Somewhat 90s Variety Show TOMORROW and Saturday

While my introduction to Arturo Miles’ “Somewhat Insert Theme Here Variety Show was the Somewhat Sci-fi Variety Show (so kickass, and guess what? There’s going to be a Part II in April! I am there), it all started a few years ago with his Somewhat 80s Variety Show. Has enough time passed that the 90s feel retro too? Arturo thinks so, and this Friday he will be joined by a variety of performers showing us just what the 90s meant to them. In Arturo’s case, he says that “the macarena was awful, fashion…was pretty funny…hip-hop was good!”

As for the performance itself (as always, starts at eight, tickets are ten bucks, you should definitely come! Come early if you want an actual seat!), “Aneka McMullen will be showcasing choreography inspired by the fly girls from In Living Color, B-Boy J-Sun will be throwing down a breakin’ set to 90’s beats… Manboy will sing, loop, and play the guitar to some of his 90s favorites. Aliisa Paris, Deonna and Deshonna Graylige will perform choreography to their favorite 90s cartoon themes. Anne Johnson and Nora Figl will also cover some 90s ballads. Bryce Davidson will give us another comedy improv set.” Arturo himself will be showcasing a 90s mix of comedy modern dance and a little lip-synce, plus some new waacking and house dance choreography.


Elements in Translation

Hey, y’all, Arturo Miles has a new show this Friday and Saturday, Elements in Translation. Seeing as the last show he guest-curated filled up every available seat, necessitated a row of people sitting on the floor, and packed the lobby to the extent that I had to stand on the counter to see the show–I would definitely urge you to be there before 7:30.

The ’Elements in Translation’ series continues at Patrick’s Cabaret.
aneka mcmullen
debra mcgee
epitome no question
arturo miles
amy sackett
b-boy j-sun
kenna sarge
vocalist ashley gold

This time featuring choreographers-

an evening of hip-hop dance,modern, jazz, breakin,spoken word,and singing.







Oh, and by the way, last week’s Spirit in the House=FANTABULOUS. Have I mentioned how much I want to kill people astronomically more musically or physically talented than me? (So, so much.) But then I wouldn’t get to listen to them sing and play musical instruments and dance, so I guess they’re safe. For now. *cue spooky music* Oh, and attending an Amy Salloway performance is now an official item on my Things to Do Again Before I Die list. The evening ended with a short preview film about the role of the queer tribal elder; if the eventual full-length movie is half as good it will still kick ass. Please visit to see how your contributions can help finish this important film.

I Cannot Believe I Forgot to Wear My ‘I Heart Trekkies’ T-shirt to This

Arturo Miles, the guest-curator of the Somewhat Sci-fi Variety Show, is a frood who knows where his towel is.

Totes foshola.

I mean, wow. Just…wow. The energy, and the inventiveness, and the technique, the infinite diversity in infinite combinations, and just how damn fun it all was–wow. If there is ever a superlatives shortage, it will probably be from people carelessly using them all up to describe this show. The room was packed both nights, with Saturday becoming standing room only very quickly. (I’m short enough that Ferengi would tower over me, so I had to stand on the counter to see.) Normally my modus operandi now would be to deride and scorn those of you who could not make it, mocking the empty voids your lives must be, but honestly? I actually feel too bad for you to rub salt in the wound this time. This show kicked ass, took names, translated those names into Klingon, and pushed them through a stargate.

In a related story, I’ve decided that all of the dancers were secretly Replicators. Only entities made up of millions of individual units synchronized together perfectly could possibly move in the freakishly amazing ways they did. This fits in well with my theory that Tyler Jensen of last week’s Flaming Cabaret–he made the amazing film Garage Sale–is secretly Dr. Carson Beckett.


Laura Rad: Amazing, laugh-out-out funny, true hilariousness with perfect comic timing. Because even in the future, 13-year-olds and Justin Timberlake will not be any more mature.

Anne Johnson/Nora Figl: Beautiful voices, great sense of fun, great nostalgic theme songs that really brought back the memories. And thank you for not doing the Enterprise theme–Star Trek themes are not meant to have lyrics. They’re just not.

Erin Shepard: Crap, I think the superlative shortage has just hit! Nooo! And just when I was going to go on about how her alien dance was so utterly kickass and mindblowing and sweet and fan-freaking-tastic!

Dancin’ Dave: Nice pants, man. Seriously, though, I wish my Disney-obsessed friends had been there to see hsi robotic take on Aladdin. Especially the angry kitten part. Wow. And how does he even get his legs to go that high? (Oh, right, Replicators. I forgot.)

Arturo Miles/J-sun/Daylight/Sequel: I haven’t read Dune in several years, but this dance brought all its sheer awesomeness and glory just rushing back. The dancing, the lights, the dancing, the mix, the dancing–these people officially now own my soul.

Madeline Howie: No, it’s the superlative shortage again! Just like in Spaceballs, except with superlatives and not air! Noooo! Okay, new superlatives, I’ve got to think: Fantabulous. Tremendous. Unbelievable. Whew, that was close.

Powder Puff Boys: Because I have run out of superlatives, I’m doing the most stereotypical Trekkie thing ever and translating ‘good’ into Klingon. Look, if I could find a website that did Bajoran I would do that, okay? Here goes: QaQ. Very QaQ.

Arturo Miles and Co: Look, y’all just kicked ass, okay? Repeatedly. Don’t make me go look up a Romulan translator.

And now for some background info on Arturo Miles himself:

He has always studied dance and visual art ever since he was a child. After studying dance in the metro area and becoming involved with the hip-hop company and producing shows, he’s entered a phase that incorporates all that he’s done in the past. Dance and art, he says, are a direct connection to the deeper sides of your self; through them we tell our stories and remind people of their emotional side. “When dancing, at that moment in time-nothing else matters.”

He’s guest currated at Patrick’s for almost two years now. He produced The Somewhat 80s Variety Show, a mix of comedy improv, singin, breakin, comedy modern, and lip sync, all with a unique interpretation of the 80’s. He also curated Elements in Translation, a mix of hip-hop dance form, breakin, modern dance, spoken word, and singing, which is about to hit its fourth run featuring local choreographers, musicians, and artists. And he’s also performed with the Three Dances Company during their fundraising events.

A big sci-fi fan, particularly of the Dune series, Miles discovered that many of the artists he had been working with were as well, as thus the idea of the Somewhat Sci-fi Variety show was born. Following the same set-up as his Somewhat 80s Variety Show, it interpretated sci-fi through a variety of mediums, including hip-hop, which Miles says has become “a global movement, and the newest style of dance/art. I love the dance music and scene. It’s a huge part of who I am as an artist.”

In conclusion, Arturo Miles says, “I’m all about variety, and the power of numbers. I’ve been fortunate enough to have an amazing community of artists to work with in the Twin Cities area. We are just getting started. I hope to bring a new level of entertainment to our already amazing art scene.”

To which I can only add:

Live long and prosper!