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.

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. 

River's Edge Music Fest
Why River's Edge Music Fest is never coming back.

This is getting ridiculous. After promising to deliver the biggest, best, most tremendously super-awesome summer concert series the Twin Cities has ever seen...

The Book of Mormon
Will your brain explode if you see The Book of Mormon?

Permit me to talk seriously for a moment about The Book of Mormon, the sacrilegious song-fest popping eyeballs and frying neurons this week at The Orpheum Theatre.

Minnesota and the Civil War: Yes, We Were There
Minnesota and the Civil War: Yes, We Were There

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to the history of the Civil War, the role Minnesotans might have played does not leap immediately to mind.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's visit; and Andy Warhol is in town . . . again.

I had the honor Thursday night (and again Friday morning) of meeting and introducing the legendary New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to the crowd gathered for the Hennepin County Library Association’s Pen Pals Lecture Series at Hopkins Center for the Arts.

The Primrose Path
Review: The Primrose Path @ The Guthrie is worth walking down

Before discussing the Guthrie’s new play, The Primrose Path, I must admit up front that I have a strong Turgenev bias.

What Happens if the Minnesota Orchestra and Management Never Agree?

Date: June 1, 2042 

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