Bold sound and set design elevates the Guthrie’s ‘Frankenstein’ to new heights

The creak of shifting ice and horror-film undertones are the first sounds welcoming audience members into the Wurtle Thrust stage at Guthrie Theater. A gleaming black, sloping mound dominates the set; a black disk of a sun glows ominously in the upper-left corner of the stage. The sounds, composed and designed by Cliff Caruthers, and … [ Read more]

Guthrie Theater awarded $1 million grant to create a ninth floor “theatrical hub”

The Guthrie Theater today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to underwrite a groundbreaking initiative for the theater’s entire ninth floor, home to the 200-seat Dowling Studio, the Citizens of Minnesota Overlook—a signature feature of the lobby known as the “amber box”—and a unique retractable wall … [ Read more]

The 2016 Music in the Zoo Lineup

Music in the Zoo is back for a 24th year at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, and features a lineup that spans the genres. JUNE 6/10 – Five for Fighting with String Quartet 6/ 11 – Blondie 6/12 – Home Free 6/13 – Ziggy Marley 6/18 – Soul Asylum 6/19 – Los Lobos with special guest Roger … [ Read more]

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 … [ 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]

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]

Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]

The Cowles Center gets a $3 million Christmas present

Dance fan and philanthropist Caroline Amplatz has donated $3 million to help the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts rehab its Arts & Education Wing, reports the Star Tribune. The eight-story building, on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis, is home to 28 nonprofit arts groups, including James … [ Read more]

Ferran Adrià at Mia: “A Broader Way of Thinking”

A world-renowned Spanish chef has submitted his notes and sketches for an art exhibit. Except that the exhibit is not really about food, and it’s also not exactly art—which all seems perfect for a chef whose work disdains the status quo. Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity is open now through January 3, 2016 in the Target Wing … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Blooms of Summer

Summer is in full swing and so too are all things that bloom. Therefore, it’s only fitting that you get out of the house this week to enjoy the sunshine, as well as the scents and sounds of summer, and to attend the events featured below. The events were all chosen because they represent or … [ Read more]