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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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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MUSIC PHOTOS | BoDeans at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

It was another great night of Music In the Zoo July 25th as fans packed the amphitheater for a longtime Minnesota favorite the BoDeans fro

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Fringe Previews - The zeitgeist got stuck on 'Hillbilly'

There was a recurring vein of southern accented, kentucky fried, redneck style comedy popping up in the previews this year. For example, both from Night 1 of the Previews, we have

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