Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Happenings: Jim Gaffigan & Textile Sale

Comedian Jim Gaffigan
Orpheum Theater
910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
Fri. April 11
7:30 pm and 10:00 pm showings
Sat. April 12
7:00 pm and 9:30 pm showings
Cost:  $39.75 to $49.75

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Looking for clean but hilarious comedy this weekend?  Then head out to see Jim Gaffigan.  Here's what City Pages has to say about him:

"I'm not against recycling, but there's a certain sense of inconvenience," says comedian Jim Gaffigan. "My wife might ask if I rinsed out a soda can. I'll be like, 'I haven't even showered today. I should probably clean myself up before I start washing the garbage.'" While that joke gets a laugh from the audience, Gaffigan's "inner voice" may feel compelled to comment on it out loud. "Oh, he doesn't understand the Kyoto agreement," he'll say in a soft voice, almost under his breath. Indeed, it's the "inner voice" that has seemingly made his already hilarious set that much funnier, and become a trademark of sorts for Gaffigan. It's something people zero in on when they talk to him about his set. "Initially, I used to always say that we all have voices in our heads that are saying things," explains the Indiana native. "People would be like, 'Well, not really.' But I think with most creative people there is this inner critic that is kind of with you when you're writing." Since making the leap from advertising to show business nearly two decades ago, Gaffigan has become one of the biggest standup comedy draws in the country, regularly selling out theaters. After 20 years of doing standup, Gaffigan feels he's still growing. "After 10 years, I realized that I didn't want to rely on irreverence or cursing to get laughs. You get a lot of mileage out of a curse word with an audience, and it's not that I don't think dirty comics are funny, it's just that there are certain tricks you can do in the performance to get the audience on your side, whether it's acting or comedy, and I just try to weave those things in." What's odd about this is that he curses a lot in real life. "But when I hear someone do it onstage I'm like, 'Whoa! Settle down, weirdo.'"
— By P.F. Wilson

World's Largest Textile Garage Sale
U of M Reuse Program Warehouse
883 29th Ave. SE.
Minneapolis, MN
Fri. April 11, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 
Sat. April 12, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:  $25 for Friday night preview sale, $1 on Saturday


If you are looking for something that you can’t seem to find anywhere else, chances are you’ll find it at the 14th Annual Textile Garage Sale. The University of Minnesota’s Reuse Program Warehouse will be full of donated items such as sewing machines, looms, fabric, tools, beads, buttons, books, textiles and so much more. In the past, this event has attracted over 1,000 crafters, and this event is the largest fundraiser for the Textile Center each year. All proceeds support the Textile Center’s programs and services throughout the year including classes, library, summer camps, gallery exhibitions and much more. 

From 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday, you can purchase everything that you can fit into a paper bag for just $2. The items that don’t fit in the bag are yours for 50 percent off. 

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