Archive for February, 2010

Song of Zarathustra at Triple Rock Social Club

Song of Zarathustra at Triple Rock Social Club

My screenplay-fixing bike-fixated friend Kraus said “Yeppers!” to close the evening on the way out the door and the next day I deconstructed a few pages of Derrida and felt karaoke (a lil’ bit a’ Lil’ Wayne) – it was what many of us would call a good old-fashioned American afternoon — but despite my...
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Violet, a Theater Latté Da production at The Guthrie Theater

Violet, a Theater Latté Da production at The Guthrie Theater

Theater Latté Da’s new musical, Violet – nicely suited to the Guthrie’s black box space, the Dowling Studio Theater – is a tight little ensemble piece that spins along like the bus carrying its title character on her literal and metaphorical journey. Weaving past and present into one (isn’t it all just one life...
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Somebody/Nobody at Mixed Blood Theatre

Somebody/Nobody at Mixed Blood Theatre

Deranged starlet Sheena Keener flees the Surf Awards (“All those eyes”), stumbles out of her limo, rolls down a bebrambled freeway embankment and now with a photogenic scrape on her pampered forehead pounds on the wobbly door of Loli’s cinderblock L.A. apartment. Loli has just been laid off and is down to her last $37. Still,...
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Photo set: Electric Fetus Benefit at First Avenue

HowWasTheShow is proud to present Meredith Westin’s photos from The Electric Fetus Benefit at First Avenue on Friday, February 26th. Photos in this set include Cloud Cult, Peter Wolf Crier, Roma di Luna, Total Babe, Jeremy Messersmith, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, Ruby Isle, Trailer Trash and Unknown Prophets. Proceeds from the...
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Kill The Vultures at Walker Art Center

Kill The Vultures at Walker Art Center

As the haunting introduction of their classic “Beasts of Burden” provoked the mingling attendees to occupy a state somewhere between bewilderment and apprehension, Kill the Vultures‘ poet Crescent Moon and DJ Anatomy capped a wave of unbridled tension last Friday night from the stage of Gallery 8 during the Walker’s AfterHours opening for its...
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Podcast: HowWasTheShow CD Reviews for February 2010 at Kings Wine Bar

Podcast: HowWasTheShow CD Reviews for February 2010 at Kings Wine Bar

HowWasTheShow’s CD Review Podcast for February, 2010, recorded at Kings Wine Bar in South Minneapolis on Sunday, February 21st. The panel includes Andrea Swensson of the City Pages and Ben Clark. Hosted by HowWasTheShow’s David de Young. Solid Gold – “Matter of Time” –  (http://www.myspace.com/solidgold) Wapsipinicon – “Vans on Dupont” – (http://www.myspace.com/thewapsipinicon) Dewi Sant –...
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Black Pearl Sings at Penumbra Theatre

Black Pearl Sings at Penumbra Theatre

Playwright Frank Higgins does two very smart things with his vivid Black Pearl Sings! (at Penumbra, 270 N. Kent Street, St. Paul, through March 14, penumbratheatre.org). First, he shoehorns an amazingly wide range of Depression-era America into his story: the humid Texas penitentiary, complete with chain gang, the convict (Pearl) who holds, in her bones,...
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Q&A with Red Pens’ Howard Hamilton

Q&A with Red Pens’ Howard Hamilton

It’s been a fast year for Twin Cities upstarts the Red Pens. After dropping their first album, Reasons, last summer, Howard Hamilton and Laura Bennett won City Pages’ Picked to Click honors in September and, more recently, had the honor of topping the bill at First Avenue’s Best New Bands concert. Having pretty well conquered...
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Retribution Gospel Choir at Triple Rock Social Club

Retribution Gospel Choir at Triple Rock Social Club

I arrived at The Triple Rock too late to catch any of opener Andrew Broder’s material, so I could only imagine how one of our most unpredictable troubadours set the stage for the headliner Saturday night. When the clock struck 10:30, however, the pesky thoughts of how I had somehow misplaced four twenty dollar bills...
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Photo set: Retribution Gospel Choir at Triple Rock Social Club

HowWasTheShow is proud to present Meredith Westin‘s photos from Saturday’s Retribution Gospel Choir show at the Triple Rock. See also, Dan Alvin’s review.
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