Minneapolis artist Marlys Mandaville painted a friend's portrait during a 2018 Art-A-Whirl event at the Northrup King Building.

Deal will preserve 'crown jewel' of northeast Minneapolis arts scene

Nonprofit will purchase Northrup King complex, home to 350-plus artists.

One of the Twin Cities' finest actors gave up the stage for a new life in medicine

September 7
Playwright and physician Anton Chekhov peers from his Guthrie mural over actor-turned-physician Dr. Lee Mark Nelson, a Chekhov admirer.
Lee Mark Nelson gave up a career as a leading man of the stage for a new life in medicine.

'90s musical 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' rises again at St Paul's Ordway Center

September 6
Above: Shavey Brown, Kevin Brown Jr., Ben Bakken, Rendell DeBose and Dwight Leslie of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" bows Tuesday at the Ordway with a cast of Twin Cities singers the creative team describes as "spectacular."
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From left, Christine Wade, Harrison Wade and Lindsay Fitzgerald sat for a portrait inside of Theatre Elision in Crystal on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. ] A

Crystal theater wants to give more jobs to women, and pay them fairly

Theatre Elision specializes in offbeat musicals with female characters.
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Maia Maiden stood for a portrait in the public mural and graffiti space behind Modus Locus Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn.

Twin Cities curator Maia Maiden brings hip-hop dance to a bigger stage at the Ordway

With "Rooted," Maia Maiden sought to create a dance showcase for artists of color. Now it's the heart of a weekend-long fest at the Ordway.
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Mia staffers Elisabeth Callihan, Karleen Gardner and Anniessa Antar lead a museum effort called MASS Action. “We can start to work toward undoing le

Minneapolis team is changing museums from the inside out

A homegrown project at Minneapolis Institute of Art has spread nationwide — and beyond — as museums confront their colonial past.
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Lisa Ramos, Lawrence Hutera and Beverly Tipton Hammond.

Middle-aged prince has midlife crisis in boisterous but flawed 'Pippin'

A middle-aged prince has a midlife crisis in Theatre 55's revived Broadway classic.
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Sachiko “La Chayi” Nishiuchi in “Cuatro.”

'Cuatro' highlights southern Spanish flamenco

A delicious mix of movement and musicIn "Cuatro: A Tablao-style Flamenco Dance and Music Performance," Sachiko "La Chayí" Nishiuchi creates the southern Spanish style tablao,…
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What needs to change on the Minnesota arts scene? Artists and leaders weigh in

What needs to change on the Minnesota arts scene? Artists and leaders weigh in

Here's what Twin Cities movers and makers told us.
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Jim Carter in "Downton Abbey."

Tighten up your corset and get ready for the 'Downton' movie

It's been a while, so here's what you need to know about the movie version of the TV series.
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September 15
Jordan M. Leggett, from left, Gabrielle Dominique, Josh Zwick, Michael Hanna and Shinah Brashears in the local premiere of “Ride the Cyclone” at t

Minneapolis musical is a profane, smart 'Ride,' complete with Lizzo reference

After the roller coaster accident, things really start to get weird in this inventive musical.
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September 14
“Black Grace”

10 great Twin Cities dance events for fall 2019

‘Cuatro’ Sachiko Nishiuchi, the flamenco dancer/choreographer known as “La Chayi,” teams up with Arts Nest to create her biggest production yet. Performing in the improvisational…
September 13
Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard

Best of the Week (Sept. 15-22): Brittany Howard, 'Queer Forms,' Jonas Brothers, Ananya Dance

Shaking free Fans of the soulful Southern-rock band Alabama Shakes won’t get to hear singer Brittany Howard’s first solo album, “Jaime,” until its release on…
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September 13
Rendell DuBose and China Brickey of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”

The hits keep coming in Ordway tribute to songwriters Leiber and Stoller

Leiber and Stoller's songs, including "On Broadway," power musical revue.
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September 12
Dorian Chalmers, Greta Grosch and Robbie Mancina in “The Looney Lutherans in Young(ish) at Heart.”

In the spotlight: "Looney Lutherans"

The Looney Lutherans in Young(ish) at Heart Through Oct. 27: According to the title characters, Jell-O isn’t the only thing that jiggles in this comedy-with-music.…
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September 12
Composite by Kai Benson of Joe Horton’s photographs.

Minneapolis rapper Joe Horton turns artist, launching an experimental 'Vessel' at Mia

‘Vessel’ Joe Horton, current artist-in-residence at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, takes a trip with a mystical hero in this 30-minute, single-channel experimental…
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September 12
Nicholas Galani

10 biggest art events in the Twin Cities this fall

Opening of Second Shift The struggle to make time for creativity inspired artist Chris Larson and his wife, Kriss Zulkosky, to open Second Shift…
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September 12
“Jimmy & Lorraine”

10 best stage productions to see this fall in the Twin Cities

‘Chicago’ The Ritz Theater becomes a 1920s speakeasy in Theatre Latté Da’s mounting of Kander & Ebb’s sexy killers classic. Britta Ollmann and Michelle de…
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September 12
The cast of the Jungle's macabre musical, "Ride the Cyclone," features (front, from left) Gabrielle Dominique and Shinah Brashears. (middle) Josh Zwic

Minneapolis actor/singer appears in her third Jungle Theater show in six months

Nonspeaking part in her first play at Jungle Theater has led to a big year for Becca Hart.
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September 12
“Plan for Greater Baghdad” by Ala Younis combines prints, drawings, archival and found materials and 3-D printed models.

A challenging trip through the 'Arab Imaginary' at St. Paul museum

Exhibition at Minnesota Museum of American Art aims to provoke dialogue.
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September 11
The MayDay parade will be taking a year off so the nonprofit behind the annual rite of spring in south Minneapolis can reinvent it, improving it for a

Minneapolis MayDay Parade will take a year off to regroup

A "redesign" is planned to make the event sustainable and bring in new voices.
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September 11
“Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata” will be in Swede Hollow Park.

St. Paul's Swede Hollow plays host to an innovative theater/dance event

‘Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata’ What does August Strindberg’s 1907 work “The Ghost Sonata” — a dreamlike chamber play of ghosts, secrets and symbols — have…
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September 11
Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy, Maria Asp and Barbra Berlovitz play women gathering for a free-associative chat in “Escaped Alone.”

What's it like to die? Frank Theatre stages two Caryl Churchill one-acts

Frank Theatre stages two Caryl Churchill one-acts that wrestle with the grim oblivion that awaits us all.

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