Drink local beer at the State Capitol: A-List 8.9-15

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This week in A-List we have a handful of happenings at the Minnesota State Capitol, as the multi-year and multimillion-dollar project is completed. There's also a ton of great standup, a screening of a Minnesota-made film classic, and a LGBTQ comic art show. Come take a look.


Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero: The Endless Honeymoon Tour
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

“This is kind of like a big couples counseling,” says Moshe Kasher of his Endless Honeymoon Tour with wife Natasha Leggero. The comedian couple first toured together roughly a year and a half ago after they got married, and are now bringing their wedded bliss to Minneapolis. Individually, both Kasher and Leggero have been busy as of late, with Leggero’s Another Period preparing to start its third season on Comedy Central, and Kasher recently wrapping the first season of his talk show, Problematic. While they will each perform individual standup sets, perhaps the best part of their show is when the couple comes together and brings other couples onstage to help troubleshoot their relationships. “We end up either helping couples or humiliating them,” Kasher continues. That spontaneity ensures that every show is unique, though Leggero is quick to point out they have some unspoken rules for choosing volunteers. “If they are drunk or too enthusiastic, we don’t want that,” she says. “We don’t want to share the stage.” From lack of connection to why buying a vibrator for a birthday is a bad move, the topics that couples choose to explore are all over the map. But in the end, we assume this is one of those cornball clichés like, “a couple who laughs together, stays together!” right? “My therapist actually warned me to not work with my partner,” says Leggero. Whoops. 7 p.m. $30. 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis; 612-813-5300. —Patrick Strait

Moses Storm
Acme Comedy Co.

Comedy fans may remember Moses Storm from season nine of Last Comic Standing, the one in which Minnesota’s own Andy Erikson competed. He can also be seen in the romantic comedy The Wedding Party and the thriller Unfriended, as well as the Hulu series 4 to 9ers. Traveling the country is nothing new to Storm. When he was four, his single mom sold their house and bought a converted Greyhound bus. Along with his mom and four siblings, he trekked across the U.S. doing missionary work. “We slept on homemade bunk beds,” he recalled on Last Comic Standing. “These were basically shelves that children slept on.” Onstage today, he still jokes about his family and friends. “I think you can tell how bad your friend’s alcohol problem has gotten by how much they rave about Uber. ‘Uber has revolutionized the way I travel,’” he says, imitating an inebriated friend. “No, your DUI revolutionized the way you travel.” 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson

Angelo Tsarouchas
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy

When we spoke to comedian Angelo Tsarouchas last summer, he had just returned from doing a series of shows in Greece. In the past year, he has continued working overseas, mostly in the Middle East. “I’ve been doing shows in Britain and also in Dubai and Qatar,” he says. “All those places the Donald is not too crazy about.” Only about half of his audiences in those countries are expatriates. “A lot of the locals speak English and were educated in the U.S. and U.K.,” he notes. “Working overseas, I’ve noticed how much Comedy Central, Netflix, and other outlets have changed the international landscape for comedians. A lot of my material really resonates with international audiences. They’re really immersed in our culture.” Contrary to what our president would lead you to believe, many in the Middle East love us. “In Qatar, you’ll see an Applebee’s in Arabic,” Tsarouchas adds. “They say, ‘I want to go to America, I want to go to New York and San Francisco.’” It’s been a great source of material. “I even tell them, ‘I’m here to get new material,’ and they laugh.” 18+; 21+ later shows. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $13-$22. 408 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington; 952-858-8558. Through Sunday —P.F. Wilson


Drop Dead Gorgeous
Lake Harriet Bandshell

Head over to Lake Harriet Bandshell this week for a viewing of Brittany Elizabeth Hallman’s classic ’90s black comedy, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Set in the fictional town of Mount Rose, Minnesota, the movie was filmed in the Twin Cities, so there’s lots of fun to be had spotting familiar locations. The story follows Kirsten Dunst as a beauty pageant contender with a heart of gold. Watch her battle it out with her small-town frenemies. The flick features pitch-perfect performances by Ellen Barkin, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams (in her film debut!). Who will win the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant? Come find out, after hearing live music from local band Tony Peachka. 7 p.m. (movie at dusk). Free. 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis; 612-661-4785. —Sheila Regan

(Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for City Pages Comix Issue 2016)


