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Monday, September 24, 2007

Mike G's Picks of the Week, With ?uestlove On the Ones and Twos

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 1:52 PM

?uestlove spins at Liquid tonight.
This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: ?uestlove is one of the illest hip-hop guys around. He not only plays drums for the super-cool Roots, he also pens some great liner-notes reads (check out his work in the two Home Grown! The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Roots compilations). He’s also a pretty good DJ. He brings his table skills to Liquid (in the Warehouse District) for a free show tonight. Tuesday: Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on Saved by the Bell, realizes he’s in the running as one of 2007’s biggest dicks. First, he appeared in an infamous sex tape that culminated in a feces-equipped move called the Dirty Sanchez. Then he acted like a complete jackass on VH1’s weight-busting Celebrity Fit Club. He’s now on the road as a stand-up comedian, with a stop at the Improv. Expect plenty of raunch. Wednesday: Say what you will about the Goo Goo Dolls: Their songs sound sorta factory-made, the tunes all sound the same, Johnny Rzeznik’s hair is totally gay ... But when they grasp a killer hook – like the ones in “Name” and “Iris” – they really know how to work it. Last year’s Let Love In is more of the same. They’re at the Agora. Thursday: Paprika, Satoshi Kon’s latest anime tour de force, plays a lot like The Matrix. There’s a head-spinning premise (scientists invent a device so they can enter people’s dreams), a shape-shifting villain, and some wonderful set pieces packed with explosions and giant robots. Time, space, and perspective are skewed beyond recognition in this perplexing, visually dazzling film. You won’t always know what’s going on, but you’ll be knocked out all the same. It screens at the Cinematheque. Friday: Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear’s stock has really soared over the past couple of years. Last month, they released Planet of Ice, their toughest record yet. Tonight, they play two shows at the Grog Shop. In the past, the band recorded songs with wordy, jokey titles like “Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked” and “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister.” Planet of Ice keeps things simple in the name department, but the music -- a combination of hooky indie pop and prog-like side trips -- ranks among their most adventurous. -- Michael Gallucci

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