June 5, 2009

Hop on the Magic Bus, Saturdays at the Midtown Farmers’ Market

Photo by courtesy magicbuscafe.com

Correction: In the original original version of this post, we misspelled the last name of Dave and Laura Hoenack.

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King Lear at Bedlam

For the next few nights, you won’t want to miss Bedlam Theatre’s King Lear: 5 Company Promenade Style Dessert Theater featuring five radical theatre companies from four states. Audiences will be led around the Bedlam grounds, at 1501 S. Sixth St., and served five different desserts while enjoying a different scene from Shakespeare’s play — one by each company. Bedlam hosts Trutheater Theater (RI), The Nonsense Company (Madison,WI), The (Loosely) Affliliated with Puppet Uprising Players (PA), and Insurgent Theater (Milwaukee, WI) in the production.

Philip K. Dick by Workhaus and the Trylon

This is also the weekend left to see the Workhaus Collective’s play 800 Words: the Transmigration of Philip K. Dick at the Playwrights’ Center, through June 7. The play is based on the life of ground-breaking science fiction author Philip K Dick, 800 Words complete with secret agents, Dick’s dead sister and a talking cat. Workhaus calls it “a surreal landscape where memories bleed into each other, fusing and merging in a funny, dark trip — not unlike a Philip K. Dick novel.”

Then, on June 8 and June 15, view films based on Philip K. Dick novels at the Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha South. Monday, June 8 is a free showing of Total Recall at 7:30. Minority Report shows there on June 15. The Trylon seats 60, so call to make reservations reservations at 612-861-4686, or better yet, email barry@take-up.org.

The new Trylon officially opens July 17 with six Buster Keaton films, accompanied by the music of Dreamland Faces. The microcinema will feature reel-to-reel 35mm projection (suitable for archive prints), as well as 1080p high-definition video projection on an 18-foot screen.

Barry Kryshka, director of Trylon and Take-Up Productions, said the name Trylon was inspired by “the Trylon, my neighborhood theater when I was a kid in Queens. It’s where I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark from the balcony!”

Get on the Magic Bus

You are either on the bus or off the bus! The Magic Bus Café, that is. You can find this groovy purple 1978 Chevy school bus — now a fully functional café seating eight people and with a walk-up window — at the Midtown Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Being one of their earliest Facebook fans (and instantly called out on that when I walked up to order the Grateful Dog with psychedelic relish with curry and mango chutney, yum!), I’ll vouch they have delicious hot dogs, as The Hot Dog Blog also attests.

The bus is run by Seward residents Chris and Cathy Lockyear and Cathy’s twin sister Chrissy Russell, a Nicollet Island resident.. Their love for psychedelic and rock-and-roll music and themes of the ‘60s and ‘70s is evident by the numerous stickers, flowers, peace signs and more. And the dogs are natural-casing, all-beef, split and fried, never boiled. They use organic, local ingredients and also offer veggie dogs for customers who don’t eat meat. Hungry now? Forgot the ‘60s? Get on that magic bus!

The vinyl revival continues

Keeping with the theme of bringing back old groovy things, vinyl is making a comeback! Working with KFAI, I know just as many will say: “Um, it never left?” Two hugely buzz-worthy events have just happened — the opening of Shuga Records at 165 13th Ave. NE in Northeast Minneapolis, and the purchase and renewal of Hymie’s Vintage Records in Seward.

Shuga Records co-owners Adam Rosen and his wife Danielle Nester just opened shop on June 1 in the old Minnesota Center for Photography space — 7,500 square feet, excellent for housing their approximately 400,000 new and vintage LP’s, 45’s and 78’s, many of which are rare. There is a free bin with over 2,000 free records and album covers to decorate your hall and a music-related books section with some rarities, oddities (and my own West Bank Boogie, in case you gave your copy away. I hear this a lot). There is a large stage and a DJ booth for in-store performances and listening parties and a computer catalog to search the collection.

