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August 13
Lewiee Blaze is among the participants in the virtual Z Renaissance festival.

Virtual entertainment weekend picks: Z Renaissance fest, Rhythmically Speaking dance, Michael Monroe

Z Renaissance: A New Era Friday: Promising to “educate, advocate and inform the community about the ways that youth can and are making change,” this virtual…
August 12
Actors Laura Stearns and Kim Kivens rehearsed “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” in a Minneapolis backyard as stage manager Samson Perry looked on

A St. Paul play was set to be the first major live theater in months. Then its director got COVID-19

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company proves the show must go on.
Stage & Arts
August 12
Mark Ferraro-Hauck

Beset by debt, two St. Paul theater companies join forces to survive

Park Square and Stepping­Stone had been in talks before pandemic made their partnership urgent.
Stage & Arts
August 10
Aldo Moroni, in his Minneapolis loft.

Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is fighting to finish one last epic work

Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is still trying to finish one epic work.
Stage & Arts
August 6
Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy and his daughter Sarah Bellamy toured the "Penumbra Theatre at 40" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

St. Paul's Penumbra gets a new name and a new mission: Promoting 'arts, racial equity and wellness'

The Penumbra Center for Racial Healing still will produce plays, but performing arts is becoming just one of three areas of focus.
August 4
Dance will return the Northrop stage Feb. 6-7 with the Twin Cities debut of Victor Quijada’s company Rubberband, which combines hip-hop, ballet and

U of M's Northrop plans a return to live dance concerts in February

Fall season will mainly focus on virtual events.
Stage & Arts
August 3
The murderous cast of “Riddle Puzzle Plot,” created specifically for streaming, includes (clockwise from top left) Sun Mee Chomet, Shanan Custer,

Park Square's online play 'Riddle Puzzle Plot' is a snack for hungry theatergoers

Review: Park Square Theatre's "Riddle Puzzle Plot" plays out in four delightful socially distant episodes.
August 1
The “Medora Musical,” shown in 2017, is the marquee event at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, N.D. This year, capacity is limited to arou

Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.

A North Dakota road trip leads to relatively healthy Medora, where the summer performance season is still going strong.
Stage & Arts
July 31
Actress Laura Osnes attends the premiere screening of FX's "Fosse/Verdon" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Monday, April 8, 2019, in New York.

Eagan native and Tony nominee Laura Osnes booked for 'Murder'

Former Children's Theatre star will sing in streaming show "Murder Mystery Musical."
Stage & Arts
July 30
Gautham Raja and Sonal Raval in “Crushed,” one of several works at the Fringe centering on the immigrant experience. Vishwanath Somashekar

Minnesota Fringe Festival tries to prove that theater can thrive online

The festival was always about experimentation. Now, it's trying to prove that theater can survive online.
Stage & Arts
July 30
“Edith vs. Quarantine” 89 & One Tough Cookie”: Amanda Erin Miller plays a spry octogenarian who hasn’t left her apartment since COVID-19 desce

A sampling of shows from the 2020 virtual Minnesota Fringe Festival

“FringeMiss”: Fund­raiser with artists from Blackout Improv, Somerville Productions, SAATH, Winding Sheet Outfit and Hit the Lights. 7:30 p.m. Fri, Facebook Live “My Kahaani”:…
July 30
Lissie will appear via livestream from the Parkway Theater.

Virtual entertainment picks: Lissie, Gear Daddies, Guthrie benefit

Guthrie Theater Virtual Benefit Saturday: The Guthrie is closed until March for in-person performances, but you can get a taste of its delights in an…
Stage & Arts
July 30
Andrea Carlson’s “Anti-Retro” is part of the Walker’s exhibition “Don’t Let This Be Easy.” Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center critiques itself in a new exhibit of works by women

Exhibit of art by women looks at inequality in the art world — and in the museum's own collection.
July 30
Minnesota Opera’s acclaimed 2016 performance of “Das Rheingold” will be available to stream — in 3-D — Nov. 14-28.

Minnesota Opera plans event at St. Paul's CHS Field as it scales back its season

It canceled the five operas previously announced for 2020-21, replaced by a string of events that "prioritize the safety of audiences and artists."
Stage & Arts
July 23
8Provided by Park Square Theatre The murderous cast of “Riddle Puzzle Plot,” written by Jeffrey Hatcher (at top), includes (clockwise from above l

Park Square Theatre's interactive mystery 'Riddle Puzzle Plot' premieres on Zoom

No one's sure what to call this hybrid of theater and the internet, but writer Jeffrey Hatcher hopes it's fun.
July 23
Steve Zahn has racked up 81 credits in less than 30 years.

Minnesota's busy Steve Zahn has been in more movies than you realize. Here are 7 of his best.

The Minnesota high school theater star has gone on to become a showbiz veteran.
July 23
Jawaahir Dance Company will perform via Zoom.

This week's best virtual entertainment: Jawaahir dance, Caitlyn Smith's pop

Jawaahir Dance CompanySaturday: The traditional Middle Eastern dance company is entering the virtual space with a performance coming to your computer screen via Zoom. "Cassandra's…
Stage & Arts
July 23
Reza Salazer, John Earl Jelks, Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra in “Floyd’s” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie-commissioned play by Pulitzer winner will make its Broadway debut in 2021

Lynn Nottage comedy had its world premiere in Minneapolis last summer.
Stage & Arts
July 17
“The Temptation of Saint Antony” 1635, Jacques Callot

From the Black Death to the coronavirus, pandemics can also yield powerful art

What kind of art might come from the current crisis? Two Mia curators point to the lessons of history.
Stage & Arts
July 17
Nancy B. Miller, 92, of Minneapolis was happy that Minneapolis Institute of Art was open again. "This is one of the places that I come to, to refresh

Twin Cities museum lovers rejoice as Walker, Mia reopen: 'It's emotional to be back'

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center reopen after four months of coronavirus closures.

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