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...

Friday, September 4

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

M4W Improv – A VARIETY SHOW

Presented by Jordan Bainer, Casey Haeg, and Joe Halverson (AND GUESTS)

M4W hosts a special variety show at BLB! Along with improvisational comedy, you’ll be treated to stand-up comedy and other amazing acts.

Comedy

Saturday, September 5

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

THE PINK UNICORN

Written by Elise Forier Edie; Presented by 20% Theatre Company

At once hilarious and heartfelt, The Pink Unicorn is an award-winning solo theatre piece that tells the story of Trisha Lee, a Christian widow, living in a conservative Texas town, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her teenage daughter announces she is “gender queer” and starting a Gay/Straight Alliance at the local high school. When the school principal rejects the GSA’s application for inclusion as a school club, Trisha must choose sides in her rapidly dividing town.

Theater

Tuesday, September 8

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

Two Chairs Telling

Let's put two of the best storytellers, poets, and spoken word artists on the stage for 80 minutes with the challenge "can you top this?" and let them explore the intersection between what and why.

Performance


Thursday, September 10

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

I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids

Starring Jason Schommer, Jodie Maruska, Wendy Maybury, Amy Salloway and more!

“I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids” is a collection of true stories and comedy from an amazing larger-than-life “A List” cast of Twin Cities storytellers and comedians. Living large in a small world is filled with many outrageous moments and these performers take the stage by storm-sharing it all. No holds barred…this show is worth the weight and is a must-see!

Comedy

Friday, September 11

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

I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids

Starring Jason Schommer, Jodie Maruska, Wendy Maybury, Amy Salloway and more!

“I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids” is a collection of true stories and comedy from an amazing larger-than-life “A List” cast of Twin Cities storytellers and comedians. Living large in a small world is filled with many outrageous moments and these performers take the stage by storm-sharing it all. No holds barred…this show is worth the weight and is a must-see!

Comedy

Saturday, September 12

9:45 am / Doors open at 9:30 am

Kids Class! with Miss Torrie

Taught by Torrie Rinehart

This is not your typical tutu and bun dance class, this is an environment for all kids to get their boogie on to awesome music! Our class features original curriculum designed with fun and imagination in mind, packed full of real dance technique and music skills. Kids Class! is an accessible and captivating way to start kids on their journey into the arts!

Dance / Kids
11:00 am / Doors open at 10:45 am

Kids Class! with Miss Torrie

Taught by Torrie Rinehart

This is not your typical tutu and bun dance class, this is an environment for all kids to get their boogie on to awesome music! Our class features original curriculum designed with fun and imagination in mind, packed full of real dance technique and music skills. Kids Class! is an accessible and captivating way to start kids on their journey into the arts!

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

I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids

Starring Jason Schommer, Jodie Maruska, Wendy Maybury, Amy Salloway and more!

“I Just Wanted Candy: Confessions of the Fat Kids” is a collection of true stories and comedy from an amazing larger-than-life “A List” cast of Twin Cities storytellers and comedians. Living large in a small world is filled with many outrageous moments and these performers take the stage by storm-sharing it all. No holds barred…this show is worth the weight and is a must-see!

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

Splendid Things presents A Splendid Screening of the Movie ‘Alien’

Beloved improv people Splendid Things invite you to join them as they provide color commentary to accompany a screening of one of their favorite movies of all time — Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece, Alien. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll grow a little closer to three very opinionated local cinephiles…all while reveling in the thrills and chills of xenomorph-based terror!

Film

Sunday, September 13

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

The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta in One Act

Written by Joe Tougas; Performed by Joe Tougas, Ann Rosenquist Fee and Dan Vierck

It’s the final show for this duo whose upbeat, love-drenched tunes hit a brief sweet spot in the 1970s. But that was 15 years and countless scandals ago, and tonight they’re in their smallest gig yet. A request sends them off the set list and into songs requested of each other, songs of heartbreak, revenge, lust and hope. Music has kept them together this long, but as her goodbye letter awaiting him reads: “It’s only music, Hank. It’s only music.”

Performance / Music

Monday, September 14

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

Sound Unseen’s Movie Mondays at BLB

Join Sound Unseen every Monday night for a variety of films paired with music, comedy, food, and more! Included in this series will be an anniversary film screening about a schizophrenic cult artist, a fashion film co-presented by Kokoon and Cult Collective, the Minnesota premiere of an unreleased film directed by a local (and sadly deceased) comedy legend, and more!

Film

Tuesday, September 15

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

Café Scientifique

Presented by The Bell Museum of Natural History

The Bell Museum's Café Scientifique is a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.

Performance


Wednesday, September 16

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:30 pm

Cinema Lounge

Presented by IFP MN and BLB

Where independent filmmakers schmooze and make nice.


Clubhouse / Film


Thursday, September 17

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

One Across: My Life As A Former Crossword Puzzle Clue

Presented by Mary Jo Pehl

Mary Jo Pehl, former writer and actor for the cult cable television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” emerges from obscurity to share her story about being a crossword puzzle clue in a major magazine. In this autobiographical journey about life as “One Across,” Pehl talks about life before and after that fateful day in 2004, clothing choices, scrapbooking, women in film, and more. Pehl brings a human face to people who are referenced in word games, and raises awareness about crossword puzzles.

Performance
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 is comprised of 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 and burlesque, with 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