As one of the largest e-Bay sellers of vinyl in the world, Rosen and Nester (who also owns a vintage clothing store) want to have a physical store to give people opportunity to browse, have local performers, feature a large focus on local vinyl — note: if you and/or your band have vinyls or even CDs of your music, Rosen wants to talk to you! — and bring more interest to our excellent long history of a great music scene. They also support art! During art-a-whirl, Broken Crow painted a giant 50-foot mural outside on one of the walls, and inside there are photography shows being curated by Cameron Wittig and Marshall Franklin Long.

Just over a month ago, Seward couple Dave Hoenack and his wife Laura Hoenack purchased Hymie’s Vintage Records on 3318 E. Lake Street. While making some fantastic changes to an already legendary store, they are keeping the monthly, last Saturday $1 sale. Last Saturday, they sold at least 1,000 $1 records! And they had about a dozen people in the store at any given time, reported Dave.

Some changes include: filling in neglected areas of music — stuff you can’t really find much at various record shops, such as country, a personal fave of Dave’s (and mine). They’ve bought some new collections, lowered prices, and are buying more records from you, record-loving readers. They’ve made the environment tidier and more welcoming; there are toys in the shop and kids are welcome to play while you browse. This harkens back to Dave’s fond memories of Hymies from his childhood on, and having two children himself.

They feature nearly 30,000 records in the shop on the main floor, have over 100,000 so far and are building that collection rapidly. They too have an excellent local selection, new and old, and are building upon that. The best part: “We’re working hard on not holding on to anything. All the best records will be available to customers. We’re selling things at (we hope) reasonable prices,” said Dave.

The reason they bought Hymie’s? “We shopped here many years. Myself, since I was little. Now we can walk to work and see our children every day. We are happy to keep it open and not have one less place to browse,” said Dave.

Celtic Junction

The Celtic Junction, a new Celtic arts center “weaving the traditions of dance, music, art and language” opened just a month ago on 836 Prior Avenue in St. Paul near the junction of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Numerous concerts by local and world-renowned Celtic musicians will be held, as well as classes in Irish step dance, Ceili dance, traditional Irish and Scottish music, Gaelic language, literature, studies, visual arts and instrument making. The Celtic Junction residents and instructors include O’Shea Irish Dance, founded in 2005 by original Riverdance member Cormac O’Shea; Center for Irish Music (17 instructors); Hart School of Dance (Highland dancing) and more!

The Celtic Junction was created “to celebrate and nurture thriving Celtic Arts by supporting local artists and facilitating the education of those arts to the local community.” There is a large lobby to hang out and greet friends in, sunny studios to learn dance in, music lessons in the new mezzanine, conference rooms, a living gallery throughout the building and a performance space for concerts, recitals, dances, workshops and more!

Frankly speaking

Are you a Frank fan (like me) who loved shows so much you want to see them again, or missed them in the first place? Frank Theatre has done a great job of archiving shows over the years. Now, with a new projector donated this spring by Best Buy, Frank is mounting their first ever retrospective video series (keeping with the retro theme of this week’s blog here) weekly on Mondays, beginning June 8, at the Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave. S. in Seward.

The series is divided into three sections: “The Beginnings of Frank,” “The Heart of Frank: Brecht and Parks,” and “Frank Faves.” If the response is good, this may become a regular event! Sign up to the Cyberpatrol newsletter for Frank updates on this and other good things Frank, and get a recipe, tried and true from Director Wendy Knox in each newsletter.

That’s it for this week. Check in next Thursday for more biz buzz and event highlights.

— Cyn Collins (cynth@bitstream.net) is advertising manager for Minneapolis Bridgeland News, a freelance Twin Cities arts and culture writer, a longtime KFAI volunteer and programmer and the author of West Bank Boogie, a 2007 Minnesota Book Awards finalist in nonfiction. Her Life of Cyn blog features entertainment updates and music reviews. She lives in the Seward neighborhood with her husband Brook Martin and their two cats.

last revised: June 7, 2009