Operas too Small to Fail at the Brechtacle! Feb 12th and 13th

We’ll be presenting our latest performance experiment Saturday February 12th and Sunday February 13th at the BRECHT-acle!

Mozart and the Freemasons: A Trilogy of Operas Too Small to Fail

Puppets created by Jennifer Arave and Welles Emerson create the Bavarian court.

We also perform Saturday and Sunday for the the BRECHTACL, hosted by Maren Ward and Bedlam Theater to celebrate performances of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children by the Bricklayers of Chicago.

Join us Saturday February 12th at 10:30 or Sunday February 13th at 7:30 at the Lab Theater in the Warehouse District in Minneapolis.

The Lab Theater is located at 700 North 1st Street in Minneapolis.

The line-up of performers for the cabaret is very impressive, featuring of a host of wacky theater companies, visonary puppeteers and charming music, including Dreamland Faces and Live Action Set.

photos by Joe Sullivan

Mozart and the Freemasons:  A Trilogy of Operas Too Small to Fail

Inspired by the music and boyhood adventures of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and John Phillip Sousa

Music Arranged by David Phillip Norris
Text by Scotty Reynolds and David Phillip Norris
Directed by Scotty Reynolds

Featuring Lauren Drasler, Meredith Cain-Nielsen, Jim Ahrens and Daniel Greco
Puppetry Created by Jennifer Arave, Welles Emerson, Ms. Scottie Hall,
Rosie Jablonsky and Andrew Csavoy

This satirical toy theatre collage made its premiere on January 20th, 2011 at the Minnesota Orchestra as a prelude to their concert presentation of The Magic Flute.  Thanks to the Crescendo project for hosting us at their pre-concert reception.


THANKS TO ALL! Check out this video!

Thanks to all who made this such a special year for Mixed Precipitation and the PICNIC OPERETTA!!!

You can relive the moments of this opera thanks to Chef Daniel Klein and Perennial Plate.

Check out the link HERE!

Forward it to friends!

We have many people to thank for this successful season.  We brought delicious food, glorious music and theatrical merrymaking with us to community gardens throughout the metro.  We reached over 1,000 people of all ages–many people in our audience had their first experience with opera and community gardens.  And we couldn’t do it without your support.

Following is a listing of great local businesses whose contributions were instrumental to our success this year.  Please support these businesses as you’re able, as they manage their businesses the best they can, they even learn about the deadline for W2 for taxes purposes and more.  They stood by us this year by donating food, vegetables, beverages, rehearsal space, networking capacities and other monetary contributions. We think they represent the pinnacle of generosity (and we’re proud to call them friends)!

Gardens of Eagan


Local D’Lish

Bradstreet Crafthouse

Sip N Sample

Chakra Kahn Massage
and Asian Body Work

MediaShelf LLC / CodeSpace
Host of our MidSummer Swig
Solstice Benefit

Interact Center for Visual and
Performing Arts

Our fiscal agent!

Our performance would not be possible without the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the City of St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant

Also, special thanks to our presenting partners:

Gardening Matters, First Lutheran Church of the Reformation St. Louis Park, Bronx Park Neighborhood Association, Hamline-Midway, Neighborhood Association, East Side Arts Council, Dayton’s Bluff / District 4 Community Council, Urban Farming, Permaculture Research Institute, City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Augsburg College Campus Food Program, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences

These gardeners and advisory board members were instrumental in helping us build our production and audience:

Dr. Bill Beemann, Romi Sloviak, Welles Emerson, Yolanda Cotterall, Karin DuPaul, Soozin Hirschmugl, Delaney Collins, Mary Lynn Pulscher, Cherry Flowers, Brian Noy, Sandy Moore, Courtny Tschida, Sarah Testen,  Laurie Krivitz, Brian Cooper, Susan Melbye, Jim Vaughan and Pastor Tom Mundahl



The weekends of this early harvest season have been merry, musical and delicious!  Thanks to everyone who has joined us for our performances throughout the metro.  We’ve had capacity crowds and beautiful weather!  We thank the Soo Line Community Garden, the Hamline-Midway Coalition, the First Lutheran Church of the Reformation, the City of St. Louis Park, the Urban Farming Community Garden and the Gateway Trail Community Garden for being great hosts.

