Wits 2014 fall lineup announced

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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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HOTB to cut programming and staff

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Cartooon played at HOTB earlier this year.
Long a stalwart of the alternative theater community, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has announced it will cut staff and programming starting in September.

It's another sign of the troubles even well-established arts organizations can face in the early 21st century, as traditional funding sources have dried up and not been replaced. Recent years have seen similar struggles at the likes of Penumbra and the Children's Theatre Company, while the community still stings from the loss of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

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St. Anthony Main Theatre honors Robin Williams with free movie screening

Sad news broke earlier this week as Robin Williams was found dead in his home. Over his 40-plus-year career, the iconic actor starred in campy TV shows, Oscar-winning dramas, beloved kid flicks, and quirky comedies.

To honor his enduring career, St. Anthony Main Theatre will be offering a free screening this weekend of Dead Poet's Society, one of his most popular movies.

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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

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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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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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Mplsart.com says goodbye

Sad news for art lovers was found on Facebook today: "You may have noticed that maintenance of mplsart.com 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 Mplsart.com 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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