Guthrie to move, turn building into condos

The Guthrie Theater’s iconic building on the banks of the Mississippi River. Much of the building will be converted into condos under a plan announced Wednesday morning.

In a stunning press conference this morning, the Guthrie Theater announced that it is returning to Minneapolis’s Lowry Hill neighborhood and converting part of its iconic building on the banks of the Mississippi River into condos. These twin measures, some of the most far-reaching in the company’s 52-year history, sent shockwaves through the Twin Cities theatre and Downtown East communities.

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Zombies and Disney spectacular "Frozen" coming to Ordway, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Photo caption: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is adapting the megahit movie Frozen for its 2015-2016 season.

The greater Twin Cities theater scene is getting a whole lot more zombies and ice castles in the 2015-2016 season. The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres both announced major screen-to-stage adaptations in the coming year: a musical version of the hit cable television series The Walking Dead at the Ordway and a much-anticipated adaptation of the Disney megahit movie Frozen at CDT. Both new musicals will have their world premieres in Minnesota as part of pre-Broadway trials.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Annie" timeless at the Orpheum Theatre

 Photo credit Joan Marcus

Stop what you’re doing right now and get all expectations of cliches out of your system. Sure, go ahead, say something along the lines of “I’ll see the production ‘Tomorrow.’” Make a few cracks regarding what a “Hard Knock Life” you’d experience if you missed this show. Go ahead and make reference to the barely related Jay-Z track. Just work it out of your system quick. We can wait.

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Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous Reading explores the novelist's visual side

Room 22 by Louise Erdrich

2015, 16.75 x 32 inches, mixed media on found object

Award winning writer Louise Erdrich is best known for her prolific novels such as the Plague of Doves, Love Medicine and The Round House, but she’s also a visual artist.

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from beyond the LOOP...#033115

Photo by Bill Cottman

just like Africa
the NorthSide's a continent...
one acts not for all


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THEATER REVIEW | Theatre Coup d’Etat's 'Art': Basic in the best way

Marc (Lucas James Vonesek), Yvan (Kevin Fanshaw) and Serge (Elohim Pena) in Art; photo courtesy of Theatre Coup d'Etat

Friendship is often as strange and random as family. Though you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends, the circumstances that bring us in contact with those that become our friends are frequently just as out of our control. The same school, the same place of work, the same passion for a particular subject—these serve as the catalyst for unlikely pairings that might not otherwise ever cross paths. But just like romantic relationships, friendships need attention, care and feeding, or they’re likely to wither. Even if you don’t see your family members for years at a time, you’re still family. But if you aren’t deliberate about staying in contact with a friend, after a while can you still call them your friend? As we grow and change, do our friends and those friendships grow and change with us? And what happens if they don’t?

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MUSIC REVIEW | International Novelty Gamelan record release at Icehouse

Photos by Ann Treacy

Gamelan is a collection of traditional Javanese musical instruments. They are as beautiful to watch as they are to hear. There are gold colored gongs, metallophones, drums and hybrid drum-cymbals and bowed instruments. They are set up with ornate frames.

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7th Annual Augsburg Powwow

Augsburg College held its 7th annual traditional powwow on Saturday, March 28 in the Si Melby Gymnasium on campus in Minneapolis.

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