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Things to Do This Weekend

Rainbow Families, our friendly neighborhood LGBT family organization (which became the Midwest office for the Family Equality Council just this summer), is having a its annual fundraising gala, the Fall Colors Masquerade. Saturday, 10/11, 7:30pm, at Solera. $50. For the low low price of $200, you can attend the VIP portion of the event which starts at 5:30. Semi-formal. “Masks encouraged.” I’ll be there, probably sans mask.

David already gave you the scoop on the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Women Stand Up! A Comedy Cabaret – Stand-up Comedians Colleen Kruse & Miss Shannan Paul; Brave New Workshop Veterans Shanan Wexler & Katy McEwen doing sketch comedy; Fringe Favorite Storyteller Allegra Lingo; Legendary Poet and wit Phebe Hanson; and the Comedic Chanteuse Stylings of Diana B. Wilde. $20 or $15 with a Fringe button (this is the annual benefit show, so prices are a little higher than usual). Saturday, October 11, at Bryant Lake Bowl. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m. For tickets and info call the box office at 612-825-8949 or visit

Pillsbury House Theatre proudly presents Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series on Saturday, October 11. Preshow reception begins at 8pm followed by the performances at 9pm. Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series is curated by Laurie Carlos and co-curated by e.g. bailey. Performances are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or online. All performances take place on the Pillsbury House Theatre mainstage at 3501 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. This weekend’s lineup includes: Pramila Vasudevan, kim thompson, Katie Ka Vang, and Tou Saiko Lee. [complete details on the series and on this weekend’s event] [purchase tickets]

This last one is mostly a reminder to myself that I have punches left on my Brave New Workshop Punchy Pass and I want to see The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero; Or is McCain Able? before the run ends on November 8th. Need to see it before Election Day. That last weekend of shows could be pretty painful to sit through. Buy tickets online or call the box office at 612-332-6620.

Creature Feature Playing at Brave New Workshop Through October

Creature FeaturePut on by Huge Theater and staged at the Brave New Workshop, Creature Feature is “a fully improvised live comedic monster movie. Suggestions are taken from the audience, and a live monster movie unfolds right before your eyes, chock full of colorful characters, high drama, monster movie atmosphere, and hilarity!”

This year you actually get two shows. The second is Survivors of the Undead Plague, “the improvised zombie plague.”

Runs Thursdays in October so you have five chances to check it out.

Tickets available from the BNW.

Improv for Gilda – Fundraising Marathon at Brave New Workshop

Gildas Club Twin Cities

The Brave New Institute is uniting the Twin Cities improv community for the Dudley Riggs 24-hour Improv Marathon to support Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. The Brave New Workshop theatre will host the fun starting at 10 pm on July 12th and through till 10 pm on July 13th. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Gilda’s Club’s mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer and their friends and families. There are 21 operating Gilda’s Clubhouses. The Twin Cities location is scheduled to open in 2009. This is the first Dudley Riggs Improv Marathon.

Groups performing in the marathon include members of the Brave New Institute’s improvisation classes (including my friend Kari!) and professionals the likes of which you probably saw a couple weekends ago at the Twin Cities Improv Festival. Ticket prices are $5 for a two hour block, $25 for a 12-hour block, and $40 for the whole 24 hours.

Brave New Workshop 50th Anniversary Show: Skip It

bnw50th.jpgIt seems over the last year and a half I’ve made it to every show the BNW has staged, so I thought it worthwhile to by the newly-offered Punchy Pass. $160 for 8 tickets, a dollar or two off at the concession stand, and a few other perks.

The fact that the BNW has been in existence for 50 years is remarkable. There are not a whole lot of things that aren’t giant corporations or natural wonders that have that kind of staying power (it’s the third oldest theater of any kind in the Twin Cities). I do very much enjoy the sketch comedy format and who doesn’t love political satire and making fun of the suburbs? So I really do loves me some BNW and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to attend. Buy a 4-punch or 8-punch pass, use your MPR 2-for-1 discount, come in a group of 12 or more, pay full price, whatever.

I used four of my punches to take myself, my girlfriend, and two visiting out-of-towners to see their anniversary show, The Brave New Workshop at 50: Old Enough to Know Better. My friends liked it a lot. I was a little worried that there’d be a lot of local references that they wouldn’t get, but that wasn’t the case.

Oh, jeez, it pains me to say this.

While the reappearance of the Rapebot 3000 and Lauren Anderson in a burqa were hilarious, this was my least favorite of all the BNW shows I’ve seen. Ever. For two reasons. One, because I’d seen some of it before. Two, because I just have little or no context or frame of reference for political satire from the 60s (or the 70s, the 80s, and a good chunk of the 90s).

Man, that was hard.

Fortunately for the BNW, the show is playing well; they’ve extended the run into June. They’ve got a 50th Anniversary mini-site and you can win free tickets for submitting your BNW story.

If you’ve never been there before, I strongly encourage you to go. Because I think everyone should go see all their shows. But if you’re a more seasoned patron… wait until the next one.

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