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.

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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.

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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.”

Twin Cities Book Festival
Taxi, Please

Rain Taxi’s annual Twin Cities Book Festival features literary rock stars George Saunders and Nicholson Baker.

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Fear Factor

It’s hard to scare adults on Halloween, but any one of these spine-chilling costumes should do the trick.

The Culture Meter: October
The Culture Meter: October

October’s top events indexed according to taste.

2013 Fall Arts Preview

As usual, the fall arts season is brimming with extraordinary work and talent. What are you waiting for?

The Cherry on Top

How did Spoonbridge and Cherry become one of the most famous sculptures in the world?

Free Music at the Fairgrounds

It’s not all polka bands on the State Fair’s non-Grandstand stages.

The Culture Meter: August
The Culture Meter: August

August's top events indexed according to taste.

The Chalice

This all-female hip-hop group is speedily becoming one of the most popular live acts in Minnesota.


Will the Minnesota Orchestra play any music this summer?

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