Tad Simons

Tad Simons

Contributing editor Tad Simons is an award-winning journalist whose writing on the local arts scene has appeared in the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, American Theatre magazine, BackStage, Variety and the Washington Post. Over his 25 year career, Tad has covered theater, books, music, visual arts, dance, film, and performance art (including politics). Tad’s articles and essays on these and other subjects have won more than 30 local and national awards for editorial excellence.

Minnesota Opera's The Shining
Minnesota Opera’s The Shining Has Yet to Gleam

The adaptation taps into the spirit of King’s novel much more respectfully than the movie, but takes itself a bit too seriously.


Stephen King's 'The Shining' illustration
MN Opera Debuts Stephen King's 'The Shining'

Powered by a full orchestra and chorus, Stephen King's novel is soon hitting the stage at the Ordway.


US Bank Stadium
Hating on the Vikings New Stadium

Now that our shiny new football arena is almost complete, hating on it has instantly become a favorite community sport.


Anna Sundberg and Ron Menzel
Constellations

Jungle Theater’s latest explores the quantum physics of love.


C. at Theater Latte Da
Theater Latte Da’s “C.” is a Charmer

Last weekend, TLD proved once again why the company deserves a permanent home—and why it has thrived while so many others haven’t.


Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 20th Century Abridged
The Genius of Taylor Mac

New York playwright/provocateur Taylor Mac uses pop songs to pop America’s oft-homophobic bubble.


Christopher Williams’ “Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide”
Ordinary Pictures @ Walker Art Center

The Walker's newest exhibit examines the proliferation of stock photos in our modern world.


Twin Cities artist Andy DuCett's
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now @ Mia

Bringing accessible American art to the public.


Valentine and Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona @ The Jungle

It's an intelligent, enjoyable, engaging production that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


The Corpse Flower at the University of Minnesota
The U of M’s Corpse Flower: In Search of Some Serious Stink

For some reason, this olfactory attack has captivated Minnesotans.


Walking Shadow Theatre’s A Midwinter Night’s Revel
Hiding in Plain Sight

The Twin Cities is full of under-appreciated artists, organizations, and events that deserve a larger audience. Here are a few.


Pericles performance at the Guthrie Theater
Review: Pericles @ The Guthrie

Joe Haj's lovely, epic production of Pericles puts to rest any doubts Twin Citians may have had about the new Guthrie artistic director.


'A Supposedly Funny Thing' performance at the Walker in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Finite Jest

The Walker’s Out There performance series tackles the turbulent genius of writer David Foster Wallace.


Remembrance of Guthries Past

Joseph Haj's acting days at the Guthrie influenced his artistry. As his Guthrie directorial debut looms, the new artistic director wants to recapture its glory.


Holidazzle in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Holidazzle Village: The Search for a Tradition Continues

It has a beautiful new home in Loring Park, but the dazzle could be turned up a notch.


Guthrie’s  A Christmas Carol
A Real Christmas Miracle

A solution to holiday creep: move Christmas!


John Mayer playing guitar with some members of the Grateful Dead
Dead Redux

The Grateful Dead say hello again, with John Mayer on guitar.


Hippie Modernism exhibit at the Walker Art Center.
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Walker Art Center

Turns out, they weren't so crazy after all.


Photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art @ Mia

This must-see exhibit tells the story of the French Romantic painter’s influence on the painters who came after him.


Mia Culpa

Meet Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s bold new identity.


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