Celebrate ANR's Homecoming with an Art Show and Dance Party on Saturday in North Miami

Word is that Studio 1415 is an impressive new art/music space in North Miami. And it's been a while since Awesome New Republic have been home -- they recently did the whole CMJ thing in New York as part of a larger tour. (Click here to see some of our photos of ANR at CMJ).

So go check off these two items from your must-see list on Saturday, when the venue hosts an exhibition by its founder, Stian Roenning. His own web site bills him as an "Audio Visual Director," which sounds rather lofty and pretentious but is actually a good umbrella term for all the different multimedia works he creates. He's worked on those memorable videos for the old Black Sundays party at Bella Rose (R.I.P.), as well as created a number of other commercial and art video pieces. He's a talented, slick still photographer as well, and chances are there'll be a grab bag of everything on display.

But after the exhibition, which starts early -- 8 p.m. -- the night turns into a dance party to celebrate ANR's homecoming. The band doesn't need an introduction so we'll skip that; although you can click here for a roundup of the media mentions they garnered during CMJ.

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DJ Moshe Franco (a Nightdrive resident) and DJPJ spin tunes throughout the evening. Electro-shoegazers Life of Seals and experimental Circuitree hip-hoppers Nived-N-Hydro also play, and the warmup live set comes from Panic Bomber. Miami New Times named him our "Best New Electronica Artist" in 2009, so that's supposed to count for something, right?

Oh yeah, if you need a love or hate poem whipped up real quickly, the Poem Depot will be on hand at the event too. We hear they have a way with words, or at least it seems so when "they" sit at the cubicle next to ours.

You can snag a few $8 presale tickets at Sweat Records and Radio-Active Records; otherwise it's $10 at the door. Saturday, November 21. Studio 1415, 1415 NE 129th St., North Miami. Exhibition starts at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m.

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