Kinky Friedman

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400 Bar

400 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Multi-fanged Texas rattler and jen-u-whine lone star legend Kinky Friedman writes mysteries starring himself as the crime-solving sleuth, dabbles in politics to the extent that he attracted 12 percent of the vote in the 2006 Texas gubernatorial race, and hawks his own brands of cigars and tequila. But his roguish reputation is hinged on the venomously hysterical songs he wrote back in the '70s for a band he led called the Texas Jewboys. Rabidly politically incorrect, Friedman gleefully offended vast swaths of society with ditties like "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," "Top Ten Commandments," the anti-feminist "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven And Your Buns in the Bed," and his ode to the Texas Tower sniper, "The Ballad of Charles Whitman." They were properly construed as wildly satiric, but Friedman's persona complicated the sense of how far his tongue extended into his cheek, where it vied for room with his ever-present stogie. And the controversies persist even now. In August, Friedman created a Texas cyclone when he seemed to endorse Rick Perry for president despite having ridiculed him widely during the '06 campaign. His intent is still subject to debate. But the Kinkster is more likely to be endorsing tequila when he makes this rare Minnesota appearance during his 2011 Hanukkah Tour, performing solo and promising all the hits. (Photo by robotclaw @ Flickr)
Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., 2011
 
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