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...

Wednesday, January 28

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, January 29

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

Story Club Minneapolis

Hosted by Mimi Nguyen, 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, January 30

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

Party in the Rec Room

Presented by Lorna Landvik

Don’t make resolutions in the New Year – make reservations to PARTY IN THE REC ROOM! Join local author and actor Lorna Landvik as she throws another comedy bash, filled with characters created on the spot and margaritas created in a blender. Remember, if it’s 2015 – it’s time to party!

 

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

The Mississippi Hot Club Heats Up The Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

The Mississippi Hot Club is very excited to bring our gypsy-swingin’ troupe to The Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater for a late-night gypsy swing and bluegrass party! We’ll be coming in from the cold with a good dosing of Django’s medicine, some Latin music, some Americana and some originals to heat up the place and get it cookin’ like Hades.

Music

Saturday, January 31

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

Party in the Rec Room

Presented by Lorna Landvik

Don’t make resolutions in the New Year – make reservations to PARTY IN THE REC ROOM! Join local author and actor Lorna Landvik as she throws another comedy bash, filled with characters created on the spot and margaritas created in a blender. Remember, if it’s 2015 – it’s time to party!

 

Comedy / Clubhouse

Sunday, February 1

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

Tuesday, February 3

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

The Singles Exchange

Presented by Grown-up Club

The Singles Exchange will be an intimate matchmaking gathering. All attendees will represent an eligible friend. Participants who really want to go for it will give PowerPoint presentations about one of their single friends. Following the presentations, everyone will have the chance to network and set up dates for their friends.

Clubhouse

Wednesday, February 4

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

Pleasure Rebel

Curated by Nastalie Bogira

Pleasure Rebel is a new seasonal performance series featuring artists working in dance, performance art and video, from the Twin Cities and beyond. Come see artists challenge the boundaries of queer art forms.

 

 

Performance

Thursday, February 5

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

The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver

Performed by Jon Stark

Ten stories about seven dogs, six horses, four squirrels, three monkeys, two chickens, all the spiders, and one ambitiously messed up beaver. Jon Stark presents a one-person comedic memoir testifying to decades of anger and shame.

Comedy / Performance

Friday, February 6

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

The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver

Performed by Jon Stark

Ten stories about seven dogs, six horses, four squirrels, three monkeys, two chickens, all the spiders, and one ambitiously messed up beaver. Jon Stark presents a one-person comedic memoir testifying to decades of anger and shame.

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

Toussaint Morrison: A Night of Slam Poetry

Repeated Minneapolis escapist, Toussaint Morrison, has gladly worked as a paraprofessional in Special Ed and begrudgingly participated in Minnesota's hip-hop scene for the past decade and now lives to tell his stories via slam poetry. A live-recorded performance of Morrison's poetry for 60-plus minutes... this could get dangerous.

Performance

Saturday, February 7

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

Mistress Ginger Cooks!: Love Songs to Turn Up the Heat

Presented by Junkyard Theater

Get out of the cold and into Mistress Ginger’s kitchen. The pink-haired showgirl is whipping up an irresistible menu of music for your nibbling pleasure. With Charlie Smith on piano, Ginger cranks up the heat with a smorgasbord of sizzling songs, from Cole Porter to Pink. Whether you’re single, coupled, or even tripled, this hot cabaret with heart will have you feasting on lust, laughter and love – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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

Legends of Ska

Legends Of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago. The documentary film chronologically explores the history of original Jamaican ska and the significance of the island’s musical impact worldwide. Directed by neighborhood filmmaker General Moses.

Film

Sunday, February 8

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

Rockstar Storytellers

Rockstar Storytellers is a collective of solo performers from a variety of disciplines — spoken word, stand-up, slam poetry, improv, creative non-fiction, sketch comedy, playwriting… hell, we’ve even got a mime. Described as being, “soaked in hipster irony” (with more than a dash of geekiness), the Rockstar Storytellers are still kicking a** and taking names. Come join us for our SEVENTH season at the Bryant Lake Bowl as we prove, "There ain't no party, like a Rockstar Storytellers' Party!"

Performance / Clubhouse

Dennis Zerwas Jr.