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December 20, 2019
PBS video crew members prepared the Ritz Theater for a taping of Theater Latté Da’s “All Is Calm.”

Go behind the scenes of the PBS taping of a favorite Minneapolis holiday musical

One of four PBS tapings of the Theater Latté Da musical featured starts and stops, parental greetings and a wedding.
Stage & Arts
December 20, 2019
“The Standard”

The 10 outstanding and on point dance performances of 2019

The best of Twin Cities dance this year.
Stage & Arts
December 20, 2019
“Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant”

In 2019, the best of Twin Cities theater brought horny laughs, chilling drama and witty murderers

The best of what graced Twin Cities stages this year.
Stage & Arts
December 20, 2019
“Guys and Dolls”

10 best theater productions in the Twin Cities in 2019

The best of what graced Twin Cities stages this year.
Music
December 20, 2019
Luverne Seifert (Tor), Jane Froiland (Olive) and Avi Aharoni (Gus) in “The Norwegians.”

Best of the Week (Dec. 22-29): 'The Norwegians,' Paul Metsa, Kwanzaa, Heiruspecs, the Bad Plus, 'Nutcracker Noir,' more

For these ‘Norwegians,’ relationships are murder Olive (Jane Froiland) meets Betty (Sara Marsh) in a bar and quickly discovers that Betty may know some hit…
Stage & Arts
December 19, 2019
Parker Genné in “Ms. Luisa Eats for the Holidays.”

In the spotlight: "Ms. Luisa Eats for the Holidays"

‘Ms. Luisa Eats for the Holidays’ Sunday: Writer, director and performer Parker Genné has taken this quirky mix of munching and music to the Edinburgh…
Stage & Arts
December 19, 2019

Art show at Weisman takes a deep dive into the Great Lakes

Watery journeys Artist Alexis Rockman dove deep for “The Great Lakes Cycle,” a research-heavy, visually enchanting series of large-scale watercolors, field drawings and huge…
Stage & Arts
December 17, 2019
Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport walked past "You Are Here," a floor mosaic by Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears.

Art at the airport: 10 great spots to catch a flight of fancy

Mario Montalvo was busy texting away at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Behind him, rabbits, faces and pots made of ceramics loomed. “Sometimes airports can be…
Music
December 13, 2019
The cast of the touring production of “Six: The Musical.”

Best of the Week (Dec. 15-22): 'Six,' Brother Ali, Sever's Holiday Lights, JD McPherson, Alexander O'Neal, more

The pop-star wives of Henry VIII “Six,” the electrifying girl-power musical, owes more to Beyoncé than Broadway, where it will open in February. Not unlike…
Stage & Arts
December 12, 2019
The beaded back of a child’s floral jacket, made by a Dakota artist in the late 1800s, is part of the “Our Home: Native Minnesota” exhibit openi

There's a new 'Home' for Dakota & Ojibwe at Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center creates a dedicated space to highlight Dakota and Ojibwe life, then and now.
Stage & Arts
December 12, 2019
Carolyn “Meadow” Muska Minneapolis Institute of Art

Last call for 'Strong Women' photo show of Minnesota lesbian life in the '70s

Last call for ‘Strong Women’ Minnesota-born photographer Carolyn “Meadow” Muska’s first museum solo exhibition, “Strong Women, Full of Love” is a beautiful throwback to…
Stage & Arts
December 12, 2019
Blackout Improv

Blackout Improv pokes fun at family relationships

Blackout Improv Monday: Why should the Brave New Workshop have all the fun with its “Getting Plowed” sketch comedy sendup of the holidays? Blackout…
Stage & Arts
December 12, 2019
A candle design by Christy Johnson on sale at Aristry in Bloomington.

5 Twin Cities spots to buy gifts for the artist or art-lover in your life

Shopping for the holidays can be an overwhelming ordeal if you don’t know where to go. There are more than 100,000 artists residing in…
Stage & Arts
December 12, 2019
The troupe New Black City performed on the Walker Art Center rooftop terrace last summer.

Walker Art Center balances its budget again in a leaner, quieter year

Fiscal 2019 saw the hiring of a new director.
Stage & Arts
December 11, 2019
The woodwinds section of the SPCO during the rehearsal of a Beethoven work.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra finishes year with a surplus for its rainy-day fund

Donations hit a record level as the orchestra tackled future financial challenges.
Music
December 11, 2019
Wynton Marsalis

Holiday music is a great unifier, says Minnesota-bound Wynton Marsalis

"This may be the only body of music we have nationally that appeals to all the generations," says the jazz great, whose Big Band Holidays tour comes to Orchestra Hall on Friday.
Stage & Arts
December 11, 2019
Sara Kapner and Joe Joseph in the touring production of “The Band’s Visit.”

Minneapolis touring musical a 'gorgeous' story of music's power to connect

The final touring musical to arrive in the Twin Cities this year is also the best and, honestly, it's not even close.It's not as glitzy…
Stage & Arts
December 10, 2019
Chitra Vairavan performed during the Early Bird show at the Ivy Building. The audience was invited to talk with the artists, ask questions and offer f

Twin Cities dancers share works in progress: 'It couldn't be just the cool kids'

The show began with the audience milling about MOVO studio in the Ivy Arts Building rather than sitting in chairs like at a typical performance.…
Stage & Arts
December 10, 2019
Luverne Seifert, left, Jane Froiland and Avi Aharoni in Dark & Stormy’s “The Norwegians.”

'Norwegians' skewers relationships and 'Minnesota Nice'

Review: Characters in Dark & Stormy production go to great lengths to get even with their exes.
Stage & Arts
December 10, 2019
"The Holiday Pageant" at Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Open Eye's 'Pageant' offers ribald riff on holiday nativity stories

The story of the birth of Jesus is told with mix of puppets and people.
Movies

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