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.

Anna Evans
Alice in Wonderland

The classic tale is redefined for the next generation. Go down the rabbit hole and lose yourself in a tale of magic and spectacle.


David Housewright
A Passion For Crime

David Housewright uses crime to explore larger issues, but that doesn’t make his books any less fun to read.


Zorango Flamenco Dance Theatre
Zorango Flamenco Dance Theatre

Inspired by adversity, this performance triumphs.


The Culture Meter: March
The Culture Meter: March

March's top events indexed according to taste.


Can You Fake the Truth?
Can You Fake the Truth?

Lies, Truth, & Truthiness: MIA explores perception and reality in its first major exhibition


Walk Don’t Walk
Walk Don’t Walk

Drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians at every intersection. When they don't, other drivers are forced to make a tough decision: Obey the law and put someone at risk or break the law?


The Culture Meter: February
The Culture Meter: February

February’s top events indexed according to taste.


Love, etc.: Romantic New Releases from Cloud Cult and Heather Masse and Dick Hyman
Romantic New Releases: Cloud Cult and Heather Masse and Dick Hyman

Looking for a romantic sound-track this month? Check out these new local releases.


"Or" at Park Square Theatre

Set in Restoration England, the play is a fictional imagining of a love threesome between Aphra Behn, England’s first woman playwright, King Charles II, and Nell Gwyn, the lead actress of the day.


"The Book of Mormon" at the Orpheum Theatre

Having won practically every Tony Award possible in 2011, The Book of Mormon is the most talked-about hit Broadway has produced since The Lion King—but for very different reasons.


"Venus in Fur" at The Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater brings Anna Sundberg and Peter Hansen together in this play inspired by the 19th century erotic novel Venus in Furs, a virtual handbook on sexual domination and masochism.


The Culture Meter: January
The Culture Meter: January

January’s top events indexed according to taste.


"Johnny Baseball" at Park Square Theatre

The show follows the 1919 Boston Red Sox from the “Curse of the Bambino” through the 2004 World Series win.


How to Get Kids to Like Classical
Kiddie Classical

To get kids interested in classical music, orchestras need to use more imagination. And robots.


Two Cats from Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival
Arts + Entertainment

Our editors' picks for the best in theatre, dance, film, music, art, and more.


The Holiday Spirit Top 10

The season’s best offerings, in order of how much holiday spirit they’re likely to inspire.


The Gift of Local Music
The Gift of Local Music

Local jazz, funk, and R&B artists are breaking plenty of new ground.


Oh, The Humanity

Mpls Photo Center's three new photography exhibits all featuring work by nationally known photographers, and all addressing themes of humanity and courage.


The Culture Meter: November
The Culture Meter: November

November’s top events indexed according to taste.


Musical Marathon

The big gigs just keep on coming in November. Can anyone over 50 keep up?


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