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May 28
Alexander O'Neal

Virtual entertainment picks: Alexander O'Neal, Dan Israel, Asian-American monologues

Alexander O’Neal Saturday: The soulful-voiced Minneapolis Sound hitmaker of “Fake” and “Criticize” fame doesn’t call Minnesota home anymore, but he’s bringing it back home live…
Stage & Arts
May 28
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts executive director, on a rooftop patio at the nonprofit's new St. Paul headquarters.

Springboard for the Arts is saving Minnesota's arts scene, $500 at a time

The St. Paul nonprofit uses "lots of little" to make big change in a crisis through its emergency relief fund.
Stage & Arts
May 26
Carla Rodriguez poured developer on the exposed plate under the red glow of a safelight. The image has to be developed within a minute of being expose

Discover fresh art and inspiration at these 5 Minnesota Instagram accounts

Minnesota artist Instagrammers bring a dose of inspiration, provocation to the social media platform.
Stage & Arts
May 22
Ten Thousand Things artistic director Marcela Lorca, shown watching a rehearsal in February 2019, remains optimistic about the theater.

Like all theaters, Ten Thousand Things canceled shows but it's still paying artists to create

It's an existential question for arts organizations and, at least for now, Ten Thousand Things has some answers.
Music
May 21
Carolyn Pool and Shanan Custer present "Bad Things, Good Whiskey" Friday during Park Square's Virtual Play Festival.

Virtual entertainment picks for May 22-28: Sister Species, Park Square festival, Xcel podcast

Sister Species Friday: Although her sibling Abby is no longer in the group, Emily Kastrul’s chamber-folk-rock band Sister Species still has a charming familial vibe…
Coronavirus
May 20
A sign at an entrance to the Guthrie Theater stated that the building was closed.

After 'financially devastating' show cancellations, Guthrie Theater cuts staff by 79%

It's the latest pandemic fallout for the downtown Minneapolis theater.
Coronavirus
May 20
350 young musicians from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ 9 school-year orchestras participated in a virtual video to replace the show they

Watch 350 young Minnesota musicians go virtual for Holst 'Jupiter' performance

A beloved springtime tradition comes to life online in the age of COVID-19.
Stage & Arts
May 19

The return of 'Hamilton' to Minneapolis pushed back nearly a year

Touring Broadway shows such as "Frozen," "Tootsie" and "Come From Away" have been re-scheduled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus
May 19
The Guthrie and other theaters face large hurdles reopening in a post-COVID world.

Facing pandemic peril, Twin Cities arts groups seek a way forward

Theater, which relies on people gathering in numbers to take in an experience, has been devastated.
Stage & Arts
May 18
Palette knife in hand, and face mask at the ready, plein-air painter Jacob Docksey worked on a small painting of the 1906-vintage Loring Community Art

For these Minnesotans, painting in the great outdoors is the perfect socially distant art

Painting in the great outdoors is a perfect antidote to this socially distant moment.
Stage & Arts
May 17
Getting "Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho was a coup for the Walker's film dialogue series.

Redford, Hanks, Lange, Eastwood all have a home now at Walker Art Center website

Dialogues with Hanks, Lange, Eastwood and others are now available in an online archive.
Music
May 14
Jonatha Brooke will perform from home on Monday.

The best virtual entertainment this week: The Current's Sounds Like Home fest, 24 Hour Comedy Festival, Jonatha Brooke

Sounds Like Home Friday-Sunday: Don’t feel guilty if you can’t afford a virtual tip for this one: The musicians are actually getting paid. Yeah, go…
Stage & Arts
May 12

Former Minneapolis Institute of Art director Alan Shestack dies at 81

Former Minneapolis Institute of Art director Alan Shestack stayed in the Twin Cities for only 21 months, but during that time he shook things up.…
Stage & Arts
May 11
Fonts by Chank Diesel, Mark Simonson, Anne Ulku and Carolyn Porter.

Little-known fact: The Twin Cities is a hotbed for type designers

Meet six Twin Cities designers, several of whom make a living designing fonts.
Stage & Arts
May 11
Steven Epp (with Suzanne Warmanen) in last year’s world premiere of Terrence McNally’s “Immortal Longings,” directed by Peter Rothstein.

With questions about the future, Latté Da develops works for the long term

With multiple new projects in the works, it's planting seeds for whenever live theater returns.
Stage & Arts
May 10
Dean Holt in "Corduroy" at Children's Theatre.

Twin Cities theater artist marks 25 years in the only acting job he's ever had

An inventive spirit, and some naughtiness, has fueled actor Dean Holt for at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
Stage & Arts
May 9
A sign at an entrance to the Guthrie Theater stated that the building was closed on Sunday.

Guthrie board slashes budget, cuts two-thirds of upcoming season due to coronavirus impact

The Guthrie's plans for three shows would be the briefest season in its 60-year history. Among the cuts: "A Christmas Carol."
Stage & Arts
May 7
Hattie Ball’s virtual “Visit Earth Odyssey.”

5 Minnesota artists whose work is perfect for the virtual world

This is the perfect moment for new-media artists. Here are five you should know.
Stage & Arts
May 7
Comedian Mary Mack with a gluten-free beer on the deck in the back yard of her Minneapolis home.

Minneapolis comic Mary Mack gets another shot at fame with animated series

Minnesota comic gets an out-of-this-world opportunity from "Rick and Morty" veterans.
Music
May 7
VocalEssence conductor Philip Brunelle.

Virtual entertainment picks: Huge Theater, VocalEssence, musician's benefit

VocalEssence Virtual Projects Ongoing: Leave it to ever-enterprising Philip Brunelle, founder of the Twin Cities ensemble VocalEssence, to provide some pandemic music even without his…

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