Fresh off its big show last Saturday at the Fitzgerald Theater for 89.3 the Current’s “Currents Sessions,” Low will return to the Twin Cities for a much smaller gig April 12 at the Aster Café in conjunction with the screening of a documentary on the band for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. The 70-minute film “Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking)” is an assemblage of footage that local videographer Phil Harder has compiled from throughout the band’s 20-year career. It will screen at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Main Theater. Low will perform afterward (around 8:30 p.m.) a few doors down at the Aster.

Phil Harder

Phil Harder

Tickets to the live gig and the screening together are selling for $24 via the festival’s site starting Monday at noon for Film Society of MSP members, and then next Thursday at noon for the general public. Fans can also get separate movie tickets for $12.

Harder has shot many of the band’s official videos and compiled a lot of truly amazing bonus footage of the Duluth trio in action, as well as some behind-the scenes stuff, much of which he has shown it in various formats over the years. The band hasn’t played a local venue an intimate, seated venue like the Aster in years (about 120-capacity).

As for last weekend’s show, which spotlighted the band’s new Jeff Tweedy-produced album "The Invisible Way" with help from members of Trampled by Turtles, the Current will air its edited-down “Session” version on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

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