Archive for January, 2010

Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current

Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current

Normally, HowWasTheShow features photos of musicians as our Photo of the Week, but when I saw this photo of Mark Wheat in Meredith Westin‘s photo set of 89.3 The Current‘s Five Year Anniversary show, I couldn’t help but ask if we could feature it. After all, the Current is a radio station, and Wheat is...
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Slideshow: 89.3 The Current’s 5 Year Anniversary Party at First Avenue

HowWasTheShow is proud to present Jenn Barnett’s photos from Friday night’s 89.3 The Current 5 Year Anniversary party at First Avenue. This slideshow is set to “Optimist” by P.O.S.
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Channeling Carol, a Queerdo Production at Bedlam Theatre

Channeling Carol, a Queerdo Production at Bedlam Theatre

Queerdo, a queer artist collective formed out of the mission of Outward Spiral Theatre Company, launched its first production with a cabaret inspired by legendary performer Carol Channing. Conceived and curated by Jeffry Lusiak, it featured new work by 10 local artists, all given free rein to respond to Channing’s art and life as...
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Adam Svec CD Release Party with Caroline Smith & No Bird Sing

Adam Svec CD Release Party with Caroline Smith & No Bird Sing

I’ve begun countless reviews over the years by celebrating the fact that the Twin Cities music scene can support multiple rock shows on the same night and still pack all the venues. Even on the coldest nights of the year. Minnesota rocks. Even in January. One of Friday’s most sought after tickets was 89.3 The...
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Podcast: HowWasTheShow CD Reviews for January, 2010

Podcast: HowWasTheShow CD Reviews for January, 2010

HowWasTheShow’s CD Review podcast for January, 2010, recorded at Kings Wine Bar in South Minneapolis on Sunday, January 24th. David de Young hosts. (A shout out to Bill & Cynthia who were sitting not too far away from me at the bar as I recorded this month’s show. And thanks to Adam and Michelle...
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Rock ‘n Roll by Tom Stoppard, a Park Square Theatre Production at Park Square Theatre

Rock ‘n Roll by Tom Stoppard, a Park Square Theatre Production at Park Square Theatre

I’ve always been a fan of Tom Stoppard plays, but I chose not to direct one with my college students once because I thought they’d all need a degree in its subject matter to understand what they were talking about. That’s the challenge with Stoppard. How do you move an audience – most with...
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Modern Radio 10th Anniversary at Cedar Cultural Center

Modern Radio 10th Anniversary at Cedar Cultural Center

You sure can’t say the local music scene doesn’t ever do us any favors. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Modern Radio pulled out all the stops with a pair of shows at the Turf Club and the Cedar over the weekend. For Saturday’s show at the Cedar, label owners Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech offered deals...
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Mr. McGee & The Biting Flea at The Children’s Theatre Company

Mr. McGee & The Biting Flea at The Children’s Theatre Company

The real test of theater is whether or not it works for the intended audience. Mr. McGee & the Biting Flea, the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company’s winter offering for young children, clearly knows its audience. CTC partnered with the Australian Patch Theatre Company, which created the show based on work by Pamela Allen, a...
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Dessa CD Release Party at Fine Line Music Café

Dessa CD Release Party at Fine Line Music Café

It was the biggest show of the weekend, and without doubt the most publicized to date of the young decade. The Fine Line was sold out and packed to the walls Friday night for this, the big coming out party of Dessa Darling and her new full-length, A Badly Broken Code. Not only did she not...
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Q & A with Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech of Modern Radio

Q & A with Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech of Modern Radio

Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech are co-owners of Modern Radio, an independent record label based in the Twin Cities that is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. In this extended interview, Tom and Peter talk about the label’s inception, future projects the label will be working on, and the two anniversary shows that will be taking...
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