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  • Dressing Room: Art
    After coming to Block E last fall Made Here, a Hennepin Theatre Trust program charged with bringing art to vacant spaces in downtown, is broadening its scope. This summer, it will be taking...
  • Dressing Room: Art
    Venus DeMars is turning a vacant store in downtown Minneapolis into her own private peepshow. Except at this peepshow, you'll be part of the performance.The show is part of OCULUS, a...
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    While the unpredictable career arc of English comedian/actor/raconteur Eddie Izzard has long resembled a prolonged dare, his latest tour, dubbed Force Majeure, marks his most audacious...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    To hell with the Dos Equis guy; Eddie Izzard really is the most interesting man in the world.The British actor and comedian has performed for sold-out theaters and arenas all over the globe,...
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    While it's true that few trends define contemporary Broadway like the proliferation of adaptations of popular movies, cynical charges of unoriginality tend to discount the overall quality of...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    When The Book of Mormon came to Orpheum Theatre last year, the line for tickets was out the door and down the street (impressive, considering it was January). The show sold out fast,...
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    Unlike the many former standup comics who have relinquished the stage upon finding success as an actor, Aziz Ansari has used his high-profile stint as Tom Haverford, entrepreneurial...
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    "I'm not against recycling, but there's a certain sense of inconvenience," says comedian Jim Gaffigan. "My wife might ask if I rinsed out a soda can. I'll be like, 'I haven't even showered...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    The rock musical has a troubled history, mainly because the two forms don't play well together. Recent years have witnessed stronger pieces, as songwriters and theater artists have found...
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    Skepticism was understandable when it was announced that the musical drama Once was being adapted for the stage. The much loved independent film had achieved an international following by...
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    Amy Schumer has risen as an artist gifted not only with a sharp wit and charismatic personality, but with a confessional sensibility that has clearly touched a nerve with her swiftly growing...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    While the performers represented in the show's title are certainly fine, they aren't the main attraction of Peter and the Starcatcher, the touted Broadway hit playing on tour this week at...
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    For its Minnesota debut — and first U.S. tour in more than 20 years — the ballet company from Down Under has brought a program with considerable ballet-world star power and...
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    Judging from the vast majority of his roles to date, it's highly unlikely Jerry Seinfeld will ever follow the path of other successful comedians turned aspiring thespians. On the contrary,...
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    In 2009, Northrop Dance opened its season with Wayne McGregor/Random Dance's "Entity," a mind-blowing work in which the dancers, with their extremely elastic corporeality, articulated a...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is a kind of Meatloaf song of a musical: Bold, gaudy, and a lot of stupid fun, even if it threatens to overstay its welcome near the...
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    In the world of musical theater, few works can attract capacity crowds as reliably as The Phantom of the Opera. Famously envisioned as a sweepingly romantic variation on Gaston Leroux's...
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    This Tuesday, the Northrop Dance Series will present Shanghai Ballet's "The Butterfly Lovers," a folk-infused Western-style ballet that is the Romeo and Juliet of Chinese folklore. Dazzling...
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    If you like your ballet sensual and surreal with lofty ideas and big-boned design elements, Ballet Preljocaj is for you. After last year's R-rated "Snow White," French choreographer Angelin...
  • Dressing Room: Dance
    The apocalypse has never been so popular. Whether you consume your end-of-days narrative via comic book, film, games, or literary tome, scenarios depicting humanity's demise due to...
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    For the vast majority of working Americans, Labor Day is an occasion for rest and relaxation. Standup comedy, however, is a profession that doesn't take vacation days. Emphasizing this...
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    Diana Ross's last new material was 2007's unremarkable I Love You, but with a full-size band in tow and multicolored dresses more extravagant than those she wore during Motown's prime, she...
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    Now that cynics have mostly given up on jokes about boat shoes, Vampire Weekend are finally getting their due. This year's acclaimed Modern Vampires of the City somehow pulls off more...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    Over the past quarter century, Les Miserables has stormed stages across the world, playing to untold masses of audience members yearning to toss off the shackles of subtlety for the thrill...
