Check out my posts from earlier this week:
Local model to appear on next season of "Project Runway": Lifetime announced the contestants for Project Runway's seventh season yesterday... Read more
This holiday season, go custom: Still looking for the perfect New Year's Eve dress? One luxury I allow myself is getting custom dresses made for events by my favorite local designers. Read more
Adam Livermore's hair candy
Check out these inspiring images created by local hairstylist Adam Livermore... Read more
Local hairstylist to appear on "Shear Genius 3": Another high-profile local hairstylist is making the national news. Read more
Vintage 1961 Dayton's ads: Local illustrator Dillon Bakke sent me these Dayton's ad images from a 1961 newspaper... Read more
All I Want for Christmas...is Ruby Fig art: I'm dying over the insanely discounted art local painter Rudy Fig is liquidating on her Flickr page. Read more
Pure Imagination: A holiday staycation in St. Paul: There’s not a more magical, classic setting to the holiday season in Minnesota than our capital city. Read more, including reviews of Pazzaluna, the New Standards Holiday Show, and my stay at the St. Paul Hotel.
Check out my Vita.mn writing for this week:
Last-minute Holiday Shopping Guide
So it’s two weeks to Christmas, and you still haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? A few shopping events happening in the Twin Cities should take care of it.
On Thursday, head to the Guys’ Shopping Night at St. Paul’s Grand Hand Gallery for free beer, free gift wrap, and gift suggestions. The art and gift gallery stocks everything from handmade children’s toys, to one-of-a-kind jewelry, to corporate gifts, to unique art. (5-8 p.m. Thu. 619 Grand Av., St. Paul. 651-312-1122.)
Local jewelry maker Liebling Designs is hosting a holiday trunk show at MNfashion’s holiday pop-up boutique on Friday. Designer Jessica Cripps is known for incorporating vintage pieces with floral motifs into modern necklaces, earrings, bracelets and decorative bobby pins. (5-8 p.m. Fri. 651 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. www.mnfashion.org)
Soo Too, the Soo Visual Arts Center’s design-oriented gift shop, challenges the Walker Shop for the coolest, unusual gifts in town. In addition to products from national lines, Soo Too stocks a huge selection of goods from local artists, including paintings by Jennifer Davis, jewelry by SisBro, and plush creatures and more from the brand-new Curster Boutique. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263.)
New Year's Eve events:
Crystal Ball & reSOULution International Market Square
With attendance hitting 1,200 last year, this annual party -- with a fashion show, 12 DJs in two rooms, 20 bars and live music -- seems to get bigger every year. "Project Runway" contestants Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman and Christopher Straub will co-host the fashion show and bring pieces from their latest collections. The show also will include fashions from local shops OPM, Drama, VState and Parc, as well as local designers Amanda Christine, kjurek couture and PFT Couture. R&B-rock fusion band the New Congress headlines. CLICK HERE for more of my NYE party writeups
Movies: Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Santa Claus'
D-movie club Trash Film Debauchery presents the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" version of the ultra-low-budget Mexican flick "Santa Claus" (1993). The premise: Santa works from outer space and battles a demon sent to Earth to ruin Christmas by killing Santa and "making all the children of the Earth do evil." READ MORE
Trivia Nights: Joe & Noah's Trivia + Trivia with Toneski
With the colder half of the year upon us and grilling no longer an option, a couple of new trivia nights might just save us from complete hibernation. Sauce Spirits & Soundbar has Joe & Noah's Monday Night Trivia, highlighted by rock 'n' roll-flavored categories like record covers, best guitar solos of all time and Kurt Vonnegut. READ MORE
Performance: 'The Dregs Holiday Special'
Traditional Irish a cappella meets bawdy sketch comedy in "The Dregs Holiday Special." The popular annual show features renditions of such foul-tongued favorites as "I Want a Hysterectomy for Christmas," "Do You Have What I Have," and "Twelve F***ing Birds of Christmas." READ MORE
Art: 'Grown and Sexy'
It's hard to believe the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council, better known as WACTAC, has never done a full exhibition of its talented young artists. This show will include the art not only from the 12 current members, but from many of its alumni since the council's inception 13 years ago. The program has long been a hotbed of the area's up-and-comers -- including photographer Aaron Wojack... READ MORE
Music: Honey Hello
Say hello...to the Honey Lounge’s brand new monthly dance night. DJs Sir. Kevin and Trouble (aka Carol Cunnington of Double Trouble) will be spinning indie-rock, electro, and ‘80s new wave in the fabled walls that was once Jitters. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new, future hot spot “East-meets-Northeast" Ginger Hop in the old Times space upstairs. (10 p.m. Sun. Dec. 20. Honey Lounge Free. 21-plus.)
Music: Chariots reunion show
Out of the dust of the fabled punk band Song of Zarathustra in early 2003 came Chariots. Fronted by venerable SOZ frontman Travis Bos and former members of Book of Dead Names and Exercise, the heavy yet stripped-down punk sound of Chariots garnered them a number of Minnesota Music Award nods in 2005. For their part, SOZ also is set to reform for a reunion show in February. Marijuana Death Squads, Seawhores, and DJ Chris Besinger (STNNNG) open. (9 p.m. Tue. Dec. 22. Turf Club $6. 21-plus)
Music: The New Standards
Hot off its annual Holiday Show at the Fitzgerald, local jazz fusion three-piece The New Standards is playing a decidedly more intimate set of shows at the dozy Dakota. For those who missed that fantastic show, you may be in luck - chances are the trio, composed of John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic), Chan Poling (The Suburbs), and Steve Roehm (Electropolis) will pepper its usual set of jazz-infused pop songs with unique takes on holiday classics. (7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 30. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $16-25. All ages.)
Peep my weekly shopping blog at the651.com:
Point and Sip at A. Michele
What can we say? A lot of dudes put it off until the last minute, but fortunately a lot of shops are prepared. This one is hosted by A. Michele owner Amy Michele Mullen's husband, natch - and they'll have plenty of helpers on hand to assist in selecting your gifts while you mull it over with martinis, wine and beer. (6-9 p.m. Thu. 1591 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651-735-8088.) CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
And check out my Guide to Holiday Shopping for l'etoile magazine, updated weekly:
Friday-Saturday: Grethen House Netc Half-off Sale
Nab markdowns of 50 percent off throughout the store at posh designer boutique Grethen House's huge season-end sale. All fall and winter merchandise - including chic lines like Yigal Azrouel, Martin Margiela, Peter Cohen, and Robert Clergerie - will be marked down, just in time for all your swanky holiday parties. (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 4930 France Ave. S., Edina. 952-926-8725.) CLICK HERE TO READ MORE