“Say Their Names Cemetery,” at 37th Street and Park Avenue S. in Minneapolis, includes 100 headstones representing African-Americans who have died

Two young artists create a 'cemetery' in Minneapolis to honor victims of police killings

Art installation serves as community gathering space.

Guthrie board slashes budget, cuts two-thirds of upcoming season due to coronavirus impact

May 9
A sign at an entrance to the Guthrie Theater stated that the building was closed on Sunday.
The Guthrie's plans for three shows would be the briefest season in its 60-year history. Among the cuts: "A Christmas Carol."

Broadway musical 'North Country' is a spectacular reimagining of Bob Dylan songs

March 11
Jeannette Bayardelle and the cast of “Girl From the North Country” on Broadway.
"Girl From the North Country" shifts Minnesota native's lyrics to folks in a Duluth boardinghouse.
Coronavirus
July 10
Macalester College Prof. Harry Waters Jr. started Outside Voices, a combination of laughing yoga and theater exercises occurring weekly at Powderhorn

Stress making you scream? Join the club with weekly gathering at south Mpls. park

A theater artist and Macalester professor creates a ritual of release during COVID and George Floyd crucibles.
Stage & Arts
July 9
Wolfpack Promotionals hasn’t made a decision about what to do with the “Big Floyd” mural.

Activists want to keep George Floyd murals in communities that created them

After George Floyd's killing by police, hundreds made art on the plywood of boarded-up buildings. Where will they go now?
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July 7
In this March 30, 2017, file photo, actor Nick Cordero, left, and Amanda Kloots attend the premiere of "Going in Style" in New York.

In Nick Cordero's death, a reminder of COVID-19's unknowns

The death of Broadway actor Nick Cordero from COVID-19 has shaken people far beyond the theater world, in large part because he was just 41…
Stage & Arts
July 3
CTC will reprise the successful “Seedfolks” in its upcoming season. Sonja Parks (pictured) previously played all the roles in the U.S. production.

Children's Theatre will not reopen until March of next year

Live stage productions will relaunch with "Annie" and "Seedfolks."
Stage & Arts
July 3
Walker Art Center will begin its reopening with its galleries, where it’s easier to control flow.

Minnesota museums envision a 'touchless' future as they reopen

As Twin Cities venues begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience.
Movies
July 2
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Hamilton.”

'Hamilton,' taped in 2016 with the original cast, will stream on Disney+ 

A wider audience can finally view this thrilling work.
Movies
July 2
Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hami

Now streaming in 'Hamilton,' the show's original stars have gone on to big things

You've seen them rise to stardom. Now you can finally watch its cast in the show where it happened.
Stage & Arts
July 2
Measures to promote social distancing are evident throughout the museum. This includes a directional path for viewing, distance between groups, and re

Larger-than-life Soviet art marks the first reopening of a Twin Cities art museum

The Museum of Russian Art reopens with paintings from Soviet-era Ukraine.
Music
June 26
Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.”

An entertaining podcast for those who may be discovering (or missing) opera

We don't have live opera now, but we do have "Aria Code."
Music
June 25
JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com Jamecia Bennett (shown in “Marie and Rosetta”) will livestream a concert Sunday evening.

Virtual entertainment highlights: Twin Cities Pride, Jamecia Bennett

Twin Cities Pride This weekend’s virtual parade has been canceled; instead Twin Cities Pride will use its platform to support groups marching Sunday in Minneapolis…
Coronavirus
June 23
Staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Art installed an Egyptian statue for a 2018 exhibit.

Minneapolis Institute of Art cuts staff in response to pandemic

Citing "economic uncertainty" due to the pandemic, the museum cut 39 jobs and reduced leaders' pay by 15%.
Inspired
June 22
Performers with the Theater of Public Policy added telephone improv for free to people feeling lonely or worried due to COVID-19.

Twin Cities improv troupe offers 'Phone a Friend' outreach to those feeling isolated

The idea occurred to writer and improviser Keren Gudeman during a jog around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.
Stage & Arts
June 21
Jamie Grant’s last day as the Ordway Center’s president and CEO is Aug. 31.

Ordway president and CEO to leave for Calif. job

Jamie Grant broadened the center's programming beyond Broadway.
Music
June 18
Davina Lozier of Davina and the Vagabonds

Virtual calendar of events

MUSIC BACK CATALOG LISTENING PARTY: Hosts Mother Banjo and Anthony Ihrig with Ellis Delaney. 4 p.m. today. Facebook. EAR COFFEE: With Natalie Fideler. 7 p.m.…
Stage & Arts
June 15
“Rivus” by Lisa Nebenzahl

Two Minnesota book artists get a boost from a new $25K award

With a new award, the book arts — which involve printing and stitching and folding and binding — are getting their due. Minnesota artists Paula…
Music
June 11
Pert Near Sandstone plays the Blue Ox Virtual Musical Festival.

Virtual entertainment highlights: Blue Ox Music Fest, radio melodrama, Jeff Daniels

Blue Ox Virtual Music Festival Friday-Saturday: If a music fest fell in the woods with no audience there to watch it, would it still make…
Coronavirus
June 11
Eager to get back into your favorite Twin Cities museums? You won't have to wait much longer.

Twin Cities museums aim to reopen as soon as next weekend

Bakken plans to open June 20 while Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are aiming for mid-July.
Stage & Arts
June 10
Aribert Munzner in his studio last week. Much of his work there was water-damaged after the Ivy Arts Building caught fire in rioting May 29.

His work ruined in rioting, a 90-year-old Minneapolis artist starts anew

Minneapolis artist Aribert Munzner lost a lifetime of work in the aftermath of rioting, but kept his sense of humor.
Stage & Arts
June 9

Six Minnesota sculpture parks to enjoy during the coronavirus pandemic

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place, Mpls. 6 a.m.-midnight daily. Free. walkerart.org Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, Minn.…
Stage & Arts
June 9
Using facial expressions for emphasis, Nic Zapko interpreted during a Gov. Tim Walz news conference.

Can't stop watching Gov. Walz's ASL interpreter? You're not alone

Nic Zapko is drawing huzzahs for her strength and expressive interpreting of Gov. Tim Walz's news conferences during the COVID-19 and George Floyd emergencies.

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