Lake Street Cabaret: Wing Young Huie and more this weekend at Patrick's

Since 1999, when Patrick's Cabaret moved from their first home (where Open Eye Figure Theatre currently presides) to their current digs on Lake Street and Minnehaha, the eclectic performance venue has been an arts staple along the Lake Street corridor, serving as a kind of bookend to a similarly-eclectic space, Bryant-Lake Bowl, on the other end. This weekend, Patrick's presents an homage to the diverse street, with performers and visual artists presenting new work and sharing some of the best that Lake Street has to offer. 

The show is curated and hosted by Scott Artley, who took over as the venue's performing arts curator in January. Artley describes Patrick's Cabaret as an inclusive, community-driven venue, drawing from the wealth of creativity from the neighborhood. Part of that practice includes a system where performers and participants are given physical tickets they can sell to their friends and families for a discounted price, with money going directly into their pocket. In addition, 100 percent of ticket sales go towards the artists. 

Artley first became interested in programming while working at Mixed Blood Theatre, where he helped start a neighborhood engagement program that put on events. From there, he became the Open Field coordinator at the Walker Art Center, which is also a community-driven program. Artley has most recently been employed as a freelancer, working closely with an underground queer-arts center, where he has helped develop outside-the-box programming, connecting with new artists and bringing in new energy. 

Artley sees Patrick's Cabaret as an incubator for new and interesting ideas, both for emerging artists and more established creators who want a place to experiment.

"Sometimes that means failure, and sometimes that means unexpected success," he says. 

Artley got the idea for Lake Street Cabaret while he was driving down the street to get to work. "One thing I noticed was that there's different worlds as you drive, within a matter of blocks," he says. "I felt like that was a really good extrapolation that the cabaret format provides." 

Among the artists presenting is Wing Young Huie, whose monumental Lake Street, U.S.A. project included 675 photographs of people and communities living along Lake Street, which were displayed along six miles of the street in store windows, at bus stops, on the sides of buses, and in abandoned buildings. Artley says he has asked Huie to talk about the project 15 years later, and what kind of change is documented through the photographs. A slideshow of these photos will be shown in addition to Huie's talk. 

The event also features singer/songwriter Coleman Lindberg, who has created an album about Lake Street, as well as films by American Indian youth who are a part of the nonprofit organization Migizi. Storyteller Loren Niemi, choreographer Taja Will, and Burlesque-O-Rama, who are frequent presenters at Bryant Lake Bowl, will perform as well. Finally, the Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum will be showing a film about their organization. 


Lake Street Cabaret

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7

Patrick's Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

$8 in advance from artists or $10 at the door (cash or check only)