Friday, September 13, 2019

6 pm

The Outsider

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016

$46 - $68
Call 715.386.2394 ex. 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

You loved Unnecessary Farce! Come see playwright Paul Slade Smith's latest clever creation The Outsider. Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

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7 pm

The Rinky Dink Show: Rinky Dink Fights Back!

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St. MPLS 55408

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Rinky Dink Operations
  • Comedy

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.

But – the June show was only HALF of us, and our September show is the REST of us. And obviously, we’re some of the freshest and savviest comedy performers in town, and as the world gets crazier and crazier, Rinky Dink is going to fight back the best way they know how: Comedy. Sketch. Stand-up. Song. Some serious silly slightly off-center and happy to call the BLB our home.

Make sure to let them know the cast includes: Sam Bates-Norum, Anna Larranaga, Beth Ann Powers, Amanda Sjodahl, Gabby Vandenavond, Leslie Vincent, Duck Washington, Allison Witham and Aron Woldeslassie. 

We still need a catchy tag line here. And PLEASE make sure to formally type something up that’s presentational and glossy and do NOT just copy and paste directly from this email. Not because it’s unprofessional, but because we did that bit in June and what kind of rinky dink operation does that two times in a row?

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:00pm (doors at 6:00) $15/$12 in advance

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Cocktails at the Castle

7:00 pm

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

$17 ASI members / $20 non-members
Call 6128714907
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Presented by American Swedish Institute
  • Dance

Friday, September 13, 7-11 p.m.

Your favorite museum party is about to get wild – embark on an adventure through The Vikings Begin exhibition as you rock the night away at the Castle.

A line-up of lady powerhouses will provide a feast for your ears for the evening. The haunting Half Tramp kicks things off, then we’ll turn it up a notch with Monica LaPlante. Afterward, Aby Wolf’s atmospheric vocals will keep you swaying on the Castle lawn through the evening. The music won’t stop there: head inside for a dance party fueled by DJ power-duo Pink Rink.

This Norse night out will also include rune carving demonstrations, Falconry 101 with the Raptor Center, live ale-bowl turning and pop-up performances. And, of course, FIKA will be serving up their signature cocktails and delectable festival food.

$17 ASI members / $20 non-members. This is a 21+ event.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

  • Opening night

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$26 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Fifteen-year-old mathematical genius Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the edge of his road. He detests being touched, can’t stand small talk, and the slightest disruption of his ritualized world sends him into an earth-shattering tantrum. It’s 7 minutes past midnight and the neighbor’s dog is dead. Finding himself a suspect, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, embarking on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Intense, hopeful, and profoundly moving, Curious Incident has been hailed a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play!

Cast: Stacia Rice, Laura Esping, Zachary Schnitzer, Melina Kordich, Alexcia Thompson, Dylan Ward, Peter Simmons, Matthew Lolar, and Corey Mills.

Wed. - Sat. @ 7:30pm, Sun. @ 2:00pm
Added matinees Wed. Sept. 25th | Sat. Oct. 5th | Sat. Oct. 12th @ 2:00pm

box office: 763-493-8733

Wed. & Thurs. $26 | Fri. & Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinees $28
Students, seniors 65 & up and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices

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Big & Dumb: Perfectly Good Sketches, Ruined

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Call 612-590-0454
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Presented by Heather Meyer & Meghan Wolff
  • Comedy
  • Experimental

What even is innovation? 

Big & Dumb, the wild, weird, and messy game-sketch show hybrid is back with new challenges, messier messes, and a clean-up plan (we promise).

Six talented and willing actors will attempt to perform scripted sketches perfectly, while also competing in challenges like "Shaving Cream Sheep" and "Sticky Paper Floor" that they don't know about until the moment of the show. The very game contestants are Mike Fotis, Maria Bartholdi, Emily Townswick, Nate Hessburg, Davis Steen, and Danna Sheridan. Created and hosted by Heather Meyer & Meghan Wolff, and featuring a special guest Continuity Judge each night!

Come join us, because who knows how many more times we can convince people to compete in our mystery challenges!

