Night + Day: Calendar Picks for 5/13

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Cloud Cult, Kid Dakota, Love Is Chemicals, 9pm, $10
Bottom of the Hill - 1233 17th St. at Missouri

Much like fellow indie chamber-rock groups the Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree, Minnesota-based Cloud Cult delivers cathartic, emotional climaxes and transcendent orchestrations. Principal songwriter Craig Minowa has unleashed a flood of intricate miniature symphonies as a form of creative therapy since the 2002 death of his infant son. Cloud Cult's latest, Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes), further explores the band’s unusual intersection of heartfelt existentialist lyrics, lush arrangements, and glitch-heavy beat programming. With Minowa planning an indefinite hiatus for the group following its current tour, fans who want to experience Cloud Cult’s soaring melodies and unique live show (complete with onstage painters and screen projections) should hightail it to the Bottom of the Hill on Tuesday, May 13, at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10; call 621-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com. --Dave Pehling

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"Women of '68" Film Series, 7pm, $5
Goethe-Institut - 530 Bush at Grant

After four decades of historical reductivism and revisionism, the incendiary student protests of 1968, here and in Europe, have been neatly placed in a box labeled "the antiwar movement." Vietnam was just the flashpoint, however, of a roaring clamor for a new society stripped of the venal old-boy power structure, and with equal rights and redefined gender roles. The German cinema -- with activist-cum-filmmaker Helke Sander leading the charge -- was among the first to express a radical feminist point of view. The series "Women of '68" begins with Sander's rarely screened 1971 featurette Eine Pramie fur Irene (A Bonus for Irene), a sobering study of a powerless working mother. The men that cross Irene's path, at her job at a television factory and elsewhere, can barely handle a pencil, let alone a woman, a business, or a country. Sander pushed her social criticism even further with Redupers (screening May 20), the path-breaking 1977 film in which she played a freelance newspaper photographer and single mom negotiating the grim realities of a divided, stagnant Berlin. Sander wasn't only a pioneer of women's film, but an advocate of revolution. Eine Pramie fur Irene (A Bonus for Irene) starts at 7 p.m. --Michael Fox

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Turkish Writing Today, noon
111 Minna Gallery - 111 Minna

The Center for the Art of Translation's monthly Lit & Lunch series provides downtowners with brain refreshments at the noon hour; we wish we worked near the swanky gallery so we could go to amazing literary events with our brown bags. This month, the theme is Turkish Writing Today, and the invitees are Sidney Wade and Erdag Göknar, two translators of major works of Turkish literature. Wade is also a poet, author of Istanbul'dan/From Istanbul, while Göknar is best-known for translating My Name Is Red, a novel by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. --Hiya Swanhuyser


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