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...

Friday, May 22

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

Utopiacopia

Presented by Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp
Written and performed by Justin Caron; Directed by Robert Frost

“Utopiacopia” is a solo drag performance set on a spaceship traveling to Utopiacopia, a planet somewhere over the rainbow. Along our journey, led by volunteer flight attendant Marcy, we peruse the remaining issues of SkyMall, keep company with Dorothy Gale, and learn the true meaning of #friendship.

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, May 23

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

Utopiacopia

Presented by Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp
Written and performed by Justin Caron; Directed by Robert Frost

“Utopiacopia” is a solo drag performance set on a spaceship traveling to Utopiacopia, a planet somewhere over the rainbow. Along our journey, led by volunteer flight attendant Marcy, we peruse the remaining issues of SkyMall, keep company with Dorothy Gale, and learn the true meaning of #friendship.

Performance

Sunday, May 24

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

Utopiacopia

Presented by Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp
Written and performed by Justin Caron; Directed by Robert Frost

“Utopiacopia” is a solo drag performance set on a spaceship traveling to Utopiacopia, a planet somewhere over the rainbow. Along our journey, led by volunteer flight attendant Marcy, we peruse the remaining issues of SkyMall, keep company with Dorothy Gale, and learn the true meaning of #friendship.

Performance

Tuesday, May 26

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

Wednesday, May 27

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 28

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 29

7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 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
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

M4W Improv – A VARIETY SHOW

Presented by Jordan Bainer, Casey Haeg, Joe Halverson and guests

M4W hosts a special variety show at BLB! Along with improvisational comedy, you’ll be treated to stand-up comedy and other amazing acts.

Comedy

Saturday, May 30

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

An Empty Box of People

Script by Nico Swenson with music by Max Shinn

Six people. One elevator. Get trapped in a metal box as society falls down the shaft. As soon as the doors close, it’s tension to the brink of murder! It’s six fools in a six-foot-by-six-foot vessel of chaos! It’s comedic and experimental. It’s a MUSICAL, and they sing, too!

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

Jacob B. Little & The Little Family Band With Special Guests Barbara Jean and Jacob Russo

Jacob B. Little & The Little Family Band formed in Chicago in 2012 when songwriter Jacob Little decided he wanted to collaborate with other musicians. Inspired by love, loss and subsequent reflection – the immersive music that Jacob writes reaches the depths of the soul. The Little Family Band brings heartfelt stories that refresh the spirit. They will perform songs from their debut album, out this Spring.

Music

Sunday, May 31

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 Local Music Scene Presents:

Courtney McClean of The Dirty Curls

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