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Smokey Joe’s Café

7:30 pm

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC’s Smash), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

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Much Ado About Mothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The LAB Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$18 - 42
Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's comic battle of the sexes, staged as a 1940s screwball comedy. Directed by Tom Conry.

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7:30 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303

Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Musical

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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The Real Inspector Hound

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Patsy Miller Studio Theater
University of Northwestern - St. Paul 3003 Snelling Ave N. St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
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Presented by UNW Theatre
  • Comedy

Feauding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are swept away into the whodunit country house murder mystery they are viewing. This hilarious, witty, and cerebral spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas allows the critics to become involved in the action causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching.

"A brilliant parody of country-house detective stories and the conflict-fraught, egoism-inflating business of theater criticism."-The Washington Post

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Pippin, a mid-life crisis

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Musical

PIPPIN; a mid-life crisis, directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Jill Cronk Schendel. 

As told by an ensemble of actors, PIPPIN is the fantastical story of a prince, who is searching for his purpose in life and his own “corner of the sky”. Encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than it appears. With infectious music by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, PIPPIN is both a humorous allegory and a dark tale of false appearances and empty promises.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to find their way in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach; a mid-life crisis. “After a certain age (roughly 50), we all go through this period of questioning - “What am I going to do with my life now?” “, says Richard Hitchler, founder and director. “This is an even more important question as we enter the second half of our lives. And we’re exploring what it means for people who have achieved a certain amount of prestige in the lives, but want to find true meaning and leave a legacy before they move on.” adds Hitchler.

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.


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7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Tickets are now on sale through March 29. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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7:30 pm
Runs 125 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presented by The BAND Group
  • Drama

A Man. A Pink Triangle. A Journey to Dignity. In this intimate play, centered around the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, a man must choose outing himself but face the ultimate consequence. BENT serves as a reminder than any community can have their rights stripped away by hate-mongering forces, but shows that the human heart can never be stripped away.

The BAND Group will partner with Out Front on this production.  OutFront’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment, or discrimination.
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8 pm

ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, St. Paul, MN 55114

$25-30, pay-what-you-can on Sept 7
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the everyday anxieties of contemporary life, juxtaposed to the cataclysmic possibilities that teeter on our response to dire warnings of climate change and environmental devastation.Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. She presents, in reverse order, a man nearing the end of life, his view from the threshold of the afterlife, and the reminiscences at his funeral. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

And yet, reviews repeatedly refer to these plays as Churchill’s funniest work yet!

Cast features Maria Asp, Charla Marie Bailey, Patrick Bailey Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy. Production team: Director, Wendy Knox; Set Design by Joe Stanley; Costume Design by Kathy Kohl; Lighting Design by Mike Wangen; Sound design by Dan Dukich; Stage Managed by Glenn Klapperich.

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Pray the Gay Away

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cowles Center for the Preforming Arts
528 Hennipen Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

Call 612-206-3600
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Presented by Murray and Peter Presents
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Arab-American twins come out as gay to mom and turn

the hilarious and touching story into a raucous comedy


Pray The Gay Away, a true life story, 

plays in Minneapolis September 12 - 22


Some moms cry. Some moms give hugs. When the Zakar Twins’ uber-Christian mom learned that both her sons are gay, she threw holy water at them and began quoting Leviticus. The Instagram models turned their hilarious and unique story into a best-selling book and now a stage play, Pray The Gay Away, appearing at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis from September 12 - 22. Tickets are available at

The true-life coming out comedy chronicles 26-year old Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two. The hilariously and poignant play shows what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi-American twins in post 9/11 America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.

The Zakar twins are leaders in the LGBT community where they blaze a path for queer people who come from Near and Middle Eastern cultures. Their high internet profile led to an appearance on the 2018 season premiere of Tosh.O and the publication of their memoir, an Amazon #1 bestseller.

“It was confusing for our Mom,” Zach said, “in Iraq, being gay isn’t something that you discuss openly. She was worried about how the community would talk about us in a negative light. It was difficult to see her take it so hard, she basically cried and prayed for 90 percent of our coming out process.”

