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.

One Man, 30 Characters

Bradley Greenwald revives a tour de force performance at the Jungle Theater.


Dance Revolution

An ambitious new era for local dance is about to begin. The world is watching. Will the Cowles Center deliver the audiences?


Global Water Dances

This global art initiative will raise awareness for the importance of clean water in a series of dances that will take place across the world.


Downtown Minneapolis, from I-35
Arts + Entertainment

Culture is thriving in the Twin Cities. We've got the highlights.


Way Out There

The Walker's annual Out There performance series features the best (and quirkiest) Europe has to offer.


Cynthia Hopkins

Weird, but Wonderful


The Rolling Stones: For the Last Time?

The Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour plays TCF bank Stadium on June 3. But, really how much longer can this go on?


The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost @ The Museum of Russian Art

For the past several years, the Museum of Russian Art in south Minneapolis has been quietly mounting one extraordinary show after another. Its latest show, The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost, which opened last weekend, is another stunner.


9.17.06: The Heiruspecs at the Triple Rock

At an all-ages show coming straight off a couple gigs in the Midwest, the Heiruspecs got a warm welcome back to the Twin Cities last night at the Triple Rock. 


12.28.06: The Bad Plus at the Dakota

Thirty-five bucks is a steep ticket price for a jazz band.


1.31.07: The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie

After watching Bill McCallum’s Tom Wingfield smoke a pack of Chesterfields through the opening monologue of The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie, I can almost forgive Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston for rhetorically asking if this play has any relevance for today’s audience. 


9.17.06: The Heiruspecs at the Triple Rock

At an all-ages show coming straight off a couple gigs in the Midwest, the Heiruspecs got a warm welcome back to the Twin Cities last night at the Triple Rock. 


12.28.06: The Bad Plus at the Dakota

Thirty-five bucks is a steep ticket price for a jazz band.


4.5.07: Dérive at the Northwestern Casket Company

Flaneur Productions’ short works showcase, Dérive, began with two constraints: a fragment of text—apocalyptic, bizarre—and a location—a windowy room on the top floor of the now-defunct Northwestern Casket Company. 


1.31.07: The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie

After watching Bill McCallum’s Tom Wingfield smoke a pack of Chesterfields through the opening monologue of The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie, I can almost forgive Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston for rhetorically asking if this play has any relevance for today’s audience. 


4.29.07: MicroCon 2007 Comic Convention

The easy recap of the MicroCon 2007, the comic book convention put on by the Midwest Comic Book Association at the State Fairgrounds last weekend, would open with a pat description of the pudgy Batman in full costume, the goth girl with red contact lenses, and the middle-aged guy in green corduroys with Captain America’s shield slung over his back.


4.16.07: Ivey Awards Ramps Up at the Orpheum

The Ivey Awards popped up three years ago as a way to honor the Twin Cities theater community.


Don't be Fooled, More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness is brilliant

Some years ago, in a report that may or may not be credible, it was asserted that young people supposedly get more of their news now from fake news shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report than they do from real news shows or newspapers—which the kiddies don’t watch or read, in any case, and certainly don’t trust.


4.27.07: Next Opens in Theaters

Like most everyone else in this Us Weekly, Access Hollywood–ized world of ours, I know more than I’d like about the assorted catfights and chemical dependencies of the Paris, Lindsay, and Britney set. 


4.14:07: Low at First Ave. and Halloween, Alaska at the 400 Bar

I hate to admit this, but I've never seen Duluth folk singer/guitarist Charlie Parr perform live.


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