Standup Michael Malone: "I Just Feel Like I've Tapped Into an Honesty in My Actual Stage Voice"

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"The hour has changed," says Michael Malone of his standup set. "It used to be a lot more high-energy and all that and characters. Now? I've kind of boiled it down. It's gotten a lot more honest."

Last year, Malone started going in a more introspective direction, talking about how his father passed away when he was very young. That series of shows, performed in 27 cities across 17 states, was well received. Toward the end of the tour was when word came that his stepfather, Wayne, had passed away suddenly.

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Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Celebrates 20 Years

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Photo by Sarah Whiting
Michael Hugh Torsch and Rachel Weber (front) and James Ramlet and George Muellner are part of New Jerusalem, the latest show in the Minnesota Jewish Theatre's 20th anniversary season.
Twenty years ago, Barbara Brooks just wanted to put on a show exploring Jewish issues for a Twin Cities audience. Today, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre is still going strong and about to open the second show of its anniversary season.

"I grew up in New York City in Queens and came out here in grad school," she says. "When I came out here, there was a real undercurrent of racism. It didn't seem like the people mixed very well."

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Rose: Five Hours in the Holy Land

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Film Podcast: Dear White People, Go See Dear White People

Categories: Film and TV

Justin Simien's Dear White People
With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic Western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

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Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker Brings Historic Work to the Walker

Categories: Dance
Jean-Luc Tanghe
Rosas danst Rosas, 1983
As part of Walktoberfest festivities celebrating the Walker Art Center's 75th anniversary, acclaimed Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker brings her groundbreaking dance Rosas danst Rosas to the museum this week. As an added bonus, de Keersmaeker will be performing in tonight's sold-out show.

The work, which blends rigid structure and repetition with extreme physicality and achingly personal gestures, has brought many a journalist to ask the choreographer if she views it as feminist piece, which she fiercely denied in the early days. Thirty-one years later, Keersmaeker says her views on whether she's a feminist have shifted.

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5 Must-See Shows at 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival

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Valley Meadows

With 13 shows taking place over the next week at 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, you're going to need to plan ahead. Here are five must-see shows.

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Mixed Blood's Colossal Offers a Smart and Moving Take on Football

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The closest I ever came to an on-field football experience was in the seventh grade, when the jock in the locker next to mine shoved his cup into my face. Despite that close encounter, I've followed the sport religiously, spending much of my time glued to the TV and perusing the back alleys of the Sports Illustrated website.

Yet the sport's stench has gotten as bad as that of Dale's cup, with high-profile arrests, chronic brain injuries, and a league as sleazy as professional wrestling. It's been almost enough to drive me away. Almost.

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Colossal Takes on Football's Culture of Violence and Silence

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10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival: Six Days of Punchlines, Booze, and Herding Cats

Categories: Comedy


Bob Edwards is burned out on comedy.

For the past several hours, he and a handful of equally exhausted comedians have been sitting in his living room, wading through a seemingly endless stream of awful web videos that he's projected from his phone to the television. There are brutally amateur improv performers who are barely suited for high school theater, hacky standups flinging joke-book-worthy one-liners, and a 65-year-old woman providing a three-minute tutorial on how to perform fellatio on an old man.

With each passing video, the group gets increasingly slaphappy. Picture a scene out of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but instead of robots in a theater being tortured, it's comedians reviewing submissions for this year's 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival.

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Ruination: City of Dust Turns the Future into a Game to Be Solved

Photo courtesy Northern
Who says games are just for kids? This weekend, Northern teams up with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for an interactive game that takes place all around Lake Nokomis and the creek. Ruination: City of Dust mixes science-fiction with real science in a game of physical and mental challenges.

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Justin Bieber's Favorite Comedian Chris D'Elia Talks Standup, Acting, Fashion

Categories: Comedy
There are lots of comedians who have famous fans. But Chris D'Elia might have the most famous of them all. 

This past summer, the boy prince of pop music himself, Justin Bieber, tweeted "@chrisdelia u are hilarious," giving the comedian immediate mainstream exposure with non-comedy fans. The real rub, however, was in December when Bieber personally requested to be roasted onstage at the Laugh Factory in L.A. following D'Elia's performance, which he graciously obliged. 

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Sally Wingert Shines as the Core of Master Class

Categories: Theater

Photo by Michal Daniel
Andrew Bourgoin, Kira Lace Hawkins, and Sally Wingert.
While talking about performing with Theatre Latte Da in Master Class last week, Sally Wingert said she would would do "Mary Had a Little Lamb" if director Peter Rothstein was in charge.

It's safe to say that I -- or any theatergoer -- would definitely pay to see Wingert read an evening of children's verse. Heck, I'd come out for a night of dramatized eBay listings for refurbished auto parts if Wingert was involved.

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Sally Wingert Prepares for Challenges of "Master Class"

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