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.

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.


To Kill A Mockingbird At The Guthrie Theater
Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

The Guthrie Theater's adaptation of Harper Lee's masterwork can't quite find its groove.


The Fall Arts Top 20

Our critic's picks of the must-see shows this fall.


Girl Bike by Reed Dean White, North Mankato | Oil on Canvas
MN State Fair Fine Art Awards

Tad braved the opening day crowds to conduct his annual judging of the fair’s Fine Arts exhibition.


Fringe Binge

Who are the people who binge on Fringe Festival, and how do they do it?


Go Set a Watchman
First Look: Go Set a Watchman

A first look at Harper Lee's new book, nearly 60 years in the making.


Mears Park Music

St. Paul’s Lowertown is the place to be for outdoor music this summer.


St. Paul: Twin Cities Jazz Fest and More

St. Paul breaks through with a weekend of good books and great music.


Joe Dowling's Exit Interview

Joe Dowling has “no regrets” about his 20-year tenure at the Guthrie. But he does have some advice for his successor, Joseph Haj.


Goodbye Joe, Hello Joseph

Can the Guthrie’s new artistic director reconnect the theater with its storied past?


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