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...

Saturday, November 22

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

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Presented by Theatre Coup d’Etat and Staged Steel Armory
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

The longest running comedy on the West Bank in London, this face-painted frenzy packs the Bard’s entire cannon into one show. Featuring 90 minutes of bawdy humor, intense sword fights and direct audience involvement, this three-man marathon of a show is perfectly suited for both regular and non-regular theatre-goers alike.

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

Sunday, November 23

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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Presented by Theatre Coup d’Etat and Staged Steel Armory
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

The longest running comedy on the West Bank in London, this face-painted frenzy packs the Bard’s entire cannon into one show. Featuring 90 minutes of bawdy humor, intense sword fights and direct audience involvement, this three-man marathon of a show is perfectly suited for both regular and non-regular theatre-goers alike.

Theater / Performance

Monday, November 24

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, November 25

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

Tuesday Night Confessions

Singer Justin Leaf and pianist Richard Erickson muse upon the confessions revealed within popular songs. Having ransacked the songbooks of the past hundred years and drawing on a wide range of material, from Cole Porter to Adele, they present an evening of music that sparkles with wit and emotion.

Music

Wednesday, November 26

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


Friday, November 28

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

God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III: Christmas Ghosts – Three New Stories!

Presented by Hardcover Theater

What’s Christmas without a few ghosts? Dead folks get up to all kinds of mischief in this third installment of Hardcover Theater’s successful series, featuring three new stories of holiday hauntings. It’s a little creepy, but not really scary – mostly light, witty comedy. Bring the whole family!

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

Vilification Tennis

Vilification Tennis has been offending audiences at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since the mid 80′s. In 2007, they brought their show to the Minnesota Fringe Festival where audiences greeted them with indifference. Heady with success, they embarked on a professional theatre career at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. They have produced dozens of shows since then and have managed to offend the handicapped, the religious, and a whole lot of fat moms. Audiences have described their shows as “filthy, ribald” and “shocking.” The one word they typically avoid is “funny.”

Comedy


Saturday, November 29

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

God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III: Christmas Ghosts – Three New Stories!

Presented by Hardcover Theater

What’s Christmas without a few ghosts? Dead folks get up to all kinds of mischief in this third installment of Hardcover Theater’s successful series, featuring three new stories of holiday hauntings. It’s a little creepy, but not really scary – mostly light, witty comedy. Bring the whole family!

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

Robin Viele & The Teddy Holidays

It’ll be a family affair as brothers Brendan and JT Viele (The Teddy Holidays) share the stage with their sister Robin. The Teddys, BLBT regulars, will be playing all original songs, including some new ones. Robin will play her own set first, but there will be plenty of Viele collaboration throughout the night, as well as some non-Viele special guests and other exciting twists.

Music

Sunday, November 30

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

God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III: Christmas Ghosts – Three New Stories!

Presented by Hardcover Theater

What’s Christmas without a few ghosts? Dead folks get up to all kinds of mischief in this third installment of Hardcover Theater’s successful series, featuring three new stories of holiday hauntings. It’s a little creepy, but not really scary – mostly light, witty comedy. Bring the whole family!

Performance

Monday, December 1

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

God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III: Christmas Ghosts – Three New Stories!

Presented by Hardcover Theater

What’s Christmas without a few ghosts? Dead folks get up to all kinds of mischief in this third installment of Hardcover Theater’s successful series, featuring three new stories of holiday hauntings. It’s a little creepy, but not really scary – mostly light, witty comedy. Bring the whole family!

Performance

Tuesday, December 2

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

Madde Gibba: Does Not Play Well With Others…STILL

After living out of a suitcase like a vagabond for over a year, Madde Gibba returns home to the Twin Cities to hug her parents and do a show at the BLB! This is a night of classic Gibba over-sharing through story telling, original songs, and musical improv. Don’t miss the woman that one reviewer once said, “Sounds like a nasally chicken who won’t stop talking.” Featuring Josh Kaplan and Justin Nellis. 

Comedy