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    By now, you would think everyone who wanted to would have taken in at least one showing of this landmark Boublil and Schönberg musical. There have been a multitude of tours, albums,...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    War Horse, the National Theatre of Great Britain hit that became a Tony winner, arrived at the Orpheum Wednesday evening with spectacle intact.At times absolutely breathtaking, the play...
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    The battlefields of World War I will come to the Orpheum Theatre stage, as will the tale of a boy, his beloved horse, and the lengths to which he would go to find his friend. Starting this...
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    Considering the daily array of political posturing and alarmist rhetoric, keeping aware of current affairs can be a discouraging proposition. Instead of disconnecting entirely from the...
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    When Mary Poppins was initially announced as a musical production, many theatergoers were a bit leery, fearing an exhausted ploy to attract audiences by appealing to the nostalgia attached...
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    Few acts in any genre have been as prolific and consistently popular over the last couple decades as the Gaither Vocal Band. Personnel changes notwithstanding, the group has endured over the...
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    Detractors of modern musicals tend to focus their ire on the industry's fixation with attracting audiences through splashy adaptations of pop-culture artifacts more revered for nostalgic...
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    Back in 1987, after Millicent Hodson finished her reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's formidable and controversial "Le Sacre du Printemps" alongside Ken Archer's reconstruction of Nicholas...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    In a moment that pretty much sums up The Book of Mormon, one of the young missionaries freshly arrived in the reality of Africa notes that "this isn't like The Lion King."Oh, definitely not....
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    Didn't get tickets for the touring production of The Book of Mormon, the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit? You are out of luck, unless you want to try your hand at a pre-show lottery. The...
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    Chris Cornell has done a lot of things since forming Soundgarden in 1984, but that was arguably his best musical idea. After a lengthy hiatus, the Seattle grunge titans recently reformed and...
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    When weighing theatrical merit, audiences can be forgiven for feeling a degree of skepticism toward musicals most heavily praised for their costume design. Indeed, the supposed compliment...
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    As yet another Broadway adaptation of a Hollywood film, Catch Me If You Can comes with an intriguing pedigree. Terrance McNally, whose credits range from the books for The Full Monty and...
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    By all accounts, Hofesh Shechter's "Political Mother" is epic, in all senses of the word. The Israeli-born choreographer was trained as a pianist, dancer, and percussionist, then did his...
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    Curmudgeonly crooner Morrissey mastered the art of melodic melancholy ages ago — right around the time of the Smiths' 1986 classic The Queen Is Dead, to be exact. Thankfully the...
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    Whenever a descriptive qualifier gets attached to a big-name dance company, I get nervous. Is it the B company? The school's students? The primas who would rather stay put than venture to...
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    Ben Folds's piquant piano-pop has always been at his best when balancing snark and sincerity in equal measure. His standout records, like 2005's Songs for Silverman, covered varied emotional...
  • Dressing Room: What To Where
    Related stories:What to Where: Macy's, Glamorama, Solera [SLIDESHOW] What to Where: Barbette, Bastille Day, Buffalo ExchangeWhat to Where: Arrow, Guthrie Theater, Sea ChangeWhat to Where:...
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    To a certain degree, any performance by Crosby, Stills and Nash is like Déjá Vu all over again. That's because that 1970 landmark album — with Neil Young also aboard...
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    Fashionistas will not want to miss Macy's Glamorama, one of the hottest fashion events of the summer. Celebrating its 21st year, the event takes a look at what's to come for fall with a...
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    Fiona Apple captured the attention of the music world when she was just a teenager. Her 1996 debut, Tidal, garnered her a dedicated following as well as a Grammy Award and countless other...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    You might know Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel from her Broadway roles as Maureen in Rent or Elphaba in Wicked, or as Shelby Corcoran in the hit television show Glee. This Saturday,...
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    The setting for the Shins' long-anticipated return to Minneapolis has shifted from the Brick to the rather lavish Orpheum Theater, a move that will suit frontman James Mercer's tranquil new...
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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is far more artistically diverse than its signature piece, "Revelations," might indicate. Yes, the American masterpiece, choreographed by the company's...
