Bryant Lake Bowl

810 W. Lake St., Mpls Open 8 am‑2am daily

Restaurant/Bowling (612) 825‑3737 Theater (612) 825‑8949

Theater

After a couple of successful runs of his beloved Outlet performance festival (set in the basement of a Mexican grocery store), multidisciplinary artist Jaime Carrera creates a new avant garde art event expanding over 8 different evenings in August at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater stage.

A mixture of experimental film, music & performance, Foco aims to present the most cutting edge work from underground & established artists, including: Gabriel Douglas, Little Foot, Repulsar, Jason Wade, Jennifer Arave, Senator Butthole Johnson & many more!

PLUS, the closing night of the festival will feature the world premiere of the first choreographic collaboration between Jaime & innovative modern dance legend and performer, Kristin Van Loon! 

 Thursday the 1st:

Music from Trailer Park Queen & The 4onthefloor frontman Gabriel Douglas.

 Friday the 2nd:

Music from avant-garde noise artist Little Foot & heavy space-rockers Thunderbolt Pagoda.

 Saturday the 3rd:

Performance from modern dance artist Hannah Kramer (with special guest: renowned choreographer Emily Johnson) & music from Linnea Mohn (from Rogue Valley, Coach Said Not To, Abby Wolf & Her Claws.)

 Sunday the 4th:

Experimental short films from: Mike Etoll, Peter Hogan, Tyler Jensen, Matthew Sandvik, Jason Wade & the local premiere of Jaime Carrera's new short film Broseph (starring Ryan Nicholas Solem.)

 Thursday the 8th:

Music from soul rock band Black Audience & rock n' roll from Candy Slice and The Feather Underground.

 Friday the 9th:

Performance from choreographer Jennifer Arave & music/performance art from Senator Butthole Johnson.

 Saturday the 10th:

Music from experimentalists Repulsar & dirty rock from The Sex Rays.

 Sunday the 11th:

The world premiere of the first performance collaboration from multidisciplinary artist Jaime Carrera & modern dance legend Kristin Van Loon, titled EPICBITCH. Plus other surprises...

Thursday, September 18

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Raise Your Voice (Suzanne Cross): That F---ing Harriet Tubman Play

Presented by Little Lifeboats
Written by Abby Swafford

Raise Your Voice (Suzanne Cross): That F---ing Harriet Tubman Play.  It’s not about Harriet Tubman, thank god, but there is a train in it. A dark comedy about representation, self-preservation, and making “art” to make a buck.

Comedy
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

Dykes Do Drag

Produced by Heather Spear, The Gentleman King

"Dykes Do Drag" – the title says a mouthful but not all there is to say. 

 Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for 15 years. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity. 

A few more bombastic terms to describe DDD include but are not limited to: sexy, radical, entertaining, titillating, kinky and weird.  We perform 5 times a year at the Bryant-Lake Bowl! 

 

Performance

Illustration by Hannah Kuhlmann

Friday, September 19

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Raise Your Voice (Suzanne Cross): That F---ing Harriet Tubman Play

Presented by Little Lifeboats
Written by Abby Swafford

Raise Your Voice (Suzanne Cross): That F---ing Harriet Tubman Play.  It’s not about Harriet Tubman, thank god, but there is a train in it. A dark comedy about representation, self-preservation, and making “art” to make a buck.

Comedy
10:00 pm / Doors open at 1:45 pm

Dykes Do Drag

Produced by Heather Spear, The Gentleman King

"Dykes Do Drag" – the title says a mouthful but not all there is to say. 

 Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for 15 years. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity. 

A few more bombastic terms to describe DDD include but are not limited to: sexy, radical, entertaining, titillating, kinky and weird.  We perform 5 times a year at the Bryant-Lake Bowl! 

 

Performance

Illustration by Hannah Kuhlmann

Saturday, September 20

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Dykes Do Drag

Produced by Heather Spear, The Gentleman King

"Dykes Do Drag" – the title says a mouthful but not all there is to say. 

 Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for 15 years. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity. 

A few more bombastic terms to describe DDD include but are not limited to: sexy, radical, entertaining, titillating, kinky and weird.  We perform 5 times a year at the Bryant-Lake Bowl! 

