Online Alternatives to Going Out During COVID-19

Feel a little bit more normal with these online alternatives for theater, music, festivals, and more
In the foreground, from left to right: Peggy O'Connell as Mrs. Paroo, Ann Michels as Marian Paroo, Hugo Mulaney as Winthrop Paroo, and Michael Gruber as Harold Hill. Photo by Dan Norman, 2020, at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' The Music Man.

76 Trombones and a Simpler Time

”The Music Man” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is nostalgic and innocent in the best and worst ways, but its wholesome jubilee shines through

Weekend Best Bets: March 6-8

Things to do this weekend: Bock Fest, Festival of Owls, RollerGirls, Rock the Cradle, Food & Wine Experience, and more

Dance and Theater Merge in SHAPESHIFT’s “Grey Skies Blue”

Performing in the Twin Cities for the first time since 2016, the Minneapolis-based storytelling dance company hits the O’Shaughnessy this weekend
Emily Gunyou Halaas (Viola), Sun Mee Chomet (Olivia/Valentine) and Michael Hanna (Sebastian/Officer/Musician) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Tom Quaintance. Scenic design by Naomi Dawson, costume design by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design by Yi Zhao and sound design/composition by Sartje Pickett. February 8 – March 22, 2020 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. Photo by Dan Norman.

The Guthrie’s “Twelfth Night” Is Love and Comedy in All Forms

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"—via balloons, pools of water, and wit
The cast of "Spamtown, USA," left to right: Arden Michalec (plays Amy Bolton); Zachary Sullivan (plays Travis Olsen); Malia Berg (plays Carol Bolton); Isabella Spiess (plays Jude Olsen); Marcelo Mena (plays Scott Olsen)

Children’s Theatre Revisits the Hormel Strike, for Kids

A play about the famous 1985 labor dispute that split residents of Austin, Minn., uses actual testimony in ”Spamtown, USA”
Isabella and Francesca Dawis as L and M in Theater Mu's Peerless (through February 16 at Gremlin Theatre)

Fight for College, Not the Crown

"Peerless" by Theater Mu is a macabre look at college admissions and the value of your background
Layan Elwazani (Maryam) and Gamze Ceylan (Noura) in the Guthrie Theater's production of "Noura" by Heather Raffo and directed by Taibi Magar. Photo by Dan Norman.

10 Twin Cities Theater Shows for Winter

Romance, all-star casts, tough questions, a double-dosage of "A Doll's House," and more await
Theatre Elision's "Ghost Quartet," featuring Christine Wade in 2019

“A Flight of Short Musicals” Does Quick-fire Theater and Drinks

Theatre Elision pairs short musicals with wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages
A pole dancer at the Land of Lakes Pole Competition, David Rubene Photography, courtesy Myss Angie

Changing the Stigma Around Pole Dancing

Despite more fitness studios offering pole dancing, there’s still a huge stigma. The Land of Lakes Pole Dancing Festival hopes to change that.