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2014 Stories by Brad Richason

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  • Gabriel

    published September 24, 2014

    As a narrative device, amnesia tends to be a concept best suited for the knowingly hokey realm of daytime soap operas. That said, contemporary... More >>

  • Filmmakers in Conversation: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    published September 17, 2014

    For many Twin Cities movie enthusiasts, homegrown filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen represent a local connection to cinematic greatness, having long... More >>

  • The Ivey Awards

    published September 17, 2014

    Long lauded for being something of a Midwestern epicenter for performance arts, the Twin Cities offers an exceptionally varied slate of... More >>

  • Middle Brother

    published September 10, 2014

    Inspired by his own background as a Korean adoptee, veteran performer Eric Sharp ponders the elusive nature of identity with Middle... More >>

  • Alien Invasion! (Films From Another World)

    published September 10, 2014

    The question of whether life exists beyond our solar system has been answered in cinema by an array of alien visitors. Some are friendly, while... More >>

  • Fassbinder: Tireless Provocateur

    published September 3, 2014

    The films of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder seem to come from a universe where auteur autonomy reigns as a sacrosanct policy. Not only... More >>

  • Sexy Laundry

    published September 3, 2014

    This insightful comedy from Canadian playwright Michele Riml, receiving its area premiere courtesy of Park Square Theatre, humorously depicts the... More >>

  • Minneapolis Art Lending Library

    published August 27, 2014

    When a home starts to feel a bit drab, there's nothing like an original work of art to spruce up the space. Procuring pieces from the average... More >>

  • Golden Boys

    published August 20, 2014

    In 1948 President Truman signed Executive Order 9981, a landmark directive that signaled the end of segregation within the ranks of the United... More >>

  • Minnesota State Fair

    published August 20, 2014

    Before breaking out our autumn wardrobes, Minnesotans can celebrate the waning days of summer at the Minnesota State Fair. First held in 1859, the... More >>

  • 'night, Mother

    published August 13, 2014

    Human beings tend to share a defiant attitude toward death. As a reflection of our aversion to mortality, just look to theater where the threat of... More >>

  • Guys and Dolls

    published August 13, 2014

    To any theater company hoping to attract an audience, staging a feel-good musical staple like Guys and Dolls must seem like a guaranteed... More >>

  • Rose

    published August 6, 2014

    Taking on a one-person play is always a gamble for theater companies. While productions can incorporate any number of creative embellishments,... More >>

  • Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

    published August 6, 2014

    With the exception of Roman Polanski, few Polish film directors have achieved name recognition with casual cinema-goers in the United States. This... More >>

  • Neverland

    published July 30, 2014

    While the remarkably skilled acrobats in Circus Juventas are mostly too young to vote, there's nothing immature about the group's artistry or... More >>

  • Beauty Is Everything: Vincente Minnelli

    published July 30, 2014

    When moviegoers grumble about how "they don't make 'em like they used to," there may be an urge to dismiss the critique as a tiresome indicator of... More >>

  • The Great Midwest Rib Fest

    published July 23, 2014

    While the southern half of the U.S. tends to garner most of the praise for perfecting the culinary art of barbeque, rare are the carnivorous Twin... More >>

  • Bare: A Pop Opera

    published July 16, 2014

    Though often obscured by the Twin Cities theater scene, the Fargo-Moorhead region has arisen as an unlikely incubator of emerging performance... More >>

  • Highland Fest

    published July 16, 2014

    With its heavy concentration of family homes and attendant inclination to slumber at a sensible hour, the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul isn't... More >>

  • Dragon Festival 2014

    published July 9, 2014

    Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, boating ranks as one of the more ubiquitous summertime activities. Even considering the myriad types of vessels... More >>

  • Black Label Movement: Wreck

    published July 9, 2014

    As a narrative setup, few scenarios allow for an exploration of human nature quite like trapping a temperamental group of personalities in... More >>

  • Legends of Comedy Summer Film Series

    published July 2, 2014

    As counter-programming to big-budget blockbuster fare, the annual Legends of Comedy at Heights Theater offers a refreshing summer alternative. The... More >>

  • 5th Anniversary Silent Film Festival

    published July 2, 2014

    While scores of films from the silent era are readily available in a multitude of convenient formats, home streaming just doesn't compare with the... More >>

  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (with Musical Olios)

    published July 2, 2014

    [Editor's Note: Shows were originally scheduled to start in June, but due to high water levels on the Mississippi were postponed. The... More >>

  • Margaret Cho

    published June 25, 2014

    Though Margaret Cho is considered one of the most influential comics of the past 20 years, her career nearly derailed before it had even begun.... More >>

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