Bain Boehlke to retire from the Jungle in 2015

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Bain Boehlke in A Life in the Theater.
Jungle Theater founder and guiding spirit Bain Boehlke will step aside after more than two decades in charge in June 2015. Boehlke, the company's artistic director, made the announcement Monday evening to the Jungle Board.

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Just announced: Zombie Pub Crawl 10 is moving

Anna Gulbrandsen
Big news for fans of binge drinking and the undead: The fine folks who organize the super-popular Zombie Pub Crawl have announced a date and location for the 2014 zombie apocalypse. The party has previously been hosted by businesses on the West Bank, with a few satellite adventures in St. Paul and a year in northeast Minneapolis. This year, the bash is moving to a new part of town: the Warehouse District.

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Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune

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Ever dreamed about being on a game show? This weekend is your chance to live the dream, as Wheel of Fortune is coming to Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley in search of contestants interested in spinning that wheel and maybe winning some fabulous prizes.

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The Turkeys launch new material on My Damn Channel


Last year, local standup heavyweights Gabe Noah, Chris Maddock, Kjell Bjorgen, Isaac Witty, Nate Abshire, Gus Lynch, and Chris Knutson teamed up with L.A.-based video producer Matt Olson to form the Turkeys. Together, the group created a series of digital sketches that aired online and in comedy clubs. This year, they're taking things to the next level, having landed a distribution deal with My Damn Channel Comedy Network. Fans will be able to check out new videos every Tuesday.

The comedy team recently loaded up three videos for your viewing pleasure. Sketches include a hilarious, not-so-erotic tale from a novelist; a standup frustrated at his psychologist, who is mining him for material/standup advice; and a male talk-show parody heavy on the toilet humor.

You can watch the videos after the jump.

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Comedy super group the Turkeys debut this weekend

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The Book of Mormon returns to Minneapolis

When The Book of Mormon came to Orpheum Theatre last year, the line for tickets was out the door and down the street (impressive, considering it was January). The show sold out fast, obviously, and those stuck without a coveted ticket were left hoping that it would return soon.

And return it has. Hennepin Theatre Trust recently announced that the Tony Award-winning work will be back in town this summer, and tickets go on sale soon.

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Mad Men's Jon Hamm to play 2014 Celebrity All-Star Game

We all knew Don Draper was killer at ad pitches, but what about baseball pitches? Turns out Jon Hamm is a huge baseball fan, onscreen and off. Hamm stars as a sports agent in the baseball flick Million Dollar Arm, opening today, and he'll soon take the field in Minneapolis to show off his skills.

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Movie review: Million Dollar Arm

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Mad Men, Twins says goodbye

Sad news for art lovers was found on Facebook today: "You may have noticed that maintenance of has dropped off quite a bit in the last few months. You've surely noticed that the site itself has been running at a minimum -- aside from calendar updates and the occasional written contribution -- for some time now. "

It's been a great run, but after eight years is saying farewell. The website, originally started by designer Emma Berg and also managed by Kristoffer Knutson, features a curated calendar of events happening around the Twin Cities. The intent was to showcase the strongest gallery shows and artist happenings around town, while also encouraging art lovers to get to know the scene better and not feel intimidated. The site also featured a blog and a phone-friendly app.

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Northrop announces 2014-15 season

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Matthew Murphy
Dance Theatre of Harlem is coming to the Northrop this season
After some time off for updates to the venue, the University of Minnesota's Northrop is returning to its full schedule of dance and performance. For its 96th year, the space will host a variety of ballet troupes, including the experimental Martha Graham Dance Company, the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Hong Kong Ballet. There will also be a co-presentation with the Walker Art Center featuring Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas.

Check out the complete list of happenings after the jump.

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Walker Art Center announces 2014-15 performing arts season

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Cosby cancels May shows at Orchestra Hall, vows to return

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Folks planning on seeing Bill Cosby on May 31 will have to wait a little longer. The iconic standup and television actor has canceled his two Minnesota shows due to lower than anticipated sales. He does, however, vow to return at a later date.

This is the second time that the comedian has had to reschedule his shows at Orchestra Hall.

"I was asked to move the date two times because of the labor dispute, and I complied even though I don't use a band," he says. "When these performances are reset, I guarantee to perform two shows. Orchestra Hall and its supporters are my friends."

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Walker Art Center announces 2014-15 performing arts season

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L-R: "Wise Blood," Cineastas, Kenna-Camara Cottman
Every year, the Walker Art Center plans a creatively eclectic schedule that features music off the beaten path, modern dance, experimental theater, and original commissions. For its 75th season, the museum has slated a variety of happenings, including collaborations with the Cedar, the Soap Factory, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The schedule also includes the return of popular series such as Choreographers' Evening (this year Kenna-Camara Cottman will curate) and Out There. As usual, there are also a few exciting collaborations, such as the project featuring dancer Chris Schlichting, visual artist Jennifer Davis, and Alpha Consumer.

Take a look at the entire schedule after the jump.

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