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Fringe File 2017, #2: Minnesota Fringe Festival Announces New Executive Director

A 2015 photo of the Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake. Photo courtesy of the Art Shanty Facebook page. Last night was the Minnesota Fringe Festival lottery, where balls plucked out of a hopper determine the lineup of the country's largest unjuried arts festival. Attendees got an extra surprise: the

REVIEW: Steamy Words in Anna in the Tropics (Jungle Theater)

Cristina Florencia Castro as Marela in Anna in the Tropics. Photo by William Clark. The world of Tolstoy collides with the world of Cuban-American cigar workers in Jungle Theater’s current production of Anna in the Tropics.  Playwright Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama transports its audience to nearly a century ago in Tampa,

INTERVIEW: Composer Jodi Goble on the Art of Writing Art Songs

Composer Jodi Goble at the piano. If you hang around classical singers, you're likely to hear the name "NATS" come up. No, not the things that fly around – the National Association of Teachers of Singing, one of the cornerstone institutions of the classical voice world. Know someone who took voice lessons in

NEWS: Iowa Singer Advances to Met Opera National Council Auditions’ NYC Semi-Finals

Soprano Jessica Faselt singing at Bethel University on Sunday, Feb. 20. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera National Council – Upper Midwest Region. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Upper Midwest Region took place yesterday at Bethel University in St. Paul. The first place winner, soprano Jessica Faselt, will

PREVIEW: Game of Thrones: The Live Concert Experience

A promotional rendering of Game of Thrones: The Live Concert Experience. Ask any Game of Thrones fan about what they like about the series and you'll get a laundry list. The riveting stories, love-to-hate-'em villains, heroic struggles, the music – and what music! Excerpts of the award-winning score by Ramin Djawadi are