Best Of Dressing Room: August 18-22

Categories: Weekly Wrap-up
Folks in the Twin Cities are always up to something exciting. Here are some of Dressing Room's top stories from this week:

-- Our summer cycling series concludes with an epic trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Huzzah!

-- We've got a post listing all the free and cheap stuff to do at the Minnesota State Fair, including live music, food, and freebies.

-- HBO might be coming to Stillwater. We've come up with some ideas for other Minnesota businesses, landmarks, and cities that should be made into TV shows.

-- Wits announced its fall schedule this week. Get your tickets now before things sell out.

The Book of Mormon returns, as fun and offensive as ever

Categories: Theater

Photo by Joan Marcus
Denèe Benton and Cody Jamison Strand.
As I was killing time at home Thursday night before heading to the Orpheum for The Book of Mormon, I saw that New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley had posted a re-review of the longstanding hit Broadway musical.

In a nutshell: He still loved it. And after Thursday night, I can say that I still love it as well.

See also:
"The Book of Mormon": Having fun and offending all

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Lyn-Lake's Tatters is closing

Categories: Closing, Fashion
Pics via Tatters' Facebook page
Sad news for lovers of vintage today. Marc Luers, owner of Tatters, announced via Minnesota Monthly that the clothing shop will be closing soon. The store has been open since 1980.

See also:
Proper & Prim to open in Lyn-Lake area

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Standup benefit for Brandon Reynoso boasts great lineup

Categories: Comedy
Brandon Reynoso (right) hangs with a friend after the incident
"Whenever a Minneapolis comic gets thrown down some stairs and breaks their arm, I always make time to do a benefit show for them," says local comedian Tommy Ryman. "This is the third show I'm doing, so I think there might be a problem."

Ryman, best known nationally for his recent appearances on Last Comic Standing, is just one of the many high-profile local comics in this weekend's benefit show for comedian Brandon Reynoso. In July, Reynoso was assaulted on his 30th birthday by a fellow comic who had blacked out after a long night of drinking. The altercation landed Reynoso at the bottom of a flight of stairs, with two shattered bones in his wrist and around $20,000 in medical bills.

"I can already see a lot of puns. I've been doing standup for years but I finally got my 'big break,'" Reynoso jokes.

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City Pages is looking for an editorial layout designer

Got layout and design experience? Want to work for City Pages?

You're in luck. We're looking for an editorial layout designer to join the team. Read on for the details on how you can be a part of City Pages.

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Replacements posters, LoLa Art Crawl, Green Line Party: Freeloader Friday

Free stuff to do this weekend includes a poster show in tribute to the Replacements, public dance parties, an art crawl through Longfellow, and more.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

See also:
Freeloader Minnesota State Fair

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Places in Minnesota that should have TV shows

Categories: Film and TV
This week it was announced that the town of Stillwater is getting the HBO treatment. According to Deadline, True Blood producer Howie Deutch has landed a two-year development deal with the premium cable channel to develop potential dramas and comedies. One of the upcoming projects is titled Stillwater, and will follow a New York cop as he relocates to Bachmann country after his life spirals out of control in the Big Apple. Colin Farrell is also attached to the project as executive producer.

In light of this news, we thought it would be fun to consider other landmarks, businesses, and cities in Minnesota that would make for good television, be they a hilarious comedy a train wreck reality show, or a gritty drama.

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Podcast: Which Expendables stars surprised us? And we watch the New Yorkiest movie

Categories: Film and TV

Photo by Phil Bray - © 2014 - Lionsgate
Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.

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Wits 2014 fall lineup announced

Categories: Announcements
wits logo 2013 redo.jpg
We're not ready to think about how fast the end of summer is approaching. However, it's that time of year when fall schedules are announced. This week, Wits has released it's lineup for the coming months. The variety show features comedians, musicians, and actors each installment for a series of skits, musical interludes, and chit-chat.

This season looks as promising as ever, with visits from Neil Gaiman, Maria Bamford, Colin Hanks, and an epic show featuring Weird Al, Paul F. Tomkins, and Paget Brewster. While most shows are still slated to be hosted by the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, the program is also making trips to the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Escher Auditorium in St. Joseph, and the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Take a look at the complete lineup after the jump.

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"On Fertile Ground" puts spotlight on Native artists from the Midwest

Categories: Art
Julie Buffalohead: They Paint Horses, Don't They?
All My Relations Gallery sets out to showcase the wealth of talent coming from American Indian artists living in Minnesota and our neighboring states with a new exhibition called "On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest." Intended to take place annually over three years, each exhibition will highlight 15 different artists who live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year's show makes a strong case for how many excellent Native artists are working in this area in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, bead work, textiles, and jewelry.

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