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Kate Nash, the 26-year-old, platinum-selling singer-songwriter from Great Britain, stopped at Minneapolis ad agency Carmichael Lynch in downtown Minneapolis for a three-song acoustic set on Wednesday. She and her band are due at First Avenue Wednesday night.
The agency gig included a song each from each of her three albums, including "Fri-end?" (from "Girl Talk") "Kiss that Grrrl" (from "My Best Friend is You") and "Foundations" (from "Made of Bricks").
Between songs, Nash talked about loving the songs of Harrry Nilsson as a girl growing up, and turning to music to escape a job at a fast-food restaurant. Asked about the inspiration for her song "Dickhead," she said she wrote it about being bullied by some mean girls as a teenager. Bush talked about her love of Quentin Tarantino movies (after "a terrible breakup" she watched his "Death Proof" over and over) and her work to raise awareness of a gender gap in the music industry, including time spent in schools encouraging teen girls to become songwriters.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, whose stand-up shows at the Orpheum Theatre at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday Jan.16 have sold out, has added a 7 p.m. show on Jan. 16. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Fri. Nov. 1 at www.hennepintheatretrust.org.
Hugh Laurie toasting the Pantages in 2012/ Star Tribune photo by Marlin Levison
A few thoughts on Hugh Laurie’s concert Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre:
Iko Iko (Dixie Cups did the first version) / Let the Good Times Roll (Shirley & Lee) / Evenin’/ What Kind of Man Are You (Ray Charles) / Day and Night/ Kiss of Fire/ Junco Partner/ Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair (Bessie Smith)/ Mystery Train (made famous by Elvis Presley) / You Don’ Know My Mind (Leadbelly) / Weed Smoker’s Dream (Harlem Hamfats) / Lazy River (Hoagy Carmichael) / So Damn Good (Jon Cleary) / Didn’t It Rain/ Careless Love/ Wild Honey (Dr. John) / I Hate a Man Like You (Jellyroll Morton) / I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor/Nina Simone)/ Green Green Rocky Road (Dave Van Ronk) ENCORE Go to the Mardi Gras (Professor Longhair)/ Changes/ You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
In "Captain Phillips," Tom Hanks plays Merchant marine Capt. Richard Phillips, right. Photo: Dave Allocca, AP
Hijacking survivor Richard Phillips, whose capture by Somali pirates inspired the Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips,” will be the featured speaker at Beth El Synagogue’s "Heroes Among Us" series Sunday, Dec. 8.
In April 2009, the Merchant marine commander became the center of an extraordinary international drama when his cargo ship was captured off the Horn of Africa, the first hijacking of a U.S. vessel in more than 200 years. Phillips spent five days in a cramped lifeboat with desperate gunmen before he was rescued by the U.S. Navy. His 2010 book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea” inspired the film’s screenplay.
His appearance will include remarks followed by a moderated question and answer session.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Beth El Synagogue’s Minnesota National Guard unit adoption initiative, assisting the 849th MAC (Mobility Augmentation Company).
The synagogue’s series opened last year with CIA master of disguise Tony Mendez, of “Argo” fame, as the inaugural speaker.
Tickets are $36 - $360; $18 for those with valid military ID. Family members of deployed 849th MAC soldiers can attend this event free of charge by contacting FRG Leader Mary Reitsma at 320-894-8945 or email@example.com.
More information and tickets are available online at www.besyn.org/captainphillips or by calling (952) 873-7300. Beth El Synagogue is located at 5225 W. Barry St., St. Louis Park.
Comedy legend Don Rickles canceled his Nov. 9 show at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.
A statement from Rickles press agent said, “On doctor’s orders, while recuperating from treatment for a leg infection, Mr. Rickles has been instructed not to fly for at least the next six weeks making it impossible for him to make the trip from his Los Angeles home to Prior Lake, Minnesota for this engagement.” Rickles is 87.
Since a later show has not been scheduled, the casino says refunds are available at the point of purchase. For more information regarding refunds contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit the Mystic Box Office Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.