Two new theaters coming soon to a neighborhood near you

If all goes according to plan, two new theaters will have opened their doors in Minneapolis–St. Paul by this winter, reports City Pages. On West Seventh Street, Ryan and Tina North have just saved a historic theater from the wrecking ball. The Garden Theater originally opened exactly 100 years ago as a movie house, but … [ Read more]

Milkweed Books coming soon to downtown Minneapolis

Milkweed Editions is opening a bookstore, Milkweed Books, in the Open Book building complex in downtown Minneapolis in late June, reports Publishers Weekly. The retail space is still being built out for the 700 to 750-square-foot bookstore, which will be located on the ground floor of the three-story complex, adjacent to the Coffee Gallery café. “We … [ Read more]

Where to get your flower fix this weekend

Spring is taking its sweet time to fully arrive in Minnesota. Instead of gazing out your window at the dreary gray skies, wrapped in a blanket, wishing for warm sunshine and abundant gardens, get a jump-start on the season by heading to Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Summer Flower Show … [ Read more]

Mixed Blood Theatre to hold anniversary gala at Paisley Park

Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based theater known for its unique brand of provocative, inclusive, and “predictably unpredictable theater” since 1976, will celebrate its 40th anniversary by hosting a gala, as previously scheduled, on May 14 at Paisley Park Studios, they announced via press release today. “Paisley Park staff has assured us that ‘Prince wanted this event … [ Read more]

Famed Swedish chef brings photo exhibit to the American Swedish Institute

Magnus Nilsson, the acclaimed chef of Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden who is also an accomplished photographer and cookbook author, is headed to Minneapolis. The American Swedish Institute announced today via press release that Nilsson will be displaying his traveling exhibit, “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People,” at the ASI June 2 to … [ Read more]

Big names bring the blues to 2016 Lowertown Blues Festival

Now in its third year, the Lowertown Blues Festival returns to Mears Park on Saturday, July 23, for the Twin Cities’ largest, free blues festival. This year’s main-stage lineup includes some of the biggest names in blues and soul music: Booker T. Jones Bernard Allison Group Corey Stevens Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials The … [ Read more]

Theater Latté Da looks to call Ritz Theater home

Theater Latté Da hasn’t had a permanent home since it left Loring Playhouse in 2006. That soon may change, though. Company leaders say Latté Da has entered into an “exclusive negotiating arrangement” with the Ritz Foundation, which owns the 245-seat theater Ritz Theater, at 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, reports Star Tribune. “We announced publicly for … [ Read more]

Tosca at the Minnesota Opera

Hope and optimism, sincerity and faith—it’s amazing how much can be undone by jealousy and a couple poor decisions. That’s the lesson from Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” now playing at the Minnesota Opera. The Ordway Theater is a perfect venue for this grand melodrama in three acts. The set dressing, both striking and minimal, underscores the … [ Read more]

Ordway Center announces 2016-2017 season

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveiled its 2016-2017 season Tuesday, March 15. The season includes a variety of Ordway-produced musicals, Broadway tours, world music concerts, dance performances, Broadway Songbook® offerings, and special performances that reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to St. Paul. Here’s a breakdown of the theater, music, … [ Read more]

Sorry, cat lovers, the Internet Cat Video Festival is going to live on a farm

The Walker Art Center just announced it’s ending the wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival so it can concentrate on the expansion of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, reports Minnesota Public Radio. The festival began in 2012 as an experiment to see if Internet communities such as cat video fans could be converted into physical communities through … [ Read more]

Guthrie Theater announces 2016-17 season

Guthrie Theater’s new artistic director, Joseph Haj, announced his inaugural season, and is wasting no time in jumping in and showing off what he can do. Two literary adaptations, a monumental Shakespeare tragedy, a Sondheim masterpiece, two theatrical classics, a play with music, a world premiere, and a brilliant comedy from a significant new voice … [ Read more]

MSP International Film Festival marks 35th anniversary with 250+ films from 71 countries

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, announced its full slate of films for the festival, which runs April 7–April 23. This year’s lineup includes more than 250 films—more than 160 features and more than 90 shorts—representing 71 countries. The festival’s opening night presentation will be revealed later … [ Read more]

Dylan ditches Minnesota roots—again

Bob Dylan has picked the University of Tulsa as the permanent home to a massive collection of archives, reports The Star Tribune. The university announced the acquisition of the 6,000-item Bob Dylan Archives on Wednesday morning with a long list of what’s in it, including: unreleased studio and concert recordings; decades of never-before-seen films; photographs … [ Read more]

MPLS MAKE celebrates collaboration on Central Avenue

MPLS MAKE, a community workshop for Twin Cities-area woodworkers, is christening its new Northeast Minneapolis location this Saturday, March 5, and is inviting everyone to come celebrate with them. The larger Central Avenue space (4,000 square feet vs. 500) caters to woodworking enthusiasts, hobbyists, and contractors who want to use their skills, but may not have … [ Read more]

Children’s Theatre Company’s big season reveal

Children’s Theatre Company announced its 51st season today, with highlights including four musicals and two world premieres. The 2016–2017 season begins in July with a reprise of “Pinocchio,” followed by “Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!,” written by acclaimed children’s author Mo Willems. The fall brings the world premiere of “The Last Firefly,” a fantastical … [ Read more]