The weekend of the traveling bands (and solo acts)

Lily Allen, Black Kids, Andrew Bird and more!

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Ashley Goetz

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Friday Music – Art Garfunkel Art may have gotten the short end of the commercial stick as far as post Simon and Garfunkel careers go, but the folk iconâÄôs world famous tenor croon has remained amazingly unchanged, along with his haircut. Besides doubling as a look alike to Dr. Emmett Brown from âÄúBack To The Future,âÄù Art Garfunkel tours as one half of the famous folk duo and although the act may be sans Simon, GarfunkelâÄôs vocal chops easily fill in the gaps. Minnesota Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall 8 p.m. $20-$50 Music âÄì Halloween Alaska, Aby Wolf, Chris Koza MinneapolisâÄô own melodic indie-pop rockers Halloween, Alaska will play their CD release show with the help of two other notable local acts:Aby Wolf and Chris Koza. All three groups represent an established school of masterful songwriting present in the Twin Cities music scene; expect to be impressed. First Ave, 701 First Ave. N. 8 p.m. $8/$10, Theater – Grey Gardens It may seem a bit of a stretch to recreate the documentary âÄúGrey Gardens,âÄù as a theatrical production. The 1975 film chronicling the daily lives of the reclusive remaining Beale/Bouvier women is interesting if not borderline voyeuristic, but a revamp onstage of the phenomenon feels a bit like an insult. The playâÄôs popularity however, is an indicator that ethics aside, âÄúGrey GardensâÄù must be as enthralling as the original. In a world where filmic masterpieces like âÄúLegally BlondeâÄù can become fodder for a Broadway musical, nothing is sacred. If thereâÄôs one thing we know, its that bears can dance, so watch out âÄúGrizzly Man,âÄù you may be next. Ordway Center, 345 Washington St. 8 p.m. $40/$45, Art – Disgrace As far as cutting edge artistic forays go, Fallout Urban Art Center has got you covered. FridayâÄôs show âÄúDisgrace,âÄù an experimental collaboration, is a series of vignettes and visual representations centered around the station of the last supper and the cross. Even if you arenâÄôt sure what that means, itâÄôs still got your eyebrows raised, does it not? Fallout Urban Art Center, 2609 S. Stevens Ave. 7 p.m. Film – Sex Ed Film Festival No no no, not the sex scene from âÄúPollockâÄù starring Ed Harris, sexual education silly! Friday will mark the fifth day of the Sex Ed Film festival at the U. There will be screenings of three educational films, the first two are made in Minneapolis and geared towards the Latino and Somali community, the third is âÄúMigrationâÄù a film by Mira Nair about AIDS awareness in India. The night will finish with a series of vintage sex ed shorts from around the world. Hopefully Salt-N-PepaâÄôs classic hit from yesteryear will serve as a musical backdrop to the night. Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. S.E. 5:30 p.m. Free Saturday Music âÄì Lily Allen The British beauty is back in Minnesota with a whole lot of attitude to spare. Remember to dress appropriately; flower prints and fake British accents are encouraged. Allen is performing with SeattleâÄôs Natalie PortmanâÄôs Shaved Head, a five piece electronic glam-fest in the baile funk vein. First Ave, 701 First Ave. N. 7 p.m. $25 Fashion âÄì Envision A fusion of fashion, music and art, the Envision party at celebrity-frequented Graves 601 hotel downtown is hosted by Fashionista.com.It features hairstylists from Rocco Altobelli, local fashion artists and disco DJing by Timmay and Jevne. Graves 601 Hotel, 601 First Ave. N 9 p.m. $20 Music âÄì Andrew Bird Whistler extraordinaire, Mr. Bird is bouncing into the State Theatre to show off his vocal range, sophisticated guitars and thrumming drum beats. He recently released his fifth album, âÄúNoble Beast,âÄù which showed his ability to continue making lyrically deep and playful tracks. Ticketholders rejoice; his live shows are reportedly more improvised, sincere and beautiful than his already lush album work. State Theater 805 Hennepin Ave. 8 p.m. $24 Music âÄì Dr. Dog Like the Beatles? Some might say that means youâÄôll like Dr. Dog. Like the bowl-haircutted Brits of yore, this Philly-based band touts emotionally charged lyrics and rhythms that charge on slowly like a coal train. Slowly, being the key word; the band has just started to receive wide-spread acclaim with their fifth LP, âÄúFateâÄù although theyâÄôve been critically heralded for years. 