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Let the 2017 block-party season begin! Hymie's, Bauhaus, Memory Lanes reveal lineups

Bauhaus Brew Labs drew a pretty decent crowd to its Liquid Zoo party during Art-a-Whirl last year. / Courtesy Bauhaus

Bauhaus Brew Labs drew a pretty decent crowd to its Liquid Zoo party during Art-a-Whirl last year. / Courtesy Bauhaus

It’s the Twin Cities music lovers’ equivalent of reading about Twins spring training and fantasizing about warm days outside drinking beer watching the locals perform: Some of the most popular block parties in town have begun announcing their 2017 lineups, starting with Hymie’s Records’ warm-weather-baiting outdoor bash for Record Store Day, April 22. Bauhaus Brew Labs got the jump on the Art-a-Whirl crowd by revealing a very impressive lineup for its Liquid Zoo party on May 20, and now Memory Lanes has also confirmed the lineup for its Memorial Day weekend parking-lot festival.

One of the reasons these particular block parties are popular is the fun, unique mix of local acts they all offer, proof of which can be seen below in this year's lineups.

HYMIE’S RECORD STORE DAY BLOCK PARTY (April 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 3820 E. Lake St., Mpls., free, all ages, more info here)

Black Market Brass
The Blind Shake
Dingus
Farewell Milwaukee
Reina del Cid
Mike Munson
Charlie Parr
Sabyre Rae
Southside Aces
Ben Weaver

BAUHAUS BREW’S LIQUID ZOO (May 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 1315 Tyler St. NE, Mpls., more info here)

Caroline Smith 9:00 PM
Heiruspecs 8:00 PM
Communist Daughter 7:00 PM
Black Market Brass 6:00 PM
Night Moves 5:00 PM
ZULUZULUU 4:00 PM
Royal Canoe 3:00 PM
FRAEA 2:00 PM
SOLID GOLD 1:00 PM
Nooky Jones 12:00 PM
DJ Shane Kramer of Transmission all day

MEMORY LANES BLOCK PARTY (May 27-28, 3:30-10 p.m. outdoors, 9:30 p.m.-close indoors, 2520 26th Av. S., Mpls., $5, all ages, free and 21+ indoors after 10 p.m., more info)

SATURDAY:

JC Brooks
Sarah White
Crunchy Kids
P PL
The Shackletons
Lady Lark
You Oughta Know
Outdoor stage hosted by Andrea Swensson
Indoor stage hosted by Mica May
Shannon Blowtorch
Sophia Eris
DJ Keezy

SUNDAY:

Dillinger Four
Birthday Suits
Monica LaPlante
Tony Peachka​
Liquor Beats Winter​
Crankshaft​
Malamanya​
Black Market Brass​
Outdoor stage hosted by Ian Rans​
Indoor stage hosted by Nato Coles​
Nato Coles Live Bank Karaoke​
The Toxenes​
Private Interests​
Lady Heat DJs

17 days, 179 feature films: It's MSPIFF time again

Charlie Hunnam in "The Lost City of Z" Photo: Amazon Studios

Charlie Hunnam in "The Lost City of Z" Photo: Amazon Studios

Like a spring marathon, the annual running is about to begin at the Minneapolis St. Paul International film Festival. MSPIFF, which has grown to one of America’s biggest movie galas, is about to unreel 350 new films (many screening more than once), including 179 features representing more than 70 countries.

 For 17 days, fans will be choosing the dozens of films they absolutely must see, shindigs not to miss, and filmmakers to eye at this year’s cinematic show of shows.

Those who find the task overwhelming have good news. Some intriguing offerings are approaching. MSPIFF announced today its full 2017 film and event schedule, which will soon be available online. Visit mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff  for film descriptions, ticket links, showtimes, trailers, parties and special events.

The festival’s opening and final night films are carefully chosen to be crowd-pleasers, and the chosen titles sound promising. The remarkable director James Gray (“The Immigrant”) kicks off the program April 13 with his fact-based Amazonian adventure “The Lost City of Z.” It's adaptated from David Grann’s bestselling biography of British adventurer Col. Percival Fawcett (played by "Sons of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim" star Charlie Hunnam) and his search of South American jungles for a mythical advanced civilization. His quest carries him away from his wife (Sienna Miller) and home, ever deeper into dangerous territory. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjqtP459uo8

The curtains will close April 29, with “The King of the Belgians,” the sort of item MSPIFF attracts like magnetism: a mock documentary full of European humor, in English, Dutch, French and Bulgarian, with English subtitles on the English. A royal road movie, it follows a fictional Belgian king who curtails a state visit to Turkey so he can zip back home to deal with a political crisis. It’s complicated by a “cosmic incident” of solar storms that wipe out conventional forms of transportation. Travelling across the Balkans by decrepit ambulance, bus, tractor and, finally, a hazardously small boat, the king and his international entourage of consultants and PR advisers discover Europe – and each other – from new perspectives. The trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJa5C0_CqQI

Noteworthy happenings include a Skype audience New York City.conversation with legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman following an April 15 screening of his 2009 feature “La Danse.” It’s a good subject presented at a good time. Wiseman’s groundbreaking and controversial 1967 documentary “Titicut Follies,” filmed among institutionalization patients at the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts, is being adapted into ballet by Twin Cities choreographer James Sewell and showing March 31- April 2 at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis before moving to New York City. There are also showings of Wiseman’s “Boxing Gym” and “Crazy Horse,” featuring fancy footwork in an Austin, Texas ring and a renowned Paris strip club.

For those who think 3D movies are too thin, there’s an exhibition of virtual and augmented reality visuals April 21 to 25, offering the novel experience of wearing goggles that seem to place you in immersive environments. For traditionalists, there are the ever-popular sidebar programs for Asian, African, Scandinavian, Latino, youth-oriented, avant-garde and horror entries, and many more. Even films made in Minnesota.

For more information , follow in depth coverage before and during the festival in the Star Tribune. 

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