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.

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?

Ben Kyle's
Ben Kyle's "Minneapolis"

Better known as the fedora-wearing, guitar-strumming lead singer of the popular local alt-country band Romantica, Ben Kyle releases his first solo album on Nov. 13. Listen to his song "Minneapolis."


The Guthrie Theater’s celebration of British playwright Christopher Hampton culminates with Appomattox.

James Sewell Ballet's
James Sewell Ballet's "Ballet Macabre"

James Sewell Ballet celebrates the spirit(s) of Halloween this year by presenting an original work, “Ballet Macabre."

Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Twin Cities
Bizarre Twin Cities

We celebrate the weird and wonderful, strange and surprising foods, finds, people, places, art, and more that make the Twin Cities such a fun, vibrant, creative place to live.

New York City Ballet
Twin Cities 2012 Fall Arts Preview

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine arts and entertainment team's annual fall preview of the must-see shows in museums and galleries, theater, dance, and choral and classical music.

The Walker Art Center's  Movies & Music Series
The Walker Art Center's Movies & Music Series

The Walker Art Center kicks off its Movies & Music series, July 30-August 20.  This year’s theme is “In Dreams.” Here's the lineup.

Hugh Laurie and the Copper  Bottom Band
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band

Actor Hugh Laurie sings the New Orleans–style blues he loves so much with genuine passion and conviction.

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