The Soap Factory Presents: R.U.R.


R.U.R. is a group exhibition of nine artists delving into what craft means in the age of mechanical reproduction.

The exhibition’s title, R.U.R., comes from Rossum’s Universal Robots, the 1921 Czech play by Karel Capek, which first coined the word ‘robot.’ Rossum’s Universal Robots gave life to the artificial man, the tireless worker who eventually became rebellious and worked to overthrow their masters. 

Like the ‘robots’ in Rossum’s Universal Robots, the works in this exhibition will question the manufacture of human identity inherent in work, and seek to understand if the construction of identity in humans is as artificial like that of the ‘robot.’

The participating nine artists are: Isabelle Hayeur, Colin Lyons, Nadine Anderson, Kimberly Greene, Judith Hoffman, Amy Ritter, Katie Murken, Pritika Chowdhry and Dustin Yager. 

Opening reception: March 2, 2013, 7:00-11:00 PM

Exhibition Runs: March 2 – April 21, 2013

The Soap Factory
514 Second Street SE
Minneapolis, MN

Exhibit: Straight Trippin’


Altered Esthetics art gallery presents its newest exhibition: Straight Trippin’. Local artists will question reality by playing with distorted perspectives. 

The show features artwork by the following artists: Dave Adams, Mac Balentine, Ryan Brink, Rob Dougherty, Preston Drum, Carolyn Ellis, Mark Elton, Seth Feralin, Christian Forrer, Susan Gainen, Zack Goulet, Peter Groynom, Monica Howell, Larsen Husby, Leigh Johnson, Sheila Kargel, Matthew Kriske, Lupi, Melissa Meider, Maiero, Sarah Nesbitt, Evan Nordstrom, Kevin O’Brien, Marie Pasch, Chad Peterson, Paul Rolfes, Robbie Spencer, Matthew Terry Photography, Sarah Thornton, Heather Tietz, Amy Tillotson, Holly Wiggin and Drew Wigness.

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 1, 2013 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Event Dates: 

Thursday, February 28, 2013 (Gallery Hours) to Thursday, March 28, 2013 (Gallery Hours)

Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 

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Women of Red House Records: A 30th Anniversary Concert


The O’Shaughnessy and Red House Records are presenting a special 30th anniversary concert this Friday, March 1, featuring some of the label’s exceptional female talent, with performances by Lucy Kaplansky, Claudia Schmidt, and Heather Masse (of The Wailin’ Jennys). 

This concert is part of the Women of Substance at St. Catherine University series. This show is designed for acoustic music fans of any generation and will include everything from traditional folk songs to contemporary Americana tunes to jazz standards.  

St. Paul, MN-based Red House Records is among the longest-surviving independent labels in the country, with an extensive catalog featuring musicians Spider John Koerner, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Eliza Gilkyson and the Pines.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Time: 7:30 PM

Ticket Information
VIP/Orchestra Pit (includes reception) $50 in advance/at door

Tier One
Adult $30 in advance, $35 at door
SCU Alum/Faculty/Staff/Senior $28 in advance, $33 at door

Tier Two
Adult $20 in advance, $25 at door
SCU Alum/Faculty/Staff/Senior $18 in advance, $23 at door

Adult groups of 10+ will receive $2 off per ticket

Special Offer for Students: Buy-One-Get-One tickets are available. Call or stop by the ticket office to redeem this offer, not available online. Limit 2 per person.

For tickets and more information call The O’Shaughnessy at (651) 690-6700 or purchase them online.

The Fairlead “Long Flight Home”


Review by Christine Mlodzik

“Long Flight Home” is the first full-length album by The Fairlead. Each of the 10 songs averages six to eight minutes long, yet organically ebb and flow into one another. The music is ambient, listenable and easily blends in with the listener’s background.

The first track, “Halestorm,” sets the tone, creating a dreamy, ethereal atmosphere. This album is predominantly instrumental; the first of the sparse vocals aren’t heard until the third track, “Head Heart Hands,” and then again only briefly afterwards. 

At the halfway mark, “Intermission” surprises with a short, yet tender, piano piece. “Solitude” will make your ears perk up as it’s more guitar-centric and more uptempo than the other tracks. “Reprise” ends the album, but begins where “Intermission” left off.

As we come to the end of dark and cold winter days, “Long Flight Home” is the soundtrack to usher in the light and warmth of spring.

batteryboy at The Cedar on Friday, March 1st


batteryboy is very excited to be headlining The Cedar Cultural Center on Friday, March 1st. Initially Cobey Rouse’s solo project, batteryboy has recently recruited vocalist/violinist Shannon Frid (of Cloud Cult) and keyboardist/guitarist Eric Carranza (of Hot Date and Better Bones). These three artists create an emotionally primal experience. batteryboy has recently released their first single “Winter’s Gate” and will release their first full-length album around June 2013 (TBD). Continue reading

Vam Stee “We Are” Album Release – 3/2 at Icehouse


Check out Van Stee as they celebrate the release of their new album We are.

Saturday, March 2nd – 10pm
Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Avenue South.

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Save The CVA Benefit Show – 3/1 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall


Featuring music by CVA Alumni: Roe Family Singers and The Tim Malloys

$10 cover at door. Proceeds go toward the effort to keep CVA open.

Friday, March 1st – 7pm – 9:30pm
Amsterdam Bar and Hall – 6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul

The Tangential presents: FUTURE CITIES Release Party and Twin Cities Tumblr Meetup


Then Tangential presents: FUTURE CITIES Release Party and Twin Cities Tumblr Meetup

Wednesday, February 27th. – 7pm
Nomad World Pub – 501 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis

Musical Guests:
– The Golden Bubbles (featuring Tangential editor Chris Vondracek)
– Koo Koo Kanga Roo
– @jimfrick of Wak Lyf (Curator of

7:30 p.m. – Doors open
8:30 p.m. – A reading by the contributors
9:00 p.m. – The music begins

Hexagon Calendar – March

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**Thursday Feb. 28th~Oblivian,Tiger Blue, Dingus and The Desert Vest
**Friday March 1st~Slow Death, Arms Aloft, Brain Tumors and Dead Skull
**Saturday March 2nd~Two Eyes for the Dead,  Neuralizer, Veretta and The Royal Veil

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Sean Anonymous – Sunny (Official Music Video)