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.


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.

The Culture Meter: May
The Culture Meter: May

May's top events indexed according to taste.

The Culture Meter: April
The Culture Meter: April

April's top events indexed according to taste.

Sally Hushcha's room at Modern Design Meets Craft
Rooms for All

American Craft Council's "Modern Design Meets Craft" exhibit spotlights local designers.

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?

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