Last show at the Church

class=img_thumbleft>A legendary yet semi-legal local music venue is about to be torn down after hosting underground shows for more than 16 years. I first went to The Church, at 26th and Chicago, to see punk bands in 1991, and was told the place had been there for years. Since then, and especially over the past ten years, I've seen multimedia performances, live painting, puppet shows, 20-piece percussion bands, noise, hip hop, and weird acts from all over the world in this deconsecrated house of worship. Now, according to this TCPunk thread, the hospital has bought the property, and the building is slated to be razed. Saturday is the last show, with Skoal Kodiak, Noise Queen Ant, Last Legs, Hot Tony, Ghostface Cow, Panoramic Handcrank Painting Machine, and Shahs. Jason Wade, of Faggot, emails about tonight's show: "DON'T MISS THIS HISTORIC OCCASION! This Friday you have the opportunity to be a part of a truly historic event in the underground Minneapolis scene. The Church, a milestone in the underground music scene for over a decade is going to be closing it's doors for good after this weekend! This is your LAST CHANCE to party and enjoy one of Minneapolis' most beloved DIY venues. LET's get together and go fucking nuts and FUCK! Send this place off right! EVERYBODY'S getting laid tonight! FRIDAY, JUNE 15th: THIEVES, FAGGOT, DIRTYARD, SLOVEN, MALEDICERE, DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN, 10PM, $5 (benefit for the Hard Times Cafe) THE CHURCH." UPDATES: More discussion at MNSpeak and Modern Radio; the property's tax info.