Modus Locus

The Twin Cities comic and zine scenes are bursting with creativity. That includes series and works created by female, queer, and POC cartoonists. For the past couple of years, folks have seen this demonstrated at the Twin Cities Zine Fest, an exceptionally inclusive event. Now, works from such artists will be showcased at Modus Locus at their summertime group show. The exhibition, curated by Caitlin Skaalrud, will highlight five emerging talents. Texas transplant Alex D. Araiza explores being homesick in his strip, while Fiona Avocado takes readers through topics ranging from current events to alternate universes. Minneapolis-based Ana Hinojosa, born in the Dominican Republic, explores Caribbean Latinx cultures and identities, and has contributed to the feminist teen/young adult publication Rookie Magazine. Coryn LaNasa plays with autobiographical and extraterrestrial elements. Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, whose work has appeared in DC Comics (and City Pages!), is currently working on a graphic novel with author Mariko Tamaki. See their pieces together in one exhibit. There will be an opening reception at 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 11. 3500 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-382-9477. Through September 12 —Jessica Armbruster

Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration
Minnesota State Capitol

The Minnesota State Capitol will bring people together this weekend to celebrate the end of its multi-year, multimillion-dollar restoration project with happenings for kids and grown-ups alike. Each morning, there will be free yoga sessions on the lawn. Head inside and sign up for a group tour detailing the building’s upgrades, or head into one of the rooms hosting lectures, which will cover topics such as Minnesota beer history, local folklore, and our music scene past and present. Outside, families can play in the Kids’ Zone and adults can enjoy cocktails on the loggia. Live music and performances are also scheduled, with a Prince dance party on Friday night and sets from Cloud Cult and Poliça on Saturday evening. Fireworks cap off the first two days of celebration around 9:30 p.m. For a complete lineup and additional info, visit 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free; some free events require tickets/reservations. 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; 651-296-2881. Through Sunday —Jessica Armbruster

Irish Fair of Minnesota
Harriet Island

From the Friday night kickoff party onward, the Irish Fair of Minnesota remains dedicated to the proposition that revelry is an essential component of Irish cultural appreciation. Annually held on Harriet Island, this three-day celebration pays homage to those of Irish descent, retracing customs of the distant past to contemporary traditions. Visitors can expect to encounter workshops focusing on the rich lore of Irish musical forms, speakers recounting the tumultuous history of the country, and intriguing displays of artifacts. If all that sounds a tad academic, rest assured the fair offers ample diversions, including ongoing dance performances (and tutorials) amid a procession of international musical entertainment ranging from traditional folk balladeers to pub rockers. As always, an enormous assortment of food and drink vendors will be available for a delectable feast of Irish cuisine and beverages. One new option will undoubtedly command the attention of foodies; the Celtic Kitchen will feature a series of cooking demonstrations and competitions. For more info, visit 3 to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul; 651-266-6400. Through Sunday —Brad Richason


Graveyard Shift/Low Visual Distance
Rosalux Gallery

The new paintings by Jim Hittinger and Shannon Estlund in this joint exhibition are the antithesis of August: dark, lush, and foreboding in a time of cool water, hot sun, and light-drenched color. Whether recreating a rich tangle of deep forest or a procession of politically charged objects against a sparse background, the artists’ works project a quiet reprieve from summer enthusiasms. There are elements of the unknown, the unexplained, and the mysterious embedded in these pieces. Try not to lose yourself in their depths. There will be an opening reception and gallery talk from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 12. Free. 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-747-3942. Through August 27 —Camille LeFevre

Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta
Various locations

The Picnic Operetta is a lot to get your head around if you’ve never experienced it before. Yes, there’s opera... and pop music, and farm-fresh snacks. Oh, and a politically charged theme. Last summer’s show was a satire of the Trump candidacy. This year, a Haydn adaptation titled Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril explores gentrification as a metaphor for species extinction. “It uses the music of Queen, and takes some inspiration from the big flip in housing,” says producing artistic director Scotty Reynolds, who has helped lead the annual production since its founding in 2009. “Some of the biggest rent spikes in New York were when the AIDS generation was dying and being replaced by a completely different mindset.” The operetta tours to locations across the metro area and greater Minnesota. Last year, says Reynolds, audiences enjoyed it — even if they thought the show’s buffoon was just what America needed. “We did get some audience feedback that went, ‘Nice show. I’m still voting for Trump.’ I got the feeling that they had a good time, and I hope that even when we’re being satirical there’s something charismatic and loving about the way we present villains.” $15 suggested donation. Make reservations by calling 1-800-838-3006, or visit for locations and info. Through September 24 —Jay Gabler

