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.

John Mayer playing guitar with some members of the Grateful Dead
Dead Redux

The Grateful Dead say hello again, with John Mayer on guitar.

Hippie Modernism exhibit at the Walker Art Center.
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia @ Walker Art Center

Turns out, they weren't so crazy after all.

Photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art @ Mia

This must-see exhibit tells the story of the French Romantic painter’s influence on the painters who came after him.

Mia Culpa

Meet Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s bold new identity.

To Kill A Mockingbird At The Guthrie Theater
Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

The Guthrie Theater's adaptation of Harper Lee's masterwork can't quite find its groove.

The Fall Arts Top 20

Our critic's picks of the must-see shows this fall.

Girl Bike by Reed Dean White, North Mankato | Oil on Canvas
MN State Fair Fine Art Awards

Tad braved the opening day crowds to conduct his annual judging of the fair’s Fine Arts exhibition.

Fringe Binge

Who are the people who binge on Fringe Festival, and how do they do it?

Go Set a Watchman
First Look: Go Set a Watchman

A first look at Harper Lee's new book, nearly 60 years in the making.

Mears Park Music

St. Paul’s Lowertown is the place to be for outdoor music this summer.

St. Paul: Twin Cities Jazz Fest and More

St. Paul breaks through with a weekend of good books and great music.

Joe Dowling's Exit Interview

Joe Dowling has “no regrets” about his 20-year tenure at the Guthrie. But he does have some advice for his successor, Joseph Haj.

Goodbye Joe, Hello Joseph

Can the Guthrie’s new artistic director reconnect the theater with its storied past?

Concert Review: Joe Bonamassa

A PhD-level lesson in blues rock from a (soon to be?) guitar legend.

The Crucible at The Guthrie
Review: The Crucible at The Guthrie

A 63-year old play reminds us to keep calm this election season.

Ripple Effect

Filmmaker Patrick Coyle’s new movie, The Public Domain, centers on the psychological aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse.

Art for Sport

Arts writer Tad Simons argues that commissioned art for the new Vikings stadium should be chosen very carefully.

The Imperial Summer Residence of Schönbrunn, Courtyard Side
The Habsburgs at MIA is a Must-See

Many of the works have never toured outside Austria, and never will again. So, unless you'd rather go to Vienna, this is your chance.

Humor: Fifty Shades at Home

Inspired by the film, Tad makes a half-assed attempt at living out his Christian Grey fantasies but ends up having coffee and a scone instead.

Bradley Greenwald (Fagin) and Nate Turcotte (Oliver) in Pantages Theater's production of Oliver!
Review: Oliver! @ The Pantages Theater

Turns out Theatre Latte Da's Broadway Re-Imagined production of Oliver! wasn't actually all that re-imagined.

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