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...

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

Wednesday, December 3

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

“Letters to Santa”…HAZARDOUS MATERIAL

Presented by Janelle Ranek
Co-written by Jules Weiland

She’s ba-aaack! It begins very simply: “Dear Santa,…” and then hold on to your ear muffs as Ranek lets loose on the BLB stage with an entourage of characters who will be the cool whip to your pumpkin pie this holiday season. In her unique style, Ranek transforms on stage from one character to the next, taking you on a hazardous holiday ride. Her characters include Toastmasters graduate and motivational speaker Martha Greenleaf, Lorna Claire and her brave little puppy, Larry Dyc, the inventor of the multi shiv, and Mary the cat lady, to name a few.  Of course, Gloria, the chain-smoking, martini swilling broad is back to give advice LIVE! Ranek has been called “consistently and viciously funny.”  And rightly so.

Don’t miss being a part of decade-long BLB holiday tradition. Ranek pushes comedy with enough irreverence for Christmas to make you laugh a tasty beverage through your nose!

Comedy

Thursday, December 4

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

“Letters to Santa”…HAZARDOUS MATERIAL

Presented by Janelle Ranek
Co-written by Jules Weiland

She’s ba-aaack! It begins very simply: “Dear Santa,…” and then hold on to your ear muffs as Ranek lets loose on the BLB stage with an entourage of characters who will be the cool whip to your pumpkin pie this holiday season. In her unique style, Ranek transforms on stage from one character to the next, taking you on a hazardous holiday ride. Her characters include Toastmasters graduate and motivational speaker Martha Greenleaf, Lorna Claire and her brave little puppy, Larry Dyc, the inventor of the multi shiv, and Mary the cat lady, to name a few.  Of course, Gloria, the chain-smoking, martini swilling broad is back to give advice LIVE! Ranek has been called “consistently and viciously funny.”  And rightly so.

Don’t miss being a part of decade-long BLB holiday tradition. Ranek pushes comedy with enough irreverence for Christmas to make you laugh a tasty beverage through your nose!

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

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions

Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it's the return of everyone's favorite Christmas story: 

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired ...and he doesn't like Christmas. From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana's Boys comes the return of this holiday treat with all the trimmings:  singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this new yuletide tradition, which combines the action and suspense of Die Hard with the joy and sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials... A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS!

Comedy / Performance

Friday, December 5

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

The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday

Presented by Danger Boat Productions

It’s late December in a quiet Minnesota town and everyone is eagerly anticipating their quirky holiday celebration. But the area’s nastiest citizen is plotting something sinister. Will our hero save the day, the holiday, and the town?

It’s the return of the hit improv musical comedy romp, “The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday!” 

Performance