Sally Wingert, left, and Regina Marie Williams in the premiere of playwright Ken LaZebnik’s “Animate” at the Como Zoo.

'Animate' offers buzzy spectacle and primal charisma at St. Paul's Como Zoo

Mixed Blood Theatre's new play tackles hot-button issues against the backdrop of animal exhibits.

Ten short plays let Twin Cities artists (and outdoor audiences) envision the future

August 31
Actors rehearse “Hopscotch: Pop-Up Plays About the Future” at St. Paul’s Frogtown Farm, one of several parks where they’ll perform 10 short pl
A batch of short plays asks artists and audiences to imagine what comes next.
Karen Olivo played Satine in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in New York in June 2019. “Moulin Rouge” is one of the t

Tony Awards are back, and so is a Twin Cities theater fanatic's mission

Kitty Fahey is hoping to snag tickets to the Broadway ceremony like she has in past years.
Stage & Arts
September 23
“Opera Afeura,” staged at Allianz Field. Tim Rummelhoff

Minnesota Opera takes to the soccer pitch for a surprising night at the opera

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera took over the Loons' stadium for its season-opening concert.
September 22
Seena Hodges. Photo: Desire� Benton of the Dash Collective

Walker Art Center elects Woke Coach founder as first woman of color to lead board

Longtime Twin Cities arts leader Seena Hodges will lead an all-female team as president.
September 20
Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez

Weisman Art Museum hires Mexican cultural leader as its new leader

Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez endured a hurricane as director of Puerto Rico's Museo de Arte de Ponce.
September 16
“Dastak” was scheduled to debut in March 2020, just as the pandemic lockdown began. An updated version will be performed Oct. 29-30 at the O’Sha

Ananya Dance Theatre continues to be a relentless crusader for social justice

Ananya Dance Theatre uses creative movements to address social justice issues in "Dastak."
September 16

Top 10 Twin Cities dance performances to experience this fall

Fall Sound GardenEnjoy the beauty of the transforming colors as composer and director JG Everest shares the third of his four seasonal presentations, "Water Suite."…
The riverfront Guthrie Theater is a signature Dowling achievement.
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September 16
Cole Rogers, who founded Highpoint Center for Printmaking with Carla McGrath, worked on the proofing process for a screen print by artist Julie Mehret

A lifetime of work is acquired by Mpls. Institute of Art: 'It will be like a family reunion'

The complete archive of the nationally renowned Twin Cities printmaking center is now enshrined at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
September 16
Julie Mehretu

10 must-see Twin Cities art exhibitions coming fall 2021

'Out My Window'Gail Albert Halaban travels the world looking into other people's windows. This photo project started in 2007 when she moved to New…
September 16
Twin Cities native Caroline Innerbichler will make her Hennepin Avenue debut starring as Anna in “Disney’s Frozen.”

Minnesota playhouses are reopening with a mix of classics and new shows this fall

Twin Cities theater companies are knocking wood, hoping that their comeback seasons this fall will stick.
Stage & Arts
September 16
Sally Wingert

10 biggest stage productions to hit the Twin Cities this fall

'What to Send Up When It Goes Down'Signe Harriday started her role as artistic director of Pillsbury House Theatre by staging Aleshea Harris' play in…
September 16
“Berfin, Istiklal Cad, Beyoglu, Istanbul” by Gail Albert Halaban Weinstein Hammons Gallery

Four Minneapolis shows to launch the fall season for art lovers

With chillier fall weather comes the opening of art exhibitions across the Twin Cities.These four Minneapolis shows — two of photographs, one of paintings and…
September 16
Comedian Ben Roy worked up a sweat in a show at the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, Ind.

Limestone Comedy Festival mines laughs out of the pandemic

The Limestone Comedy Festival proves you don't need big audiences for big laughs, just good comics.
September 16
Open Eye Theatre brought its “Log Jam!” to new heights on the Bakken’s rooftop.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Bakken Museum's rooftop became a stage

Plays, cabaret acts, concerts by Jeremy Messersmith and others, a drag show, improv and more have followed on the roof, which could host up to 90 with social distancing but has a maximum capacity of 140 now.
Stage & Arts
September 15
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show.”

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon return for a 2nd season of 'The Morning Show'

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
September 15
Gary Hines at Atomic K Studio.

As the arts come back, Minnesota notables weigh in on what's changed

As Minnesota's arts and entertainment scene faces a hopeful if uncertain season ahead, we asked local artists, actors, singers and dancers to reflect on lessons learned during the prolonged months of shutdown and upheaval.
September 10
Maia Maiden

St. Paul's Ordway Center adds a Twin Cities dance powerhouse to its new team

Maia Maiden's popular showcases have brought street-dancing styles into mainstream venues.
September 9
Lizzo plays Treasure Island Casino in her first show since before the pandemic.

Our Friday Best: Lizzo, SPCO, Phoebe Bridgers and free 'Minne-Musicals'

LizzoMinnesota was her launching pad, and after cancellation of last weekend's Bonnaroo festival it's where Lizzo's rocketing career is re-entering orbit in her first show…
September 9
“Every Little Step” goes behind the scenes of “A Chorus Line.” Sony Pictures Classics

7 best films that capture the 'miracle' of live theater

As live theater returns, see these documentaries about putting it together.
September 8
Christopher Harrington will become the next president and CEO of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Nov. 1, 2021.

Ordway hires trailblazing 'connector' as its next leader

Detroit native Christopher Harrington is the new president and CEO.
August 26
Sarah Agnew in “Arla Mae’s Booyah Wagon.” Provided

Our Friday Best: Maren Morris, Hall & Oates plus a movable 'Booyah' feast

Maren MorrisLast week, she was a guest host on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." This week, Morris will be the freshest headliner at the State Fair grandstand.…