Weekend Culture Compass – Metric, PJ Harvey and cheap shopping

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Hot band, hot venue, hot concert-goers this weekend at Metric. Source

Ashley Goetz

Hot band, hot venue, hot concert-goers this weekend at Metric. Source

Friday Variety-Midnight Muse Review It’s too bad there aren’t more variety shows nowadays, but the Midnight Muse Revue presents quite a jewel of a show for our assorted pleasures: dancing girls, fire breathers, sideshow performers and music, as well as fortunetellers and a healthy wallop of naughtiness. Ground Zero, 15 Fourth St. N.E. 10 p.m. $6 Art – Data Art Show Members of A&E checked this out on its opening night, and Becky will be speaking to its contributing artists in our next issue. Pink Hobo, a gem of a gallery right down Hennepin, are the folks behind our fave trippy kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and are hosting the Data Art show, an exhibit of computational art by Jer Thorp, James Paterson, and Mario Klingerman. They use computers to “manipulate data from sources such as newspapers, the stock market, sketchbooks, or found art,” according to the Pink Hobo website. It’s a very cool space and silkscreen prints from house artists will only run you $10. Pink Hobo Gallery, 507 Hennepin Ave. E. free Music-Iris DeMent I became aware of rootsy country-folk singer Iris DeMent when she teamed up with my dad’s all-time favorite musician (and a beloved one of mine, too), John Prine, back in 1999 for his album “In Spite of Ourselves.” Their duets won Iris a Grammy, and though she’s notoriously reclusive, she’s performing tonight at the Cedar; if you don’t like plainitive country wailing and warbling, then skip it, but if you do, Iris is a delight. The Cedar, 416 Cedar Ave. S. 7 p.m. $25/$28 Music – How Was the Show Anniversary Party: Aby Wolf, Communist Daughter, Big Trouble, Inwood Radio I’m pretty sure Communist Daughter is named after a Neutral Milk Hotel song, and that makes them 100% more awesome than they already are; the band sounds like Bon Iver on happy pills, though the songs aren’t always as happy as they sound. Aby Wolf, an A&E favorite local songstress, joins them for How Was the Show’s Anniversary Party at St. Paul standby Turf Club, home of the Minneso-tan beer cocktail and the retro Clown Lounge. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul 9 p.m. $6 Saturday Music – Metric Metric frontwoman Emily Haines is super hot. Metric makes super hot indie pop/rock. Hot people will be here, even though the show starts at 6 p.m. (what is this, a junior high dance?) to make way for Too Much Love later on in the evening. Anyway, Metric will be playing from their newest album “Fantasies,” which gets steady airplay on 89.3 The Current and is chock-full of glamorous, glitter-with-an-edge indie rock. First Avenue, 701 First. Ave. N. 6 p.m. $15 advance/$17 door Ridiculous Things – Lederhosenlauf People run in lederhosen. Lederhosen are funny looking little German outfits. Then, there’s German beer. Maybe you won’t take part in the 5k, but hey, you can go point and laugh. Or be charmed by the enthusiastic participants. (Then again, can you get up by 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning? Maybe not.) St. Paul Cathedral/Selby Ave. 8 a.m. “Comedy” – Dane Cook Some people, including about 65% of this campus, think Dane Cook is funny. A&E is not one of them. However, Mr. Cook is booked tonight at the Target Center and is sure to make some people laugh with his frat-boy (read: kind of lame) humor. Just not us. However, if you’re a Dane fan, this is the place for you. Target Center, 600 First Ave. N. 7 p.m. $32 -100 Music – PJ Harvey and John Parish PJ Harvey is a goddess to her fans. She has a devoted cult following and legions of lovers devoted to her blend of ethereal breathy vocals and chamber-punk aesthetic. She’s playing the Minnesota Zoo tonight with her producer John Parish, a musical man-of-all-trades. MN Zoo Weesner Ampitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $33/$45.50 Sunday Shopping – Lyndale Avenue Farmers’ Market It is so perfectly yuppie to go to the farmers’ market on a Sunday morning; grab your Starbucks and go pick up some locally grown produce at this weekly treat. It’s located under the overpass and hundreds of vendors hawk their wares here. From bouquets to cucumbers to fish tacos, the Lyndale Farmers’ Market is the perfect way to wile away a Sunday morning. 