The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival is nigh

Once again, the spring/summer has flown by, and tomorrow already we'll be checking out some of the out-of-towners at the T

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THEATER REVIEW | Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike serves up laughs but falls short in message

Photo courtesy of Guthrie Theater

The first five minutes of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starts off deceptively boring. Then, in the tranquil quiet of a living room full of wicker chairs, quilted throws and mismatched socks, Sonia hurls a white ceramic coffee mug to the ground in a fit of wild unhappiness. It’s loud, physical and absurd -- much like the rest of the play.

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Fringe Previews - Battle of the acoustic guitars

There were also a whole lot of guitars being plucked and strummed over both nights of previews. One showed up in the previously mentioned Tales At Twilight to add a little musical color to the storytelling. Struggling as I am personally to coax some music out of my own guitar, my appreciation for the level of difficulty involved in being a good guitar player has only grown in the past couple of years. I always knew it took nerve to get up on stage and act. Music feels like even greater act of bravery these days. I know I’m not up to it, so my hat’s off to those that are. If you’re looking for some music with a folksy feel, you could take a look at the following:

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Pre-Fringe Profile: Miniature Horses Don't Go To Heaven

CAVEAT: I have worked with both Adam (writer) and Bethany (director) on a handful of smaller projects in previous years, and Cody (actor) is directing one of my sketches for a show in this Fringe, as well.

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More than art: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl promotes healthy eating

(Photo by Sagirah Shahid)

This year’s FLOW Northside Arts Crawl brought more than just great art. Organizers promoted healthy eating as one of the main messages of the festival.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, July 28–Sunday, August 3, 2014

We are marking the days until the second Thursday of September, the same Thursday each year on which we hold one of the best parties in Lowertown. It is the Release Party for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac, and it will, again, be a very fun night at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar. While the 2015 Almanac is getting put together at the bindery, we are asking you to do the opposite with old editions of the almanac. Yes, you can still get an old edition of the tome and take it apart, THEN MAKE SOMETHING WONDERFUL OUT OF IT! We are asking artists and people who fail to think of themselves as artists to take an old edition of the Saint Paul Almanac and re-image it into newly imagined pieces of art. SAINT PAUL ALMANAC: RE:BOOKED. Display your work at the AZ Gallery, and WIN A CASH PRIZE. There is still time to participate — in this project or in other ways. The book art will be on display through September at the AZ Gallery and during the Thursday, September 11 Book Release Party. If you are interested, contact Lisa at lisa [at] saintpaulalmanac [dot] org and put “RE:BOOKED” in the subject field. In the meantime, our Almanac arts calendaris filled with things to keep us busy.

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Tour de Fat: A fun event with or without beer and a bike

I know the whole focus of the Tour de Fat is beer and bikes but when you’re hanging with a 10 year old and you live pretty far away from the location, beers and bikes are less appealing than event as a whole. But I’m happy to report that Tour de Fat can be fun with or without the beer and bike.

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