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Guthrie’s Noises Off is a fun-filled break from the real world

When the Guthrie Theatre announced the inclusion of classic farce Noises Off in its 2018 season, the artistic director Joseph Haj could not have anticipated how vital the power of laughter would be in the face of everything going on in the world today. Noises Off provides exactly that: a welcome pause from reality to…

Alina Baraz and JMSN light up First Avenue
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Alina Baraz and JMSN light up First Avenue

The energy of a live music performance is hard to find anywhere else. The bouncing of sound waves against the walls and the crowd dancing on the floor can be contagious—it can have the power to even make someone unfamiliar with a band’s music an instant fan. It is rare for this liveliness to begin…

Mixed Blood Theatre presents the acclaimed Is God Is
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Mixed Blood Theatre presents the acclaimed Is God Is

This show contains mentions of domestic violence and abuse. Nestled in an old fire station where the University of Minnesota meets downtown Minneapolis is one of the Twin Cities’ most established inclusive performance spaces: Mixed Blood Theatre. Since 1976, this company has built their repertoire on their mission for pluralism, excellence, egalitarianism, openness and “predictable…

Smallpools warms  weather-beaten crowd
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Smallpools warms weather-beaten crowd

Saturday brought a record-breaking April snowfall to the Twin Cities, right on time to push Springfest, Macalester’s annual outdoor event with food, music and end-of-semester stress relief, into the Leonard Center fieldhouse for the second year in a row. Students trailed in throughout the afternoon drenched in snow, pairing spring-themed outfits with thick snow boots…

Portugal. The Man plays sold-out show at Palace Theatre
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Portugal. The Man plays sold-out show at Palace Theatre

During the second song of their Feb. 9 sold-out performance, the screen behind St. Paul’s Palace Theatre’s weekend feature read “We are Portugal. The Man! Just making sure you’re at the right concert.” For a band that’s been releasing music for over fourteen years, you’d think this banter would be unnecessary. Yet, it proved to…

BØRNS performs sold-out show at Palace Theatre
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BØRNS performs sold-out show at Palace Theatre

Playing his sold-out show at St. Paul’s historic Palace Theatre — which was built just over a hundred years ago as a vaudeville theatre in the heart of the city, and was recently renovated into a concert venue — Garrett Borns of the indie pop sensation BØRNS paused his lively set to reflect. “If these…

Alvvays and Jay Som perform at 7th St. Entry
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Alvvays and Jay Som perform at 7th St. Entry

The lapse in snowfall last Thursday brought something new to the Twin Cities: Alvvays, a band of five based out of Toronto and touring the country after the September release of their second album, Antisocialites. They performed with Jay Som, a band from Oakland, CA, who returned to Minneapolis after a concert last March. Prior…

Review: Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie Theater
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Review: Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie Theater

Downtown Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater is considered one of the most prestigious theaters in the Twin Cities, and its current production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet does not disappoint. The director, Joseph Haj, known for his production of King Lear this past spring, presents the world-famous love story through a mixture of traditional and modern…