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Crime and Punishment at the Soap Factory

12 Apr

There’s an old Borscht Belt joke that has two patrons at a restaurant complaining about the food. “The food here is so terrible,” the first exclaims. “Yes,” agrees the second, “and the portions are so small!” Live Action Set’s Crime and Punishment feels very much in that vein, including the “terrible” part – as in, […]

EX by Skewed Visions

26 Oct

If you’ve been through the collection of the Walker Art Center looking for the brightest and flashiest pieces, you would have walked right past Robert Gober’s sculpture, Untitled Door and Door Frame. An ordinary, white painted door frame opens up into a small, fluorescent-lit room, where the companion piece, the door itself, leans up against […]

Next at the Cake Shop: Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names

15 Sep

We’re taking a little hiatus from our hiatus to bring you something completely different. On Sunday, September 21st, the Cake Shop presents Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names, a wild one-man show from Seth Lepore. It’s pretty impossible to tell what might happen in this partially rehearsed, part improvised, hilariously stream-of-consciousness show, so Aisle Say Twin […]

Leav Kickstarter

4 Mar

We’ve written in the past about some Kickstarter campaigns that we’ve liked, supported or given a boost. Usually they’ve been for a musician, a show or something like that, but this time around it’s for a mix of all those things, in a really exciting package. It’s Leav, a new platform for smartphones that ties […]

Tristan and Yseult

20 Feb

When I was an undergrad in art school, one of the requisite courses was a Sculpture 101 course, which quickly turned into a conceptual free-for-all. For the final, one of my classmates took his camera, rigged up a stencil that covered the external flash, and started taking people’s pictures. The stencil he had cut, which […]

Seeing Our Town in a Shutdown

30 Sep

Simon Stimson Yes, now you know. Now you know! That’s what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those…of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the […]

N.I.G.G.E.R. at Intermedia Arts

9 Mar

Shá Cage in N.I.G.G.E.R., Photo by Sean Smuda Perhaps the most provocative thing about Shá Cage’s performance, N.I.G.G.E.R., now playing at Intermedia Arts, is that it is not really provocative. It is evocative. It is necessary. It doesn’t tell us anything new, and that is what is most astounding about its power. It is a […]


1 Feb

So c.a.s. is part of the local theater company Savage Umbrella, and when Savage Umbrella mounts full productions, he tends to make thematic mixes for the show, for the same reasons that you made mixtapes for sweethearts in middle school – you want the show to be impressed and love you back. For the most […]

MN Musicians Vote NO

25 Oct

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we believe in bringing people together and building them up, whether it’s through music, art, theater and fashion or through politics. It doesn’t mean that we can’t disagree – that’s most of the fun of criticism and the arts – but it does mean that […]

Speaking of the Guthrie…

23 Jun

Photo by George Byron Griffiths   If you’re not wrapped up in the middle of Pride partying, heading over to The Dirty Queer Show: Dirty Queertopia checking out some Minnesota Stars FC soccer action, there’s a party well worth crashing at the Guthrie tonight. After their annual many-dollars-a-plate fundraising dinner, Big Blue opens up to […]