Weekly Roundup September 22-28



Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and Minneapolis!

Upcoming & Ongoing–

Colors of My Inner Voice:  Exhibit of works from Native American Artist, Gordon Coons, of Ojibwe and Ottawa Heritage. Exhibition includes paintings, hand-pulled prints, and creations utilizing Duck Tape ©. Come back to the 60’s and view the Duck Tape© expressions under black lights!   
Running Dates: September 9 – 30, 2017 • Artist-led workshop on September 23, 1-5pm to create a Woodland Art Style block print.
Gordon will be exhibiting the Ojibwe Woodland Art Style, created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs (drawings or carvings on rocks) and images from birch bark scrolls. The images can also be identified as X-ray Vision.   The inspiration for these images relies on Ojibwe clans and stories.  The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals (or people).  What is painted inside the animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of powers.
Sabra FallingPangea World Theater would like to invite you to our upcoming spring production which takes audiences back to August 1982, to a Sabra refugee camp in a war-torn Beirut. The specter of a massacre looms as the Akawi family receives an unexpected visitor that brings the past rushing back and alters the course of events to come. The opening weekend of this timely play marks the 35th anniversary of the horrific massacre of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra and Shatila camps. This massacre echoes around the world to this day as we continue to see violence in the Middle East and the global refugee crises.
As we prepare for the opening of Sabra Falling this Friday, we remember and honor the history unearthed by this play. 
Sabra Falling: Written by Ismail Khalidi • Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee  
Venue: The Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407  ​
Show Times: September 15 – October 1, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm • Sundays at 2:30pm
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3074477
More information: http://www.pangeaworldtheater.org/sabra-falling


Midtown Farmer’s Market EVERY SATURDAY from 8am-1pm until October 28 E. Lake Street & Hiawatha Ave., 2225 E. Lake Street.

Friday, September 22

2017 Annual Sewa-Aifw Gala w/ Sewa – Asian Indian Family Wellness @ 3702 E Lake St, 6-9pm • At Sewa-Asian Indian Family Wellness (AIFW), we have made it our mission to put our passion for human rights and social justice to work in the under-served South Asian community here in the Twin Cities. Make it your mission, too, by helping support the 2017 Annual SEWA-AIFW Gala. This year’s gala will be a red-carpet affair, featuring live music and performances, networking, cognac sampling, dancing and elegant dining while we celebrate South Asian culture. 
Registration required for this event.
Gala Event Registration and Sponsorship

SEWA-AIFW is a nonprofit organization committed to a healthy South Asian community in the Twin Cities. It provides services such as health assessments, community-based health clinics, women’s health initiatives, domestic violence survivor support and senior services for the South Asian community. Feel free to contact us at sewaaifw@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. We truly thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.
Fall Fête – The Big Wu, Jaedyn James & The Hunger, & Dean Magraw @ The Hook and Ladder Theatre & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. 7pm • ~ A Firehouse PAC Fundraiser ~ • General Admission  $18 Advance / $20 Day of Show / VIP – $25 (Includes Special Happy Hour + Concert. VIP Happy Hour starts at 7pm and includes food by Gandhi Mahal, Complimentary Beer from Bent Paddle and live music in the lounge with Dean Magraw. Door Prizes too!)
General Admission: Doors/Music 8pm
Jaedyn James & The Hunger – 8-9:15pm
2 Fat Sets by The Big Wu with guest Dean Magraw – 9:30pm

The Big Wu The story goes that the Big Wu, bound for rock stardom, sold their souls for a case of Old Style beer one thirsty night long ago. The legend and the band live on. Still rocking their powerful, moving, and energizing original music for the fans. A jam band with a unique style and presence, the Wu combine strong, free flowing improv and vocal harmonies, with finely crafted songs for all tastes. Oh, and their fans are famously friendly.
Jaedyn James & The Hunger is a Funk.Love.Soul band freshly birthed from the loins of South Minneapolis. Performing not only accomplished renditions of juicy deep cut tracks, but also mouthwatering originals. Led by the vocally brash Jaedyn James and showcased by her sumptuous 10 piece band. JJ&TH is sure to have you begging for seconds.
Dean Magraw‘s life as a guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer reveals an artist uniquely consistent in his ability to rise to the highest level of musical expression in a dazzling array of contexts. Dean’s passion transcends all perceived musical boundaries, yet the vital essence of his distinctive style is ever present, whether he’s performing and recording as a solo artist, leading his own ensembles such as the experimental jam band Eight Head, or collaborating with such notables as Japanese shamisen prodigy Nitta Masahiro, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, South Indian vocalist and vina virtuoso Nirmala Rajasheker, epic songstress and storyteller Ruth MacKenzie, Irish supergroup Altan, radio and film celebrity Garrison Keillor, jazz bassist Anthony Cox, and countless others. Once the listener gets beyond the history and into the mystery, Dean the musician takes over: with tone and taste, unveiling soulful melodic grooves intricately designed to heal the broken dancer, confuse the boldest mathematician, and eradicate ennui in our lifetime.
“Dean Magraw… so liquid, lyrical and effortless it’s like listening to a dancer.” -Steve Tibbets
Family Story Time for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. 10:15-10:45am
Baby Story Time for Toddlers @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. 11:15-11:45am

