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.

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.

Birding in Minnesota
Birding in Minnesota: A Guide For The Backyard Bird Watcher

How hundreds of “citizen scientists” (and one curious reporter) are helping experts understand humanity’s impact on the birds in your backyard. The good news: It’s not all bad.

Best Birding Spots in Minnesota
Best Birding Spots in the Twin Cities

Grab your binoculars and check out these popular spots to bird watch in Minneapolis-St.Paul.

Live Nation’s River’s Edge Music Festival
Rocking the River

Live Nation’s River’s Edge Music Festival is the first step in a five-year effort to give the Twin Cities its own Lollapalooza.

 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 40th Anniversary
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: 40 Years of the Best

To celebrate Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 40th anniversary, we give you 40 lists that showcase the food, fashion, sports, news, and pop culture that shape this place we love (and love to make fun of).

A Different Whirl

The Northrup King Building is great, but there are plenty of other notable buildings on the Art-A-Whirl circuit.

True Originals

Dylan Hick's new book and CD complement each other in several ways.

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