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    Five years ago, Daryl Hall started inviting fellow musicians he'd known for years and artists just beginning their careers over to his house. The resulting jams were filmed and put up on the...
  • Dressing Room: Dance
    When one thinks of ballet, Russian tutus (the ones that look like pancakes), pointe shoes, and tightly wound buns topping the heads of poised dancers most likely spring to mind. But...
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    The much-anticipated Minnesota debut of Ballet Preljocaj, a 25-member dance company from Aix-en-Provence, is upon us. Break out your Grimm and leave the kiddies at home, because critics...
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    Balletomanes, take heart. At long last, a work by golden boy Christopher Wheeldon—speculation continues as to whether or not he is George Balanchine's heir apparent—will finally...
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    William Shatner has gone boldly across the galaxy, pitched discount hotel rooms and airline tickets, written best-selling books, recorded a string of albums, and generally been a part of the...
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    There's dubiousness to mass appeal. You don't have to be a snooty hipster or a caustic elitist to be suspicious when the rabble concurs. But some art holds a universal charm that demands...
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    To punk purists, Green Day has never been an easy sell. Emerging from the northern California punk scene of the early '90s, the band quickly achieved mainstream success with the 1994 release...
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    China's most celebrated dancer, Jin Xing, began training while in a Chinese military dance program as a boy. Today, the former colonel and ballet dancer is the founder of Jin Xing Dance...
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    It's back. Disney's hit Broadway musical, which made its debut at the Orpheum in 1997, returns "home" for an extended run in January and February. Elton John and Tim Rice crafted the songs,...
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    Any work hyped as the "world's longest-running" anything can make for a dubious proposition, especially to those who prefer the energetically unexpected to the exhaustedly familiar....
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    Jerry Seinfeld's latest project, like so many of his iconic jokes, succeeds because of its elegant simplicity. The online venture JerrySeinfeld.com is an archive of standup performances and...
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    Grab a little piece of Hoboken on Hennepin Avenue as Buddy Valastro, better known as the star of TLC's Cake Boss, takes to the stage to talk turkey about his wacky Italian clan and his new...
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    The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) has made the Northrop dance season an American home for its original, full-length story ballets. Last year, the Canadian company held its world premiere of...
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    This fresh young company presents a provocative double bill that includes a modern masterpiece and a new ballet that has been compared to the grotesque paintings of Hieronymous Bosch....
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    After her spectacular, multiple Grammy-winning collaboration with Robert Plant on Raising Sand, bluegrass thrush Alison Krauss mustered up her old band of all-star pickers and soared to even...
  • Gimme Noise: Last Night
    Bon Iver September 6, 2011 Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis At this point, anything I might be able to say about Justin Vernon and his music, known as Bon Iver, might seem redundant. With the...
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    The nascent Return to Forever were inspired by the electric fusion experiments of Miles Davis and have never really looked back, establishing an innovative standard for jazz-rock decisively...
  • Gimme Noise: Last Night
    Janet Jackson touched down Friday night at The Orpheum for an intimate but energetic mega-mix-style performance of her hits, many of which were created right here in Minneapolis. With three...
  • Gimme Noise: Concert Preview
    By Jen Boyles & Ian TraasAs a pop icon, Janet Jackson can do pretty much whatever she wants. If she went on a tour centered around singing her favorite polka tunes, the tickets would...
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    Janet Jackson's first Twin Cities show in 10 years is a homecoming of sorts for one of the bestselling pop artists of all time: Though born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Los Angeles, the...
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    West Bank Music Festival various West Bank venues on Saturday 8.20 Now in its second year, the West Bank Business Association's addition to the summer block-party circuit will spill out...
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    Twin Cities Jazz Festival Mears Park The annual three-day invasion of downtown St. Paul by the Twin Cities Jazz Festival again will be highlighted by a couple of free stages sporting...
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    WEDNESDAY 3.17 Experience Hendrix Orpheum Theatre Since he's been dead 40 years and was such a uniquely talented guitarist that no one can come close to duplicating him, it's impossible...
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