Previewing the Minnesota Opera’s “Così fan tutte”: A photographer at the opera

Prior to Thursday night, my experience with opera consisted of my grandmother’s ad naseum broadcasting of her Three Tenors cassette tape during our summer vacation visits, and seeing my sister perform part of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte during her sophomore year of college. So, while it was technically just the final dress rehearsal, you could say that my attendance at the Minnesota Opera’s performance of Cosí fan tutte on September 22 was my first real opera experience. Continue Reading

A perfect St. Paul day for the 10th annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival

On Saturday afternoon, August 20, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) hosted their 10th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival. The event was once again held in St. Paul’s Western Sculpture Park, nestled in the neighborhood just west of the State Capitol.The festival began at 11am and by noon had drawn an audience of all ages. Teens gathered in the Youth Tent for open mic sessions while younger kids lined up to have their faces painted and their hair sprayed colorfully. The Main Stage hosted musicians and performers as well as a singer/songwriter competition. Continue Reading

MUSIC | An enjoyable Evening with Cake at the State Theatre

Had the Powers That Be at the Daily Planet known that photographers would be relegated to the sound board (akin to shooting from across the street) at the State Theatre on May 12, they might have instead opted to send a writer to fill the single press spot they were granted by Cake. However, as the sole TCDP representative, I will endeavor to share some of my observations with you.

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