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.

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.


“Life’s a Drag” from Mississippi Roll
“Life’s a Drag” from Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers

Listen to the tune “Life’s a Drag” from Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers' new CD Mississippi Roll.


Life by Design
Life by Design

These Twin Citians all share a love of fine craftmanship, a distinctive personal style, and a gift for finding ways to beautify their lives.


Blood, Sweat and Jeers

In The Sports Show, a groundbreaking new exhibit at the MIA, photography, video, and art combine to examine sports as a crucible of culture, politics, celebrity, and spectacle.


Jezebel Jones

Rebellious Jezebel Jones channels contrarian spirit on debut LP Queen of the Devil's Rodeo.


Weisman Art Museum
Arts + Entertainment

Where the heart of Twin Cities culture beats the loudest.


Wing's Place

Photographer Wing Young Huie is known for his community-based projects. Now he's creating a community of his own.


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.


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