The inaugural Grinkie Prom, a vintage-themed formal dance, took place last night at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis. A large crowd turned out to show off vintage formalwear ranging from the authentic 1920s to present day retro fashion, dance to live music from Davina and the Vagabonds, and celebrate the success of local pin-up photography company Grinkie Photography. The dance floor hummed with a mix of live blues, swing, and jazz courtesy; the band played two extended sets, while before and in-between a DJ kept things moving. Several attendees drove in from out of state, and at least one bachelorette party arrived to hit the dance floor.
Basil Considine is the Editor of the Twin Cities Arts Reader. He served as Performing Arts Editor and Senior Classical Music and Drama Critic for the Arts Reader's first five years before succeeding Hanne Appelbaum. He was previously the Resident Classical Music and Drama Critic at the Twin Cities Daily Planet and remains an occasional contributing writer for The Boston Musical Intelligencer and The Chattanoogan. He holds a PhD in Music and Drama from Boston University, an MTS in Sacred Music from the BU School of Theology, and a BA in Music and Theatre from the University of San Diego.
Basil was named one of Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year in 2017. He was previously the Regional Governor for the National Opera Association's North Central Region.