Twin Cities Arab Film Fest kicks off tonight (and other artsy happenings worth your time)

Hello Psychaleppo

Hello Psychaleppo Andrew Cagle

Immigrant and refugee communities provide richness to the cultural life of our community. Tonight,  immerse yourself in the sounds and sights for Syrian-born artist Hello Psychaleppo at the Walker Art Center as part of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. On Thursday, enjoy the work of Latinx artists over at Intermedia Arts. Also this week is the third annual “Collect Call” at SooVAC, and the annual Twin Cities Zine Fest.

Hello Psychaleppo Multimedia Album Release: Toyour

Where it’s at: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Mizna and the Walker Art Center open the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival with a night of electronic music and a multimedia performance in the museum’s Garden Terrace. The evening features the work of Syrian-born artist Samer Saem Eldahr, whose Hello Psychaleppo is releasing their latest album, Toyour. There will also be projections on a handmade bird sculpture, synchronized with the music.

Why you should go: Aleppo became a household name when reports of violence and humanitarian crisis from the Syrian Civil War reached the West. What is less commonly understood are the rich arts and cultural traditions that are rooted in that area, from which Hello Psychaleppo draws from to create transformative, contemporary performance. Treat yourself to some sensory overload after checking out the screening of Tramontane by Lebanese filmmaker Vatche Boulghourjian at 7 p.m.

When: 9 p.m.

Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Día de los Muertos

Where it’s at: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about:
This year’s Festival de las Calaveras festival, a multi-venue celebration of Latinx arts and culture, kicks off at Intermedia Arts with an exhibition opening featuring DJ Miguel Vargas, poet Teresa Ortiz, and music by Curandero, José Manuel Rebollo A., and Low Rider Cruise.

Why you should go: Dia de los Muertos might be a month away, but there’s no reason why we can’t start getting into the spirit a little early. Come see what local Latinx painters, photographers, sculptors, and more are working on in this celebration.

When: The opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Twin Cities Zine Fest 2017

Where it’s at: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., #100, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Since 2004, the Twin Cities Zine Fest has been the place to be for Zine lovers and DIY enthusiasts of all stripes. This year will be bigger than ever, with nearly 100 exhibitors offering zine delights of every variety.

Why you should go: While the world gets more and more digital and virtual, it’s kind of nice that zines are still around. They are something someone actually made with their hands. They are a wonder of innovation, weirdness, individuality, and art that refuses to fit into a mold. Come check out what this years’ zinesters have to offer, with workshops and talks happening throughout the day.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Collect Call 3

Where it’s at: SooVAC, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Get an inside look at local art patrons' collections at this year’s "Collect Call," which showcases the aesthetic tendencies of art lovers and philanthropists. Featured collectors include Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero and news anchor turned airport arts director Robyne Robinson, plus Marc Davis, Masami Kawazato, Herman J. Milligan Jr., Tom Siler, and Joan Vorderbruggen.

Why you should go: "Collect Call" is a great way to get ideas about how to go about starting your own collection, and it is also an enjoyable show in its own right. Often there's art that hasn’t been shown publicly before, so you basically get to peek at great art that’s usually hanging in people’s living rooms.

When: The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.