Charles Gilbert Kapsner in the Committal Hall of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, where his finished murals hang.

Calling it 'my Sistine Chapel,' painter puts final touches on a memorial to Minnesota veterans

After a decade of work, Charles Gilbert Kapsner is putting the final touches on a memorial to the state's veterans.

Meet the Minnesotans who helped bankroll Broadway's hottest new musical

Minnesotans Christopher Schout, Jennifer Melin Miller and Frances Wilkinson are Broadway producers. Their biggest investment to date is “Hadestown,�
These Twin Citians theater lovers invested in the hit "Hadestown."

'Dear Evan Hansen' reminds us: Musical theater is jam-packed with tyrants, maniacs and creeps

Ben Levi Ross as Evan Hansen and Jessica Phillips as his mom, Heidi, in "Dear Evan Hansen."
Musical theater giants such as "Dear Evan Hansen" feature liars, robbers and killers — and those are the good guys.
Stage & Arts
Mark Benninghofen as Sweeney Todd and Matthew Rubbelke as Anthony Hope in Theater Latté Da’s 2015 production of "Sweeney Todd" at the Ritz Theater

19 musical theater protagonists, ranked from nicest to meanest

Ranking musical protagonists, from the nicest to meanest. 1. Jean Valjean, “Les Misérables” — Saves lives, wins wars, raises orphans, unites lovers, steals bread.…
May 23
One of the performers in “Nooma” interacted with a young audience member during its premiere at Carnegie Hall last month. “We like to think of t

New opera targets a younger audience: babies and toddlers

Babies are the target audience for a Minnesota Opera work that dares to think small.
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May 23
Becca Hart and Michael Curran-Dorsano in "Small Mouth Sounds" at the Jungle Theater.

Best of Week (May 26-June 2): 'Small Mouth Sounds,' Juice WRLD, Train Days, Jillian Rae, more

Silence in the Jungle “Small Mouth Sounds” is set at a silent retreat. We know nothing about the six characters but, gradually, bits of information…
Stage & Arts
May 23
Dan Ajak and Rajané Katurah Brown in “How It’s Gon’ Be.”

Busy Twin Cities actor found time to write world premiere 'How It's Gon' Be'

Coming of age in south Florida Over the last couple of years, JuCoby Johnson has been one of the busiest actors in town. But apparently…
Stage & Arts
May 23
Leslie Barlow with art by Lissa Karpeh, part of Studio #400 in northeast Minneapolis.

Young talents get a boost from Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow

New studio program is the brainchild of Leslie Barlow.
Stage & Arts
May 22
MacArthur "genius" dance artist Kyle Abraham brings his nine-member A.I.M. company to the Walker.

Walker Art Center's 2019-20 performing arts season embraces politics

The 2019-20 performing arts calendar is packed with works that strive to change the world.
Stage & Arts
May 22
Katie Bradley as Wang Min in Full Circle Theater’s “Caught.”

Theatergoers feel 'Caught' between truth, reality with sly play at the Guthrie

Full Circle Theater stages Christopher Chen's high-concept, highly provocative play.
Stage & Arts
May 21
The Museum of Russian Art

Museum of Russian Art hires new executive director with strong Twin Cities ties

Mark Meister, first director of the Minnesota Children's Museum, returns to the Twin Cities after more than 30 years.
Stage & Arts
May 20
A warrior’s helmet from a seventh-century boat grave.

'Vikings Begin' shows relics from ancient Swedish burial ground: 'They were real people'

What was life like in Scandinavia before the rise of the Vikings 1,300 years ago? This show at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis offers a dazzling peek.
Stage & Arts
May 20
Christina Baldwin, Jim Lichtscheidl, Faye M. Price, Eric Sharp, Michael Curran-Dorsano and Becca Hart in “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Jungle Theate

Like eavesdropping on strangers? Catch Jungle Theater's 'Small Mouth Sounds'

Review: Set at a silent retreat, the comedy/drama draws viewers' imaginations into discovering its secrets.
Stage & Arts
May 20
James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam in “Blood Knot” at Pillsbury House Theatre.

Pillsbury House Theatre's 'Blood Knot' is a gnarly Apartheid-era play on race

A new production features masterful performances, even as the apartheid-era script shows the drama's shortcomings.
May 20
Emily Gunyou Halaas as Miss Trunchbull in "Matilda the Musical" at Children's Theatre Company.

Best of the Week (May 19-26): 'Matilda the Musical,' Chromeo, St. Paul Ballet, L7, Memorial weekend

Children’s triumph Emily Gunyou Halaas delivers a tour de force performance as whip-cracking principal Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda the Musical,” Children’s Theatre Company’s adaptation of…
Stage & Arts
May 18
Samuel Robertson with the King James Bible — a highlighter taped to the cover — that he pores through for inspiration. Its antiquated language app

Agnostic Minneapolis painter gives the Old Testament a colorful, surreal new look

Struggling for a subject, an agnostic Minneapolis painter found his purpose in the King James Bible.
Stage & Arts
May 18
Pete Lee honed his comedic chops at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, where he returned to perform this winter.

Minnesota comics chase stardom in L.A.: 'I knew it was going to be an ego check'

Every year, standups who conquered Minnesota move West to face the ultimate challenge: To live or die in L.A.
Stage & Arts
May 17
Work by Jose Dominguez in “Weirdly Positive/Positively Weird.”

Want to actually see art at Art-a-Whirl? Here are 5 must-see events

If your head is spinning at the very thought of Art-A-Whirl, do not worry. You are not alone. Make a weekend out of discovering oddities,…
Stage & Arts
May 17
Thallis Santesteban plays the title character in “The Sins of Sor Juana.”

Ten Thousand Things stages powerful play on 17th-century poet punished for her 'curiosity'

Powerful drama draws from the true story of a Mexican nun who was ahead of her time.
Stage & Arts
May 17
“The Art of High-Style: Minnesota Couture 1880-1914” pairs fashions and artwork from the late 1800s and early 1990s — an era when European-ins

A century ago, Twin Cities was a surprising hub of hand-sewn haute couture

Over a century ago, Twin Cities dressmakers took their cues from Europe, as a new exhibit shows.
Stage & Arts
May 16

Woman of 1,000 faces Kate McCarthy hosts her final show in northeast Minneapolis

Woman of 1,000 faces When Kate McCarthy graduates from the University of Minnesota this weekend, it will be with the unofficial title of Most Likely…
Stage & Arts
May 15
A vow of silence doesn’t work out so well for participants at a yoga retreat in “Small Mouth Sounds” at Jungle Theater.

Minneapolis director channels yoga training: 'There are so many shared breaths in this play!'

A trained yoga instructor, Lauren Keating finds parallels between the boards and the mat for "Small Mouth Sounds."
Stage & Arts
May 13
Black Label Movement dancers performed “Teamwork 2.0” this weekend.

Black Label Movement gets creepy with 'Morituri te Salutant'

REVIEW: Music and visual elements raise the stakes in the company's "Teamwork 2.0."
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