Arts & Performance

The Monster Science Ensemble: Lounge Lizzy vs. Reverend Matt

Local comedy legends-in-the-making Lounge Lizzy and Reverend Matt team up for the first time!

Lounge Lizzy, played by local improviser Erin Kennedy, is an improv music act, whose brash, hyperconfident star – a combination of Ron Burgundy and Jessica Rabbit – performs hilarious lounge songs on the spot, based on audience suggestions, in between working the crowd and basking in their adulation. 

The Rinky Dink Show: Rinky Dink Fights Back!

All right Dinks. Seriously this time.

The Bryant Lake Bowl is having us back for another round of “The Rinky Dink Show” and they need a REAL description from us this time.

In June we delighted audiences and critics alike. Be sure to include the quote from Twin Cities Arts Reader that said, “It recalls some of the best moments of Laugh-In and Saturday Night Live, while also planting its flag firmly in the Twin Cities.”

People love quotes like that. They’re reassuring.

MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Jack Brass Band

The Jack Brass Band was formed in 1999 in the Twin Cities.  Based on the traditions of New Orleans’ brass bands, they are the ambassadors to the Crescent City’s rich musical history. The band plays “Feel-Good Music” for audiences of any age, for any occasion.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Experience the magic this holiday season, as local guest artists join Ashley Ballet Arts Academy students to perform this classic story ballet. Let yourself be swept away to the fairy-tale Land of Sweets by Tchaikovsky's magical score and sparkling choreography by Ashley Burkland and ABAA faculty. This is a tradition not to be missed, and is appropriate for audience members ages 2 to 102!

Community Ed with a Side of Just Nancee

Once upon a time, Community Ed was performing at HUGE and Nancee was in the audience. Amy and Pat started improvising about kissing fish; after Nancee recovered from a bout of laughter, she was hooked. “I have got to work with those two!” Nancee exclaimed to herself.

Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home.

Crosswalk: a variety drag show

“Crosswalk” is variety showcase putting light on all forms of queer performers here in the Twin Cities, from burlesque to drag Kings/ Queens and every form of crossdressing in between. Our goal is to show people all types of drag, gender identity and self-expression to become more understanding and open as a community. So come out, be loud and support the amazing show we've put together for you! Our August show will be dedicated to celebrating the weird, gross, and horror forms of drag in honor of Dragula season 3.

Rose Winston, Dreamspook, and Smellkin Ernesto

Rose Winston is a lo-fi electronic pop act from Pittsburgh. Rose Winston's resume includes performances all over the US, visual art installments in the US and in Ireland, and a feature on Jack Johnson's non-profit compilation album. In her new debut album Quartz, Rose Winston writes lushly layered songs about walking in solidarity, needing each other, and our desires to live vibrantly. She organically colors her sonic space with beats, piano, synthesizers and voice, inspiring claims to harmonious living within a noisy world.

BAND Cabaret: Pansy

West Hollywood, 1941. The last remaining performer of the Pansy Craze holds court at a nightclub frequented by Hollywood stars, celebrating the great drag performer Julian Eltinge. A tribute to the oft-forgotten crusaders of the gay underground cabaret movement of the 1930s, Pansy is a story about singing out when the world demands your silence. Pansy is written and performed by Max Wojtanowicz, with Bradley Beahen at the piano.

Kids Do Comedy

Once upon a time, the producer of Kids Do Comedy started performing stand-up as a child at the middle school’s talent show; Nancee told her classmates jokes about the Muppets and loved making people laugh!

Then Nancee grew up and worked in insurance! “Ick! This is boring!” Nancee said to herself. So Nancee went back to school, changed careers, and performed stand-up again, this time at the church festival in 2011. She said, “Yay! This is more like it!”

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