Kilt and Corset Night @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, All night! Get in the spirit of your heritage by wearing your Tartan. Or if the mood strikes, why not a corset? This gathering takes place every Friday!

Irish Session & Highland Pipes @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, 8:30pm. A traditional Irish music session lead by the finest musicians around with interludes by Highland pipers! If you play Irish music, you are welcome to join in! This is a very impromptu gathering that occurs most Fridays. However, some Fridays the crew may be otherwise engaged. Come early for a great spot!  


Saturday, September 23

Boneshaker Book Club: Gentrification • Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S 9-11am • FREE • After a summer break in August, Boneshaker Book Club is back this September to delve into gentrification. “How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood” by Peter Moskowitz. It is currently in-stock at a 20% discount for all readers. Pick up a copy today!
We’ll be meeting the morning to discuss the book via a lightly moderated discussion. Feel free to bring coffee and/or snacks.

Boneshaker book club is free and open to the public, welcoming people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives to join us in conversation.

The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don’t realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance.

Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City takes readers from the kitchen tables of hurting families who can no longer afford their homes to the corporate boardrooms and political backrooms where destructive housing policies are devised. Along the way, Moskowitz uncovers the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. The deceptively simple question of who can and cannot afford to pay the rent goes to the heart of America’s crises of race and inequality. In the fight for economic opportunity and racial justice, nothing could be more important than housing.
A vigorous, hard-hitting expose, How to Kill a City reveals who holds power in our cities-and how we can get it back.
Cassandra’s Cabaret – Fall Fantasy! @ The Cassandra School of Middle Eastern Dance, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, 8pm • Doors open at 7:45pm • Our fabulous hostess will seat you! • A beautiful evening of classic Raqs Sharqi dance, performed by Cassandra, Monique, Theresa, and Zuhra Kiya. Special guest performers include the dance talents demonstrated in our latest Performance Adventure classes.

Dance imaginings by Renee Szudy, Aliyah Sahar, and Cassandra will delight you and fill the Cabaret stage with joy! Seating is assigned as reserved and paid, so an early visit to the ticket site wins you closest seating. All seats are excellent in the Cabaret setting; light snacks and water are provided and other beverages are available. FFI: 612-872-6050 www.cassandraschool.com
Powderhorn Porchfest @ Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, 4pm • FREE • FAMILY-FRIENDLY • Join The Anchor Fish & Chips Food Truck at Powerhorn Porchfest is an annual FREE community event focused on building local community through the Arts. Over the past 6 years it has become a highlight event for South Minneapolis. Featuring amazing local musicians, spoken word, and dance artists, Porchfest creates a space for people of all ages and all musical tastes to come find something they can kick it to.

Again this year, we’ll have 4 stages of music on 17th avenue between 32nd and 34th street. We will have one opening act from 4-5pm and one closing act from 9-10, starting and ending together. In addition to music, there will be dancing (Summer Cypher… what’s uuup!!! and … the Square Dance is BACK folks… by popular demand), local artisans will be selling their ware, a few more organized kids activities and of course, delicious food for sale. All musicians have been booked, stay tuned for the Reveal! Pack in and pack out as always – we’ll leave the street and neighborhood cleaner than we found it. If you are interested in ADA Sign Interpretation of some of the performances, please do message us here to coordinate times, etc… Brought to you by PPNA, Kelly Piatt and curators ShaVunda Brown, Rina Rossi, Carlos Lumbi, Nicole Duxbury
NAMIWalks Minnesota 2017 @ Minnehaha Falls, 11:30am • Join us for the largest event raising awareness about mental illnesses in Minnesota! When you walk with NAMI, you join a celebration of people living with mental illnesses and their families.

