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  • Popcorn and snowflakes: 'Nutcracker' at the movies
    A live performance of "The Nutcracker" will be broadcast in high-definition from Lincoln Center to some 560 movie theaters in all 50 states, followed the next night by a live broadcast on public television.December 10, 2011
  • Ordway plans $75 million expansion
    Backers of a plan to build a new concert hall at the the St. Paul Ordway Theatre Center say they've raised $50 million for the project, and could break ground in the spring.December 8, 2011
  • 'How to Cheat' challenges actor with role just for him
    It's uncommon for actors to have plays written specifically for them. But Randy Reyes has the role cut out for him in the edgy comedy, "How to Cheat."December 2, 2011
  • U of M students collaborate with three theater veterans
    A new show opening at the University of Minnesota this weekend takes improvisation to new heights. A group of students developed "The War Within: All's Fair" from scratch, under the watchful eye of three of the Twin Cities' most gifted physical comedians.November 9, 2011
  • Mpls Loring Theater struggling but still open
    The newly rechristened Loring Theater in Minneapolis has canceled some shows and relocated others but remains open.November 7, 2011
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company finishes out last tour
    Finishing its final tour, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform for the last time this weekend before disbanding. It's legacy, however, lives on at the Walker Art Center.November 4, 2011
  • Australian dancers examine a different bridge collapse
    A bridge collapses in a busy city, taking lives and shaking survivors to the core. It's a story the people of Minneapolis know well, but it turns out it's far from unusual.October 7, 2011
  • Nobel-winning poet muses on the tension between speech and silence
    When Irish poet Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 his biography stated how his work revolves around the "inner tension between speech and silence."October 3, 2011
  • How Gretchen Seichrist's band evolved into a variety show
    The Minneapolis indie rock band "Patches and Gretchen" has a big weekend ahead. The theatrical debut of the group's wacky and whimsical variety show, named "Headquarters and Dimes," happens Saturday night at the Loring Theater.September 2, 2011
  • Salsa lovers look forward to 'voice from the mountain'
    Salsa singer Marc Anthony's appearance at the Minnesota State Fair is a big deal for the state's growing Latino community.September 1, 2011
  • The story behind 'The Guard'
    Consider this for a movie idea: An iconoclastic writer toils for decades, with no recognition. Then his brother puts pen to paper and overnight becomes an international success. This is actually the story behind "The Guard," a new comedy film opening this weekend in Minneapolis.August 12, 2011
  • Marx and Smith ponder economics at the Walker
    For the next couple of weeks Karl Marx and Adam Smith will stalk the halls of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, at least in puppet form.August 11, 2011
  • Check-in with the Fringe Festival couple
    It's been almost a week since we first talked with our Fringe Festival couple, Nick Vetter and Caroline Toll, who are planning to see some 50 productions in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. MPR's Tom Crann talked with Vetter and Toll about the shows they've seen so far.August 10, 2011
  • Photos: Scenes from the Fringe Festival
    The Minnesota Fringe Festival is underway, with hundreds of performances taking place at venues throughout Minneapolis. The 10-day festival runs through next Sunday. Photographer Jeffrey Thompson captured some scenes of the first few days of the Fringe.August 7, 2011
  • A life on the Fringes
    The Minnesota Fringe launches Thursday, bringing a slew of plays, performances, and events to venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.August 2, 2011

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