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.

Review: Southern Exposure: Photographs of the American South @ the MIA

When it comes to art exhibits, we in the media biz tend to focus on the big, "important" shows, leaving the smaller, humbler exhibits to fend for themselves. It's not fair, of course. 

Mpls./St.Paul International Film Festival @ St. Anthony Main

Did you hear about the Norwegian man who loved his wife so much he almost told her?

TV: Happy Town

Happy Town, ABC's new TV series set in a fictitious and ironically named Minnesota village called Haplin, immediately breaks Horror Story Rule No. 1...

Art of the Native Americans: The Thaw Collection @ MIA

Whatever your view of Native American art, it's likely to undergo a profound transformation after you've strolled through Art of the Native Americans: The Thaw Collection. 

Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting @ the MIA

There is no way to overstate it: Between now and the end of April, everyone in the Twin Cities needs to make a pilgrimage to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where not one, two, or three, but four world-class, must-see, once-in-a-lifetime exhibits are on display.

Discover the Real George Washington @ Minnesota History Center

The most bizarre thing about George Washington is that he is one of the few people in history whose life lives up to the legend it spawned.

Walker Art Center
The Walker Arts Center Announces its 2012-13 Performing Arts Season

The Walker Art Center announced its 2012-13 performing arts season on Thursday, and it looks to be another good one. 

River's Edge Music Festival
Photos: River's Edge Music Festival

Congratulations to Live Nation for successfully pulling off (and putting on) the first-ever River's Edge Music Festival this weekend.

The Veneer of Order, Lari Pittman, 1985
This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s

Ah, the 1980s. With so much going on during this tumultuous decade—dangerously big hair, Rubik’s Cube mania, the Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal, the Cabbage Patch Doll craze—who knew there were so many serious artists thinking serious things and making art to address the utter artlessness of the 1980s?

Mill City Nights
How The Brick Became "Mill City Nights": The Inside Story

Inside the L.A. offices of AEG, owners of The Brick, the Twin Cities’ newest and most disparaged concert venue, the mood was dark—as dark as Marilyn Manson’s lipstick. 

Review: Crosby, Stills, and Nash @ The Orpheum

The last of the great 1970s bands—Crosby, Stills, and Nash—gave it their all for three hours at the Orpheum Monday, proving that it’s still possible to rock if your hair is white and most of the drugs—other than glucosamine and Celebrex— have been flushed from your system.

William Souder's new biography of Rachel Carson
William Souder's new biography of Rachel Carson is out. Let the arguing begin.

Local environmental journalist William Souder’s latest book, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, was officially released yesterday (Tuesday, September 4.). 

The Guthrie's Christopher Hampton Festival kicks off with humorous Tales of Hollywood

The Guthrie Theater’s seven-week celebration of British playwright Christopher Hampton got off to a good-humored start on Friday night, what with both Twin Cities mayors—Rybak and Coleman—officially declaring Sept. 21 “Christopher Hampton Day,” and the first play of three, Tales of Hollywood, opening on the Wurtele Thrust stage.

Orchestra panic: the shamefully easy cure

So, management at the Minnesota Orchestra has decided not to pay its musicians and to cancel concerts through Nov. 25 because the musicians will not accept a rather drastic reduction in pay, from an average of $135,000 down to $89,000—this while $50 million is going toward a redesign of Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza.

Appomatox at The Guthrie Theater
Review: Appomattox @ The Guthrie Theater

An epic battle is being waged in Appomattox, Christopher Hampton’s new Civil War/civil-rights play, currently receiving its world premiere at The Guthrie Theater —but it’s not a fight between Yankee and Confederate soldiers.

David Byrne's Playing the Building art installation @ Aria

One of the great things about crazy art installations is that they stretch your imagination more than your wallet.

Cindy Sherman
A Must-See: Cindy Sherman @ Walker Art Center

One often hears it said that Cindy Sherman is one of the most influential and important artists working today.

Nicholas David on The Voice
Here's the ONLY WAY Nicholas David can win The Voice finale tonight.

As almost everyone in the Twin Cities knows by now, our newest hometown hero, Nicholas David—aka Nicholas “The Feelin” Mrozinski (as featured in the June 2009 issue of Mpls/St.Paul magazine)—is singing/fighting for his television life Monday night.

Nicholas David on The Voice
Why Nicholas David Didn't Win The Voice (and that's okay)

Drat. I was right (below) about Nicholas David's chances on The Voice, but the fact that he came in third place behind Terry McDermott exposed some of the show's bogusness when it comes to voting. 

Frozen Docs Series: 'The House I Live In'

These days, documentary filmmakers are shouldering much of the burden and bother of investigative journalism that newspapers, magazines, and the rest of the media-massage complex has largely abandoned. 

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