The Things We See
Gallery 71

Tiny markings that add up to enormous resonance. Daguerreotype-like paintings. Sculptural books made out of beeswax. Abstractions with wild color combinations. The work on exhibition in this show—by Patricia Canelake, Will Bentsen, Jeff Millikan, and Jennifer Nevitt—couldn’t be more different in terms of intention, subject, media, and execution. Yet, similarities exist. Exquisitely worked and rendered, the pieces engage with their plentiful detail, and they demonstrate the range of creative expression that exists in the human spirit, ready to emerge and enhance our understanding of art and its makers. There will be a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20. Free. 7161 France Ave. S., Edina; 952-835-5000. Through October 28 —Camille LeFevre

Ron Funches
The Cedar Cultural Center

Ron Funches has embarked on a circuitous route to fame. Though he’s experienced in front of the camera, his latest endeavors have been commercial disappointments (a Bruce Willis vehicle, Once Upon a Time in Venice, floundered, as did the promising TV comedy Powerless). Even if the projects failed to take off, each has provided evidence of Funches’ irresistible charisma. In fact, the underperformance of such works could prove all the best for audiences, as Funches has directed his energies back to where he truly shines: the standup stage. With his conversational amiability and insightful ruminations on social absurdities, Funches has honed his disarming persona as he muses on the oddities of everyday existence. Unlike many comics, however, Funches evinces a decidedly uncynical view of the world, focusing on his amazement at such cultural tropes as pop-culture obsessions, unfortunate tattoo choices, and the rise of robotic powers. Funches demonstrates a masterful delivery, leisurely working his way through hilariously off-kilter observations, pausing only in anticipation of each cleverly constructed (and irresistibly witty) punchline. With an air of perpetual amusement, Funches is always eager to let audiences in on the joke. All ages. 7 p.m. $26. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Brad Richason

Cap Untapped
Minnesota State Capitol

You may be able to get a sixer on Sunday now, but beer is back on topic at the Capitol this Saturday. As part of weekend festivities, more than 40 breweries will gather to celebrate the completion of a four-year, $310-million renovation to one of the city’s most notable structures. It’s not every day you can legally get tipsy on the Capitol lawn while rubbing elbows with state leaders. Breweries will line Capitol Mall, pouring their Minnesota pride for attendees. After the two-hour beer sampling party, enjoy live sets from Cloud Cult and Poliça topped off by a fireworks show. Cap Untapped is sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, which also handles the Autumn Brew Review next month. Tickets and more info can be found at 21+. 4 to 6 p.m. $25. 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; 651-296-2881. —Loren Green


Flamencura: Xianix Barrera and Sachiko “La Chayí”

Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi is back at Icehouse this Sunday, along with guest flamenco dancer Xianix Barrera from New York City. Together, they’ll be making some noise with their feet and stirring hearts and emotion with their bodies. A 2017 recipient of the McKnight Dancer Fellowship, La Chayí hails from Osaka, Japan, and studied flamenco in Spain before returning to her old stomping grounds here in the Twin Cities. Over the past year, the flamenco dancer has graced the stage at Icehouse for her traditional Alma Flamenca performances, sharing her own interpretations of the classic form. The casual setting at the Icehouse makes for a perfect date night, as you can sip some wine and grab a bite to eat while watching these masters perform. All ages. 6:30 p.m. $20-$23; $12-$15 kids 12 and under. 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. —Sheila Regan


Brit’s Annual Outdoor Movie Series
Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment

Every Monday from August 14 through September 4, Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis clears the lawn bowlers from its rooftop greensward for an outdoor screening of British cinema. This year’s schedule includes brutal mystery thriller The Girl on the Train (August 14), the Meryl Streep comedy/bio/drama Florence Foster Jenkins (August 21), Bridget Jones’s Baby (August 28), and the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (September 4). Head over before the show starts, grab a pint of Guinness, and watch the sun go down. Visit for more information. All ages. 8:30 p.m. Free. 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-3908. Mondays through September 4 —Jessica Armbruster