Thursday, January 7, 2010

Local fashion + events for 1.7-1.13

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[A look by Jason Hammerberg]

Hammer Made menswear opens (via
After spending the past decade designing menswear for the likes of Dayton's and Kuhlman, local clothing designer Jason Hammerberg is striking out on his own with his first storefront, Hammer Made. The Galleria shop focuses on men's shirts, true to Hammerberg's colorful, statement-making aesthetic, and also carries coats, vests and accessories. Since there's no middleman, the designer is able to keep prices relatively low, with men's shirts ranging from $75-$125. (3380 Galleria, Edina. 952-681-2534.) -Jahna Peloquin

[Ra'mon & Christopher photographed by Carlos Gonzalez/]

New collections from Ra'mon and Christopher (via
Amid New Year's Eve's Crystal Ball event at International Market Square, former "Project Runway" contestants Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman and Christopher Straub debuted all-new mini-collections on the runway. It was Straub's first clothing collection since appearing on the reality TV show, and while it won't be available for sale, Straub says he's working on a women's collection for spring. Coleman says his collection will be made available in his e-shop, to be launched by mid-January on -Jahna Peloquin

[The Inquisition at the Walker, circa 1940. Courtesy Walker Art Center]

The Inquisition: Art Is Fun (via
Fans of National Public Radio's news quiz "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" and novice art experts alike are sure to flock to the Walker Art Center's new monthly quiz forum, aptly named "The Inquisition." Basically, it's a good, old-fashioned game show in which contestants have a battle of the wits with the Walker's panel of art experts. In actuality, the Inquisition isn't brand new -- it debuted as a Walker program back in 1940 when the renowned art gallery transitioned from a private gallery to a public art center. The audience is encouraged to submit questions, facts and topics in advance to (7 p.m. Thu. Free. Perlman Gallery at Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-375-7609.) -Jahna Peloquin

[Art by Chuck U]

Art: 'Robozoology' (Via
Illustrator Chuck U (né Ungemach) has long been known in the local hip-hop community for his posters and cover art, but only now is presenting his first solo show. His collection of paintings and prints, ultra-graphic and dripping with color, coalesce brilliantly with their organic, hand-drawn feel and intricate line work depicting fiendish monkeys, monsters in top hats and spewing furry snakes. The opening reception will include a bumpin' soundtrack courtesy of Chuck U's iPod, and a live set from local Brit-popsters the Idle Hands. (Free opening reception 6 p.m.-midnight Sat. Through Feb. 9, free. Nickademus Art and Framing, 225 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul.) -Jahna Peloquin

Performance: 'Call Cutta in a Box: An Intercontinental Phone Play' (via
Instead of sitting down to watch a show, the audience becomes a part of the action in what the Walker calls a "solitary performance experience." Imagine a phone is ringing in an empty office space in the IDS Tower -- and it's for you. Turns out it's coming from a call center in India, and a story begins to unfold as you converse with the voice on the line. Conceptualized by the German collective Rimini Protokoll, the intimate "phone play" presented by the Walker as part of Out There is performance art at its most interactive. Two appointments are available each hour, and reservations must be made in pairs. -Jahna Peloquin

TART and FoodTeam at Big V's (via
With math rock left behind in the ‘00s, left-brained musicians seem to have dropped their guitars for keyboards. Should we deem it math electro? Post-math? Genre-naming aside, the music of local one-man projects TART (Phil Khalar) and FoodTeam (Ryan Olcott of 12 Rods fame) is cerebrally enthralling. Khalar’s TART and Olcott’s FoodTeam approach sounds as pieces of a whole, constructing them into sonic compositions. TART gets its name from its theme of blending beauty with noise, the electronic with the organic, and the sweet with bitter, while Olcott’s project involves what he calls “circuit bending,” or the de-programming of yesteryear’s forgotten consumer keyboards. Community!Fire!Exchange! opens. -Jahna Peloquin
9 p.m. Big V’s $5 21-plus

Colder in Moscow at Fine Line (via
Althoguh the members of Colder in Moscow hover around 20 years old, they manage to sound more polished than their ages would suggest. Bordering on emo while dipping into post-punk, the band wisely counts locals 12 Rods and The Jayhawks as well as Neil Young and Broken Social Scene as influences. Having formed two years ago while they were classmates at Chaska High School, the tight-knit sextet’s solid sound belies their gestation. Lost Shepherds and The Dayshapes open. -Jahna Peloquin
7:30 p.m. Fine Line Music Club Free 21-plus

Lissie at Triple Rock (via print edition)
At first look, it’s surprising to find out folk singer-songwriter Lissie is signed to Fat Possum Records - the same label that’s home to legendary bluesmen RL Burnside and T-Model Ford. But despite her Illinois upbringing and blonde locks, it starts to make more sense after a few listens. The singer’s vulnerable voice, offset by the slightest smokey rasp and the distinctive dose of soul she incorporates into her folk sound on her debut EP “Why You Runnin’,” give her an edge over the current singer-songwriter critical mass. -Jahna Peloquin
8 p.m. Triple Rock Social Club $10 18-plus

Here's my weekly St. Paul sale guide in

[Picky Girl]

Ongoing: Picky Girl Winter Sale
St. Paul boutique Picky Girl is kicking off its winter sale with 25 percent off all regular-priced clothing, shoes and accessories, plus 10 percent off already marked-down items, with offerings from national lines like Kenzie Girl and Covet, and local darlings Calpurnia Peach. (949 Grand Ave., St. Paul. 651-698-4107.) (continue reading…)

Click here for my Weekend nightlife roundup in the 651: 1.7-1.9.

My ongoing, comprehensive shopping guide, L'etoile's Guide to Winter Sales and Shopping, is updated at least once a week.

[Rox Studio]

Just announced: Rox Studio Opening & Second Saturdays at California Building
Local jewelry line Rox kicks off the New Year with bubbles and new baubles. Sip champagne while perusing the latest Rox designs by our good friend Robyne Robinson include stones from her recent visits to Greece and San Jose. You can also meet the woman behind Bags By Hand, a South African free trade collective that designs and sews gift bags for Rox. While you're at the California Building, check out all six floors of open artist studios
When: Jan. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Rox Studio, 2205 California St. NE., Studio 403, Mpls. (continue reading...)

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