Register today and join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time. Contact: Dana, Special Events Coordinator events@namimn.org 651-645-2948 x112
Mill City Oktoberfest @ Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St, 8am • Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 11th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard, and at the Farmers Market. Watch a cooking demonstration, dance to the Elk River German Band, enjoy performances by the S.G. Edelweiss Dancers and relax with a Minnesota brew and German fare in the Ruin Courtyard beer garden. Sample local beers. View photographs of Minneapolis’ historic riverfront breweries. Other activities include kids games, History Player performances, and brewing history.
Reading with dc edwards @ Moon Palace Books, 3260 Minnehaha Ave, 4pm • Join local author Stephanie Chrismon (writing as dc edwards), as she reads from her first novel, Bright City. A writer, pop culture junkie, and Afrofuturist, she has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Hamline University. She is a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose and was a fellow in the 2015 Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Bright City, the first in a duology, is a coming-of-age story about Abigail Drexler, who is expelled from her utopian community for treason. Abigail journeys through the post-apocalyptic landscape of a world ravaged by plagues and devastating climate change, and becomes determined to find her way back home and avenge her friend. Eventually she ends up in the Bright City, a beautiful, information-driven society that thrives on intrigue and manipulation. Thrust into this treacherous new world, Abigail is wrapped in a conspiracy that pushes her to the edge of sanity and deeper into the corruption of the Bright City. In this new world of information as power and information as currency, will Abigail find the clues to her exile and the keys to her freedom? More info on our website: http://www.moonpalacebooks.com/event/reading-dc-edwards
Yoga w/ Taja w/ OUT in the Backyard – OIBY @ Powderhorn Park *Outdoor Stage, 9:30-10:30am • FREE • Please welcome Taja – she will be teaching Saturday Yoga classes until a decision is made on a permanent replacement for Akoni.


Sunday, September 24

Nicollet Open Streets 2017! @ 11am-5pm • Back again for 2017, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets. Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities. Open Streets offers fun, family-friendly programming put on by local businesses and event partners! From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids play zones; there’s something for everyone at Open Streets! What will YOU create on your street at Open Streets?
Yoga w/Darshan @ CANDO, 3715 Chicago Ave. 10am • FREE • Free Yoga class every Sunday morning at a relaxed pace for all skill levels – mats provided, or, bring your own. Darshan started doing yoga when he decided to take a long hiatus from a 12 year long competitive swimming career. He started taking classes for 6 years under Dr.S.N.Omkar, a student of BKS Iyengar – father of Iyengar Yoga and fell in love with it instantly. He was practicing Yoga while he was going through swim coach certification process and that is when I realized and learnt how important yoga is to any form of physical activity. Yoga helps overall development and healing of the body.
Czech & Slovak Festival, 28th Annual! @ Sokol Minnesota, 383 Michigan St • 11am • Ethnic food and beverages, Sweet Shoppe with koláče, Czech beer, vendors, info booths, gymnasts, folk dance performances, live music, silent auction, children’s games, singing, drawings, and more! Accessible facilities. Hosted by Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota. Free Admission. Public Welcome. www.sokolmn.org C.S.P.S. Hall 383 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102 Open face kolače flavors: Poppy seed Prune Apricot Cream cheese Raspberry Dance to live music at 4:00 p.m. If you have questions, or would like to help, please call 612-290-0542, or email Festival@SokolMN.org
Vaccination Clinic @ Urban Tails Pet Supply, 2106 Lyndale Ave S, 1:30pm • Dr. Kristen and team from MetroPet Animal Hospital will be offering a-la-carte vaccinations! www.metropetanimalhospitalmn.com/ At MetroPet Animal Hospital they strive to provide the very best medical care possible while treating you and your pets with the professionalism, courtesy, and respect you deserve. Their goal is to promote your pet’s overall health and longevity, while building a lasting relationship with you. This vaccine clinic takes place 4 times a year right here at Urban Tails!
The Free Black Table Open Mic @ Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave FI 8th 7pm • The Free Black Table is a home for black talent powered by www.BlackTableArts.com serving 500+ Artists of color. Black/P.O.C artist only sign up. Food and drinks will be served. Located at the Illusion Theater The Free Black Table is an intentional evening of performance dedicated to the celebration of black artists and P.O.C artists. Sign up begins at 6:30pm it is suggested performers arrive early as sign up goes quickly. We offer The Social Hour and The Market for entrepreneurs to sell their products and for our beautiful creative community to network before the open mic begins. Bring business cards if you have them, its lit. Nina Simone said “Freedom to me, is no fear” Come get free as we uplift these brave and bold artists.
POC Jam #10 (September 24, 2017) @ HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave S. 4pm • FREE • No experience required. • Improv is for everybody. In an effort to get more people aware and interested, HUGE Theater’s diversity officer John Gebretatose is hosting a POC improv jam. This is an opportunity to meet new people, to create, to play together and to help start a new era where people of color are represented more on stage. This event is for people of color only, which includes participants and observers.This event is for all people of color only. It’s for all ages and free of charge. Please come as you are, that’s more than enough. The objective of the POC improv jam is to bring people together who may or may not know about improv to come together to learn more about improv, meet new people, play with people you’ve always wanted to play with or network. People will learn about the principles of improv, what classes HUGE Theater offers, what auditions are coming up and what scholarships or other resources are available to minority students. There’s going to be an introductory workshop on improv, we will do some scenes on stage and participation is optional. The POC improv jam is a relaxed and non intimidating event. It is supposed to be playful, fun and easy. Yay! There will be food. Free food!

