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.

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?

Vincent Kartheiser as Mr. Darcy

Is Vincent Kartheiser a good enough actor to make people forget about Pete Campbell?

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and the Steep Canyon Rangers
The Culture Meter: July

July's top events indexed according to taste.

West Bank Blues Revival

In 1971, Papa John Kolstad was sifting through some debris in a condemned building on the West Bank when he came across an old tin sign with the words “Mill City Flour Factory” painted on it in swirly Victorian script.

Life After Joe

Should the Guthrie hire a woman to replace artistic director Joe Dowling?

War Horse

Americans who first became aware of the story of War Horse through Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie may be shocked to learn that Michael Morpurgo’s book was first adapted as a play.

The Telltale Hearts

Is it possible for a city to completely eliminate heart attacks? New Ulm is trying.

The Culture Meter:  June
The Culture Meter: June

June's top events indexed according to taste.

A Match of Wits

Wits started out as a humble experiment, and it still is, if everything goes right.

Sixto Rodriguez
Finding Sugarman

The surreal back-from-obscurity story of forgotten American folk singer Sixto Rodriguez.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Grounds Beef

On its 25th anniversary, Tad Simons makes a convincing argument for a Sculpture Garden revamp.

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