Fall projects at Patrick’s Cabaret and beyond!

The Fall Season Brings New Adventures!

Thanks to all who attended Alcina’s Island: a Picnic Operetta!  In all, we reached nearly 2500 people at our performances in 2011, many experiencing opera for the first time, many more discovering vital urban green space for the first time.  Thanks to the craftsmanship of chef Nick Schneider, nearly all in our audience tasted something new on their palate, as the music of Handel rang through the urban landscape.

We are deeply humbled by the enthusiasm that greeted us at each new community garden.  Your laughter, compliments and generous contributions help us set our sites on a delicious future for this project.

photo credits: Travis Chantar and Brooks Peterson

As the season has turned we have set our sites on new projects for the fall season.

We’ll present selections of our new work-in-progress Frequencies of Paranormal Genius at Patrick’s Cabaret.
Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House”
and the work of spiritual channel Christine Day, the audience will co-author a
terror experience that animates Patrick’s Cabaret for its unique paranormal potential.

April Seller’s presents
The Erratics
October 21st and 22nd at 8pmPatrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Curator April Sellers has gathered a lively mix of dancers, actors, musicians and filmmakers (including the haunting and charismatic Dan Polnau as Stromboli) to create this evening of work which will travel about the Patrick’s Cabaret firehouse.  Find out more information by clicking on the firehouse below or look at this Facebook LINK!


Also we’ll be presenting some theater and music at the Minneapolis Central Library on Saturday November 5th!  We love books!  We love literature!  We love cookies!  We’ll presenting a chapter of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at a story time and cookie decoration event in the Imagination Activity Center.  The event is family friendly.  Following the cookies, you can enjoy a screening of Walt Disney’s version of this surreal classic.  Check out more information at this link!

Alice in Wonderland: Story Time and Cookie Decoration
10:30am Saturday
November 5th 2011

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Avenue,

This event is presented in conjunction with Northrup Concert and Lectures and their presentation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre on November 12th and 13th.  Their dynamic version of Wonderland will feature music by contemporary Canadian composers, breathtaking dance and lavish glamour.  Check out more information at this link!  Thanks Northrup!

Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents
November 12th and 13th
Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis


Upcoming events to enjoy! 

Many in our company have been hard at work preparing music and pageantry  for the annual BareBones Productions Halloween puppet extravaganza.  Check out this years’ production, A Fistful of Dirt: Or How the Death Was Won, performs at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul, October 22nd through 31st.  Check out the link here!

BareBones Productions
A Fistful of Dirt: Or How the Death Was Won
7pm October 22nd through 31st
Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul

Our fiscal agent, the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, is presenting a Joy: A Holiday Cabaret!  (November 18th through December 17th) at the Lab Theater in the Warehouse District.  This award winning company presents original musical theater with a mixed cast of artists with and without disabilities in a spirit of “radical inclusion”.  Mixed Precipitation’s artistic director, Scotty Reynolds, has called Interact his artistic home for seven years.  We hope you can come check out this festive show, featuring Kevin Kling and Eriq Nelson!  Check out the link here!

Interact Theater Company
Joy: A Holiday Cabaret
November 18th through December 17th
The Lab Theater, Minneapolis

Also, our Alcina, Laura Hynes Smith, is singing the wonderful role of Despina in the University Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the Ted Mann Concert Hall November 17th through 20th.  Check out the link here!

University Opera Theatre
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte
November 17th through 20th
Ted Mann Concert Hall, U of M West Bank

And everyone’s favorite “friendly lion” Paulino Brener has received a Jerome Fellowship for performance art, and he’ll be presenting a new piece at the  Pillsbury House Theatre for Naked Stages December 7th through 10th.  Check out the link here!

Naked Stages
Paulino Brener’s Don’t Cry for Me
December 7th through 10th
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis

If you are in our audience, please say hello!


And if you’re hungry…

Don’t forget the amazing sponsors who helped us make the Picnic Operetta happen.  The fresh local taste lasts all year long at these great establishments.  Stop in for a tasty bite and say hello.  Let them know you love opera… and trucker songs!


And if you want to get cozy with a trucker… 

Watermelons may be out of season, but the watermelon truck from Alcina’s Island is still a hit!  Textile artist Annabella Miller Sardelis has created a special pillow to commemorate the production.  You can find them at local boutique, I Like You and on etsy. Or you can buy directly from the artist at her studio! Click on the pillow below to find out more!

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