Best bets: Block party, Joneses on stage, black and white women
Hippo Campus, Lissie play Super Big Block Party
Hippo Campus' new single "Bambi," released in August, is a sexy mix of electronic bleeps and Jake Luppen's falsetto — though it's seemingly about a low point, mental health-wise. The video is a quirky scenes set against a blue-drop, where gravity is sketchy, a bar of soap provides intrigue and no shoes are required.
The Twin Cities-based indie band plays as part of the Red Herring Lounge's Super Big Block Party — an outdoor rain-or-shine concert on Saturday. Also playing: Lissie, the singer-songwriter, who released her fourth studio album, "Castles," in March and recently played at the Minnesota State Fair with Trampled and Lord Huron, Heiruspecs, Communist Daughter, Static Panic and Solomon Witherspoon.
There is also a Super Big Block Party after party, which includes Alamode, Duluth Dolls and more.
Super Big Block Party is 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $25 general admission in advance, $35 day-of tickets, $15 for after party only and $35 for general admission and after party. Available at www.superbigblockparty.com.
Death to Videodrome
"Videodrome" is a lot, even for David Cronenberg — who has let no instance of body horror go unimagined. In this 1983 movie starring James Woods and Debbie Harry, yes, Debbie Harry, the titular TV show features scenes of torture and murder. Woods, as Max Renn, runs a television station and isn't opposed to this sort of content and adds it to his station's lineup. "Videodrome" starts affecting life off-screen, his "Videodrome"-contestant curious girlfriend goes missing, and Max ends up with a gash in his stomach that plays VHS.
The moral: "Death to Videodrome. Long live the new flesh."
Anyway, it's 35 years old this year, and it's getting a single-night screening at Zinema 2.
Midnight Movies at 7 Presents "Videodrome" is at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10.
Jones meet Jones
In "The Realistic Joneses," there are two Jones families — and they're neighbors. The first Joneses on the block, Bob and Jennifer, are not-actually enjoying each other's company when the new Joneses, John and Pony, stop by with wine. Bob, Jennifer blurts to the new newbies, has a rare degenerative neurological disease. Will Eno's play, which opened on Broadway in 2014, is a dramatic comedy about bodies, coping, relationships and more. At the time, a reviewer for the New York Times said it "brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I've seen this season."
A local production, that includes William Payne, Mary Fox, Zachary Stofer, John Pokrzywinski and Jon Brophy among those listed in the cast and crew, opens today at Teatro Zuccone.
"The Realistic Joneses" is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 6-22 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 at www.zeitgeistarts.com.
A tale of two women
In the two-person show "Angry Black Woman and Well Intentioned White Girl," friends Amoke Kubat and Jen Johnson talk about the daily things that go unsaid between black women and white women. They consider: rights, power, the politics of the white patriarchy.
The play is described as writer Kubat's "journey through the painful landscape of 'Minnesota Nice,' the gentrification of north Minneapolis and work spaces and the awkward interracial intersections with white women."
This performance is part of a northern Minnesota tour and there will be a discussion for pre-registered participants afterward.
"Angry Black Woman and Well Intentioned White Girl" is at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at AICHO, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. Free, open to the public.
Walt Whitman insider
Minneapolis performance artist Patrick Scully takes on Walt Whitman in his solo performance of "Leaves of Grass — Illuminated." The show is billed as going beyond the lessons of English literature classes and into the poet's utopian dreams, his love for America, his life and work. Controversy ensues.
Scully's show has played in New York City, Minneapolis and at the Guthrie Theater.
"Leaves of Grass — Illuminated: A Solo Performance by Patrick Scully" is at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at www.zeitgeistarts.com.
This session of Gag Me With A Spoon — a monthly storytelling-slash-group hug event — features tale-tellers Jonathan Otis, Sammi Williams, Lynn Goerdt and Clancy Ward.
Expect to hear stories by prepared peeps as well as the spontaneously told tales from the audience. Musical guest Miss Myra and the Moonshiners is a Minneapolis-based five-piece swing band that plays tunes from the 1920s and '30s — in addition to original material.
Gag Me With a Spoon is at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $5.