Why is this event for POC only? Since it’s about having representation it makes sense to have a space where people can feel they’re important and deserve to be in the room. The value to having a non-white POC jam uplifts marginalized groups. Also, there’s other events for that. A lot of them. Bringing in people from all walks of life to our theater to take classes and to perform is important, even though improv doesn’t cast to type, having a diverse range of people adds value to the art, socially and to the theater. Having a more diverse improv theater yields way more benefits than to not have one. Creating diversity takes a lot of work; traditionally and currently improv is mostly white person’s game and while some minorities have seen shows or taken a class, the percentage of minorities that are actually represented on stage is low and that can limit the amount of interest from minority groups to be involved. It isn’t as simple as casting more POC – we want to find and improve the places where our art form has been less welcoming to performers of color, which isn’t just one task – it’s looking at every task with diversity and being more inclusive in mind and helping overwhelmingly white theaters and producers find their blind spots so we can do better. See you there! Got questions? No problem, email John Gebretatose at john@hugetheater.com
September Reuse Drive: Paper Goods @ Junket: Tossed & Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave 1pm • We’re collecting paper goods to benefit Free Arts Minnesota! Below is a list of the most helpful items you can donate.
Free Arts MN will also have a representative at the shop between 1-4pm to accept your items, talk about the organization’s programs, and answer your questions. Items you can donate:
• Paper plates
• Paper cups
• Shoe boxes (or boxes similar in size)
• Decorative paper
• Crafting paper
• Art paper
**Because of the broad range of donation quality and the intention that these efforts produce genuine benefit for the recipient organizations, we actively encourage participants to respectfully decline specific items that may not be a fit. Should this happen with something you’ve brought, your pals at Junket will do our best to help you identify the next best solution. The purpose of Junket’s monthly Reuse Drives is to help our community members incrementally declutter — while helping their unneeded stuff get into the hands of others who would find it legitimately helpful.
Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society & the James J Hill Center @ James J. Hill Center, 80 4th St. W 3:30-4:30pm • Pre-show music at 2:45pm with Kings of Cole •$15 per person ($20 at door) • For group rates, call 651.265.5430 • The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society returns to the James J. Hill Center for stories from the classic old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and trivia. Our performances re-stage the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including tales from Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. Each episode is performed live on stage with five actors playing multiple roles and producing all of the sound effects.
Episode #1 “To Find Help” from Suspense, originally aired in January 19th, 1945: Mrs. Gillis hires a stranger to help around the house, but when the young man turns menacing she learns that good help is hard to find.
Episode #2 “Behind the Locked Door” from The Mysterious Traveler, originally aired May 24th, 1949: Two archaeologists discover a terrible secret hidden below the earth.
KFAI Presents Womenfolk Radio Anniversary Show! @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. 7-10pm  • FREE • FAMILY-FRIENDLY •  Featuring food, door prizes & live performances by:
Reina del Cid
Mary Bue
Prairie Fire Lady Choir
Vicky Emerson & more!
Join us for a special anniversary concert at Minneapolis’ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge to celebrate Womenfolk Radio Show, one of the longest running women’s music shows in the country! The Womenfolk Radio Anniversary Show will help kick off KFAI Radio’s Fall Membership Drive and will mark 15 years with host Ellen Stanley.

Handicapped accessible and open to all ages, the event will celebrate the Twin Cities music community with food, door prizes and special performances by an eclectic lineup of artists that have been featured on the show, including Reina del CidEllisMary Bue,Prairie Fire Lady ChoirVicky Emerson and more. Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds will benefit KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul, a volunteer-run listener supported station that broadcasts in over 13 languages.


