Now in its eighth year, the Square Lake Music and Film Festival is a unique fusion of local bands, DIY film, and camping. Guests are encouraged to bike; last year around 130 attendees did so, and this year around 200 bikers are expected to ride to the festival (out of 400 attendees). Sign up by this Thursday to receive a 75 percent ticket discount (50 percent if you're biking from Stillwater) and meet at either the HUB Bike COOP (3020 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis) at 9:30 a.m., the Sibley Bike Depot (712 University Ave., St. Paul) at 10 a.m., or the Bikery (904 Fourth St., Stillwater) at 11 a.m. Transportation will be available for camping gear. Music begins around 2 p.m. with the folksy Aby Wolf and is followed by performances by bluegrass band the Orange Mighty Trio, country blues artist Charlie Parr, rockers Zebulon Pike, rootsy Roma di Luna, and two sets with jazz group the Bad Plus. Between bands there will be local film screenings, with about 35 to 40 films total (mostly under 15 minutes in length), including selections from the 48 Hour Film Project. The e vening culminates in a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), a German flick considered to be the oldest surviving animated film. Achmed will feature an original score played by experimental music group International Novelty Gamelan. Camping is available on a first-come basis. For additional info visit www.solsticefestival.org.
Sat., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.-midnight, 2009