RNC protest planner (with music)

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From Hagar to the Coup, here's a daily calendar of Republican National Convention-related parties, protests, and concerts in the Twin Cities between now and Thursday, September 4. I'll keep updating, but since this is partly a guide for my own plans, it's necessarily selective. Visit Arise! Bookstore, Elephants in the Room (the City Pages RNC blog), ProtestRNC2008.org, the RNC Welcoming Committee, MinnPost, the Minnesota Independent, the Rake's RNC guide, and ProtestRNC2008 Myspace for more. I'll get Joseph to tape Daily Show broadcasts from the History Theatre on TV like most people.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

Thomas Frank discusses The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. 7:30 p.m., free. Barnes & Noble, 3225 W 69th St., Edina, 952.920.0633.

Eight Is Enough: The Concert to End Our Long, National Nightmare, with Low, Dosh, P.O.S., Skoal Kodiak, STNNNG, and more. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W, St. Paul, 651.647.0486. 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are sold out, but some are still available at the door.

Gnarls Barkley, 7:30 p.m., $31. Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, 1265 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, 651.642.2262.

Activist training for the 9/4 student strike with Ruckus Society leading the workshop, 5:00 p.m., Bedlam Theater, 1501 S 6th St, Mpls. Followed by puppet-making until 9:00.

Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder of SOAWatch speaks at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church Basement, 2211 Clinton Ave, Mpls. Call 612.529.3551 for more info.

Annual national Veterans for Peace convention, "Peace, Liberty and Justice for All," at the Mall of America Ramada (formerly the Thunderbird), Bloomington, MN. $200 full program registration. Jim Steinhagen at 612-722-1112.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

Thomas Frank: The author discusses The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. 7:30 p.m., free. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.825.1701.

Annual national Veterans for Peace convention, "Peace, Liberty and Justice for All," at the Mall of America Ramada (formerly the Thunderbird), Bloomington, MN. $200 full program registration. Jim Steinhagen at 612-722-1112.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

(Not necessarily political, just fun.) The Root of All Evil Memorial Metal Massacre (a tribute to the late, great Earl Root): With Impaler, Missing Man Formation, Aesma Daeva, Cold Colours, Demonicon. All ages, 18+ after 9:30 pm, 4:30 p.m., $10/$12. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis, 612.332.1775.

Former U.N. Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter: The Iran Talks. Ritter discusses the "War on Terror" and Iran. Suggested donation: $10.00 (no one turned away). 7:30 p.m. Veterans for Peace Convention, Ramada Mall of America, 2300 East American Boulevard, Bloomington._Co-sponsored by: Veterans for Peace and U.S. Tour of Duty._Info: Call Minnesota Veterans for Peace, 612.821.9141.

Cecil Otter of Doomtree Release Party 21+, 9:00 PM | $9.00. Triple Rock Social Club


SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

The God Damn Doo Wop Band, Failures Union, $6. 7th St. Entry: 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis, 612.332.1775. 9:00 p.m.

Former U.N. Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter: The Iran Talks. Ritter discusses the "War on Terror" and Iran. Suggested donation: $10.00 (no one turned away). 3:00 p.m. William Mitchell College of Law, Auditorium, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul._Co-sponsored by: the WAMM Middle East Committee, National Lawyers Guild - MN and U.S. Tour of Duty.

Annual national Veterans for Peace convention, "Peace,
Liberty and Justice for All," at the Mall of America Ramada (formerly the Thunderbird), Bloomington, MN. $200 full program registration. Jim Steinhagen at 612-722-1112.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

Veterans Memorial March to the RNC, 10:00 a.m._Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul. Solemn antiwar march.

Liberty Parade and Festival: Parade begins at the start of Nicollet Mall (S. 6th Street and Nicollet) and ends at Loring Park, 1 p.m., free. Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis, 612.788.8753. Followed by a concert in Loring Park with Dillinger Four, Happy Apple, STNNNG, the Brass Messengers, Mama Digdowns Brass Band and more at 2:30 p.m., free. Loring Park, Willow St. at W 14th St., Minneapolis.

Black Dog Block Party: With the Coup, Carnage, Desdemona, Junkyard Empire, Los Nativos, Kill the Vultures, more, 2 p.m., free. Black Dog Coffee And Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.228.9274. (Also September 2) Welcome to the Neighborhood! Prince and Broadway Streets, Lowertown, St. Paul

People's Fest in Powderhorn Park, sponsored by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and the Hip Hop Congress, with Brass Kings, Mic Crenshaw, Blade Triple. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pi Bar Flaming Carnival of Deviance--a fun-looking block party!

Private: Southern Delegation Party at First Avenue featuring Sammy Hagar (I wonder: In light of the fuel crisis, has he moderated his views on driving 55?)

Scott Ritter: The author discusses his work and the possibility of war with Iran. Sun., Aug. 31, 7 p.m., $10. First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt Curve Ave., 612.377.6608.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Private Brunch: Rebuilding New Orleans, Hotel Minneapolis, hosted by Broadway South, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

March on the RNC and Stop the War 11:00 a.m._Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul. During the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul. "U.S. Out of Iraq Now! Money for Human Needs, Not War! Demand Peace, Justice and Equality!" Organized by: the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War. Info: 612-234-8774.

