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.

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.


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.


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.


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