Sami Haeli, Darwin Smith and Jim Robinson during a performance by the Theater of Public Policy at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Minnesota political comedy troupe takes its show on the road

Theater of Public Policy proves that its unlikely blend of improv and politics can play outside Minnesota.

New local auction house is changing the way Minnesotans buy and sell art

June 22
Blackware bowl by Maria Martinez.
The state's first auction house devoted to fine art may help keep treasures from leaving.

Cuban-American choreographer puts a new kick into Guthrie's 'West Side Story'

June 21
Choreographer Maija Garcia worked with dancers during a rehearsal of the Guthrie’s “West Side Story.”
A dynamo who worked on Broadway's "Fela!" turns up the heat on an old chestnut.
Stage & Arts
June 22
"Philando Castile" painting by Mariah Pratt, 2017.

Philando Castile-inspired art displays a wide range of emotion, from anger to hope

‘Art and Healing: In the Moment’ A colorful, intricate quilt hangs in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s new exhibition, which showcases artists’ responses to the fatal…
Stage & Arts
June 22
Denzel Belin and Tom Reed in the Brave New Workshop's "Ferris Mueller’s Day Off."

'Mueller? Mueller?!?' Brave New Workshop saves Ferris in new show

‘Ferris Mueller’s Day Off’ Leave it to the wits at the Brave New Workshop to conflate the 1986 film about a teenager who creates chaos…
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June 21
Fans packed the State Theatre box office to get tickets for “Hamilton.”

Some win, some lose, as Minnesota 'Hamilton' fans fight for 100,000 tickets

More than 200 lined up at the State Theatre and thousands more battled online for the roughly 100,000 tickets that went on sale Thursday morning.
Stage & Arts
June 21
Kristen Blodgette

Minnesota show was shaped by the woman they call Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'ear'

Meet the woman overseeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies"
Stage & Arts
June 21
Ana Isabelle, starring as Anita in “West Side Story” at the Guthrie Theater.

Meet the four lead actors making their Guthrie debuts in 'West Side Story'

The actors playing the two couples in this tragic "Romeo and Juliet" story are all making their Guthrie debuts.Tony: Marc KoeckHis story: He's a Minneapolis-born, Fargo-reared…
Stage & Arts
June 20
Damian Leverett stars in “Who Am I This Time?”

Kurt Vonnegut inspires a church-basement musical in Minneapolis

REVIEW: Peter Vitale's "Who Am I This Time?" is overstuffed, but shows charm and promise.
Inspired
June 19
Valerie Castile sat amid the paintings and other works strangers have made for her since the death of her son.

Philando Castile exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art embraces beauty and trauma

Bringing Castile's story into the Minneapolis Institute of Art gives it weight, artists say about "Art and Healing: In the Moment," which opened this weekend.
Stage & Arts
June 19

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' are beginning to wilt

Van Gogh's yellow "Sunflowers" could start to turn olive green.
Music
June 18
Hadleigh Adams as Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller, Adriana Zabala as Mary Johnson and Andres Acosta as Timothy Laughlin in Minnesota Opera’s staging of �

Minnesota Opera's 'Fellow Travelers' fails to capture fright of 1950s 'lavender scare'

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera staged a laudable production of an underwhelming new opera.
Stage & Arts
June 16
Aaron Merrill and Masami Kawazato seek out work by local artists, such as “Untitled” by Andrea Carlson, for their condo in Uptown.

For younger Twin Cities collectors, art is a matter of love over money

A new generation of art lovers explains the allure — and how you might get started.
Stage & Arts
June 15
Collector closeups: Twin Cities young art collectors with their favorite pieces

Collector closeups: Twin Cities young art collectors with their favorite pieces

If you're thinking about starting your own collection, these art lovers might provide some inspiration.
Stage & Arts
June 14
Carry on Homes, in the Commons park, is a multifunctional pavilion hosting the stories of Minnesota immigrants. It was conceived by artists Peng Wu, S

No more all-nighters for Northern Spark: This weekend's Minneapolis arts fest splits into two

The former dusk-to-dawn arts festival has been split into two (earlier) nights.
Stage & Arts
June 14

Sheep Theater takes Amelia Earhart on a journey through the underworld in 'Minotaur'

The Minotaur or: Amelia Earhart Is Alive and Traveling Through the Underworld Three-year-old Sheep Theater, which creates its own fantastical works, is emerging as a…
Stage & Arts
June 13
Peter Simmons as Cecil and Damon C. Mentzer as playwright Shagspeare in “Equivocation.”

Shakespeare meets fake news in Walking Shadow's play 'Equivocation'

REVIEW: "Equivocation" imagines the playwright entangled in 17th-century palace politics.
Stage & Arts
June 13
Twin Cities native Laura Osnes stars in national big-screen broadcast of Broadway show

Twin Cities native Laura Osnes stars in national big-screen broadcast of Broadway show

The Tony nominee headlines a film revival of the Tony-winning musical "Bandstand," to be screened this month in more than 700 cinemas.
Stage & Arts
June 12
Chita Rivera, who comes to the Guthrie on Monday after winning a lifetime Tony Award, says one thing keeps her going in her 66-year stage career: “l

'Call me Chita': At age 85, stage legend Chita Rivera finally makes her Guthrie debut

Chatty stage legend Chita Rivera — one of the original "West Side Story" stars — makes her Guthrie debut at 85.
Stage & Arts
June 11
Flordelino Langudino will become the artistic director of Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

New York-based theater leader takes over St. Paul's Park Square

Flordelino Lagundino has also worked at the Guthrie and Mixed Blood theaters.
Stage & Arts
June 11
Fans of “Hamilton” jammed the State Theatre box office in downtown Minneapolis Feb. 14 to get their shot at season tickets.

Single-show 'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21, but you need to register now

Twin Cities fans of "Hamilton" will no longer have to wait for it.Single tickets for the musical's Minneapolis debut go on sale June 21 —…
Stage & Arts
June 10
Zenon performs “Song Awakened.” BILL CAMERON

Zenon's spring showcase swings disturbing to delightful at the O'Shaughnessy

Review: Ori Flomin's premiere highlighted the body, while creepy "Appétit" stole the show.
Stage & Arts
June 9
Tap dancer/choreographer Kaleena Miller

Twin Cities tap dancer Kaleena Miller crafts rhythmic universe with 'I Love Her'

REVIEW: A new show by Kaleena Miller Dance beautifully marries music and movement.
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