Lauren Drasler as Olympia the Automaton!
Nick Schneider's creations pass through the audience during the finale act of the opera.

We have four performance remaining in our regular performance schedule… and a very special added performance at noon on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17th…. more about that performance soon.


September 18
Swede Hollow Park
East Beaumont Street and Payne Avenue, St. Paul

September 19
Bronx Park Community Garden
2500 Georgia Avenue and Cedar Lake Trail, St. Louis Park
**Audio Description Provided

September 25
Augsburg Community Garden
20th Avenue South and S. 6th Street, Minneapolis
**ASL interpreter services provided

September 26
Cornercopia Student Organic Farm
West Dudley Avenue and Lindig Street, U of M St. Paul Campus

We are very lucky to have so many wonderful partners working on this project, including the Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota, Bill Beeman.  I’ve included some photos of the discussion Bill lead at the WeeQuah Canue Club on Lake Phalen and the home of Romi Sloviak.

Bill Beeman speaks about ETA Hoffmann, Jacque Offenbach and the history of opera!
Nearly 40 patrons and east side residence came to learn about our marriage of food and music.

Beverages and conversation with members of the cast, including Carmelita Guse.

Hay una opera deliciosa creciendo en el jardín!

Tales of Hoffmann:  A Picnic Operetta / Cuentos de Hoffmann: una opereta Picnic

Quien: Director Scotty Reynolds en colaboración con director de música Erik Pearson, coreografía de Nancy Nair, colaborando con chef Nick Schneider y once cantantes y músicos!

Cuando: Estreno sábado 21 de agosto a las 4pm en el Jardín Communitario de Eat Street. Luego todos los sábados y domingos hasta el 26 de septiembre.

Donde: Doce jardines en Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park y Falcon Heights (ver listado abajo)

Boletos y más información: Llame al 612.619.2112 reservas, localidades limitadas.  El espectáculo requiere un poco de movimiento de la audiencia. Donaciones voluntarias al terminar la función, nadie será rechazado por falta de dinero.

Thanks to Gene C Tsao for the photos!

(Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Falcon Heights MN) En una singular simbiosis de las artes escénicas y los alimentos sustentables, Mixed Precipitation presenta “Cuentos de Hoffmann” la obra maestra de Jacques Offenbach, una opereta que recorrerá doce jardines comunitarios durante la temporada de cosecha 2010.Nuestro tratamiento irreverente de esta ópera es perfecto para los amantes de la ópera, los jardineros, los niños, y gourmets, ya que muestras de comida preparadas artísticamente con recursos locales frescos serán servidas para ilustrar los eventos de la historia. Este original evento comunitario se está convirtiendo en una tradición en los barrios.

La opera es en francés e inglés con supertítulos en inglés y español. El actor argentino Paulino Brener participará en la funciones de septiembre 4 y 5 añadiendo un sabor latino y algo de español a este evento único.

Esta actividad es posible en parte por una subvención concedida por Minnesota State Arts Board a través de una apropiación de dinero por la Asamblea Legislativa del Estado de Minnesota de los fondos para artes y patrimonio cultural de Minnesota votado por la gente de Minnesota el 04 de noviembre 2008.

Mixed Precipitation presenta
Cuentos de Hoffmann: una opereta picnic
21 de agosto – 26 de septiembre
Donaciones voluntarias  $ 10 – $ 20


Upcoming SHOWS and a REVIEW from TC Daily Planet / Sheila Regan!

Our opening weekend at the Eat Street Community was a huge success!  We had capacity crowds for both performances (and great weather!)

a friendly crowd at the Eat Street Community Garden

We rode the coast tails of the 5th annual Parade of Community Gardens.  Staff memeber Harleigh Gabrielson, Emily Anderson and I visited many garden on Saturday morning, sampled a variety of heirloom tomatoes and visited with community gardeners from around the metro.  Thank to GARDENING MATTERS for putting on such a great event.

Walter Gies commands the action with passion, thanks to Joe Sullivan for the photos!

