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.

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and the Steep Canyon Rangers
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West Bank Blues Revival

In 1971, Papa John Kolstad was sifting through some debris in a condemned building on the West Bank when he came across an old tin sign with the words “Mill City Flour Factory” painted on it in swirly Victorian script.


Life After Joe

Should the Guthrie hire a woman to replace artistic director Joe Dowling?


War Horse

Americans who first became aware of the story of War Horse through Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie may be shocked to learn that Michael Morpurgo’s book was first adapted as a play.


The Telltale Hearts

Is it possible for a city to completely eliminate heart attacks? New Ulm is trying.


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