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November 1, 2019

Arts writer John Townsend, a champion of Twin Cities theater, dies at 60

John Townsend, a prolific Twin Cities arts writer and rights activist who contributed freelance reviews to the Star Tribune and wrote for Lavender, billed as…
Stage & Arts
October 31, 2019
Ginger Shulick Porcella

Franconia Sculpture Park's new leader aims to go beyond 'big art'

A summer solstice festival, a camp for kids and a wider diversity of artists are all on Porcella's agenda.
Stage & Arts
October 31, 2019
“Today, we become” by Prerna. Soo Visual Arts

An exercise in 'naturalization' at Minneapolis' SooVAC gallery

'Today, we become' The artist Prerna questions the documents that legally define what it means to be American in an ongoing, performative installation. She etched…
Stage & Arts
October 31, 2019
Jeff Miller and Carey Morton in “In a Stand of Dying Trees.”

World premiere play in Minneapolis addresses gun rights

In a Stand of Dying TreesShannon TL Kearns' world premiere play asks, "Who has the right to defend themselves?" Part of Uprising Theatre's season-long exploration…
Stage & Arts
October 31, 2019
Owner and stylist Melissa Taylor added color to Natalie Deeble’s hair at the Beauty Lounge in northeast Minneapolis.

The true beauty of the salon: 'People laugh in that chair and cry in that chair'

Babies, jobs, divorces, illnesses and more: As in "Steel Magnolias," Minnesotans share life's joys and sorrows in a "community" of their making.
Music
October 30, 2019
'Wits' cast promises 'nonstop swear words' in Saturday's radio-free reunion show

'Wits' cast promises 'nonstop swear words' in Saturday's radio-free reunion show

John Moe, John Munson and their friends will meet up again at the Fitzgerald Theater four years after their MPR-affiliated show went off the air.
Music
October 29, 2019
Park Square Theatre’s artistic director, Flordelino Lagundino.

St. Paul theater cuts two shows, including 'Evita,' to counter budget shortfall

Because of larger casts, as well as musicians, musicals are generally costlier to produce than straight plays.
Stage & Arts
October 29, 2019
'Six' wives of maniacal English monarch Henry VIII appear at the Mall of America

'Six' wives of maniacal English monarch Henry VIII appear at the Mall of America

Stars of the Broadway-bound show, which plays the Ordway Center in Nov. before going to New York, performed numbers and signed autographs.
Stage & Arts
October 29, 2019
Playwright Lauren Yee

Playwright Lauren Yee has won over $400,000 in literary prizes in 2019

Lauren Yee, who considers the Twin Cities an artistic home, has won over $400,000 in literary prizes and has four upcoming shows in the area.
Music
October 28, 2019
Dancer Erinn Liebhard and music-maker Steven Hobert.

Social Animals: 'Dancers and Music-Makers Creating Art Together in the Moment'

Sinew of movement and music With “Social Animals: Dancers and Music-Makers Creating Art Together in the Moment,” dance artist Erinn Liebhard finds the connective tissue between…
Stage & Arts
October 28, 2019
God, played by James A. Williams, comes to Ella, Laura Stearns, for therapy in “O my God!” at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.

Review: 'God' puts the divine one on the psychologist's couch

In "O my God!," the divine one has a crisis of confidence.
Stage & Arts
October 28, 2019
Benjamin Slye (on cot) and Peter Christian Hansen in Gremlin Theatre’s “Journey’s End.”

Gremlin Theatre puts us in the WWI foxhole with decisionmakers

Fine acting and a handsome set create a powerful mood.
Music
October 25, 2019
BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

Best of the Week (Oct. 27-Nov. 3): BareBones Halloween, Alessia Cara, 'Notes From a Seance,' Rhiannon Giddens, Celine Dion, more

Halloween puppetry on fire The dark yet merry and magical BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza returns for its 26th year. BareBones Productions puts on a spectacle…
Stage & Arts
October 25, 2019
"Thoughts and Prayers" by Essma Imady.

Minnesota artists go big for 'On the Verge' exhibition at Rochester Art Center

Rochester Art Center hosts the yearly Minnesota showcase.
Stage & Arts
October 24, 2019
Children's Theatre production stage manager Jenny Friend.

Meet the folks who serve as air traffic controllers for Twin Cities theater

Combining an air traffic controller's calm with nimble troubleshooting skills, stage managers keep shows in tiptop shape.
Stage & Arts
October 24, 2019
Selections from the “Queer Ecology Hanky Project.”

Artists cast 'Root Spells' at Minneapolis' White Page Gallery

Casting root spells There’s nothing spooky about “Root Spells,” a new two-part exhibition. Mexico City-based Andrea Narno and New Orleans-based Vanessa Adams collaborated on…
Stage & Arts
October 23, 2019
Bradley Greenwald and Riley McNutt in the Artistry’s “A New Brain.”

'A New Brain,' the Bigfoot of musicals, gets regional Twin Cities premiere

"A New Brain," a quirk­y, prob­lem­at­ic show that's been more phan­tom than real, has been deft­ly staged at Art­ist­ry.
Music
October 22, 2019
James Sewell Ballet performs “Opera Moves” at the Cowles Center this weekend.

Dance events: 'Opera Moves,' a hip-hop celebration, 'Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis'

Arabesque arias James Sewell Ballet commissioned singer/keyboardist Linnea Mohn to create an ethereal score for Eve Schulte’s “Yonder,” part of their “Opera Moves” production. The…
Stage & Arts
October 22, 2019
Visitors toured the Capri Theater, where Prince had his first solo concert in 1979, as the theater broke ground on a renovation and expansion that’s

$12.5M Capri Theater renovation pinned as linchpin to north Minneapolis revitalization

A $12.5 million expansion of the Capri Theater promises to help with the revitalization of north Minneapolis.
Stage & Arts
October 21, 2019
Members of TU Dance performed “Salve” at the troupe’s fall show at the O’Shaughnessy.

TU Dance presents strong works new to Minneapolis

TU Dance's fall concert offered fluid works with themes of light, pain, strength and renewal.
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