Twin Cities Film Fest: 9 days, 60 films

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“A Place at the Table” looks at food insecurity in the US.
Friday, October 12

The Best of Cinema

WHAT: Twin Cities Film Fest
WHERE: Showplace ICON Theater, St. Louis Park
WHEN: 8:30p.m.

A Place At the Table, a documentary about three people facing food insecurity in the United States, opens the Twin Cities Film Fest. Other highly anticipated films include Carlos Spills The Beans, Detropia, and the festival closer, Lumpy, a high-profile Hollywood comedy filmed in Minnesota. Learn more at twincitiesfilmfest.org.

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Friday, October 12

Stomping Grounds

WHAT: The 4onthefloor
WHERE: First Avenue, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.

The hard-working, hard-playing the 4onthe floor stomp through their way through the blues and Americana with their signature four bass drums and a no-B.S. attitude. Rock and roll straight up, with the equally heavy Retribution Gospel Choir, led by Alan Sparhawk, opening. Learn more at first-avenue.com. Listen to tracks from the EP at heartbeatsband.com/split7/.

Saturday, October 13

Movies and Music

WHAT: Sound Unseen Festival
WHERE: Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m.

The 13th annual film, music, and art festival continues with several screenings during the day and evening, including the Midwest premiere of Beware of Mr. Baker, the story of drummer Ginger Baker’s sojourn in Africa, which won the documentary jury prize at the 2012 SXSW film festival. Live music will be ongoing at the Harriet Brewing Tap Room just a few blocks away. Learn more at soundunseen.com.

Saturday, October 13

Seeing Africa

WHAT: Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba
WHERE: Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South African photographer Guy Tillim communicates the conflict raging through Africa via the continent’s relatively quiet but illuminating architecture, particularly the crumbling and haphazard colonial buildings. The decay suggests promises unfilled, as well as the difficulties of transition. Learn more at weisman.umn.edu.

Sunday, October 14

Doors Wide Open

WHAT: The St. Paul Art Crawl
WHERE: Lowertown, St. Paul
WHEN: 12 to 5 p.m.

The 20th annual art crawl has expanded into downtown and even University Avenue, but its lively heart remains the artist live/work spaces of Lowertown. This year includes a sneak peek at the burgeoning new home of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in the Pioneer building. A discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. will detail what it will take to make the space a relevant reality.Learn more at stpaulartcrawl.org

Sunday, October 14

Good to the Last Laugh

WHAT:2 Sugars, Room for Cream
WHERE: New Century Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

Carolyn Pool and Shanan Custer expanded their free-flowing Fringe Festival hit into an evening-long series of comic and musical sketches driven by uncommon honesty. The obvious admiration that Pool and Custer have for each other makes the material that much more believable and hard to resist. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.org.

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