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Happenings this week

August 4, 2009

This week was made for Minneapple in the Big Apple! There are all sorts of exciting happenings, and Minnesotans are representin’ big time.

Wednesday, August 5
Our friends InDigest Magazine host their monthly event, InDigest 1207 Reading Series, at Le Poisson Rouge’s Gallery Bar this Wednesday. Doors are at 6:30, show starts at 7:00pm, and it’s FREE!

John Wray, Marlon James and Ronaldo V. Wilson will be reading from their works. None of these guys are from Minnesota, but that’s okay because Dustin Luke Nelson and David Doody, editors and creators of InDigest, are.

Thursday, August 6
Celebrate Brooklyn! Presents Purple Rain Sing-Along
Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30pm, with Escort
Prince, Minnesota’s pride and joy, created this masterpiece of a film 25 years ago, and this event celebrates it. The lyrics will be subtitled, and the band Escort will lead the crowd in the sing-along after their opening set.

Somehow this film escaped me until I was 30 years old and living in Brooklyn. I’ve never been the same since. Seeing Prince performing those songs on the stage of First Avenue, where I have spent countless nights, was a dream come true even if it was just a movie. Relive your special Purple Rain memories at Prospect Park.

Friday, August 7
It’s our own Minnesota Monthly Happy Hour! We get together every First Friday of the month starting at 6pm at Le Poisson Rouge’s Gallery Bar. I’ve reconnected with old friends and made new ones. Come check it out and do the same!

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Saturday, August 8
This weekend presents a double-whammy of Minnesotan-created events. But you don’t have to choose between the two – you can partake in both!

Radio Happy Hour is a monthly old-timey-live-radio-style show hosted and written by Sam Osterhout. It’s at Le Poisson Rouge (it’s no coincidence that so many of hese events take place at LPR!) and the show gets going at a nice early hour of 2pm. I don’t mind drinking in a basement venue in the afternoon, do you?

A few amazing things to note about Radio Happy Hour. First, their special guests. This month, it’s Andrew WK! And I’m not trying to brag, but I went last month and the guest was Michael Showalter! And their first show in June, had Norah Jones (who I have forgiven for spelling her name with an “H”). Majorly impressive guests, Sam! These folks are interviewed with hilarious results as part of the show. They also participate in the story-telling, plus some trivia questions for the audience center (somewhat) around them.

Second, this show is $5!!! That is CHEAP!

And last, Sam has recruited a few other talented Minnesotans to join in the fun, including author and co-founder of Minneapolis’ The Lit 6 Project Geoff Herbach, who collaborates with Sam to write the show and comes to NYC to play a role. Also joining them is Stephanie Davila, aka Star Dweller, playing the music, and our friend Dustin Luke Nelson who produces the show.

Last, did I mention that it’s $5? Good times!

FEAST, or Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics, is also happening this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the Church of the Messiah and Monsignor McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, BK.

This recurring public dinner lets you be the judge, voting on proposals submitted by new and emerging art makers. You’ll pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which you receive supper and a ballot to vote on the proposed art projects. After dinner, the project with the most votes receives the funds collected through the entrance fee.

I love the pictures of the past 3 events, showing FEAST in all its glory in a church basement. How reminiscent of church potlucks in Minnesota. This month, FEAST is picnic-style, utilizing McGolrick Park across from the Church of the Messiah.

FEAST collaborator and fellow Minnesotan Jeff Hnilicka traveled to Minneapolis last month to present a workshop at the Walker Art Center about how to organize FEAST events in other communities. Pretty cool, huh?

Plenty of Minnesotan-created events from which to choose. Enjoy while supporting these talented folks!

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