"Animus" at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis will blend live-on-stage film with theater, featuring Emily Michaels King (above) and Debra Berger.

Comfort and joy? Some Twin Cities theaters go running the opposite way

Amid the onslaught of holiday shows, some Twin Cities theaters march to a different beat.

Minneapolis Institute of Art aims for 'surprise and delight' with new escape room app

November 29
Free mobile app Riddle Mia This uses augmented reality to transform the Minneapolis Institute of Art into a big escape room. Users follow clues on the
Inspired by escape rooms, a new app sparks mini-adventures at the vast Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Love is a giant spectacle in Morgan Thorson's new Walker Art Center dance show

December 7
There’s a lot of touching and entwined bodies in Morgan Thorson’s “Public Love.”
REVIEW: Morgan Thorson's new piece has a mysterious message about power and consent.
Stage & Arts
December 10
Sam Hartley stars as Buddy in “Elf: The Musical,” which opened over the weekend at Ordway Center in St. Paul.

You'll get a sugar high from musical 'Elf' at St. Paul's Ordway

The holiday musical is even more amped up in its return engagement at the Ordway.
Stage & Arts
December 10
The Sculpture Court with skyway above.

Once homeless, Minnesota museum is reborn in a historic St. Paul setting

After a near-death experience, the Minnesota Museum of American Art has reason to celebrate its grand reopening.
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December 9
Hunter Gullickson, access manager at the Guthrie Theater, talked with sign language interpreters Jan Radatz and Lauri Krouse before a recent matinee s

Guthrie staffer works to make the theater accessible to every body

Meet the Guthrie Theater staffer who works tirelessly to make shows available to all.
Stage & Arts
December 8

Where to find non-holiday shows on Twin Cities stages this season

If you’re looking for non-holiday theater this month: “Animus”: Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona,” the show blends theater, movement and film. (Dec. 14-22 at Southern…
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December 6
The investigation, which began after the theater received unspecified complaints, found no “unlawful conduct.”

Theater Mu fires artistic director following complaints about his conduct

A board investigation found artistic director Randy Reyes did not meet the theater's "high standards."
Stage & Arts
December 6
An installation of Ziyang Wu’s “Smarter City 2,” part of Art(ists) on the Verge 9 at Rochester Art Center.

Rochester Art Center hits reset button

Once in danger of failing, it has new leadership and an ambitious exhibition program.
Stage & Arts
December 6

Holiday art sale at Minneapolis' SooVAC jingles all the way

Jingling all the way The holidays are here and so is SooVAC’s seventh annual holiday shop, offering prints, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more by Minnesota…
Stage & Arts
December 6
Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi

Catch some flamenco at the Uptown VFW courtesy of dancer Sachiko 'La Chayí' Nishiuchi

Flamenco dancer Sachiko ‘La Chayí’ Nishiuchi Flamenco at the VFW? Sure, why not. Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi is no stranger to performing her fierce and fiery…
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December 6

Rhythmic Circus co-founder launches 'Who Brought the Humbug' holiday tap show

‘Who Brought the Humbug?’ This brand-new holiday show comes from Twin Cities tapper Ricci Milan, one of the founders behind the internationally touring Rhythmic Circus.…
Stage & Arts
December 5
Angela Timberman, Kelsey Didion and Nate Cheeseman in “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.”

It's a gift: Minneapolis' Jungle Theater takes Jane Austen on holiday once again

An iron-willed housekeeper rules the Jungle's latest Jane Austen spinoff.
Stage & Arts
December 5
Kim Kivens and Bradley Hildebrandt in “The Chanukah Guest.”

Families will welcome Minnesota Jewish Theatre's whimsical 'Chanukah Guest'

REVIEW: Children will delight in this whimsical staging by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.
Stage & Arts
December 5
Taylor Collier and Jacob Lewis rehearse a dance number

In a time of unrest, Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' hits home with its quest for refuge

Songs like "No Room at the Inn" take on a special resonance in Penumbra's emotion-packed holiday show.
Stage & Arts
December 3
The cast of “West Side Story,” which was a box-office smash for the Guthrie Theater last summer.
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

'West Side Story' propels Guthrie to record-setting year

Despite turnover in top positions, the theater had its highest-grossing season.
Stage & Arts
December 3
Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett in “Marie and Rosetta.”

Sounds of Blackness singer wows in play about music legend

Review: Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett kill it in "Marie and Rosetta."
Stage & Arts
December 3
Eva Gemlo as Bianca in "Women Beware Women" by Classical Actors Ensemble.

Women play a deadly game of sexual politics in St. Paul theater revival

REVIEW: Classical Actors Ensemble presents bracing revival of a little-known 17th-century work.
Music
November 30
Norah Long sings the lead role in Arbeit Opera Theatre's production of "The Consul."

Minnesota's newest opera company makes fierce first impression with immigration-themed 'The Consul'

REVIEW: Arbeit Opera Theatre's inaugural production is sharply relevant to current U.S. politics.
Stage & Arts
November 29
Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel Giedroyc in “The Great British Baking Show.”

Walker Art Center's annual award-winning TV ads lead a British pop culture invasion

The annual Arrows Awards at Walker Art Center are just part of a media onslaught on its way from the U.K.
Stage & Arts
November 29

Timeline: The long, twisty journey of the Minnesota Museum of American Art

1894: St. Paul School of Fine Arts opens. Membership costs $3, the equivalent of around $85 today. 1909: The school becomes part of the St.…
Stage & Arts
November 29
“Portrait of Cynthia McArthur” by Nancy Musinguzi

Bicycle portraits on display at Hennepin History Museum

LifeCycle The Minnesota bike community is on the move, but not just on two wheels. “LifeCycle: Stories From the Minnesota Bike Community” is a collection…
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November 29
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Lewis Black brings his stand-up act to Minneapolis this weekend

Lewis Black This comedian was fed up with politicians long before it was fashionable, cracking up Jon Stewart during his rants on “The Daily Show”…
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