Thanks to the TC DAILY PLANET and Sheila Regan for the amazing review!  Only 5 weekends left to get in on this incredible experience.

Saturday we will be at the BIRCHWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN in St Louis Park and Sunday Hoffmann’s story unfolds at the JD RIVERS CHILDRENS’ GARDEN in Theodore Worth Park.  Both performance are at 4:00pm.

Come for the delicious romance and wonderment! Meredith Cain-Nielson Guilietta and John Zeiler as Hoffmann the poet

The BIRCHWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN is immediatly behind the St. Louis Park Lutheran Church of the Reformation (near Highway 100 and 394).  Our performance will begin at the West side of the garden, near 27th ad Vernon Avenue.

Nick Schneider inspired creations compliment the action of the opera.

For directions to Theodore Wirth Park and the JD Rivers Childrens’ Gardn, check out this WEB-SITE.  Click where it says MAP LOCATION.

Stephen Houtz as Coppelius and John Zeiler as Hoffmann

Picnic Operetta in EAST SIDE PRIDE

Thanks to Romi Slowiak and EAST SIDE PRIDE for the their enthusiasm!  We’re very excited to bring Tales of Hoffmann: A Picnic Operetta to audiences on the East Side of St. Paul.  Romi Slowiak sat for an interview about this opera and our special symposium, Quick Quips of Hoffmann at the Weequah Canue Club.
On September 1st we’ll sit for songs and snacks while we discuss Offenbach’s work with opera singer and anthropoligist Professor William Beeman.  We hope you can join us.

Call to RSVP and receive direction to the Weequah.

Click here to read the article in EAST SIDE PRIDE.

Click here to read more about Professor William Beeman, Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota.  Professor Beeman has specialized in variety of disciplines, including linguistics, Central Asian Studies and Performance Studies.

Join us for a great view and beautiful music!

Picnic Operetta preview with SIP n SAMPLE

Greeting Mixed Precipitation Friends!

We are gearing up for our opening in a couple weeks… and we’re excited to invite all of you to a special preview performance on FRIDAY August 21st at 6:00pm with SIP n SAMPLE.

SIP n SAMPLE is a network of foodies and dedicated restaurant goers who love trying new culinary adventures.  It will be a treat to introduce them to our garden / dinning / opera excursion, especially at the EAT STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN.

You can reserve a spot on-line through their site.

Here’s a video with SIP n SAMPLE founder Delany Collins speaking about our project.


Erik Pearson leads singers from TALES of HOFFMANN through a program of music at the Mill City Farmer's Market


Wow!  Look our fabulous screen printed posters are being completed!

Angela Sprunger created these limited edition prints.  Look for them in a garden (or breakroom) near you!

Thanks to the Mill City Farmer’s Market for hosting a group of our singers for a preview interlude on Saturday July 24th.  We had a lot of fun presenting our music among the hustle and bustle of market activity.

Meredith Cain-Nielsen and Eric Pearson call in the gondola's at the Mill City Farmer's Market

Tales of Hoffmann preview at CSA LOVE / Chakra Khan Massage and Asian Body Work and Picnic Operetta 2010 TOUR DATES

Meredith Cain-Nielsen, Carmelita Guse and Lauren Drasler at play in the garden! Thanks to Ty Sassaman for the photo.

The members cast of the picnic operetta will be singing short preview selections at a gallery opening on FRIDAY July 16th 7:00 — 10:30 at Chakra Khan Massage and Asian Body Work!  Please join us.  Proceeds will support the 2010 Picnic Operetta!

Located in the Ivey Building

in the Seward Neighborhood

2637 27th Avenue South #216b

Minneapolis, MN 55406

(612) 247-8789

Click HERE for more information about CSA Love and HERE for more information about Chakra Khan.

Also we are pleased to announce our 2010 tour dates!  Please see below for more information about our garden sites.  Maps will be coming soon!