400 Bar, 400 Cedar Ave. S. 8 p.m. $15 Comedy âÄì Roofies in the Mochaccino This comedy performance features the Fringe Festival performance that won the 2009 Minneapolis Erotic Slam, starring champion Michael Shaeffer. He discusses haikus, Muppet sex and Guitar Hero III. This event is sure to be an ab workout in and of itself. Bryant-Lake Bowl 810 Lake St. W. 7 p.m. $12 Sunday Music âÄì Mates of State, Black Kids Once upon a time, an electone player met a gramophone player in Kansas. After their current relationships fizzled out and e-mail came into the picture, they quickly began making beautiful music together. Such is the story of 12-years-and-counting duo Mates of State, made up of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. TheyâÄôll be playing their highly-listenable, melodic pop songs together along with the recently hyped-to-death Black Kids. Varsity, 1308 Fourth St. S.E. 8 p.m. $20 Music – Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains Sebastien GraingerâÄôs old act, Death from Above (Later 1979), was so cool that they even listened to it in Brazil. At least thatâÄôs what Cansei de Ser Sexy testify to in their track âÄúLetâÄôs Make Love and Listen to Death from Above.âÄù Now the singer and his new crew, The Mountains are making what their MySpace calls F— Rock, which is basically, gritty yet paradoxically nail polish sheen rock to eat malts to. 400 Bar, 400 Cedar Ave. S. 8 p.m. $10 Music âÄì âÄúDenialâÄù feat. Soviet Panda Anyone whoâÄôs taken the city bus down to First Ave on a Saturday night is probably familiar with Soviet Panda, the eventâÄôs go-to DJ for making college freshies dance. Well, now those with the dancing bug (Red Bull?) do not have to go far from campus to catch the DJ, because heâÄôs playing right under AnnieâÄôs Malt Shop at the Kitty Cat Klub. If dancers get tired, they can step out onto the chic patio and enjoy the MPLS skyline. Also, check out PandaâÄôs blog for playlists and recommendations. Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. S.E. 9 p.m. Art âÄì 2009 All-Student Juried Art Exhibition Check out the art at one of our closest neighbors, Augsburg CollegeâÄôs, all-student exhibit. Student art is one-of-a-kind, fitting in that slender niche between highly conceptual MFA art and highly bored and stoned high school art. Augsburg Christensen Center Art Gallery and Student Art Gallery 22nd Ave. S. and 7 ½ Street Open âÄòtil 8 p.m. Music âÄì The Bronx Male hormones will surely be crawling at The BronxâÄôs Triple Rock show. With their metal-er than thou, slightly punk guitars and their constantly accelerating rhythms, the weak at heart will quickly escape to a neighboring hipster café. Hailing from LA, our city is one of the first on their national tour. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S. 9 p.m. $10 Culture to Consume Watch this: âÄúGoodbye SoloâÄù Ramin BahraniâÄôs masterfully crafted third film may have just premiered at The Walker Art Center last week, but its 2008 official release date makes it an easy click for your Netflix queue. The film follows Solo, a cheery Senegalese cab driver living in Winston Salem, as he tirelessly attempts to befriend a mysterious elderly man, (played by the legendary Red West) who wants nothing to do with him. Listen to this: Crystal Stilts New York based surfy shoegaze garage rock band Crystal StiltsâÄô current tour has them flying straight from New York to Rome with no love for the rest of the North American continent whatsoever. Our advice is to acquaint yourself with the brilliant lo-fi euphoria of their first full length album âÄúAlight Of NightâÄù so that we arenâÄôt skipped over so quickly next time around. Read this: âÄúSnarkâÄù David Denby David DenbyâÄôs new book âÄúSnarkâÄù is a history and critique of the growing conversational trend of âÄúSnarkâÄù within our society. A film critic for The New Yorker, Denby challenges the phenomenon of snark and its place in our everyday consciousness calling it âÄúan enforcer of mediocrity and conformity.âÄù This entertaining little book will leave you wondering how often you fall back on this divisive and hostile cousin to sarcasm. Click this: Kiva allows you to micro-invest in small business entrepreneurs all over the world, from textile workers in Kenya to bean farmers in Eastern Europe. Support the little guys! Eat this: Maybe itâÄôs the fantastically adorable commercial, but A&E has been obsessed with Van De Kamps fish sticks for the past three weeks. If youâÄôre trying to crack down on your dining out, grab a box and enjoy in about 15 minutes. Drink this: Psycho SuziâÄôs in the N.E. features deliciously fruity drinks in clever tiki-mugs. You have to pay $5 down in case you feel like stealing the mug, but after a few âÄúThe NativeâÄôs CursesâÄù or âÄúParalyzed Polynesians,âÄù youâÄôll thinking that mug will look great next to your collection of items stolen from frat parties.