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.

Bard Binge

To be consumed by Shakespeare or not to be? That is the question.

Pond Hockey Championships
Pond Hockey is Our Last True Sport

What's more Minnesotan than shoveling off the ice for a little four-on-four?

Sally Wingert
Master Class

At an age when many actresses fade from the limelight, Sally Wingert is on the run of a lifetime.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children's Theatre
Christmas Ca-Ching!

It’s that time of year when theaters cash in—and delight audiences—by putting on their holiday shows. Here’s a rundown.


It’s time to brace ourselves for the new “tradition” in town.

Bob Dylan
He is Legend

This is how Bob Dylan the man becomes a myth.

Review: Master Class is Masterful and Classy

Theatre Latte Da’s production, starring Sally Wingert as the legendary opera diva Maria Callas, has been extended.

Ivey Awards ceremony in Minneapolis, MN | Photo by Erin Kincheloe
Ivey Awards Recognition: How Much is Too Much?

Tad Simons looks at the good and the maybe not-so-good of this year's local theater celebraish.

Icehouse Minneapolis
Extremely Cool: Jazz at Icehouse

Head to Icehouse almost any night of the week, with no idea who is playing, and expect to be blown away.

Motley Crue
Fall Arts Preview

Our annual guide to the season’s hottest tickets is a mixed bag—and we mean that in the best possible way.

Stonearch 1941 painting in the Fine Arts building at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair
The Alternate State Fair Fine Arts Awards

When it comes to fine arts at the Fair, Tad thinks the "official" judges often miss the mark.

Ferris Wheel on the Midway at the State Fair
A Fair ShakeUp

What the State Fair needs is rides that reflect Minnesota’s true nature.

Taste of Old

A Taste of Minnesota is returning to its roots: lousy bands, greasy food, and a sky full of fireworks.

Kids golfing
Green-Lighted: The Best Public Golf Courses

These three public golf courses won’t disappoint.

Concert at First Avenue | Annette Shaff
Selective Hearing

If you want to enjoy concerts, don’t use freebie earplugs.

Green Line Metro Transit
The Green Miles

For the first time in 60 years, Minneapolis and St. Paul will be connected once again by rail. This time around, the ride is much nicer.

Nickel Creek band members Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins
Review: Nickel Creek @ The State

Nickel Creek is on its comeback tour after seven years apart.

Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade
Spring at Last

It’s the Mayday Parade’s 40th anniversary, but we have even bigger things to celebrate.

Maestro Osmo Vänskä | Photo by Ann Marsden
Osmo Vänskä’s return: Who cares?

I have to admit that, in the office pool, I did not bet on maestro Vänskä returning to lead the Minnesota Orchestra.

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