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Local Clothes

If you’ve been waiting for the
perfect time to support

Minnesota ‘s burgeoning fashion community (with
actual dollars, that is), it could be that
your moment has finally come. A twofer of sales this weekend might
finally put those hand-made
wears within reach. First stop: Cliché, which carries local designers such
as Amanda Christine, Red Shoe Clothing Co., and Kjurek Couture and just happens to be
hosting an artist reception this Friday evening (shoppers get ten-perfect off
during the party). Over at the Design Collective, which carries
all manner of Minnesota-based accessory and clothing designers,
they’re kicking off a "Goodbye,
Winter" clearance this evening. —Christy DeSmith

Friday at Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S.,
Minneapolis; 612-870-0420. Design Collective, 311 26th St. W., Minneapolis; 612-377-1000.

Be Kind, Rewind

Jack Black and Mos Def team with director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep)
to give us this oddball comedy about a man who becomes magnetized and
erases the entire inventory of videotapes in his pal’s rental store.
(The movie takes place in the ’80s.) They end up having to “swede” all
the movies. What’s sweding, you ask? “Remaking something from scratch,
using whatever you can get your hands on,” explains Black. Natch. So
the boys take whatever junk they can find, grab a video recorder, and
remake everything from RoboCop (with Black in tinfoil) to The Lion King to 2001: A Space Odyseey to Boyz n the Hood. Black even asserts: “Our version is better!” Undoubtedly. —Peter Schilling

Opens Friday

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Orchestra

co-founder of Los Hombres Calientes, young Irvin Mayfield has over the years
abetted the impeccable precision of his trumpet lines with increasingly
emotional long-form compositions. How Passion Falls in 2001 was his personal
response to the first time his heart was broken, and Strange Fruit, recorded
four years later, is an incendiary tale of a lynching arising out of an
interracial romance. For the latter, Mayfield assembled a seventeen-piece orchestra
of New Orleans-based musicians. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they have
become an ongoing nonprofit organization and are currently on tour playing
Mayfield’s latest opus, the as-yet unrecorded Rising Tide, about that epic
storm that flooded New Orleans and took the life of Mayfield’s father and
dozens of others. —Britt Robson

Friday at 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall,
1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-371-5656.

RE: Generations, Legacy & Tradition

let the title fool you. This exhibit showcases innovative, contemporary takes
on traditional American Indian art forms. It’s a chance to see work by Kevin
and Dwayne Wilcox, whose horn carvings and ledger drawings garnered
attention at two earlier, similarly themed exhibits, Impacted Nations and
Changing Hands II: Art Without Reservation
; included as well are newer names
like beadwork artists Douglas Limon and Todd Bordeaux, quilter Gwen Griffin,
and hide painter Alaina Buffalo Spirit. —Julie Caniglia

Closes Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Ancient Traders Gallery, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis;

Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection

show was organized by the National Museums in Berlin, and comes to Minneapolis
via Boston. Weber, for his part, is a New Yorker-a doctor who’s no doubt made a
splash among collectors of Japanese art, having assembled what we’re told is a
world-class collection of objects-ranging from the twelfth century to the
twentieth-in just ten years. Ninety-five of those works make up this show:
scrolls and painted screens, lacquered bottles and ceramics, kimonos and
Buddhist calligraphies. In other words, pace yourself for this one. —Julie Caniglia

Opens Sunday, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.









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