Milwaukee, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new record at Rushmor. A catnap in Lake Park. Two cups of good, hot black coffee from Anodyne. Or, hear us out on this last one: a gallery show inspired by Twin Peaks, followed by an after-party featuring a Twin Peaks costume contest and a Twin Peaks-inspired band.
A present. Like Christmas.
Yes, on Friday, October 8, from 5-10 p.m., Bay View vintage store Alive And Fine (2652 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) will host a group gallery show inspired by the ’90s TV cult classic (and don’t forget the recent reboot!) Twin Peaks. An yes, Alive And Fine owner Ashley Smith assures us there will be complimentary cherry pie (from nearby Honeypie, natch).
“It’s been a dream of mine to do a Twin Peaks gallery show,” Smith says. “I feel like after the first time I really dug into Twin Peaks I was immediately thinking about how I wanted to do a gallery show. There’s so much material to work with, and I feel like I’m just barely scratching the surface as far as nerdiness.”
So what can folks expect from the show? Perhaps channeling Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch, Smith confesses that she’s not quite sure herself.
“When I do these gallery shows I just put out an open call and basically anyone who wants to be a part of it can be a part of it,” she says. “With artists being artists, I don’t have everything yet, so I’m not even sure as of right now what’s going to be in the show on Friday. But I know for a fact there’ll be paintings, and there’ll be a lot of photography and fashion design. I think it will be around 25 artists. I’ve changed out the entire shop, so there’ll also be a vintage Twin Peaks-inspired collection of clothing and home goods.”
But that’s not all, Peaks freaks. There will also be an after-party at Cactus Club, complete with a “Miss/Mister Twin Peaks” costume contest. First place takes home $150, second place gets a $75 Cactus Club bar tab, and third place gets a $50 Alive And Fine gift certificate. On top of that, all winners get a dozen donuts. A speech on the pros and cons of the Stop Ghostwood campaign is optional.
And yes, there’s even more. The night will be scored by a one-night-only Milwaukee supergroup, Damn Fine Coffee. Band leader Nick Elert says he jumped at the chance to form the group.
“Performing a set of tunes from Twin Peaks has been a thing I’ve wanted to do for well over a decade,” Elert says. “Learning this music was a formative experience for me as a musician. So when Ashley put out the call for artists for a Twin Peaks-themed show, I thought it would be a good opportunity to check it off the list. I didn’t have the band together at the time I reached out, I just figured I knew enough people to make it happen.”
Joining Elert will be Paul Westfahl on drums, Barry Paul Clark on bass, Stephen Gallam on saxophone, Warren Enstrom on bassoon, Pedro Gutierrez on piano, Patrick Reinholz on cello, and Carrie Wade on vocals.
Doors to the after-party open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Will someone dress as Windom Earle dressed as the Log Lady? Hopefully. Will Damn Fine Coffee play a bunch of Julee Cruise songs? Absolutely. Oh, and will a certain pilot episode be projected Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Bad Moon Saloon (4035 S. Clement Ave.) Maybe! Let’s rock.
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