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.

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.

Credits from the FX TV show Fargo.
Thoughts On Fargo

All the answers to all the annoying questions about the TV series Fargo.

A scene from The Magic Flute at the Ordway
The Magic Flute @ The Ordway is Truly Bizarre

It is no understatement to say this is a mind-blowingly imaginative re-interpretation of the Mozart classic.

Girl on a dock in Door County, Wisconsin
Great Escapes

Pile in the minivan; your vacation has arrived.

Girl on a dock in Door County, Wisconsin
Great Escapes

Pile in the minivan; your vacation has arrived.

That stage at the Northrop auditorium after its renovation
The New Northrop is a Class Act

The University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium celebrated its grand re-opening this weekend after a 38-month, $88.2 million makeover.

The 400 Bar Reincarnated

A new version of the 400 Bar is planned for the Mall of America. Heresy or just bizarre?

Stephen Colbert
Faking It

When news outlets bend satire into outright lies, is it entertaining or irresponsible?

Matisse and Tristan & Yseult
Two Must-Sees: Matisse @ MIA and Tristan & Yseult @ Guthrie

Two cultural presences in the Twin Cities that make for compulsary viewing.

Untitled (one day it all comes true) 2013. Denim fabric and thread. Jim Hodges
Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Can Take

A new exhibit at the Walker features more than 80 works from one of America’s most important and prolific contemporary artists.

Minnesota Orchestra
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Not-Quite-Triumphant Return

Tad Simons surveys the damage at the MN Orchestra's homecoming concert.

Artist in his studio
Art Haters

Would you rather be an artist in New York or the Twin Cities?

Jeremy Messersmith
Jeremy Messersmith's Heart Murmurs

Take a peek at the latest full-length album from Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith.

digital MIA
Digital MIA

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ digital magazine, Verso, is a work of art all its own.

love on the menu
Love on the Menu

In Five Course Love, romance happens over everything from barbecue to burgers.

album covers
New and Notable

Reviews of the latest releases from Mason Jennings and Fathom Lane.

Best of Arts + Nightlife 2013

Where to play, from the arts to the outdoors.

Minnesota Orchestra
Murder Most Foul

Minnesota’s world-class orchestra is no more, and its death was no accident.

choral music
2013 Holiday Show Guide

The real question is, how much seasonal spirit can you stand?

The Culture Meter: December
The Culture Meter: December

December’s top events indexed according to taste.

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