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.

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.


The Culture Meter: November

November’s top events indexed according to taste.


MCAD Art Sale

For many Twin Cities art lovers, Thanksgiving starts with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design art sale.


Pop Opera

If Stephen King’s The Shining can be an opera, editor Tad Simons thinks these books should be, too.


The Romance of Fun and All Things Illegal

Minnesota History Center pays homage to St. Paul as a bootlegger’s paradise with American Spirits.


The Late Santini
The Late Santini

In his latest memoir, Pat Conroy comes to terms with his famously militant father.


Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Q&A With Dessa
Q&A With Dessa

The writer, rapper, and singer talks hip-hop vs. poetry—and the usefulness of the word “Yo.”


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