 

Performance

Illustration by Hannah Kuhlmann

10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

Dykes Do Drag

Produced by Heather Spear, The Gentleman King

"Dykes Do Drag" – the title says a mouthful but not all there is to say. 

 Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for 15 years. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity. 

A few more bombastic terms to describe DDD include but are not limited to: sexy, radical, entertaining, titillating, kinky and weird.  We perform 5 times a year at the Bryant-Lake Bowl! 

 

Performance

Illustration by Hannah Kuhlmann

Sunday, September 21

3:30 pm / Doors open at 3:30 pm

Revolution Church

Revolution strives to provide an all inclusive space where transparency, honesty, hope and doubt are welcomed and encouraged. It is a place that seeks to embody grace. Plus it's a church in a bar with a bowling alley, what's not to like?
Clubhouse

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Justin Merritt / Matthew McCright / Christopher Atzinger / Sandra Friesen

Celebrate the album release of Justin Merritt's Blender, Chris Atzinger's American Lyricism, and Sandra Friesen's Off The Shelf. The night will feature the live premier of the Blender project featuring Matt McCright.

Music

Monday, September 22

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Directors’ Workshop Feedback Films

Hosted by Austin Anderson

A handful of directors are given six weeks to complete a short film. There are no prizes. No awards. We’re out to get live feedback from the audience.

Each film also gets an exclusive critique from our “Film Expert” Andrew Neil. Andrew Neil is a local filmmaker in the Twin Cities, his film “Keeping Up With The Cloneses” took home “Best Film” at the 2014 Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project. His Non-Profit Organization Persistence Of Vision is a film collective that actively seeks to bring filmmakers together, to support and challenge them to become better storytellers.

Film

Tuesday, September 23

8:00 pm / Doors open at 7:30 pm

American Youth Record Release Show

The 4 piece group of young indie craftsman operating under the monicker, American Youth. The band aims to create feel-good heartland indie-rock whilst mixing atmospheric soundscapes and folk.

Admission includes a copy of the record.

Music

Kassidy Renee Paige

Wednesday, September 24

8:00 pm / Doors open at 7:00 pm

9x22 Dance/Lab

Produced and hosted by Laurie Van Wieren
Named for the modest dimensions of the BLB stage, this exciting dance showcase features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together.
Dance


Thursday, September 25

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Story Club Minneapolis

Hosted by Mimi Nguyen

Take the stage! No judges. No scores. After exploding on Chicago’s live lit scene, Story Club has expanded to Minneapolis. The perfect mix of open mic spontaneity with live theater thrills. Featured performers and volunteers get eight minutes to tell a first person narrative. Come and excite your ears!

Performance / Clubhouse


Friday, September 26

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Psych 101

Presented by Table Salt Productions

Better than seeing a therapist, and cheaper too!   The writing on the wall is telling us that the future of education is online.  But one professor refuses to accept it!  Come join Jim Robinson as he makes one last-ditch attempt to stem the rising tide — in Psych 101!   You, the audience, are also the students, along with perennial Table Salt favorites Joshua Will, Michelle Cassioppi, Rachael Flanery and Dennis Curley.  Sing along with the songs, laugh along with the sketches, and take an entire semester of Psych 101 in just 90 minutes (complete with midterm and final)!

Performance
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

Warsaw Cipher/Devata Daun

An evening of sultry electronic music that is bound to bring you from your seat to the dance floor. Between the two Minneapolis bands, you’ll be captivated in a trance with these songstresses and their driving, soulful beats.  

Music

Saturday, September 27

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Psych 101

Presented by Table Salt Productions

Better than seeing a therapist, and cheaper too!   The writing on the wall is telling us that the future of education is online.  But one professor refuses to accept it!  Come join Jim Robinson as he makes one last-ditch attempt to stem the rising tide — in Psych 101!   You, the audience, are also the students, along with perennial Table Salt favorites Joshua Will, Michelle Cassioppi, Rachael Flanery and Dennis Curley.  Sing along with the songs, laugh along with the sketches, and take an entire semester of Psych 101 in just 90 minutes (complete with midterm and final)!

Performance