The show, directed by Eric Swanson and produced by Murray and Peter Present, is written by Bobby Brower and the Zakar twins, explores the awkwardness of coming of age as well as a touching testimonial to the love of family and religion.

“Our mom would shove religion down our throats,” Zach joked. “But honestly, we are who we are because of our upbringing. The message of Christianity – and any religion – is acceptance and love for all.” 

Tickets and show information are available at Follow the Zakar Twins on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ZakarTwins. 


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8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN

Call 612-724-3760
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Frank Theatre is thrilled to present two new short plays by Caryl Churchill, whose work Frank has presented many times in the company’s 30-year history. ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO deliver an evening of theatre by perhaps the greatest living playwright.

Churchill’s sizzling work ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the horrors of modern life. Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

“It’s worth noting that simply writing a play featuring four women in their seventies without making it about their age is a reasonably subversive political act.” — The Atlantic

In the second piece, Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” — The Guardian 

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud NineTop GirlsFar AwayDrunk Enough to Say I Love You?BlissLove and InformationMad Forest, and A Number. In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Nature Theater of Oklahoma and EN-KNAP Group: Pursuit of Happiness

8:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

  • Opening night

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Call 6123757600
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Presented by Walker Art Center
  • Experimental

“It would be a shame to reveal how this bizarre, painful, hilarious, almost two-hour horror comedy ends. Along the way, Pursuit of Happiness generates an orgy of images, memories and emotions in the heart and mind of the viewer.” —De Theaterkrant

The notoriously inventive New York–based performance enterprise Nature Theater of Oklahoma, led by co-creators Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, returns with the Slovenian dance company EN-KNAP Group to interrogate the meaning behind the Declaration of Independence’s “pursuit of happiness” as an “unalienable right.” Think spaghetti western with an Austrian sales rep, a trip to Baghdad, and some unsettlingly happy cowboy dances added into the mix. Physical comedy and artistic parody, hypermasculinity and military might, declamatory speeches and whiskey-soaked sexuality: this theatrical adventure comments on Western tropes with poignancy, critique, insight, and hilarity. “One of the wildest things you’ll see at the theater this year” (New York Times).

Contains gun shots and depictions of physical and sexual violence.
Program length: 100 minutes.

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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Follow our intrepid heroes (Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler) as they prepare for epic battle against the most dangerous enemy of all:  SHAME.  Can they survive cancel culture, social media, and the self-loathing that accompanies just being Minnesotan?  Join the guilt-trip of a lifetime at the BNW’s hilarious and all-new sketch comedy show, Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

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10 pm

The Local Music Scene presents: Ted Hajnasiewicz

10:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

$8 advance, $10 door
Call (612) 825-8949
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Presented by The Local Music Scene
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Ted Hajnasiewicz performs THE LOCAL MUSIC.
The Local Music Scene improvises SCENEs inspired by the lyrics.

Driven to write the perfect song, Minneapolis-born singer/songwriter Ted Hajnasiewicz is constantly composing, learning, listening, playing and singing. Ted has been writing songs since before he knew how to play a note. His 30 year career has spanned many genres, reaching tens - maybe even dozens - of listeners.

His latest release, “This Is What I Do”, is a culmination of years of song crafting. This is a sort of “greatest hits” package, compiling Ted’s favorite songs into one album to provide a relatable soundtrack for the lover, the loser, the sinner and the saint – roles we all play at any given moment in life.

Ted Hajnasiewicz Music would be so appreciative if those who enjoy his music (hopefully you) give him a shout – social media, email, in person (Please don’t literally shout – Ted is sensitive…). Even more appreciative if they (again, hopefully you) share with others. Even more appreciative still, if somehow world peace is brought about by one of his songs (though he's not holding his breath - he's yet to find the right sonic formula for world-peace induction. He'll get it, one of these days!

The Local Music Scene is a rotating cast of some of the best improvisors in the Twin Cities. Every month for over 4 years they've used the music of local artists as inspiration for improvised scenes. Hosted by Philip Simondet

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