The Theater of Public Policy
The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2), the Twin Cities’ own combination of “Saturday Night Live” and weekend news shows, is returning for another season with guests from all over the local political climate.
T2P2 opens its weekly series with a Sept. 12 show featuring guest Winona LaDuke, an internationally recognized author and activist who has devoted her life to protecting the land and culture of Native American communities. Per T2P2’s usual format, its politically savvy comedians will discuss current events and today’s burning issues then digest it into live improv comedy on stage at Bryant Lake Bowl.
On Sept. 19, T2P2 will have state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-61) and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin talking about the Orange Line bus rapid transit and other transportation policy questions.
T2P2’s Fall Shows:
Sept. 26: “Wrong About Everything” podcasters Javier Morillo-Alicea, Brian McDaniel, Carin Mrotz and Amy Koch discuss the Minnesota Legislature
Oct. 3: “The End of Night” author Paul Bogard talks on the costs of artificial light
Oct. 10: Metropolitan Council Member Gary Cunningham discusses racial disparities in regional planning
Oct. 11: Brian McClung, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s communications director, and Katharine Tinucci, Gov. Mark Dayton’s former press secretary, unpack this election year (this free show is in St. Paul’s Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy.)
Oct. 17: Robert Kudrle, an economist and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, digs into the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership
Oct. 24: Sheila Smith, executive director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, discuss the economics of art
Oct. 31: Ilhan Omar, the DFL candidate for state House District 60B, discusses her candidacy prior to Election Day
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
When: Mondays at 7p.m. in September and October
Cost: $10 at the door, $12 in advance
Trampled by Turtles, Duluth’s venerated music ambassadors, are once again letting their folk flags fly with Festival Palomino, but this time in Northeast Minneapolis’ Hall’s Island instead of out in Shakopee. The three-stage American roots music festival will see performances from Minneapolis’ folk prodigy John Mark Nelson and old-school country duo The Cactus Blossoms, who gained recent attention for appearing on the cast list of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. The festivities, which were switched last-minute from Canterbury Park, will also feature Andrew Bird, The Arcs (with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) and “Two Fingers” singer Jake Bugg.
Where: Hall’s Island, 907 Sibley St. N.E.
When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at noon
Cost: $48, VIP tickets available
Minneapolis Bike Tour
The 10th-annual Minneapolis Bike Tour will have riders enjoying everything the city’s park and byway system has to offer — traffic-free. This year’s event features three fully supported routes — at 16 miles, 25 miles and 32 miles — taking bicyclists around Minneapolis. The tour is great for both individuals and families with stops with drinks and bike mechanics along the route. There will be a post-ride after party with live music, food trucks and a free beer from New Belgium Brewing for participants from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. N.E.
When: Sept. 18 from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 in advance, $45 day of
Sense and Sensibility
Jungle Theater Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen gets her Guthrie Theater directorial debut with a modern adaption of Jane Austin’s novel “Sense and Sensibility.” This fresh adaption of the classic story, which will open Artist Director Joseph Haj’s inaugural season, shifts the focus with a uniquely female perspective on the lives of sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. Following the passing of their father, the two must rely on a mix sense and sensibility as they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St.
When: Sept. 10 through Oc.t 29
NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association is showcasing works from more than 150 of its artist-members as part of its Fall Fine Arts Show. The exhibit, located on the third floor of the Solar Arts Building, begins Sept. 16 with an open reception from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. featuring live music, a silent auction, food from Chowgirls Killer Catering, Indeed Brewing beer and cocktails from Tattersall Distilling. There will also be a Northeast Farmers Market Gala on Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. featuring appetizers from local chefs and the market’s vendors. Gallery hours are 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon–6 p.m. on weekends.
Where: Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. N.E.
When: Sept. 16–25
While many travel over the summer to far and distant destinations, Light Grey Art Lab’s latest exhibition brings us back home. The Whittier-based gallery’s “Tiny Homes” features more than 80 artists exploring and challenging the concept of home, sharing different perspectives on the warm and familiar idea. “Tiny Homes” will have an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. during the gallery’s annual fundraiser, which includes a pop-up in the adjacent gallery with original work, zines and more for sale.
Where: Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St.
When: Sept. 16–Oct. 21