Patrick’s Cabaret loses lease and looks to the future


Scott Artley, executive director of Patrick’s Cabaret, in South Minneapolis, announced today on their website that the firehouse that has housed the performance arts space for 16 years has been sold, forcing Patrick’s to leave the building by May 31.

“While we are disappointed, we embrace this development as an opportunity to refresh and restructure how we operate, while remaining committed to our mission to support the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture,” Artley wrote.

Patrick’s Cabaret began 30 years ago, on April 26, 1986, and has existed in several locations. It opened with the mission of providing a safe and accessible performance platform to local artists, especially artists of color, LGBT/queer-identified artists, and those with disabilities, and has done so ever since. The works presented at Patrick’s Cabaret are often considered “fringe” or avant garde due to the uncensored, un-auditioned stage.

Their upcoming “Cabaret Cabaret: The 30th Anniversary Show,” taking place April 29 and 30, will close out Patrick’s presence in the building. After that, Artley encourages patrons to “please stay tuned to our website for further information, and stay tuned to our email announcements for weekly updates about our programming and plans for the future.”

Learn more about Patrick’s Cabaret and their plans for the future here.

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