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...

Sunday, April 26

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

The Local Music Scene Presents:

Charlie Van Stee of VAN STEE

Every month, a different musician is interviewed and then performs a selection of their original music. After, The Local Music Scene (a team of improv comedians), takes those lyrics and uses them as the basis of inspiration for improvised scenes!

Comedy / Music

Monday, April 27

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

Cellular Cinema III: The Double

Presented by Kevin Obsatz

In its third incarnation, Cellular Cinema presents a program of local experimental films featuring Double Exposures, Doppelgangers, Mirroring and Twins.

Our special guest will be renowned Minnesota-based experimental filmmaker Joan Strommer. Also featuring work by Sam Hoolihan, John Marks, Tyler Lauer and Kevin Obsatz.

Film

Tuesday, April 28

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

Tuesday Night Confessions

Presented by Junkyard Theater

The Los Angeles Times calls Mistress Ginger a “cabaret diva” and for good reason. This pink-haired showgirl has delighted audiences with her high kicks and melodic licks since 2006. Now, on the last Tuesday of every month, she reveals a twilight confessional in song, from blues to Broadway to bebop and beyond. Musical gems are strewn together to create magical evenings that dazzle with humor, heart, glitter, and grace.

Music

Thursday, April 30

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

Story Club Minneapolis

Hosted by Sam Ferree and Jamie Amy Ann

Story Club Minneapolis is a storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated selection of stories from invited performers. The Story Club stage showcases stories like "The Moth," but with a more democratic structure - no judges, no scores. Founded in Chicago in 2009, Story Club gained citywide attention and rave reviews. Founder Dana Norris told the Chicago Tribune, "We think an individual's experience has merit, and by hearing about it, we learn something about the way the world actually is."

Story Club Minneapolis is spearheaded by producer and host Mimi Nguyen - a former Chicagoan, seasoned Story Club regular and friend of Norris. Before and at the beginning of each show, Nguyen invites audience members to sign up for a raffle for one of three open mic slots. The show itself is the perfect mix of spontaneity with live theater thrills. Come and excite your ears!

Performance / Clubhouse


Friday, May 1

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

The Smothers Brothers Grimm

Written and performed by Joshua Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster

Ten-year-old Milton is a full-fledged comedy geek. His grandfather raised him on the greats: Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart and The Smothers Brothers. Now Grandpa is dead. Tomorrow is his funeral. As Milton gets ready for bed, his family tries to comfort him with cheery bedtime stories. Determined to honor his Grandpa’s memory, Milton takes these stories in a different direction… Join Comedy Suitcase as they rewrite Grimm’s original folktales in the signature style of 20th century comedy masters. Finally, a dark comedy for the whole family!

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

Not A Through Street: Navigating by Song

Annie Enneking (of Annie and the Bang Bang) and Rob Shapiro (of Populuxe) are songwriters and the kind of old friends that are closer to family. They first played their music for each other in a book-and-ashtray-strewn Minneapolis bedroom back in ’86. The connective thread between the two is restlessness, a refusal to be pigeonholed, and a fierce determination to push forward. “Not A Through Street,” their first joint performance, will chart that path. 

Music

Saturday, May 2

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

The Smothers Brothers Grimm

Written and performed by Joshua Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster

Ten-year-old Milton is a full-fledged comedy geek. His grandfather raised him on the greats: Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart and The Smothers Brothers. Now Grandpa is dead. Tomorrow is his funeral. As Milton gets ready for bed, his family tries to comfort him with cheery bedtime stories. Determined to honor his Grandpa’s memory, Milton takes these stories in a different direction… Join Comedy Suitcase as they rewrite Grimm’s original folktales in the signature style of 20th century comedy masters. Finally, a dark comedy for the whole family!

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

Becoming Inga

Story by Colleen Kruse with music by Karen Paurus

Join Colleen Kruse and Karen Paurus for their latest installment of story and song, “Becoming Inga.” There are only two chances to see this critically acclaimed show before it heads to the stage in New York City! Warning: This show contains adult language and is only suitable for those age 18 and above.

Theater / Performance

Sunday, May 3

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

The Smothers Brothers Grimm

Written and performed by Joshua Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster

Ten-year-old Milton is a full-fledged comedy geek. His grandfather raised him on the greats: Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart and The Smothers Brothers. Now Grandpa is dead. Tomorrow is his funeral. As Milton gets ready for bed, his family tries to comfort him with cheery bedtime stories. Determined to honor his Grandpa’s memory, Milton takes these stories in a different direction… Join Comedy Suitcase as they rewrite Grimm’s original folktales in the signature style of 20th century comedy masters. Finally, a dark comedy for the whole family!

Theater / Comedy

Monday, May 4

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

Becoming Inga

Story by Colleen Kruse with music by Karen Paurus

Join Colleen Kruse and Karen Paurus for their latest installment of story and song, “Becoming Inga.” There are only two chances to see this critically acclaimed show before it heads to the stage in New York City! Warning: This show contains adult language and is only suitable for those age 18 and above.

Theater / Performance

Tuesday, May 5

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

Tuesday Night LOLz @ Bryant Lake Bowl

An improv cornucopia of favorites, veterans and up-and-comers: Tuesday Night LOLz @ Bryant-Lake Bowl presents four stellar improv groups the first Tuesday of the month. Best part: All profits are donated to the improv schools at Brave New Workshop and HUGE Theater. Laugh Out Loud Improv, for the cause.

Comedy

Wednesday, May 6

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

Wonderful Wonderful

Wonderful Wonderful is an eight-piece improv team from the Brave New Workshop Student Union! Each month, we share the stage with hilarious guests.

Comedy

Thursday, May 7

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

The Wünder Kidz

The Wünder Kidz is an experienced long-form improv group who performs all over the Twin Cities. Their show is refreshingly honest and tackles the most bizarre aspects of life.

Comedy

Friday, May 8

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

Fear!

Presented by Presented by Table Salt Productions

First there was “Fluid.” Now Table Salt brings you “Fear!” Come laugh at your angst with some of the funniest storytellers in the Twin Cities. You have nothing to fear but fear itself. Or do you?

Comedy / Performance