The new woolly mammoth at the Bell Museum.

11 hairy, buggy, spacey things to do at the brand-new Bell Museum

A far-out planetarium and a very woolly mammoth are just two of the museum's new attractions.

Scientists increasingly seek to study – and quantify – our response to the arts

July 20, 2018
Psychologists are studying people's responses to art.
A growing number of psychologists are focused on studying — and measuring — why we like what we like.

In the bawdy comedy 'Hand to God,' Twin Cities director goes mano a mano with puppets

July 19, 2018
Riley O’Toole and “Tyrone” in “Hand to God” at the Jungle Theater.
Christina Baldwin knows her way around actors, but in "Hand to God" she directs puppets for the first time.
Stage & Arts
January 27
Molly Gleeson takes questions from visitors twice a day as she works as a conservator at the Penn Museum’s Artifact Lab.

These museum exhibits are as exciting as watching paint dry

Art museums are opening up their restoration labs to the general public.
Stage & Arts
January 27
In Children’s Theatre Company’s production of “Three Little Birds,” the focus of the show is the music of Bob Marley. Pictured are Timotha Lan

Minneapolis musical captures the spirits of Bob Marley and Jamaica

CTC's Bob Marley musical, "Three Little Birds," salutes the optimistic spirit of Jamaica.
The riverfront Guthrie Theater is a signature Dowling achievement.
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Stage & Arts
January 26
“Pepperland” was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album.

Review: Mark Morris company dances 'Sgt. Pepper' into the new century

Famed choreographer Mark Morris mined the Beatles landmark to find contemporary relevance.
Music
January 26
"Pepperland" features colorful costumes and Beatles-inspired tunes.

Dance inspired by Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' is guaranteed to raise a smile

The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" inspires a new dance work reuniting former Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson with mentor Mark Morris.
Music
January 24
Cortez Mitchell plays the pivotal role of the Refugee in “Flight” and was once part of the Resident Artist Program at the Minnesota Opera.

Minnesota Opera program turns budding talents into potential stage stars

"Flight," opening Saturday at the Ordway, is an object lesson in how Minnesota Opera nurtures new talents.
Stage & Arts
January 24
Flordelino Lagundino

St. Paul's Park Square Theatre cuts job of artistic director

Facing funding shortfalls, the St. Paul theater eliminated a key position.
Stage & Arts
January 24
Lynnea Doublette and Ellis M. Dossavi Alipoeh in "Bob Marley's Three Little Birds" at Children's Theatre.

'Bob Marley's Three Little Birds' makes regional debut at Children's Theatre

A Bob Marley-infused "reggae fairy tale" makes its regional debut at Children's Theatre.
Stage & Arts
January 23

Revitalizing Indigenous symbols

Native art Curator Alexandra Buffalohead is invested in increasing visibility for Indigenous North American artists and redefining the Native art history canon through storytelling. Her…
Stage & Arts
January 23
Dovie Thomas, who presents “How the Wild West Was Spun.”

In the spotlight: "How the Wild West Was Spun"

How the Wild West Was Spun Ends Sunday: Her Lakota, Plains Apache and Scottish Traveller ancestry gives storyteller Dovie Thomas a much different perspective on…
Stage & Arts
January 23
"Youth and Age" by Jamel Shabazz

Legacy of Gordon Parks lives on, in a photo show at St. Paul museum

Show weaves his work with that of an artist he influenced.
Stage & Arts
January 23

Lighting designer Michael Wangen dies at 65

The self-taught lighting designer worked on productions in the Twin Cities and at playhouses across the country.
Stage & Arts
January 22
Alan Zweibel

Comic legend Alan Zweibel talks about collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Larry David

Alan Zweibel talks about working with everyone from Gilda Radner to Larry David.
Stage & Arts
January 22
Aaron LaVigne, left, as Jesus and Tommy Sherlock as Pilate in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Lloyd Webber turns Jesus up to 11

Review: No one expects subtlety from "Jesus Christ Superstar," and you're not going to get it.
Stage & Arts
January 21
Akshay Krishna as Yazen and Gamze Ceylan as Noura in the Guthrie Theater’s “Noura.”

Regional premiere of Heather Raffo's 'Noura' paints surrealist picture at the Guthrie

Review: "Noura" dramatizes an immigrant's soul struggle.
Stage & Arts
January 20
A Ligia Lewis work will be performed for Walker’s Out There series.

Dance: 'Journey to Dunhuang,' 'Water Will (in Melody)' and '9X22' farewell

Dance, acrobatics and martial arts Ring in the Chinese New Year with a performance by CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, the local dance company and school…
Stage & Arts
January 20
Steven Epp and Christina Baldwin in the Jungle’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

'Subtle' Minneapolis play takes a hard look at marriage and freedom

In "A Doll's House" sequel, Nora confronts what she left behind at the end of that play.
Stage & Arts
January 19
Britta Ollmann, Nora Montanez, Kate Beahen, Regina Marie Williams (foreground) and Meghan Kreidler in “Bernarda Alba” at Theater Latté Da.

Theater Latté Da offers up a poetic, powerful 'Bernarda Alba'

The regional premiere of "Bernarda Alba" is potent and poetic at Theater Latté Da.
Stage & Arts
January 18
Minneapolis’ tallest building was once the Foshay Tower, foreground, an obelisk.

Think the Minneapolis skyline is unique? Think again – we have copycat buildings in our midst

Some of our landmark buildings aren't so unique. Others are ours alone.
Stage & Arts
January 17
Miguel Gutierrez’s work was commissioned by the Walker Art Center for its Out There Festival.

Nudity, primal energy and fun punctuate 'This Bridge' at the Walker Art Center

"Lord of the Flies" meets "Muppet Babies" in primal, playful, head-scratching Out There production.
Stage & Arts
January 11
Dietrich Poppen’s dog Vienna, a miniature poodle/Shih Tzu mix, has become a mainstay of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

A rescue mutt named Vienna is the unofficial mascot of St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater

Miniature poodle/Shih Tzu mix is winning fans on both sides of the footlights.
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