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.

10.7.08: Joe Satriani @ the State Theatre

A Joe Satriani concert is a freak show of sorts. One can almost picture him as a guitar-playing geek being pitched by a circus barker: “Come one, come all—come see the amazing Satriani, a musician whose superhuman speed defies the laws of nature."

11.28.08: A Christmas Carol @ The Guthrie

We don't need Scrooge anymore, right? So why is he still around? 

12.6.08: Larry Coryell @ the Artists' Quarter

In the pantheon of living guitar legends, Larry Coryell ranks right up there with the best of them, even though his name has less marquee value than many of the musicians he has spent his career playing with.

12.10.08: Oasis @ Target Center

If you think Wall Street is awash in blood, you should've seen First Avenue last night. At 7 p.m, a healthy hour and a half before Oasis was set to go on, my buddy scalped a pair of tickets in the fourth row--$68 face value--for thirty bucks apiece.

12.30.08: Grease @ The Orpheum

I don’t know why Broadway has become a dumping ground for American Idol contenders. The show (which I love, by the way) is supposed to be a search for the next great American pop star.

1.06.09: Frost/Nixon @ The State Theatre

Richard Nixon’s admission, in the legendary 1977 television interview with David Frost, that he “let the American people down,” may be the last time a U.S. president has looked into a TV camera and told the unvarnished truth.

Expanding the Frame @ the Walker

Some of my best moviegoing experiences have been had in some of the most unhygienic theaters.

Slipknot @ Xcel Energy Center

The increasingly popular thrash-metal band Slipknot kicked off its 2009 All Hope is Gone Tour at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night, with lead singer Corey Taylor promising to “lay waste to the entire United States of America” during the band’s thirty-four-city romp across the country over the next two months.

Spring Awakening @ The Orpheum and Hitchcock Blonde @ The Jungle

Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine profiled post-feminist sexologists. 

Shepard Fairey's Art of Ingratitude

If you’ve been following the dust-up over artist Shepard Fairey, you know that: a) the Associated Press is upset that Fairey didn’t ask permission to use a photo of Barack Obama taken by an AP photographer to create his now iconic “Hope” poster; b) Fairey sued AP over the matter before AP had a chance to sue him, and c) Fairey is now the most famous artist in the country.

Prince launches new fan site. Fans mystified. Clues provided.

Can’t wait until Sunday to stand in line at Target for the new Prince CD? 

Britney Spears @ Target Center

Three or four years ago I was invited to VIP party at Myth Nightclub.

Dave Matthews Tix On Sale Friday

Other than Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley shows July 18 & 19, the only appearance by the Dave Matthews Band in the upper Midwest this summer will be July 25 at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Shipwrecked! @ The Jungle Theater

Earlier this year, The Jungle Theater had planned to present a stage version of Around the World in 80 Days, but decided instead to present Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont.

News Bites: Glamorama, Tracy Chapman, The Guy Expo, and more

Macy’s announced that Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will headline this year’s Macy's Glamorama rock/fashion extravaganza, which benefits the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza @ Lowertown St. Paul

A surprising thing happened to me over the July 4 holiday: I almost laughed at a clown.

Kersten vs. Kushner: The Takedown

Admittedly, it’s fun to have Katherine Kersten back in the Strib again. No one tries harder to be the voice of common sense and reason, and no one comes up short of the mark more often.

Live from 10,000 Lakes: Strange Music, Stranger Sights

It’s not all about the music at the 10,000 Lakes Musicfest. Sometimes, while you’re strolling around looking at the tie-dye t-shirts and other paraphernalia for sale, you come across something so unexpected and cool that it makes your day.

The State Fair: Music, Chickens, and Other Stuff NOT Impaled on a Stick

It all starts today—and by “it,” I of course mean the perpetual traffic jam on Snelling Ave. over the next ten days.

My Monster @ Bryant-Lake Bowl

Tuesday night is arguably the deadest entertainment evening of the week, but you have to hand it to Bryant-Lake Bowl for bucking the tide and putting on a show (sometimes two) pretty much every night, no matter what.

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