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The Star Tribune’s 2015 Theatre Awards

Roger Guenveur Smith in Penumbra Theatre's production of Rodney King. Photo: Craig Schwartz. It's the end-of-the-year awards sweeps at our sister publication. The Star Tribune's 2015 Artist of the Year is Ivey Award-winning director Peter Rothstein; honorable mentions went to: Jesse Bishop, the programming director the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul; Sha Cage, an

PREVIEW: Carnaval Brasileiro

Beira Mar Brasil in concert. The Brazilian festival Carnaval Brasileiro returns to Minneapolis on Saturday, February 13, 2016. This long-running festival, now in its 14th year, will take place at International Market Square and is divided into two portions: 3-6 PM: Carnaval Brasileiro 2016 (including the BrazilFest Family Matinee). 9 PM-2 AM: Carnaval Brasileiro Masquerade Ball. The festival will be hosted

REVIEW: Great The Great Work (7th House Theater)

Hans Gartner (David Carey) shares a heart-to-heart with daughter Charlotte Gartner (Kendall Anne Thompson). Photo by Amy Anderson. One of the hottest tickets in town last holiday season was 7th House Theater's production of Jonah and the Whale, the ensemble's first original musical. Jonah was a hot ticket for a cold time of year;

PREVIEW: Christmas Queens (Pantages Theatre)

The reality-TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race has been running for seven seasons and shows no sign of losing momentum. This Tuesday, some of the contestants land at the Pantages Theatre for some holiday songs, mascara, and a bit of tucking. Here's a look at some of the ladies taking the

PREVIEW: 2016 Concerts at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has announced the first half of its 2016 Concert Series. These performances take place at The Fireside Stage and are curated by CDT's Tamara Kangas Erickson. Most are organized around the music of a particular band or musician; theatergoers who didn't get enough of Beautiful while it was

REVIEW: Liberty Falls, 54321 (The Moving Company)

Back in the days of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, reviewers trying to describe the company's shows often used the term mise-en-scène. A literal translation of this term is deceptively simple: "placing on stage." In practice, the term refers to the importance of how everything fits together as a whole –

PREVIEW: Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival

Mother Nature may have delivered mixed signals this past month about whether or not winter is coming, but the planners for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival have nevertheless locked in all of their performers. The lineups for the four festival stages at the Saint Paul Hotel are: Ballroom Dance 2:00 PM:

REVIEW: Blue Man Group (Orpheum Theatre)

Blue Man Group bills itself as the "enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation." While these sound hyperbolic, they are also quite true. The show, which touched down at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night, is a refreshing piece of alternative theatre that blends wordless situational