312 East Lyndale Ave N 6 a.m. -1 p.m. Party – Patrick’s Cabaret Birthday Bash: Carnival de Wonque This gay-friendly cabaret celebrates its 10-year anniversary today with an overwhelmingly fabulous list of events, and all of them are free. There’s aerialists, clowns, music, food, prizes, hip hop lessons, and the best part: dancing bears. We’re pretty sure they’re animal bears, but they could be large hairy gay men too. Go see and let us know. Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. free Shopping – Annunciation School Garage Sale Since college kids move from apartment to Como house nearly every year and have no money whatsoever, garage sales are perfect, cheap ways to furnish those humble abodes. The Annunciation School has a great one, with rooms full of all sorts of necessities/junk you just have to have. Since Sunday is its last day, they offer a “$2 for everything you can fit in a grocery bag” deal and in my experience, that is a lot of costume jewelry. 54th St & Lyndale Ave 8 p.m. – 12 p.m. Shopping – Father’s Day Since Father’s Day is right around the corner (you remembered, right?) and dear old Dad deserves your love and appreciation, why not take today to pick out his gift? If your dad is anything like mine, he’ll say that having you as a wonderful child is gift enough, but he’d probably enjoy a book (Stephen Ambrose books about war or Lewis and Clark are always good bets), a subscription to Esquire if he’s cool, or even just a round of golf (or a round of beers) with you, his pride and joy. Culture to Consume Listen to This: “D.O.A” (Death of Autotone) is Jay-Z’s first new track from his upcoming (Sep.) release, “Blueprint III.” Of course, it’s his diatribe against the device so beloved of current rappers, the Autotone. What would T-Pain do without it? Well, Jay isn’t so keen on the vocal manipulator and he raps about it, and the recession – and lots of other things – over a saxophone loop that sounds suspiciously like the one from J.Lo’s “Get Right.” Watch This: “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” is summertime trash TV at its best. Its recipe for success? Take a bunch of F-list celebrities (like Lou Diamond Philips/Richie Valens and Janice Dickinson), add Heidi and Spencer from “The Hills,” throw them in a “jungle” which could just be a set for all we know, and give them a bunch of ridiculous challenges to complete to win money for charity. Sprinkle in a dash of Heidi’s yowling singing and recent Jesus obsession, complete with frequent bursts of “Hallelujah!” and Spencer’s batshit craziness, plus Janice’s unauthorized peeing in the middle of camp, and you’ve got yourself a treat. 7 p.m., M/W/Th Read This: Like OMG, Lauren Conrad has a book! OMG, she is like, so talented! “L.A. Candy” is basically Lauren’s not-so-cleverly-disguised autobiography, except instead of Lauren Conrad we have Jane Roberts, who moves to L.A. and gets famous on a reality show. Genius! Drink This: Crispin Hard Cider has always intrigued me. When shopping at Lunds I’d always wondered what the awnings were for, and when I found out they shilled delicious, crisp and fresh hard cider, I can’t say I was disappointed. I tried some earlier in the week and found a new summer favorite; there are no added sugars, colorants, or malts, and the drink is naturally fermented. Plus, the website offers recipes you can make with your Crispins, like Crispin Chicken or Crispin Cider Sauce, so it’s multifunctional! Eat This: Opened just this spring, Crescent Moon Pizza on Como Ave. (right behind Van Cleve Park) has already gained a cult following. Not only do they serve Mediterranean, Indian and Middle Eastern food, but they also serve a football pizza. Oh la la. Click This: Turns out Adam Lambert is gay. (We can’t help but say, “Called it!”) Lambert decided outing himself (well, he already outed himself; he’s been dating men and going to gay clubs for years) in Rolling Stone magazine was the coolest method. Check out “Adam Lambert in His Own Words: Sexuality, Kris Allen and Life After Idol,” on their website.