Some call Electric Arc Radio a Lake Wobegon for hipsters, others liken it to a sitcom on the radio. Both descriptions would be apt. Set in an imaginary neighborhood in Minneapolis full of zany characters, the show follows the adventures of four artists (also the writers of the show) who live in a dilapidated house full of random amenities, including a closet full of thongs, a magical hot tub, and, for good measure, a creepy narrator who plays music in the attic, and Alan Greenspan, who lives in the backyard tree house. Often loaded with surprise musical guests, past seasons have included appearances by the Owls, Little Man, and Tay Zonday. This latest installment centers on urban planning drama; Councilman Sherman hatches a plan to lure an Urban Outfitters, a Pei Wei Asian fusion restaurant, and an iPod billboard featuring U2 to his district. Will local (fictional) pop band Moon Island help him realize his dream? Or will they move to New York? Also, will this Electric Arc show sell out? It's possible, but if so check the Current's online schedule for Sunday-night airings of past shows. For tickets call Ticketworks at 651.209.6689.
Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., 2008