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Minnesota Opera (a Knight Arts grantee) will celebrate the start of the 2014-2015 season with a free, outdoor simulcast of its opening production, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park (just across from the Ordway), a number of food trucks and beverage purveyors will be on hand […]

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For the latest in their Women of Substance series, St. Kate’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium is presenting a world premiere dance opera, “Test Pilot,” which offers a lens onto the Wright Brothers’ historic experiments with flight, as seen through the eyes of their much less well-known sister, Katharine. A collaborative project by two McKnight Artist Fellows, composer […]

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After the record-breaking crowds at the Minnesota State Fair and the crush at Walker Art Center’s popular Internet Cat Video Festival, Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival in Mears Park later this week is going to feel downright intimate. The atmosphere at this three-day St. Paul festival is neighborly – it’s the sort of event where, going […]

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The fall theater season is set to hit full swing in the coming weeks but before these last warm nights of summer give way to fall, I’d recommend catching the collaborative, open-air production of “The Tempest” this weekend at Franconia Sculpture Park. Two big names in the Twin Cities’ scene are spearheading the effort: Theatre de la Jeune Lune […]

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By Johanna Lorbach, member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s club2030 Council With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Opening Night approaching, we invited two members of the club2030 council to look ahead to the coming season and answer some of the questions new audience members might have. To start this series of four posts, Johanna Lorbach shares her top concert […]

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Twin Cities Public Television’s Rewire (a Knight Arts grantee) is bringing back its charming YouTube video series this fall. “Are you MN Enough” is in the midst of a call for entries, in fact. They’re seeking original shorts “on a quintessentially Minnesota topic,” two to six minutes in length, from Twin Cities video-makers (amateurs and professionals, […]

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School starts in just a week’s time, and our family’s making a mad dash to do all those summertime things we’ve not yet gotten to this year. One night this week, we want to hit Vali-Hi drive-in, just east of town in Lake Elmo. (Who could resist: three movies for the price of one, Armour […]

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By Jocelyn Hagen Growing up as an only child in the country, outside a small town in North Dakota, allowed me to spend a lot of time inside my head. Being creative was a part of my everyday life, just as it is now. Through the years I became very comfortable in my mostly singular […]

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By Austin, Next Notes intern The title of “composer” immediately evokes images of men in powdered wigs writing a strictly formulated sonata for the harpsichord. While this scenario does demonstrate the role of some composers, it all too often pushes young adults from this activity that defies the myriad assumptions surrounding it. Composing music is […]

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There’s been so much focus on the new Twin Cities light rail Green Line, itself, since its launch earlier this summer, it’s welcome to see close attention paid to the individual neighborhoods and residents who live and work along its path. In June, MinnPost’s Andy Sturdevant devoted two delightful pieces (with interactive infographics) for his […]

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