Mixed Precipitation presents

TALES of HOFFMANN: A Picnic Operetta

August 21st – September 26th

Voluntary Donations Appreciated $10 – $20

Performance Calendar

August 21 – Eat Street Community Garden, 2416 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis

August 22  — Eat Street Community Garden, 2416 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis

August 28 – Birchwood Community Garden, Vernon Avenue South and West 26th Street, St. Louis Park

August 29 – JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, Glenwood Avenue and Washburn Ave. North, Theodore Wirth Park

***ASL SERVICES PROVIDED at the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden

September 4 – Soo Line Community Garden, Garfield Avenue and the Greenway, Minneapolis

September 5  –   Midway Greenspirit Community Garden, Taylor and Hamline Avenue, St. Paul

September 11 – Urban Farming Community Garden, 12th and Morgan Ave North, Minneapolis

September 12 – Gateway Trail Community Garden, 300 Arlington Avenue at Mississippi Street, St. Paul

September 18  — Swede Hollow Park, East Beaumont Street and Payne Avenue, St. Paul

September 19 –   Bronx Park Community Garden, 2500 Georgia Avenue and Cedar Lake Trail, St. Louis Park

***AUDIO DESCRIPTION PROVIDED at the Bronx Park Garden

September 25 – Augsburg Community Garden, 20th Avenue South and S. 6th Street, Minneapolis

September 26 —  Corner Copia Student Organic Farm, Cleveland and Larpenteur Avenue, Falcon Heights

Tickets:  612.619.2112

Donation appreciated, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Meredith Cain-Nielsen as the crafty courtesan Guiliette, Carmelita Guse as the afflicted Antonia, Lauren Drasler as the austere automaton Olympia. Photo Credit-Ty Sassaman

There’s a delicious opera growing in the garden!

Hello friends and supporters of the Picnic Operetta and Mixed Precipitation!

Thanks to all who attended A Midsummer Swig.

The Company thanks the crowd with song!

Thank for your support of our summer project. We had an excellent time!  It was fun to share the tastes and flavors of summer on a beautiful evening. We’re so thankful to have your support as we continue our work–presenting opera and celebrating urban agriculture.

Nick Schneider prepares an impressive spread with produce and provisions donated from Gardens of Eagan, Linden Hills Co-op, Seward Co-op, Local D’Lish and Rustica Bread–as well as his own garden creations.

Our name, Mixed Precipitation, comes from my personal experience as a year round biker.  I found that whenever I heard the words ‘mixed precipitation’ in the forecast it meant the worst biking weather imaginable—slush, rain, sleet, snow and ice–precipitation that exists between solid, liquid and gaseous forms.    My aversion turned to affection as I began thinking of how I was consistently drawn to performance work that exists between multiple forms of expression.  With the involvement of our team of collaborators, we have made a tradition presenting theatrical work that encourages multiple forms of human interaction (singing, dancing, dining and celebrating the urban landscape!)

And it is your support that makes this possible!

In the future you can expect work of a similar nature.  Recently proposed projects have included Wagner’s The Ring Cycle presented in melodramatic installments for Vikings tailgaters and William Schumann’s A Mighty Casey (an oratorio based on Casey at the Bat) presented outside Target Field.

We’d love to hear your ideas!

Don, Ted and Birk poured seasonal cocktails with passion and expertise! Thanks to the Bradstreet Crafthouse!

We are just a week away from announcing our summer schedule.

We’ll be kicking off our season with the premiere of Tales of Hoffmann: A Picnic Operetta at the Eat Street Community Garden on August 21st at 4:00 where some of the local mediums will assist so you can get your psychic reading.

In the meantime, please support those who donated to our solstice benefit: Bradstreet Crafthouse, Local D’Lish,Linden Hills Co-op, Seward Co-op and Codespace!

Also, on July 27th, our chef, Nick Schneider is serving his signature TAVOLA FRESCA, a monthly garden dinner experience.  I think you’d all enjoy this lovely evening.  See his web-site for information about how to RSVP.

Nick Schneider is ready to take on his next culinary challenge, but maybe he’ll enjoy a beverage first!

Enjoy this lovely mix of rain, sun and humidity!

Shelia Regan and Jeanne Calvit enjoyed Nick’s Chicken and Duck Liver Pate!
The crowd enjoys summer music outside Codespace.

Ethan Brinkmann / The Beat Heist spun the awesome tunes!
The music flowed after sundown thanks to Brother Jeremiah.