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October 7
Annual Red Wing arts fest goes hybrid in-person and virtual

Annual Red Wing arts fest goes hybrid in-person and virtual

The COVID-friendly event is outdoors and socially distanced.
Music
October 6
Buzzy newcomer Omar Apollo to perform first live concert at Paisley Park during pandemic

Buzzy newcomer Omar Apollo to perform first live concert at Paisley Park during pandemic

Newcomer, who sings in English and Spanish, will sing on Oct. 27 for 100 people, with the concert to be streamed later.
Variety
October 2
Three-day outdoor art fest on St. Paul's Payne Av. highlights justice & solidarity

Three-day outdoor art fest on St. Paul's Payne Av. highlights justice & solidarity

The COVID-friendly event focuses on 50 BIPOC artists and 20 East St. Paul businesses
Music
October 1
Lissie to play five outdoor October concerts at Icehouse in Minneapolis

Lissie to play five outdoor October concerts at Icehouse in Minneapolis

The Midwest folk-rocker will play some shows solo, some with her band
Variety
October 1
Minnesota History Center reopens after months of COVID closure

Minnesota History Center reopens after months of COVID closure

Furloughed staff also returned to the museum.
Variety
September 30
Hippo Campus, Bob Mould contribute to all-star voting rights compilation

Hippo Campus, Bob Mould contribute to all-star voting rights compilation

A fundraiser for the nonpartisan Voting Rights Lab, the 77-track project will feature new songs, demos, covers and live tracks from Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Yola and others.
Variety
September 29
Tame Impala reschedules postponed concert for Oct. 10, 2021 in St. Paul

Tame Impala reschedules postponed concert for Oct. 10, 2021 in St. Paul

Refunds will be available until Oct. 29, 2020 for the psychedelic Australian band.
Variety
September 28
Why did Prince's 'Purple Rain' jump 68 spots to No. 8 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums list?

Why did Prince's 'Purple Rain' jump 68 spots to No. 8 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums list?

Bob Dylan landed eights albums on the list, Prince four and the Replacements and Husker Du one each.
Variety
September 25
Franconia Sculpture Park celebrates opening of new $2 million dollar facility

Franconia Sculpture Park celebrates opening of new $2 million dollar facility

This Saturday's ribbon cutting event includes an art exhibition, live performances, and lots of food trucks
Music
September 19

Influential Twin Cities radio DJ John Pete dies at age 82

On free-form KQRS, he introduced Twin Cities music lovers to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan and Shawn Phillips.
Variety
September 18
Former Classical MPR host Garrett McQueen addresses his firing in new podcast

Former Classical MPR host Garrett McQueen addresses his firing in new podcast

"Do I acknowledge my actions were against the rules...? Yes. Do I acknowledge wrongdoing? Absolutely not."
Variety
September 17
Bob Dylan is resurrecting his “Theme Time Radio Hour” on SiriusXM.

Bob Dylan offers new 'Theme Time Radio Hour' about whiskey

It's a double-shot of music, commentary and jokes about his booze of choice in a new episode of his SiriusXM radio show that ran from 2006-09.
Variety
September 16
Two months after firing director, Minnesota Museum of American Art is on hold

Two months after firing director, Minnesota Museum of American Art is on hold

While ex-Penumbra leader Chris Widdess serves as interim boss, hiring of Kristin Makholm's replacement has been put off, pending a study by the board.
Variety
September 15
Get ready for live music and comedy at Minnesota State Fair's West End

Get ready for live music and comedy at Minnesota State Fair's West End

Three hours of woman comedians and three hours of live music are set for Sept. 26 outdoors under an amphitheater's roof.
Variety
September 7
Cory Wong, Dave Koz mix funk and smooth-jazz with fun and flair at Crooners

Cory Wong, Dave Koz mix funk and smooth-jazz with fun and flair at Crooners

The unlikely musical pairing will record an album in Minneapolis this week.
Variety
September 4
Jimmy Jam to co-chair Grammy organization's Black Music Collective

Jimmy Jam to co-chair Grammy organization's Black Music Collective

He will join John Legend, Quincy Jones and others to try to amplify the voices and concerns of Black musicians.
Coronavirus
September 3
KFAN's Power Trip forced to broadcast remotely after positive COVID-19 test

KFAN's Power Trip forced to broadcast remotely after positive COVID-19 test

None of the on-air personalities have tested positive but the assistant producer did.
Variety
September 3
Dancer Rick Ausland

Co-founder of dance sensations Buckets and Tap Shoes survives traumatic bike crash

Despite a brain injury and broken bones, Rick Ausland is making a "miraculous" recovery.
Variety
September 2
19th annual Selby Ave JazzFest will livestream four concerts starting Saturday

19th annual Selby Ave JazzFest will livestream four concerts starting Saturday

The Saturday night in September performances will feature Charmin & Shapira, Solomon Parham, Patricia Lacy and Nachito Herrera.
Variety
September 2
University of Minnesota presents free concert series with Lady Midnight, DJ Keezy, others

University of Minnesota presents free concert series with Lady Midnight, DJ Keezy, others

The Amplifying Solidarity series will be livestreamed from Northrop, starting Thursday.
Variety
September 2
Twin Cities theaters light up code red as live entertainment is 'just devastated'

Twin Cities theaters light up code red as live entertainment is 'just devastated'

#RedAlertRestart aims to raise awareness about the effects of the pandemic on performing arts institutions and artists.
Variety
September 1
Trademark Theater makes a virtual shift

Trademark Theater makes a virtual shift

The theater has announced the return of one work and the in-development debuts of others.
Variety
August 31
Minnesota State Fair to offer three mini-concerts on YouTube this weekend

Minnesota State Fair to offer three mini-concerts on YouTube this weekend

Featured will be former fair attractions: Caitlyn Smith, Tank and the Bangas, and the War and Treaty.
Variety
August 28
Big changes at small theaters

Big changes at small theaters

Two theaters are responding to the pandemic, one with a change of leadership and the other by announcing its end.
Variety
August 27
Official Prince estate podcast explores 'Sign o' the Times' album

Official Prince estate podcast explores 'Sign o' the Times' album

The eight-episode series is a prelude to the super deluxe reissue on Sept. 25 of Prince's acclaimed 1987 project.

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