Bryant Lake Bowl

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

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


Theater

Wednesday, May 25

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, May 26

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

Story Club Minneapolis

Hosted by Sam Ferree and Jamie Amy Ann

Story Club is a storytelling show that’s half open mic and half curated featured performers. Part one showcases three to four 8-minute open mic-ers chosen by raffle. No judges and no scores here. Bring stories in any state — everyone is welcome! Part two is curated every month and showcases invited performers.

Performance / Clubhouse

Friday, May 27

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

The Hardest Word

Presented by Nic Lincoln Dances

Better Homes and Gardens…(wedding pictures?).... a conversation.

Lincoln’s choreography steals from contemporary art and culture and stacks the images to re-imagine the Bryant Lake Bowl. An evening of dances performed by Nic Lincoln and Penelope Freeh.

Dance
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, May 28

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

The Hardest Word

Presented by Nic Lincoln Dances

Better Homes and Gardens…(wedding pictures?).... a conversation.

Lincoln’s choreography steals from contemporary art and culture and stacks the images to re-imagine the Bryant Lake Bowl. An evening of dances performed by Nic Lincoln and Penelope Freeh.

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

Brain Game

Presented by Table Salt Productions

This fast-paced interactive panel-style game show is a cross between NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and TV’s “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” Created by host Dennis Curley, each week’s show features a revolving panel of the Twin Cities’ finest improvisers who compete against each other and against the ticking clock.

Comedy

Sunday, May 29

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

The Hardest Word

Presented by Nic Lincoln Dances

Better Homes and Gardens…(wedding pictures?).... a conversation.

Lincoln’s choreography steals from contemporary art and culture and stacks the images to re-imagine the Bryant Lake Bowl. An evening of dances performed by Nic Lincoln and Penelope Freeh.

Dance

Monday, May 30

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

The Local Music Scene Presents:

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

Tuesday, May 31

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

“Last Tuesdays” Experimental Music Series

Hosted by Blood Quantum – Erik Fratzke (Zebulon Pike, Happy Apple) and Tim Glenn (Pentacene, Squid Fist)

Blood Quantum is fractal doom for strings and percussion. Dissecting simultaneities within drone grids and folkloric electronics.

Monthly guests will feature electro-acoustic and small group improvisation – exploring the pluralities and paradoxes of non-notated musics.

Music

Thursday, June 2

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

THE FIGHT TO FOLLOW Midwest Premiere

Presented by Sound Unseen with special performance by George McKelvey and friends

In a time where music is virtually free, former Soul Asylum sideman George McKelvey struggles to make a living as a full-time musician.  Still gigging in the dive bars of a once vibrant Minneapolis music scene, George is torn between a full time day job, fatherhood and recording a solo project with longtime friend and super producer John Fields. In The Fight to Follow his heart, can George survive long enough to find relevance?

Music / Film

Friday, June 3

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

PEOPLE I KNOW: in the Theater

Presented by SuperGroup

Performance collaborative SuperGroup is working on PEOPLE I KNOW: a new multiphase performance project exploring the relationship between identity, biography, and self that will premiere this November. As a part of the first phase of this project we are presenting PEOPLE I KNOW: in the Theater. Cast members Deborah Jinza Thayer, Derek Phillips, and Venus DeMars will perform solos created with SuperGroup alongside a few other special guest solo performances!

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

Toussaint Morrison is Best When Sung From The Gutter: A Night of Slam Poetry, A Cappella Hip-Hop and Short Stories

Toussaint Morrison will be delivering a night of new slam poetry, soul-screaming hip-hop a cappella with Jimmy & The Threats, and imploring his cousin who has a Master’s in English to introduce him. This show marks the release of Toussaint’s first chapbook, as well as a Motion Picture Ballad in 10-Parts. Be there to nab one of the 50 limited release chapbooks, and hear brand new poems of bar-close romance, ethnicity, self-sabotage, sex, whiteness, and Garrison Keillor.

Performance / Music

Saturday, June 4

3:00 pm / Doors open at 2:00 pm

Lit Crawl MN: Graphic Novel Battle Royale!

Presented by Rain Taxi Review of Books

Crawl over to BLB to catch some of the area’s best cartoonists present their latest work in round-robin fashion — then you get to vote as to which presenter gets our coveted “head on fire” prize!

Performance