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Joshua Bell Sells Out, Sells More

In 2007, virtuoso concert violinist Joshua Bell took his violin to the Washington Metro and began playing. This impromptu performance was a social experiment organized by the Washington Post to see if people would stop and take notice of a highly skilled musician playing in this environment – and to

PREVIEW: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Photo by Ian Foxx.

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre might just be the best-known dance company you didn't know you saw. Seen the movie Avatar? LWDT founder and namesake Lula Washington choreographed some of the movement and dancing for the Na'vi. Her dancers brought the choreography to life, donning motion capture gear to record the movements

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

The 1912 world premiere of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos had a built-in pacing problem: while the opera itself was only 90 minutes, it was performed second on the same bill as Le bourgeois gentillehomme – a lengthy play that by itself ran 4.5 hours. This, unsurprisingly, was not the best combination even before the advent

Supermoon Eclipse Sunday Night

A rare supereclipse will be visible from approximately 9:11 PM-10:23 PM Central Time on Sunday. Before the full eclipse begins, a partial eclipse will be visible from 8:07 PM-11:27 PM. NASA has an explanation and detailed guide.

REVIEW: Park Square Kills It In Murder for Two

Park Square Theatre's production of Murder for Two, which opened this evening, is a charming murder mystery musical comedy in the pantomime tradition. If you want more alliteration, it's a funny fancy farce of fickleness and fanciful fare. The set is minimal, but the variety of charaters played by Andrea

PREVIEW: Ariadne auf Naxos

Minnesota Opera's production of the classic Richard Strauss opera Ariadne auf Naxos opens tomorrow at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Here's a peek at the stunning visual designs by set designer Robert A. Dahlstrom, costume designer Cynthia Savage, and lighting designer Connie Yun (after original lighting designs by Robert Wierzel):     All photographs

U.S. State Department Announces Study Abroad Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State recently announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad. These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, and gap year students are encouraged to

REVIEW: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, now playing at Park Square Theatre, is the sort of stage work where knowing too much in advance is against the audience interest. This staging of an intergenerational tale of experiences in and around the U.S. military is moving and gripping. Some preliminary notes: It's best to eat

Chameleon Theatre Circle Opens 100th Production

As the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Julianne Amendola can tell you, it's not every year that your institution turns 100. In this respect, the MIA has a leg up on almost every arts organization in the area in terms of longevity and head starts – just ask the Children's Theatre Company. The

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