Imagination Mechanism, Cult Status Gallery: l'étoile's Picks of the Week

Photo by Kate Iverson for l'etoile

Local art, fashion and events blog, l'étoile magazine shares the top five events picks featured in their Weekend What's What listings . For even more hip weekend events from l'étoile, as well as features on local creatives, reviews, shopping and sales guides, photo editorials and the like, visit the blog here! Check out l'étoile's top five below.


Imagination Mechanism

@ Eitel Building City Apartments

(Rooftop Sky Park 7th flr)

1367 Willow St


7pm-10:30pm / Free

Join us for a real-time peek inside the creative process of fashion photography! We'll return once again to the Eitel Building's gorgeous Rooftop Sky Park on Loring Park for a stylish, interactive mixer that will invite you to play creative director for a day. Try your hand at designing fashion photo shoot mood boards and story boards with the help of l'étoile and Secrets of the City staff, then watch as l'etoile implements these same processes to create a live fashion photo shoot that will include everything from styling, shooting, retouching, and even editorial layout -- all right before your eyes. Complimentary refreshments will be available, including hot n' tasty apps from Ginger Hop restaurant and even hotter people. And dress to impress: we'll be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to the Guthrie Theater's production of M. Butterfly to the most "fashion photo ready" attendees! Sponsored by l'étoile magazine, Secrets of the City, Vision Models, Eitel Building City Apartments, and Ginger Hop Restaurant. -Kate Iverson

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St. Paul Art Crawl

Various Locations / Free

6pm-10pm Friday, Noon-8pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday

An overwhelming amount of creativity and ingenuity makes up this annual spring art extravaganza. Some people say St. Paul is sleepy, but the bazillion or so artists who call our capital city home prove otherwise. Traverse old warehouses and lofts, galleries and coffee shops and lay eyes on pretty much every kind of art imaginable. Tour studios, party arty and meet the artists who make the pieces you're drooling over -- and if you're smart -- you'll take home as much as you can carry. Highlights? Well, there are definitely too many to list here, but we'd suggest visiting the Northern Warehouse which will feature a film room where you can watch video pieces created by they buildings' artists; a gallery show of artists Daniel Choma and Jamie Paul Lamb; work by prolific painter Kara Hendershot and many more in dozens of artist studios throughout the building, plus 33% off work by awesome photographer Rhea Pappas, whose dreamy underwater pix make us wish we were mermaids. We'd also suggest popping into the Black Dog Cafe where live music by Carnage, Beatrix Jar and more will entertain throughout the weekend. Another great stop would be the Back Alley Gallery where renowned illustrator DWITT will be holding court with his merry art collective, shilling reasonable priced prints and an eclectic range of original artwork. Hit up 262 4th Street East to find the In Progress art show featuring work by a number of local artists revolving around the theme of how our environments affect us and the people around us. Last but not least, l'etoile faves Jesse Draxler and Justin Sehorn present Bloodtime at the Everest Building. Check out the link below and snag the printable map! -Kate Iverson/Lacey Pripc Hedtke

Click HERE for more info and a map of all the locations!

Art by Dillon Bakke, showing at the In Progress exhibit



@ 1620 Central Ave NE

Warehouse Dock 11


8pm / $15 (early VIP reception $75)

If you love the arts - and we know you do - head Northeast tonight for a delightful benefit gala celebrating one of our beloved local art galleries. Tonight's sixth annual soiree benefiting Midway Contemporary Art features pieces from over 35 local, national and international artists in live and silent auctions. In other words, the chance to walk away with some really awesome art, not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting the local scene! Nosh on delicious hors d'oeuvres and sip tasty signature cocktails (which are included in your ticket price, btw!) and schmooze with tons of artsy movers and shakers all while digging on fresh tunes courtesy of DJ Black Lacquer. For $75, join the VIP crew for a cocktail reception and art preview from 6:30-8 and be the first to scout out the artwork or pop in after 8pm and pay the $15 general admission like the rest of the riff raff. All proceeds go towards supporting future Midway art programs, so dip into your pocketbooks and feel good about it. Oh, and did we mention it's being held in a cool old warehouse? -Juleana Enright

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My Nameless Love

@ Cult Status Gallery

2913 Harriet Ave S


8pm-Midnight / Free

When Cult Status gallery owner Erin Sayer was recently accosted by an anonymous "hater" phone call, she did the unthinkable - remixed it and made an art contest out of it asking for remastered versions of hater voicemail. But really, can you expect anything less from the owner of possibly the most badass gallery in town? Tonight, join the progressive art spot for another killer show featuring over 20 local artists in a exhibit with no themes, no boundaries "just pure 100%, raw love" fittingly entitled, My Nameless Love. Peep awesome art, chat about creative rebellion and sip - oh what the heck - gulp(!) down free refreshments. Live dangerously! Cult Status approves. -Juleana Enright

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Riot Act Reading Series

@ Turf Club

Clown Lounge (basement)

1601 University Ave.

W. St. Paul

7 pm / 21+/ $5

Tonight, the Turf Club's rebellious ruffians aren't the stumbling lushes in the corner - they're the literary hooligans with the mic! The Riot Act Reading Series returns to the Turf Club's Clown Lounge after a couple cameos in the 612 with a kick ass line up of rowdy readers. Hemled by punk poet Paul D. Dickinson along with clever cohort Laura Brandenburg, tonight's extra special edition will feature a solid lineup of performers including renowned poet Brett Eugene Ralph (author of Black Sabbatical, Paula Cisewski, and Steve Marsh. Stick around after the reading for Hairy Karaoke -- we hear Paul D. has promised to sing "Eye of the Tiger" and that alone ought to be worth the trip. -Kate Iverson

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