Monday, September 25

Ariel Gore’s We Were Witches tour – Minneapolis @ Moon Palace Books, 3260 Minnehaha Ave. 7pm • Join us to see Ariel Gore read from her new novel, We Were Witches. Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject, and creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life. So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldua, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker. Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother. She’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming strange women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate–often the triumphant climax of a dramatic plot–a question uncomfortably lingers. If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt, what is the true narrative shape of your experience? Ariel Gore is a journalist, author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Her memoir Atlas of the Human Heart was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a Lambda Literary Award in 2010. More information on our website: http://www.moonpalacebooks.com/event/ariel-gore-reads-we-were-witches

Tuesday, September 26

Bollywood Dance (FREE) @ CANDO, 3715 Chicago Ave S. 7pm • We offer FREE Bollywood Dance every 4th Tuesday of the month! • OIBY, in collaboration with Bollywood Dance Scene and The Central Neighborhood, Minneapolis, is very happy to bring Bollywood Dance to the community. Choreographer and Bollywood Dance Scene founding member Divya Maiya says, “Bollywood is inspired by various dance forms like classical, folk, as well as street dances. So it’s a huge mash-up of those forms along with hip-hop, belly dancing, and jazz. It does not conform to any strict format. People of all age groups can dance together. It does not require partners. It is over the top ridiculous and you need that to forget all the serious and grim happenings in your life.”


Wednesday, September 27

Young Professionals Meeting @ Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, 6:30-8pm • The Young Professionals Auxiliary will be meeting to make plans through the end of 2017 and lay the framework for 2018 planning. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and see what we’re about! Childcare will be available. #NotAnotherHappyHour
Preserve the Harvest: Community Workshop @ The Medicine Tree Herbal Pharmacy, Acupuncture and Massage Clinic, 3708 East 34th St, 4pm • FREE • Learn how to preserve herbs that are abundant, local, and in season! We will create infused oils, vinegars, and more with fresh herbs. Class includes samples to take home and recipes. Donations accepted towards the Twin Cities Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders.
Trailer Trash: Re-Animated @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St, 7pm • Tape Freaks and the Trylon team up to reanimate Trailer Trash! This program of rare 35mm trailers, PSAs, and oddities is guaranteed to sow craziness in your mind. All proceeds go to the renovation of the Trylon.
Nikki & Rich, Lonesome Dan Kase, Reed Turchi – Free Music Wed @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • FREE • 21+ • Doors 6pm • Happy Hour $1 OFF 6-8pm • Music 7pm ~ Music Schedule ~ Reed Turchi – 7pm Lonesome Dan Case – 8pm Nikki & Rich – 9pm  – A Songwriter Showcase featuring Nikki & Rich + Lonesome Dan Kase + Reed Turchi Join us for an evening of songwriters as we showcase their talents on the intimate lounge stage.

Merlins Rest Pub Quiz @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, 7:30. The Quizmaster is their own Minister of Culture, Bill Watkins. His legendary quizzes will test your knowledge! Don’t worry, there are a few easy ones in there.  Bill is here to intrigue your curiosity, not make you feel stupid. They do not accept reservations for Pub Quiz, taking place every Wednesday. This event tends to fill up quickly, so arrive early to assure a seat!


Thursday, September 28

Music Video Release Party @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St, 6:30pm • Please arrive at 6:30pm, 21+ only • Celebrate Firebirdie’s official launch with the world premiere of two debut music videos for The Chills and Firecracker Racket, plus a special live performance.
Lavender Country, Eleganza!, & Brent Penny @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. 7:30pm • The Hook & Ladder Theater presents Lavender Country, Eleganza and Brent Penny Thursday, September 28th 7:30pm doors, music at 8pm $15 advance, $18 day of show *Limited amount (50) of seating for this show, first-come first-served. The Hook & Ladder appearance marks the first Twin Cities performance for this legendary country act and promises to be one to remember with Patrick Scully returning to Firehouse host-duties for the night to emcee this historic event. Lavender Country was an American Country music band formed in 1972, whose self-titled 1973 album is the first known gay-themed album in country music history. Based in Seattle, WA the band consisted of lead singer and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, keyboardist Michael Carr, singer and fiddler Eve Morris and guitarist Robert Hammerstrom. Eleganza is a Minneapolis-based rock and roll outfit that openly defies the box of genre and instead pulls equally from it’s outlaw country, punk and classic rock influences to form an original blend that’s truly a fresh, unique Midwestern sound. With their new record ‘in the can’ audiences can expect to hear some of this exciting new material at this very special performance.