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, April 18

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

Saturday, April 19

12:00 pm / Doors open at 11:30 am

The Ukulele Alley Cartoon ExtravaGONZO, starring Luke the Uke

Presented, performed and written by Ukulele Alley

Luke the Uke and his pal, DJ Mistor Gosh, have mined the cartoon archives for a family matinee like no other. The Ukulele Alley Cartoon ExtravaGONZO presents classic animation with music, laughs, and lots of surprises guaranteed to start your weekend right. It’s child-safe, family-friendly fun for kids of ALL
ages.

Film / Kids


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

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

Presented by Hardcover Theater

Surreal comedy, very weird but family-friendly. Based on the early 20th-century comic strip by Winsor McCay. The premise is simple: At bedtime, a man eats rarebit – a fried cheese dish – which gives him indigestion, which causes nightmares. Over and over again. And in those nightmares, anything can happen… 

Theater
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, April 20

4:00 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

9:00 pm / Doors open at 8:00 pm

Foxy Tann's 420 Show — Packing the Bowl

Presented by Red Carpet Burlesque Productions
Sponsored by Green Machine, MNUps, Midwest Makeup, and Scene Magazine

The planets have finally aligned, I am in town, and 420 is on Easter!  Foxy Tann's dreams have come true!  This is my homage to the wacky tabacky, weed, pot, greenery, grass, cheese, trees, bud, doobage, mary jane, ganja, smoke, herb, chronic.  Joining in this heartfelt tribute are RedBone, Victoria DeVille and Jeez Loueez- The Powerhouse of the Midwest.  Other local luminaries will be gracing the stage with their improbable marijuanalogues and impromptu modern dance interpretations to Bob Dylan, one never knows...it is live theatre, Minnesota is on the verge of becoming an enlightened and unbearably hip state...Minnesota is thinking about that $98 million that Colorado citizens have proudly handed over to their state government...and happily...don't you think it really is time to look at how everything really is better with a bag of weed!  Come celebrate and advocate for everybody's favorite indigenous plant!

Performers: Foxy Tann, RedBone, Victoria DeVille, Jeez Loueeze (St. Louis) and other local luminaries doing their odes to cannaboids

Performance

Monday, April 21

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

The Theater of Public Policy

Presented by Danger Boat Productions

Described by the Star Tribune as what would happen if C-SPAN were suddenly swarmed by the cast of SNL, The Theater of Public Policy is the most fun you’ll have at a public forum. Each show features an interview with an expert guest or newsmaker that is brought to life through unpredictable improv comedy. It’s a little like civics class, only with comedy, theater, and beer.

Comedy / Performance

Tuesday, April 22

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

DIRECTORS’ WORKSHOP FEEDBACK FILMS

Hosted by Austin Anderson

Five teams 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.

Film

Wednesday, April 23

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, April 24

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, April 25

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

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

Presented by Hardcover Theater

Surreal comedy, very weird but family-friendly. Based on the early 20th-century comic strip by Winsor McCay. The premise is simple: At bedtime, a man eats rarebit – a fried cheese dish – which gives him indigestion, which causes nightmares. Over and over again. And in those nightmares, anything can happen… 

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

Professionally Young

Created by Joey Hamburger and Laura Fitzpatrick

Local actor, writer, comedians Joey Hamburger and Laura Fitzpatrick bring you the funny through the front door until the roof is on fire, what up with your bad self?  A sketch comedy that’s been called “the best comedy to see that hasn’t been seen, but is about to be seen, but see it now before it has been seen to much, oh say can you see?”  Includes special guests and a raffle.  Don’t forget your ticket.

Comedy

Saturday, April 26

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

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

Presented by Hardcover Theater

Surreal comedy, very weird but family-friendly. Based on the early 20th-century comic strip by Winsor McCay. The premise is simple: At bedtime, a man eats rarebit – a fried cheese dish – which gives him indigestion, which causes nightmares. Over and over again. And in those nightmares, anything can happen… 

Theater

Sunday, April 27

4:00 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

The Midnight Hour with special guests The Wrong Omar

Join in the fun of tonight's double bill - The Midnight Hour's CD Release Party for "sexycake'" with The Wrong Omar opening the show.

Becky Shaheen and Aren Olson were on a mission to record their most fun and high energy songs, infused with 80s rocker swag and Top 40 glisten. The album ended up consisting of an interesting mix of brand new explosive pop/rock gems, a bit of country and a little quirk. The Midnight Hour is delighted to resurface to release this album along with 80s rockers Joe Shaheen, Mark Woerpal, and Brian Reidinger. Come help celebrate at the Bryant Lake Bowl for the CD Release Party of sexycake. (Yes, you are encouraged to dress in your 80s best).

Singer-songwriter Joey Shaeen, aka "The Wrong Omar", brings his tour or the US and Canada to Minneapolis, singing his "sidewalk confessionals of bad choices" with a tongue-in-cheek curmudgeon persona for old souls of all ages.

This gig includes the full band: Bob Groethe (guitar), Tom Hels (drums) and Mike Ransford (bass). It follows a string of Joe's solo acoustic shows, radio and TV performances in the Southeast and Midwest. His soulful singing, piano, guitar and blues harp can be described as "crying tears of joy while making love". You may laugh yourself silly with his stories. Be forewarned: you may walk away with these tunes stuck in your head, and you'll ask be encouraged to sing along at times.

Music