Jim Denomie worked in his home studio, surrounded by his own paintings and a vast collection of masks and trinkets.

Growing in skill at 63, Minnesota artist Jim Denomie is a 'delayed bloomer'

At 63, Jim Denomie is finally hitting his stride, making paintings packed with color, humor and a potent dose of righteous fury.

Infectious '60s soundtrack can't save Broadway's 'A Bronx Tale' in Minneapolis

February 21
Giovanni DiGabriele, Sean Bell, Joseph Sammour, Frankie Leoni and Joshua Michael Burrage in the touring production of “A Bronx Tale.”
Zippy songs can't save a Broadway musical with nowhere to go.

Minneapolis museum show expands the boundaries of black identity

February 21
Minneapolis Institute of Art
“Jessica,” a 1970 etching by Charles White.
Music
February 22
Dame-Jasmine Hughes in "Benevolence."

Best of the Week: Penumbra, Ella Mai, Joyce DiDonato, I'm With Her, more

Aftermath of a murder A black teenager is brutally killed after allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. But the tragedy of Emmett Till…
Stage & Arts
February 21
“The Birds, or Peter and Earl Want WiFi” is a stew of Aristophanes’ classic play and stoner comedy, playing at Phoenix Theater through Feb. 24.

'Bill and Ted' meet Aristophanes in Alleged Theatre's new Minneapolis play

Pete and Earl’s Excellent Adventure Through Feb. 24: Danylo Loutchko, one of the creators behind last year’s Minnesota Fringe hit “Hamlet but Hamlet’s a Chicken,”…
The riverfront Guthrie Theater is a signature Dowling achievement.
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Stage & Arts
February 20
Crash Dance Productions’ “Proxy.”

With latest show, Crash Dance Productions riffs on the 'brain in a vat' thought experiment

‘Proxy’ for human reality Imagine your brain is put in a vat, where it continues to think and feel outside of your body. Meanwhile, where…
Stage & Arts
February 20
Thatcher Jacobs and Nick Blaemire, from the First National Tour of “Falsettos.”

Set amid 1980s AIDS crisis, Broadway export 'Falsettos' hits winning note in St. Paul

Set amid the AIDS crisis, this musical at the Ordway conjures a broken but lovable modern family.
Stage & Arts
February 19
Ten Thousand Things’ musical, “Into the Woods,” takes fairy-tale characters (played by, from left, Jim Lichtscheidl, Rajané Katurah and Ben Loh

Ten Thousand Things' 'Into the Woods' is an intimate take on the classic musical

New director makes an assured debut with fairy tale musical.
The Good Life
February 19
The three founders of Prime Productions pose for a portrait at the Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theater. From left is Elena Giannetti, Alison

Twin Cities theater companies put a new spotlight on aging

Two new Twin Cities theater companies are shining the spotlight on mature performers and their stories.
The Good Life
February 19
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How to avoid becoming a 'bored boomer'

Three suggestions for escaping ennui in retirement.
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February 19
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When siblings become estranged

Is ending a relationship with your brother or sister ever the right thing to do?
The Good Life
February 19
Agents are giving house keys of customer with handshaking after good deal at agency office. Real Estate and Agreement concept.

8 things to know before buying a retirement condo

In many ways, this purchase is much different than buying a house.
The Good Life
February 19
In her Netflix series “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” the organization guru instructs us to choose items that “spark joy.” Can that apply to ol

How Marie Kondo talked me into getting more books

Restocking beloved favorites brings back joyous feelings for one writer.
Stage & Arts
February 19
With $1.5 million left in the bank, Intermedia Arts seeks input on next steps

With $1.5 million left in the bank, Intermedia Arts seeks input on next steps

The Twin Cities arts organization closed down after 44 years in the face of a now-resolved fiscal crisis. It's future is still an open question.
Stage & Arts
February 18
Max Wojtanowicz (Le Beau/Silvius) and Sun Mee Chomet (Phoebe) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of "As You Like It."

Guthrie offers a lusty rom-com 'As You Like It'

Guthrie production sets play in the present — and in a sunnier part of Shakespeare's world.
Stage & Arts
February 18
With kids at the center, Children's Theatre to remember Minnesota's 1985 meatpackers strike

With kids at the center, Children's Theatre to remember Minnesota's 1985 meatpackers strike

Part of the Children's Theatre's 2019-20 season, a new play recalls the state's momentous meatpackers strike.
Stage & Arts
February 17
Miriam Schwartz and JuCoby Johnson in “Actually.”

Minnesota premiere of 'Actually,' a play about rape on campus, is compelling

Campus-set drama looks at issue of sex assault with the involvement of alcohol.
Music
February 16
Shannon Mulcahy, Gabrielle Abram, Leanna Browne, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel and Gemma Isaacson of Contempo Physical Dance. credit: Jenny Pennaz

Best of the Week: 'Strong Women' dance, Big Turn Music Fest, 'Stewardess!" and more

Fierce female moves Brazilian activist and dance artist Nildinha Fonsêca has been making waves in the male-dominated world of choreography. Bringing her fierce feminist style…
Stage & Arts
February 15
Dame Jasmine Hughes and Darrick Mosley play a couple hurt by the fallout from Emmett Till's murder in "Benevolence."

World premiere in St. Paul examines the aftermath of Emmett Till's murder

A searing drama about the aftermath of the Emmett Till killing premieres at Penumbra.
Stage & Arts
February 15
Deborah Nelson, owner of Satin Stitches, with one of her custom dance costumes in her store in Coon Rapids.

Over four decades, this designer outfitted Minnesota's top high school dance teams

Deborah Nelson made her mark outfitting generations of high school dance teams.
Stage & Arts
February 14
Tina Burnside, left, and Coventry Cowens.

Celebrate Black History Month in style at Minneapolis 'history harvest'

History harvest The Minnesota African-American Heritage Museum and Gallery teams up with the Hennepin History Museum to take a deep dive into Black History Month.…
Stage & Arts
February 14
Artistic director Marcela Lorca led a rehearsal of Ten Thousand Things’ “Into the Woods” at a south Minneapolis church.

Director tackles massive Sondheim musical 'Into The Woods' for Ten Thousand Things debut

With the massive musical "Into the Woods," director Marcela Lorca dives into her new leadership role at Ten Thousand Things.
Stage & Arts
February 14
Park Square Theatre’s artistic director, Flordelino Lagundino, will direct two shows in the 2019-20 season, both by Korean-American playwrights.

Park Square Theatre's 2019-20 season accents music and immigrant stories

Park Square Theatre announced its inaugural season under artistic director Lagundino.
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