAYS showcase of short-form theater, the need to expand our notions of what a play is brought to the fore. The all-local, all-under-twenty-minutes series debuted in 2000 to great audience responses, and swiftly grew into a yearly event. This year definitely holds great promise, and features some of the Twin Cities’ finest talents cramming all the life they can into just enough time to cook oatmeal. Brent Doyle, a co-star in the hit of this year’s Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, “Detective Fiction” (also the first 100% Minnesota-made indie film to be screened at Sundance), brings us “Instant Recognition,” Co-written by Noah Bremer, a Fringe Festival veteran and director of “Taking Up the Slack,” a favorite of last year’s WORKS/PLAYS. 2001 Macalester graduate May Mahala will be directing a piece by Afton, Minn., writer Anne Dimock. There are works of many genres and styles, being shown back to back and in a hurry, you’ll want to get there before it’s over. All shows begin at 7 pm. (Gabriel Shapiro)

September 11-14 Morning, The Community Room, Instant Recognition

September 18-21, Hand Luv Luv-Story, Always Already, Inanimate Objects

September 25-28, Listening To Mozart, The Voyage Taking Shape, The Tropologist

Hope not Hate; A Town Hall on U.S.-Islamic World Relations
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, free

The state of U.S.-Islamic relations is an issue of constant concern to many. The fear of human rights violations and prolonged military campaigns alarms some people, while the fear of terrorism and security risks concerns others. Whatever your reason, this upcoming forum should be on your “to do” list. Panelists, including David Minge, Minnesota Appeals Court Judge and former U.S. Congressman, Hugh Parmer, Executive Director of the American Refugee Committee and former top official of USAID, Dr. Hamdy El-Sazwaf, Director of the Islamic Center of Minnesota and Doug Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture, will shed light on the state of relations today and facilitate discussion on how the current tide of hatred may be turned. The event is part of a nationwide initiative of the same title and is co-sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and the Humphrey Institute Public Affairs Student Association. (Gabriel Shapiro)

Contacts: Luke Robinson, Americans for and Informed Democracy Campus Coordinator, University of Minnesota, (612) 670-6788, [email protected], or Steve Peterson, Vice President of the Humphrey Institute Public Affairs Student Association, (612) 823-3714, [email protected].

Chinese American Student Association Meeting
5 p.m. Friday,
Coffman Union, Room 219, free

Did you say the “F” word? Come join the Chinese American Student Association (CASA) to celebrate their first fall semester meeting. Enjoy in FREE – with a capital F – food and impress the world with your mad gaming skills. Everyone is welcome. The first meeting will bring all CASA members together to meet and greet new students and prospective members. And who can say “no” to free food? Be there to support a diverse university. (Jenny Phan)

Youth Brigade, The Swingin’ Utters, Dillinger Four and The Framed
Saturday, Sept. 13, Triple Rock Social Club, 6 p.m./$10/All Ages

As long as the Triple Rock is in town, punk rock in Minneapolis will never die. Not only does the club bring in punk’s freshest and daring new acts like last week’s Erase Errata, but the folks at the Triple Rock manage to dig up bands like Lifter Puller from the graveyard.

Saturday’s show should especially make the longtime punk fans pogo for joy. In the early 80s, Youth Brigade helped to put Los Angeles’s hardcore scene on the map with speed, volume and political consciousness – what else could you want from punk? Local favorites Dillinger Four will open with their Fat Wreck Chords label mates The Swingin’ Utters and The Framed. Viva la punk rock. (Keri Carlson)