Take Back Labor Day concert on Harriet Island with Atmosphere, Billy Bragg, the Pharcyde, Steve Earl, Mos Def, Allison Moorer, Tom Morello and friends. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Private party: Fundraiser for Tipitina Foundation at First Avenue

Culture, without Joseph Hill, who died recently, but with his son Kenyatta Hill. 18+. Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.333.7399. Mon, Sep. 1, 9 p.m.

Win McCormack: The author discusses You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values. 6:00 p.m., free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Ripple Effect: With Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matisyahu, Dead Prez, Anti Flag, K-Salaam, I Self Devine, Wookiefoot, Tru Ruts showcase, and guest speakers Will Steger and Medea Benjamin. 12:30-7 p.m., free. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, 651.296.2881. See my recent City Pages piece on K-Salaam here.

Black Dog Block Party: With the Coup, Carnage, Desdemona, Junkyard Empire, Los Nativos, Kill the Vultures, more, 2 p.m., free. Black Dog Coffee And Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.228.9274. (Also September 2) Welcome to the Neighborhood! Prince and Broadway Streets, Lowertown, St. Paul

March for Our Lives: Money For Healthcare, Housing and Education, Not for War! 4:00 p.m. Mears Park, St. Paul, Minnesota. Sponsored by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Ph: 612.821.2364

Shoot the Messenger/Wake Up World: Comedy show by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead. With performances by Billy Bragg on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sept. 2-4, 7 p.m., $25. Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 612.822.3030.

End of an Era: Post RNC Protest Party: With Yoni, Pleasure Pause, Black Blondie, New Rebelution. 18+, 8:30 p.m., $5. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.338.6425.

Provention: A Concert for People, Peace and the Planet: With Nellie McKay, Dan Wilson, the Honeydogs, the New Standards, Haley Bonar, more, 7 p.m., $20. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St., St. Paul, 651.290.1221.

Breaking Convention with Scott Blakeman: A Liberal Dose of Political Comedy: With Will Durst. Sept. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., $15. Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, 651.772.2253.

"If I were Writing John McCain's Acceptance Speech, or, Rewriting Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech": David Frum and John Hinderaker discuss acceptance speeches. Tue., Sept. 2, 7:30-9 a.m., $30. Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.0062


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Screening: Trouble the Water, an acclaimed new documentary about New Orleans during Katrina, 11:00 a.m. as part of the Impact Film Festival, at the Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th Street (directly across from the Excel Center). RSVP online to attend.

Rage Against the Machine: 7:30 p.m., $60. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis, 612.673.0900.

Shoot the Messenger/Wake Up World: Comedy show by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead. With performances by Billy Bragg on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sept. 2-4, 7 p.m., $25. Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 612.822.3030.

Breaking Convention with Scott Blakeman: A Liberal Dose of Political Comedy: With Will Durst. Sept. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., $15. Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, 651.772.2253.

Join the 12 year old weekly vigil at ATK. 7 - 8 a.m. rain or shine!_7480 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. "Alliant Techsystems (ATK) is the largest Minnesota based military contractor with corporate headquarters located in Eden Prairie, a Minneapolis suburb. The decisions are made here to design and produce cluster bombs, landmines, depleted uranium munitions and nuclear rocket motors. Join us for potentially the largest weekly vigil in history and we'll wrap it up with a Retro 60's Style Mass Die In!"

Former U.N. Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter: The Iran Talks. Ritter discusses the "War on Terror" and Iran. Suggested donation: $10.00 (no one turned away). 7:00 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, Hospitality Hall, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis._Co-sponsored by: the WAMM Middle East Committee and U.S. Tour of Duty.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

City-wide student strike

Shoot the Messenger/Wake Up World: Comedy show by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead. With performances by Billy Bragg on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sept. 2-4, 7 p.m., $25. Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 612.822.3030.

Wellstone!: This play spans the 19-year career of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone. Starting Sept. 4, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 21, $16-$20. Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Minneapolis, 952.381.3400

The Unconvention: American Politics Sideshow: Weird and Wild: Slideshows, speakers, discussions, a live feed from the RNC. Thu., Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weisman Art Museum Theatre, 333 East River Road (333 East River Road), Minneapolis, 612.625.9494.

Peace Island Picnic: With music, activities calling for peace. 1-8 p.m., free. Harriet Island, across the Robert St. bridge from downtown, St. Paul, 651.266.6400. Performances by Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Larry Long, David Rovics, Tuesdays Robot, Palbasha Siddique and others--participate in making a human peace sign, join in a peace sing-a-long, and more.

Breaking Convention with Scott Blakeman: A Liberal Dose of Political Comedy: With Will Durst. Sept. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., $15. Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, 651.772.2253.

(again, not necessarily political, just fun) GZA: 18+, 8 p.m., $28/$30. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.338.6425.

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