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]

Cheeseheads rejoice for Wisconsin cheese named best in world

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a cheese made in the U.S. has won the World Championship Cheese Contest, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. And it just so happens that victorious wedge was made in the city that celebrates cheese like no other. Roth Grand Cru Surchoix, a smear ripened hard cheese produced … [ 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]

Happy 55th anniversary, Peace Corps!

February 28–March 5, 2016, is Peace Corps Week, with today, March 1, marking the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s establishment of the program in 1961. #JFK‘s Executive Order 10924 establishing the @PeaceCorps, 55 yrs ago #TDiH 3/1/1961: https://t.co/he7yudepZr pic.twitter.com/OuyzC9M5UU — Today’s Document (@TodaysDocument) March 1, 2016 In the last 55 years, Peace Corps has been a leader … [ Read more]

A celebration of voices and culture at Orchestra Hall

What happens when the internationally-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club partners with nationally acclaimed choral ensemble VocalEssence to celebrate the male voice? Find out at the VocalEssence WITNESS: Morehouse College Glee Club concert Sunday, February 21 at Orchestra Hall. The performance will feature Morehouse College Glee Club conductor David E. Morrow and new VocalEssence associate conductor … [ Read more]

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival announces new series, special events

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) announced a new series, called “Tribute,” to honor important international film figures today via press release. “We wanted to make our 35th anniversary something special, so we’ve created this new Tribute series to pay homage to the luminaries that make world cinema great,” said Susan Smoluchowski, executive … [ Read more]

Quit texting like a Minnesotan

Minnesotans are the masters of passive-aggressive communication, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve now applied our read-between-the-lines ways to text messaging—and it’s causing some serious anxiety, reports the Star Tribune. “Texts have such a variety of meanings with a simple change of punctuation,” said Sara Kerr, a business professor at St. Catherine … [ Read more]

Heat things up at Franconia Sculpture Park this Valentine’s Day weekend

If you’re looking for something to do other than make googly eyes at your sweetie over a fancy dinner this weekend, read on. Franconia Sculpture Park‘s Valentine’s Day Hot Iron Pour is a unique, fun way to spend the day with the love of your life (or the person you’re hoping to be the love of your … [ Read more]

Facebook says we’re even more connected than we think

Facebook ran the numbers and concluded that we are all much closer than the traditional “six degrees of separation,” reports The New York Times. The social media giant released a report on its blog Thursday, February 4, announcing “each person in the world” is separated from every other by “an average of three and a … [ Read more]

Downtown Minneapolis’ population is growing—fast

The number of people living in downtown Minneapolis rose by 25% over the last 10 years, reports Bring Me the News. That’s according to the Minneapolis Downtown Council, which in an update to its “2025 Plan” revealed the recent boom in apartment building in the downtown area is starting to bear fruit. Currently 39,960 people … [ Read more]

Never-before-seen Beatrix Potter story uncovered

According to the BBC, publisher Jo Hanks has uncovered a new-to-us Beatrix Potter story, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” which Potter wrote some time before 1914. Hanks found rough sketches of “Kitty-in-Boots” and a partially arranged manuscript in the author’s papers at the Victoria and Albert Museum archives in London. The story stars “a well-behaved prime black … [ Read more]