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Clapperclaw fest offers rockin’ showcase of arts, music, fashion and film

For 10 high-energy hours this Saturday, Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis will host the 3rd Annual Clapperclaw Arts and Music Festival, an interdisciplinary extravaganza of live music, visual art, fashion and film, featuring an outdoor performance stage with sets from buzz-worthy local musicians and emerging talent from around the country.

The roster of national bands — headlined by the retro-pop sounds of Free Energy (a band out of Philly with roots in the now-defunct Minneapolis-based outfit Hockey Night) — includes Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (Springfield, Mo.) and The Show Is the Rainbow (Lincoln, Neb.).

The lineup of local musicians includes City on the Make, Kristoff Krane, Guante, No Bird Sing, Tarlton, Dada Trash Collage, Elite Gymnastics and Phantom Tails.

Alongside the music offerings, the festival will present live screen-printing by Anthem Heart, as well as an exhibition of work by 19 up-and-coming local visual artists: Isaac Arvold, Dillon Bakke, Kate BurgauLauren Cotton, Shawn Dalsen, Mayme Donsker, Jesse Draxler, K. Alex Finseth, Dain Germscheid, Eli Hamman, Jake Haugen, Martha Iserman, Matt McGorry, Kristina Perkins, Garrett Perry, Drew Quinn, Justin Sehorn, Jennifer Trotter and Matt Wells.

But wait, there’s more: festival-goers may also take in a short, serial stage drama by experimental theater company Lamb Lays with Lion, a fashion show (including pieces by hot local designer Laura Fulk) and a Minneapolis premiere screening of the DIY concert doc, “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” 

And before you leave Intermedia Arts, you must also check out the art show kicking off the annual women-in-hip-hop festival, “B-Girl Be”: “Mama Said Knock U Out.” The exhibition features a sampling of pieces in a variety of media by 28 female artists from around the country whose muscular work illustrates the feminist power and reach of hip-hop expression into the visual arts.

The Clapperclaw Music and Arts Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. to midnight. (You can download a PDF schedule of events here.) Tickets to the festival cost $15 in advance ($20 at the door).

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