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The Real Magic Mike: An Interview with Actor/Illusionist Michael Carbonaro

Michael Carbonaro has made magic cool again. His wildly popular hidden camera show “The Carbonaro Effect,” which took illusion and tricks to a new level, established him on a global scale. Of course, it helps that he has movie star good looks that leave David Copperfield (remember him?) in the dust. Those looks also came…

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“Get To The Point” – On Network TV, Minneapolis Firefighter Akeela Al-Hameed Proves She’s As Tough As Nails

>Chu-chunk!< That distinctive sound marks the distinctive end of distinctive work performed by a distinctive worker:  the roughneck whose calloused hands are sheltered by rawhide stained with dinosaur bones; the poor schlub whose squinting eyes are aided by plastic goggles scarred with a dozen near-misses; or the builder whose sweat-drenched skull is abetted by a four-pound…

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Introducing Todd Duesing: The New Face of Hennepin Theatre Trust

This summer, on July 10, a new President and CEO began at Hennepin Theatre Trust (HTT), the non-profit organization that runs our historic and beloved downtown theaters including the Orpheum, State, Pantages, and Dudley Riggs Theaters. Coming to us from the Cincinnati area with an impressive track record of performing arts leadership, Todd Duesing has…

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Morris Mickelwhite Comes To Life at The Children’s Theatre

There is an immense transformative power that stems from imagination, capable of soaring you away to mystical worlds where anything is possible. Everyone has the capacity for imagination, but there are some who would trade away possibility of imagination out of fear of being called childish, or worse, abnormal. Morris Micklewhite is not one such…

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Welcome One Voice Mixed Chorus’ New Artistic Director

One Voice Mixed Chorus is thrilled to announce a new Artistic Director — Kimberly Waigwa (addressed as Waigwa | they/them)! One Voice shares, “Waigwa has the choral chops, creative mind, and fresh vision that will guide One Voice successfully in the years to come.” About One Voice One Voice is Minnesota’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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Michael and Tony: How the Theater That Brought Them Together Continues to Help Them Grow

When Michael Gruber and Tony Vierling met up with me for a late morning coffee at Groundswell in Saint Paul, I expected our conversation would center mostly around their relationship and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s current production of Jersey Boys. We talked at length about their partnership (two alpha males who only fight when they’re trying too hard…

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From The Editor: The Continued Evolution of The Arts

Changes, transitions, evolutions…they’re all a part of life. In the arts and entertainment world here in Minnesota, you can see a lot of change and transition happening around us. All of which will help drive growth to their respective organizations by attracting returning and newer audience members with fresh performance experiences. Last year, we celebrated…

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Plan Your Getaway to Beautiful Itasca State Park!

As the days start to finally cool off, you might find yourself searching for the perfect way to enjoy the crisp temperatures and beautiful outdoors! Look no further than the majestic Itasca State Park, and all the natural beauties it has to offer!  Connie Cox (she/her), the Lead Interpretive Naturalist at Itasca State Park explains,…

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Make Connecticut Your Next Destination

When your plans take you to the Northeastern U.S.A. – specifically towards New England – have you ever thought about visiting the state of Connecticut? There are a few reasons why one would visit the fifth state of the union. For example, some would attend a convention or travel for business to the state. Or,…

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Pride Journey: Salt Lake City

For years I have heard about Salt Lake City’s thriving LGBTQ+ community, but I had yet to experience it firsthand. The Advocate even called Salt Lake City, one of the ten ‘Queerest Cities in America.’ Recently, I had an opportunity to travel to the Beehive State with my good friend and internationally known EDM musician Joey Suarez,…

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