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Variety
June 24
Pro Rata plans to resume producing live theater in November

Pro Rata plans to resume producing live theater in November

Although some previously-announced plays are on the books, Theatre Pro Rata may be first to announce a season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music
June 24
Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

Masks will be required but you can buy Purple branded ones at the door with credit cards.
Variety
June 23
Walker Art Center lays off 33 part-timers as it plans program cuts

Walker Art Center lays off 33 part-timers as it plans program cuts

The museum expects a 26% drop in revenue as its prepares to reopen on July 16.
Variety
June 18
To weather pandemic, Minnesota Orchestra musicians, leaders cut pay

To weather pandemic, Minnesota Orchestra musicians, leaders cut pay

Musicians agreed to a 20 percent pay cut.
Variety
June 18
Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King to retire on June 30

Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King to retire on June 30

Former University of Minnesota Provost Karen Hanson steps up as acting director.
Coronavirus
June 16
Closed by pandemic, Twin Cities movie theaters return with new precautions

Closed by pandemic, Twin Cities movie theaters return with new precautions

It started slowly last weekend but the next two weeks will bring the reopening of many movie theaters.
Music
June 15
Garth Brooks to perform drive-in concert to 300 venues including two near Twin Cities

Garth Brooks to perform drive-in concert to 300 venues including two near Twin Cities

On June 27, the country megastar will appear on the drive-in screens in Elko New Market, Minn., and New Richmond, Wis. Tickets cost $100 per vehicle.
Music
June 15
Kenny Chesney grudgingly pushes Minneapolis gig to June 2021 citing 'so many unknowns'

Kenny Chesney grudgingly pushes Minneapolis gig to June 2021 citing 'so many unknowns'

Refunds are now available for 30 days, after the country star had held out hope some of his 2020 dates might still happen.
Music
June 15
Ashley DuBose's new single could be the feel-good summer hit her Twin Cities needs

Ashley DuBose's new single could be the feel-good summer hit her Twin Cities needs

"Love Tingz" is a collaboration between "The Voice" alumna and producer Ben Obi.
Variety
June 14
11 things we learned from Bob Dylan's new rare interview

11 things we learned from Bob Dylan's new rare interview

Ahead of his "Rough and Rowdy Ways" album being released this week, the Minnesota bard talked to the New York Times about mortality, George Floyd and his favorite Eagles songs.
Variety
June 11
Twin Cities chamber ensemble Accordo to relaunch in October

Twin Cities chamber ensemble Accordo to relaunch in October

After a pandemic-shortened season, the collective announced a 2020-21 concert series that aims for "renewal, healing and hopefully celebration."
Variety
June 9
Outdoor screenings honor George Floyd, raise funds

Outdoor screenings honor George Floyd, raise funds

New Dawn Theatre is joining with other organizations to screen interviews, songs and performances in George Floyd's memory, June 14-21.
Variety
June 9

Back from the brink, Rochester Art Center hires a Walker veteran as its new executive director

Pamela Hugdahl comes to RAC after directing two smaller nonprofit art centers in Wisconsin.
Music
June 8
Burnsville to launch drive-in concert series with help from Mick Sterling

Burnsville to launch drive-in concert series with help from Mick Sterling

The Relief Sessions will take place every Friday starting June 26 in the parking lot of Diamondhead Education Center.
Music
June 7
26 Prince associates record a virtual tribute in honor of his 62nd birthday

26 Prince associates record a virtual tribute in honor of his 62nd birthday

Dedicating "The Cross" to Minneapolis, drummer Kirk Johnson led the musicians in this new version of Prince's 1987 song.
Variety
June 6
Artwork of George Floyd, made from a free stencil, on a boarded-up U.S. Bank branch on Lake Street across from the Midtown Global Market.

Famed Twin Cities artist Seitu Jones creates George Floyd stencil for free download

The stencil offers artists another way to show solidarity
Variety
June 6
Minnesota Orchestra cuts ties with Minneapolis police, calls for Kroll's resignation

Minnesota Orchestra cuts ties with Minneapolis police, calls for Kroll's resignation

On social media, the orchestra pledged to "disrupt our own role in systemic racism."
Variety
June 5
One way to celebrate Prince's birthday this weekend: Panel discussion about orchestration

One way to celebrate Prince's birthday this weekend: Panel discussion about orchestration

Paisley Park has no plans but PRN Alumni Foundation will livestream a panel about arranger Clare Fischer.
Variety
June 5
Music at the Minnesota Zoo series officially canceled for 2020

Music at the Minnesota Zoo series officially canceled for 2020

The concert lineup was never announced since the zoo has been closed since March 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Variety
June 3
Fringe Festival finds a (virtual) home

Fringe Festival finds a (virtual) home

The Minnesota Fringe Festival will happen, in its usual mid-summer time frame, online.
Music
June 1
St. Paul rapper Dua Saleh issues single 'body cast' in response to George Floyd tragedy

St. Paul rapper Dua Saleh issues single 'body cast' in response to George Floyd tragedy

The song addresses police brutality and will benefit Minneapolis-based Black Visions Collective.
Variety
June 1
Brandi Carlile to livestream concert tonight on her 39th birthday

Brandi Carlile to livestream concert tonight on her 39th birthday

She will play her 2018 Grammy-winning album "By the Way, I Forgive You" in its entirety plus other material.
Variety
May 31
Nick Cannon explains why he came to Minneapolis for George Floyd

Nick Cannon explains why he came to Minneapolis for George Floyd

The host of TV's "The Masked Singer" wrote about his visit and his views on racism and classism for Variety.com.
Music
May 28

George Floyd was once part of Houston hip-hop legend DJ Screw's crew

A recording of Floyd with the Screwed-Up Click surfaced Thursday following his death in the hands of Minneapolis police.
Coronavirus
May 21
Guns N' Roses postponement nearly clears the deck of Twin Cities stadium concerts this summer

Guns N' Roses postponement nearly clears the deck of Twin Cities stadium concerts this summer

Axl Rose & Co. plan to reschedule their Target Field date, which means fans will have to wait for refund options.

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