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Patrick's Cabaret turns 25

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Mention the name Patrick's among the Twin Cities dance and theater communities and a cacophony of praise will surely follow. Patrick's not only refers to a man -- Patrick Scully -- but also to a theater space: Patrick's Cabaret.


Beginning in 1986, Patrick's Cabaret was a monthly show that took place in the gymnasium of the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in south Minneapolis (not in the converted 1890s firehouse we know today). The performances were primarily by Scully and his friends, a group of dancers, writers, singers, and performance artists.

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This weekend, Patrick's is celebrating their 25th birthday. "It feels amazing to turn 25," says executive director Amy Hero Jones. "Thinking about all that has happened in the past 25 years, we are so lucky and proud to still be here -- still presenting artists of all backgrounds, genres and experience levels."

Plenty has changed since those early days in the church basement. There is reason to celebrate not only 25 years, but also the positive changes it has made. The space is not only a performance venue, but a place for the community as it is often used for classes, rehearsals, and other events.

There is quite a celebration planned for this weekend, beginning with a parade -- a mile-long cabaret in its own right. Events leading long into the evening include a block party in the main parking lot featuring live bands including Felonious Bosch, Yasercise, Wolf Mountain, and Erik Stoeckeler. The Magic Bus Café will be there too, and drinks will be supplied by nearby Indian restaurant Gandhi Mahal. Other fun activities onsite will include a Lucy-style advice booth by Amy Salloway, tarot readings by Kay Kirscht, and caricature drawings.

Inside the cabaret, learn ballroom dancing, contact improv dance, and more with demonstrations and workshops until 6:15 p.m. Open Book Arts will be conducting a paper-making workshop in the lobby as well. And don't miss Gary Schiff as he presents Patrick's Cabaret with a proclamation from the City of Minneapolis.

Beginning at 8 p.m there will be a special performance co-curated by Patrick Scully and Arturo Miles, followed by a dance party.

Patrick's Cabaret's 25th-anniversary celebration is free to the public, but there is a $10 suggested donation for the later performance. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and run until about 11 p.m. Check out Patrick's website for a complete schedule of events.