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  • Penumbra ends the year in the black
    Despite the downturn in the economy, Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is celebrating the end of the year on a financial high note.December 29, 2008
  • Production makes Gertrude Stein sing
    A new opera being performed this weekend in Minneapolis has a lofty goal: to portray all Americans - past, present, and future. "The Making of Americans" is an adaptation of Gertrude Stein's novel of the same name. It gets its world premiere tonight at the Walker Art Center.December 12, 2008
  • Inside the character of Richard Nixon
    As the film "Frost/Nixon" opens across the U.S., a spotlight once again shines on the enigmatic presidency of Richard Nixon. Actor Frank Langella, who plays the ex-president in the film and in the Broadway production, talks about how he approached creating the character of Richard Nixon.Midday, December 12, 2008
  • So bad she was good
    Long before the U.S. had American Idol, the nation had Florence Foster Jenkins.November 13, 2008
  • Award-winning puppeteer brings unique show to Twin Cities
    Award-winning puppeteer Paul Zaloom, also known as science guy Beakman, is performing in Minneapolis. From spraying the audience with toilet paper and other science tricks, Zaloom both entertains and educates in his live shows.October 24, 2008
  • MIA exhibit showcases modern art from India
    We've all heard about India as a burgeoning economic power, but what do we really know about its people and its culture? This weekend the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening an exhibition of photography and video from the fast-developing country.October 24, 2008
  • Builders Association creates a continuous city
    A new theater production opening in Minneapolis examines the impact of global telecommunication on fundamental human relationships, including that of parent and child.October 23, 2008
  • Guthrie and Rapson battle again
    This weekend the History Theatre in St. Paul will delve into one of the great tempestuous relationships of Minnesota theater history. "Tyrone and Ralph" is about the struggle in the early 1960s between architect Ralph Rapson and Sir Tyrone Guthrie, as they built the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.October 3, 2008
  • When should arts organizations survive their founders?
    Many of the Twin Cities theaters, dance companies and music groups are quietly facing a leadership crisis.September 23, 2008
  • Songs for the lovelorn
    For centuries, lovelorn souls have written letters addressed to "Juliet, Verona, Italy." They're writing to the heroine of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. A production at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis takes a musical and theatrical look at "The Juliet Letters."September 11, 2008
  • Dance hits rock bottom with unique setting of 'Ocean'
    If you are a modern dance lover, the place to be this weekend is the bottom of a quarry in central Minnesota. Thousands of people will travel to St. Cloud to see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform "Ocean" on a specially constructed-stage, 150-feet below ground level.September 11, 2008
  • The self-described Forrest Gump of comedy
    Actor Taylor Negron has appeared in more than 100 movies and many TV shows. Now he's telling many of these stories in a show called "Satellites," which he'll perform this weekend in Minneapolis.September 5, 2008
  • Steve Coogan does Hamlet in his own special way
    Steve Coogan is considered a comedic genius in his British homeland. His specialty is deadpan performances which shred the conventions of television, movies and drama. His latest film, "Hamlet 2," opens this weekend.August 22, 2008
  • Pulitzer prize-winning 'Fences' opens tonight in St. Paul
    Tonight is opening night for Penumbra Theatre's latest production, "Fences" by August Wilson. The Pulitzer prize-winning play is part of Wilson's "20th Century cycle".August 21, 2008
  • State Fair show will celebrate 150 years of Minnesota statehood
    One of the special Minnesota State Fair attractions this year is the Big Top State Fair Chautauqua. It will present a mixture of music and lectures celebrating 150 years of Minnesota statehood.August 20, 2008

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