Fringe Me Baby, 156 More Times!

FRINGE FESTIVALDying in Public Places Lust. Terror. Violence. Outbursts of Song. All of these can happen when stuck in an invisible box… cannibalism too. Dying in Public Places: a darkly comic new musical, written by Keith Hovis and directed by Jenna Papke, premieres August 1st at 10:00 pm as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. […]

Fozzie Bear Giving it to Miss Piggy

Local celebs in attendance tonight include Brenda Langton and some guy who’s supposed to be the funniest in the cities, whom I did see open at Acme for a genuinely funny (but non-local) guy. We three, and several others, were taking in the Fringe Festival Preview: Out-of-Towners’ Showcase at the West Bank’s Bedlam Theater. While […]

Livan's Last Start For Awhile? And The Rockets Get Artest

Those of you who claim to have known the Twins would be playing for first place on the next-to-last night in July, please stop lying. Other commitments prevented me from going down to the Dome for Slowey’s shutout on Monday and the marvelous manufacture of five runs in the fifth en route to a 6-5 […]

July 31, 2008: After The Flood

Ten Ways to ______ Your Congresswoman

flickr/lloydletta **While there are scores of bloggers out there committed solely to Fringe Festival reviews, The Rake is striving to offer you a unique, insiders’ perspective. We won’t tell you, "Be sure not to miss…!" What we will provide is a behind the scenes glimpse of life as a local actor, director, everyday- theater-goer. The […]

The Guthrie Serves Up 2-for-1 Tickets for "Caviar on Credit"

THEATER Caviar on Credit Caviar on Credit, directed by Marcela Lorca (The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde), casts 14 players in the comedic mystery of swindler Walter Jackson Junior. A case of masked identity and repeat suckers, the actors take turns playing the protagonists, lending a Bourne Identity feel to it all. Perhaps the most […]

The Votes Are In

For nearly a month you’ve waited to learn who the newly crowned royalty of Minnesota politics might be. Exhibiting saint-like patience and a knack for painting profoundly inappropriate pictures and imagery of your favorite GOP Representatives, your votes have piled up in comments and emails, displaying a passion heretofore unknown for anything but basketball in […]

Melissa Etheridge

Award-winning musician and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge will rock the O’Shaughnessy at the College of St. Catherine on Saturday, August 9th at 8 pm. Etheridge, whose hits include "Come to My Window", is a celebrated gay rights and environmental activist who has two Grammy Awards to her credit. She also recently won an Academy Award […]

Books and Bars: Anansi Boys

Want to join a book club, but not exactly thrilled by the idea of having gabby TV talk show hosts telling you what to read? Try Books & Bars, a literary club that meets every month to read and discuss with good food and good drinks. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the […]

Naked Bones at the Brickhouse BBQ

As I get older and balder, I have come to appreciate the t-shirt legend that proclaims, "Only a few heads are perfect – the rest are covered with hair." Something similar is true of barbecued ribs – the best way to serve mediocre ribs is smothered in sauce – but to serve ribs naked, they […]