TC Weekend | Basilica Block Party, Midtown Greenway Bike Fest, Dragon Fest, Bastille Day and more!

Updated 7/13/2014 1:25 a.m.The Fourth of July fireworks may be behind us, but there’s plenty of summer fun ahead! This weekend presents a diverse range of festivals in the Twin Cities — the big Basilica Block Party, and a number of smaller, free festivals around town. See this weekend’s spirited lineup below: Basilica Block Party, July 11 – 12The 20th Annual Basilica Block Party is here with another dynamic lineup of performers to rock the block! Sponsored by Cities 97, the concert features headliners Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Train, as well as performers Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others. The long-running event serves as a fundraiser for Basilica Landmark. Continue Reading

REVIEW | Morgan Thorson’s “YOU” officially opens the Bedlam Lowertown space

As Sheila Regan reported at the beginning of this month, Bedlam has had access to the space in Lowertown Saint Paul directly across from the Union Depot for almost two years. The slow renovation process she describes is ostensibly almost finished (to wit, the paint and floor were off-gassing this evening, as part of the festive atmosphere). With Morgan Thorsonn’s dance production YOU, the space is officially open for business and there will be more soft openings as they add a bar and full kitchen to complement the performance space.Bedlam’s offerings always embody the independent spirit of their mission. The theater space is extremely flexible with all variations of seating available to fill the wide-open space – seating plan on demand. For this show, the seating was layered with the front row of low slatted, just-off-the floor seating supplied the beach-chair feeling. Continue Reading

“Sex at Dawn” in bed with Bedlam Theatre’s John Bueche

So I got a Facebook invitation, and the title of the invitation was “Sex at Dawn at Dawn.”  Not knowing that there was a popular science book with that title, I read with curiosity the rest of what the invitation said.“Reading Outloud from the book people have been talking about (but I haven’t read yet), having some breakfast, getting ready to meet the day.” The event was to take place at 7 a.m. each morning for a week, and it was to take place at the following address: “Tree Bed at John and Nancy’s place,” followed by the home address of Bedlam Theatre executive director John Bueche and his girlfriend, Nancy Waldoch.After figuring out, through later posts, that what the event would entail was a reading of this popular book on John and Nancy’s bed in their apartment, and that certain people would be assigned readers, and that breakfast would be served, I thought it was too strange an opportunity to pass up.I signed to up to be a reader on March 22, which was the last scheduled day, and I arrived at 6:50 a.m. The invitation had said that “doors” were open at 6:30, but I figured if I got there ten minutes early, that would be enough time to have some coffee and whatever breakfast there was before it started. I also brought with me the ingredients for mimosas, by way of contribution.The lights were off in the house, and no one answered the door at first. When, after the second ring, Bueche opened the door, it was clear to me that I had woken them up. Panic set in that I was the only person who showed up, but he reassured me that everyone else was just late. “The start time has gotten more relaxed as the week has progressed,” he said.A little while later the next two guests arrived: a young theater person named Chris Garza and another person, who apparently saw the event listed on a local neighborhood forum. By this time, Bueche and Nancy seemed to be starting on breakfast. Continue Reading

Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena: Welcome to Our Neighborhood

In 2011, Bedlam Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre collaborated with Cedar-Riverside residents on Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena: Welcome to Our Neighborhood. The original play was inspired by stories from the West African communities living in and around the West Bank. In a video recently shared by MIGIZI Communications, the story of Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena comes alive once again. Continue Reading