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August 17, 2009 // UPDATED 8:30 am - August 17, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
NEED magazine is hosting a free concert at Peavey Plaza to benefit the Nurani Insani School for Street Children, an organization working to lift children in Jakarta, Indonesia out of poverty.

The kids play music and beg for money to help support their families.

Event organizers will be collecting donations for the street kids at the event and an afterparty at Hell’s Kitchen. Wookiefoot will be matching donations up to $2,000.

Performers lined up for the concert include Sounds of Blackness, Aby Wolf, Mighty Fairly, Wookiefoot’s Mark Murphy, Innocent, Ada Jane and Semeron, among others.

To see a video about the street children, visit NEED magazines YouTube channel at

Northeast-based NEED magazine focuses on international and national humanitarian issues.

When: Aug. 20, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall


Field Day at the Walker

The Walker is holding a special socializing event for Minnesota artists and art lovers on Aug. 27.

Field Day at the Walker is organized by — an online database of local artists and arts groups.

The event will feature a mall for artists to network with representatives of and other arts organizations, lawn sports, a concert by local band Solid Gold, a screenprinting workshop with Calpurnia Peach and a mnLIT Picnic featuring poetry and fiction readings.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a “2009 class photo” taken of members of the state’s arts community.

When: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Aug. 27
Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave.


A party for Granta magazine

As part of the Soap Factory’s interactive exhibit, “Common Room,” the gallery is having a party to celebrate the release of issue No. 107 of the New York/London-based literary journal, Granta.

The event will be hosted by Magers and Quinn’s Jay D. Peterson and Granta’s Emily Cook. They will be leading a variety of events, including a lecture on literary hoaxes, five-minute book reports, slide shows and other writing exercises and games.

Noted illustrator Eric Hanson will be a special guest. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and McSweeney’s, among other publications.

Granta was launched at Cambridge University in 1889. It went through a revival in 1979 and has gone on to feature pieces by some of the world’s best writers on a range of issues.

7–10:30 p.m. Aug. 19
Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE


Martini & Mani Mondays

Want to be pampered and enjoy a cocktail at the same time?

Then you should head to the W for its special Monday night Martinis and Manicures.

For $17 you can get a martini from the bar and a manicure from Denny Kemp Salon and Spa. You can also opt for a massage instead of a manicure.

When: 5:30–8 p.m. Mondays
Where: The Living Room at the W Minneapolis–The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave. S.