City Planner: Friday 11/17
Boxing is Back @ Target Centertoday's A-List: "Considering this is the first pro card in the Twin Cities in a year and a half, it is probably poor form to bitch about the matchmaking. But long-suffering Minnesota fight fans have been clamoring for eons for a bout between local favorites, Anthony 'the Bullet' Bonsante (27 wins, 8 losses) and Matt 'the Predator' Vanda (34-2). While both Bonsante and Vanda are featured on the bill, the fans still won't get what they wanted. Instead, the veteran Bonsante (who earned his 15 minutes of pugilistic fame on the reality-TV show The Contender) will slug it out with St. Paul super middleweight Troy Lowry. At 36, Lowry (27-6) is a little long in the tooth but still plenty rugged. In other words, Bonsante-Lowry could make for an entertaining brawl between two tough guys approaching the fistic twilight. The same cannot be said of the co-headliner, which pits the ever-popular Vanda against late-sub Quandray 'Candy' Robertson, a puffed-up welterweight from Oregon and loser of five of his last six. Ugh. The undercard features a few promising young Minnesota boxers, including Duluth light heavyweight Zach Walters and Minneapolis featherweight Wilton Hilario."
$25-$100. 6:00 p.m.
Chooglin' (CD release) @ 7th St.
Faux Jean (CD release) @ Varsity
Chris Koza (EP release) @ the Cedar
Out to Lunch Quintet (CD release) @ AQ
Mark Hanis @ University of St. Thomas
The Honeydogs (CD release) @ First Avenue
Charles Simic @ Plymouth Congregational Church
All this and more at the A-List.