Phoenix Theater Grand Opening

10445950_274239906098988_4823834103514225567_nI’m performing at the Grand Opening of the Phoenix Theater, which is taking over the old Brave New Workshop student union. I’ve always loved the space and I’m thrilled about having this new venue around — we’re already looking at booking future shows there for Story Arts of Minnesota.

Saturday, November 1, 4pm to 11pm
Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Join us at the Phoenix for the first public welcome of this newly reborn performance space. Doors open at 4:00pm for socializing and tours. Performances start at 5:00pm and continue every hour on the hour.

Performances include:
5:00pm Shel Silverstein shorts performed by Zac and Laura Delventhal
6:00pm: Solo storytelling by Katherine Glover and Jeremy Motz
7:00pm: Physical performance by Kirsten Stephens
8:00pm: Tributante Uptown Ball Burlesque
9:00pm: Concert by Willie Cherry

What I’m Doing in October

Word Sprout logoWord Sprout blog posts, Aug. 12-15
This happened in August, but this is the month I’m telling you about it… Word Sprout had a Blogger in Residence program over the summer featuring various Twin Cities spoken word artists, and each blogger wrote three posts – one about who they are, one giving advice, and one promoting upcoming shows. I won’t link to the third one, since this post already contains all the promotion you could ever need, but here are the first two:

The Man in Her Dreams – Oct. 4-19
The full-length expansion of Dead Wrong runs for three weeks at Nimbus Theatre. More info at

The Encyclopedia Show – Oct. 11 & 19
We are doing not one but TWO shows this month, one of them a special event tied to a book tour. See my shiny new calendar for details.

Ruination: Cities of Dust – Oct. 18 & 19
A mystery game on bicycles. I will be one of the actors giving clues and challenges. More info via Northern

The Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret

I am performing at Patrick’s Cabaret in a new series named after the late Joan Calof, a lovely woman who I had the honor of sharing the stage with in Two Chairs Telling about a year before she died.

PHOTO: Joan Calof

From the Patrick’s Cabaret website:

Joan Calof performed monologues and plays, and often sang at Red Eye Theatre, Cheap Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and Patrick’s Cabaret. She won several awards for her work, including a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award and a Playwrights’ Center Jones Commission. She was adventurous in her performances, her many travels, and in all her intellectual pursuits. When she passed away last winter she left a generous gift to Patrick’s Cabaret with instructions that it support programming and not be spent on a tribute. By naming this new series after her we’re able to do both.

Each evening will feature two spoken word/storytelling artists and two singer/songwriters to present works-in-progress to an audience that will be encouraged to offer feedback via dialogue with the performers. In addition, throughout the evening we’ll be offering free coffee and baked goods from our wonderful neighborhood sponsors: Peace Coffee & Birchwood Cafe.

The Calof Series
Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm
Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

Spoken Word/Storytelling Artists:
Katherine Glover and Howard Lieberman

John Fenner and Nikki Matteson

The Encyclopedia Show

Upcoming performances:

The Minneapolis Encyclopedia Show, is a “live variety extravaganza of curated fact-based art” every month at Kieran’s Irish Pub. Each show has a different theme, and for the 2013-2014 season, I plan to research and write some comical, slightly dirty, completely true, historical story for each of these shows:

Sunday, September 22: Periodic Table of Elements
Sunday, October 20: Civil Wars
Sunday, November 17: Village of St. Louis Park
Sunday, December 15: Exercise
Sunday, February 23: Punctuation
Sunday, April 13: Spices

All shows are at Kieran’s Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
$10 Cover/$8 Students or with MN Fringe Button
7:00 Doors/7:30 Show

There are three other shows where I will most likely not be performing: Brains (January 26); Video Games (March 23); and Flightless Birds (May 18).

2013 Summer Fringe Festival Tour

Winnipeg Fringe (July 17-28)

I’m doing Dead Wrong in Winnipeg this year, and I just got my venue and schedule. I’m at Red River College again, which I think is a perfect venue for this show, so I’m happy with that, and most of my time slots look pretty good. The exception is the 10:45pm slot on Monday night — not exactly the ideal time for an intense drama, but we will make the best of it! (“We” meaning me and the two or three people who I imagine will attend that particular performance…)

Minnesota Fringe (August 1-11)

I am up to #6 on the waitlist! Everyone keeps telling me I’m pretty much guaranteed to get in, but we shall see… I’ll be doing Burning Brothels. And of course, since it’s my home town Fringe, I’ll be hanging out whether I get in or not. [Update: I got in!]

IndyFringe (August 15-25)

I’m doing Burning Brothels! I last did Indy in 2009 (with A Cynic Tells Love Stories) so it’s been awhile, and I’m looking forward to going back.