Thursday, August 27, 2009 + STAYcation for 8.27.09-9.2.09

Check out my writing in this week's edition of

[A look by 2012 Threads]

Fashion: 2012 Threads Release Party at Triple Rock
Named for the year the Mayan calendar ends, new clothing line 2012 Threads features original images of a post-apocalyptic future screenprinted on T-shirts and hoodies.
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Fashion: B-Girl Be Hair Raising Event at Moxie Uptown
After a hiatus, the all-female hip-hop festival B-Girl Be will return next month. As part of their fundraising efforts, organizers are teaming up with local do-gooding salon Moxie.
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Events: Field Day at Walker Art Center
This week, Walker Free Thursdays isn’t just any old Free Thursday. Sure, the Walker gives us great free stuff every week – admission into the featured exhibitions, film screenings, distinguished guest speakers, art-making workshops. But this week, the Walker teamed up with local arts hub for a jam-packed full day of activities...
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[Transfer art from Rush Hour]

Art: RUSH HOUR at Stevens Square Center for the Arts
Making art out of society's discards has long been a theme in modern art, but it's possible there's one token of city life that has yet to be reimagined: the paper bus transfer.
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[Photograph by Tucker Gerrick]

Art: Best Summer Ever: Proof of Youth at Umber Studios
This solo show by Tucker Gerrick presupposes that at some point in their life, everyone's had their best summer ever. He decided to memorialize his own best summer -- and those of his friends -- in a nonlinear photo series exploring youth, the chemistry between friends, and love.
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[Martina Marraccino]

Performance: Martina's Broadway Cabaret at BLB
Drag and theater unite in this Cabaret-inspired revue hosted by “Dykes Do Drag” and “Lip Service” regular Martina Marraccino (nĂ© Martino Mayotte). Inspired by his love for both live drag performance and acting, Mayotte – a local theater writer, director, choreographer for the Minnesota Theatre - joined with colleague Seth Gabriel to found Silver Slipper Productions, and Martina’s Broadway Cabaret was born.
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"St. Paul's Mall" Rosedale celebrates 40th via St. Paul STAYcation:
Through the month of August, Rosedale Center has been celebrating its 40th birthday. Not only has the mall survived the trying economic times of the past few decades, it was the third of four “dale” shopping centers built by the Dayton-Hudson company, now credited as the creators of the modern-day mall. Originally, the shopping center was anchored by the Dayton’s and Donaldson’s department stores when it opened in 1969, with later additions including JC Penney and Montgomery Ward.

St. Paul Rock City: State Fair Edition (8.27-9.2)
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is once again upon us. Besides gaining a few pounds from all the cheese curds and fried-everything, it means one of the best music lineups featuring national acts of the summer. In honor of the State Fair, this weekend’s nightlife picks highlight the big acts coming to the Grandstand, as well as local acts playing a series of free shows at the Fair.

Fashion & shopping news for 8.27-9.2: (A repost of a online exclusive)

Mall of America just launched a new blog, “MOA Fashion Sense." To celebrate the launch of this new blog, which features trend, retail and beauty info, they're giving away a $50 gift card every weekday now through mid-September to one of their exclusive retailers. Check it out at

[New work by Jacob Gossel]

Thursday: Ignite Modeling hosts the second installment of new monthly fashion/music/art event FAME. This time, the theme is street art, and the event will feature new art by Jacob Gossel and San Francisco artist Marcus Lo, live graffiti art by Charlie Mossey, and a live street-style inspired runway show styled (which I happen to be styling) featuring looks from local boutiques ROBOTlove, OPM, and Opitz Outlet, and the latest from local designers Anthem Heart and Ferociter. (7-10 p.m. Fashion show at 8 p.m. Ignite Modeling Studio, Brin Building, 600 Washington Av. N., Mpls. More info and Gregory J. Scott's preview for

[Christopher Straub, right, will appear at this week's screening of "Project Runway" / Image by Stephen Stephens/Digital Crush]

Thursday: With two local contestants on this season of "Project Runway," it was clear a weekly viewing party would be in order. l'etoile hosts this weekly party at Hell's Kitchen (owned by Season 3 contestant Katherine Gerdes' mom, natch). Last week's winner, Christopher Straub, is said to be in attendance. Plus l'etoile's Kate Iverson and Beth Hammarlund will kick off the night with fashion trivia. Drink specials begin at 6 p.m., with "PR" screening at 9 p.m., followed by PR spinoff "Models of the Runway." (80 S. 9th St., Mpls. More info)

[Calpurnia Peach]

Thursday: The Field Day at the Walker Art Center features a special rendition of Remake/Revamp starring Calpurnia Peach's Luci Kandler and Ashley Wokasch. The design duo best known for their whimsical designs on the Voltage runway offer this follow-up to their screen printing workshop earlier this summer. Look for their fall collection to debut at the La Nouvelle Femme fashion/art/music show at the Varsity on Sept. 18. (1-5 p.m., Outside Bazinet Garden Lobby, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av., Mpls. More info)

Through Mon., Aug. 31:
Design Collective is in the midst of its quarterly sale. Take 10 to 40 percent off locally-designed clothing, accessories and jewelry. (311 26th St. W., Mpls. 612-377-1000.)

Through Sept. 7: Local high-end accessories shop
StyledLife is taking 30 to 70 percent-off spring items from Anya Hindmarch, Dunhill, Valentino, Missoni, Alexis Bittar, Versace, and more. Select items of fall merchandise will also be 20 percent off. (3635 Galleria, Edina. 952-928-8888. More info)

Through Sept. 8: Minneapolis-based
Blu Dot is having its first-ever nationwide sale. Everything will be marked down 20 percent. The offer is available exclusively at brick-and-mortar Blu Dot retailers. (Roam: 813 Glenwood Av., Mpls. Target Commercial Interiors: Multiple locations including 915 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. More info)

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