The Shining to Become an Opera

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Violent deaths. Evil ghosts. Men in rabbit masks. Madness. These are all things that one could expect to see at the opera, right?

This weekend, the Minnesota Opera announced its 2015-16 season. One of the more interesting offerings is the world premiere of The Shining, an operatic treatment of Stephen King's horrifying tale of the Overlook Hotel.

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Guthrie Theater Announces Joseph Haj as Artistic Director

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Joseph Haj is coming to the Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie Theater is entering a new era. After two decades as artist director, Joe Dowling is retiring. That leaves a spot to fill. The theater announced today that Joseph Haj will be taking over the position.

One of only a few Arab-American artistic directors in the U.S., Haj will be relocating this year from North Carolina to Minnesota. Haj is the eighth artistic director in the Guthrie's history.

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Envision: Spring 2015 Announces Date, Location

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Twice a year, Envision puts together a glam party showcasing the work of local designers. The next event will take place this spring, and event organizers have announced the date, location, and talent for their upcoming celebration.

See also:
Envision Fall 2014: Top Trends of the Season


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The City of Minneapolis Seeks Artists for a Variety of Nicollet Mall Projects

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Over the next few years, downtown Minneapolis's Nicollet Mall will be getting a major redesign. This includes a complete overhaul of the street and sidewalks, from Grant to Washington.

While the project is being led by a New York-based urban designer company, James Corner Field Operations, the City of Minneapolis is also looking for a few artists or creative teams to get involved.

See also:
Who's Paying For the New Nicollet Mall? Not the Vikings



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Internet Cat Video Festival Finds New Home, Now with Balls

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Lil' Bub at last year's festival
As many people know, the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival is a big deal. Each year, cat lovers convene online to submit, watch, and vote on the best kitty videos on the internet. Then in the summer, they come together in real life to watch the best of the best on the big screen.

This year, the Internet Cat Video Festival is going big.

See also:
Up Close and Purr-sonal at the Saintly City Cat Show [Video]



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Walker Art Center Announces Major Arts Journalism Conference

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Along with the rest of journalism, the world of arts criticism is changing. Artists promote their events on social media. Anyone can share their thoughts on exhibitions online. Freelance work is competitive and doesn't pay well. So where does this leave the professionals?

How the internet, non-traditional venues, and social media are impacting the world of arts criticism will be examined at Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age, a three-day conference organized by the Walker and MN Artists. Speakers include folks from Buzzfeed, e-flux, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, and Vice.

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Welcome to Night Vale Returns, Adds More Shows

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When it comes to podcasts, some folks like crime serials, others like comedic banter, and others like a healthy dose of weird. Welcome to Night Vale satisfies those who like their community radio shows served with a heavy dose of quirk.

The show, created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, takes on the format of a community radio program where a host, voiced by Cecil Gershwin Palmer, reports on the strange goings on in the eponymous town, checking in with its residents and chatting with a slew of guest voices. Since its debut in 2012, over 60 episodes have been recorded, and the show has gone on to attract a healthy fan base of listeners.

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Wits Announces Spring Season

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Wits is returning this spring for another series of evenings that engages actors, comedians, musicians, and authors in skits, interviews, and performances that feel like a mashup of SNL, Comedy Bang Bang, and A Prairie Home Companion.

This upcoming season kicks off on February 27 with Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. This spring will also feature an installment at the Guthrie, and a performance in April at Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville. The complete lineup is after the jump.

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Chris Kluwe to Host Show on Pivot TV

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is not shy about sharing his opinions on hot topics, or even starting his own. Pivot TV is looking to capitalize on this, as it announced recently on a press tour that it will be creating a show for Kluwe to host.


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America's Next Top Model Hosts Casting Call in St. Paul Today

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What are you doing tonight? If your plans involved taking selfies, posing in front of a mirror, or walking fiercely, then we have a better suggestion for how you should spend your Tuesday night.

America's Next Top Model -- a show that has churned out reality show stars, internet memes, and, on occasion, working models -- is hosting a casting call tonight in St. Paul.

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