February, Continued

Oh, yeah, this is Minnesota. *shivers* I have a friend who, whenever she’s cold, sings this little rhyme: “I’m a bald bunny and I got no fur, I’m a bald bunny, brr brr brr!”

…what? You expected me to have mentally stable friends?

In any case, to avoid the pitiable plight of the wretched bald bunny this weekend, you should hop on over to the Cabaret, which really warms up quick with the addition of a few dozen people’s body heat. You’ll forget it’s winter! Unless you, you know, look outside. Plus we’ll be serving hot coffee, and possibly hot cider. It’s really past hot cider season, but we had some last time, so we served it in proud defiance of the secret agents of the Cider Police. We’re edgy like that.

And in case the promise of heat is not enough to lure you into our grasp–though if it isn’t, really, I have to ask, did you have all of your sensory apparatus removed?–allow me to hand you our website’s outline for this weekend:

Anne and Kate Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                  Anne and Kate Johnson, The Mountain Mammas, will share the old-time music they have grown to love. While Anne and Kate have settled far from Appalachia physically, their hearts and voices will always be West Virginian. Brought up by the rivers and mountains they love to sing about, the sisters began singing in church and evolved into a harmonizing duo, playing original and traditional music anywhere from coffee shops to campfires. Although Anne and Kate are both songwriters, they enjoy singing old-time mountain music the most, and consider their Mountain Mamma act a tribute to their family and friends back home in the hills.

Mahmoud Hakima presenting “Uncivilized Stories in a Civilized World”

Confession: I don’t have a lot of detail available, so I don’t know what to expect from this show. Other than that it will rock, becasue Mahmoud Hakima is as talented an actor as you could hope to find. Brace yourselves for the awesome.

The Vibrant Ideal

The Vibrant Ideal is a group of energetic young adults who have formed together under the direction of Fringe-Encore Winner, John-Mark Hostetler, to perform cabaret style dance and vocal numbers. Between the ages of 18 and 21, The Vibrant Ideal are bringing the Minneapolis community a fresh new way to look at musical performance. The choreography is hip-hop uniquely infused with modern and enough energy to bring down the house. All performers are pursuing a dance or vocal performance major at the University of Minnesota.

“Sorry, I forgot”
Choreographed and Directed by Molly Stoltz with dancers:
Galen Higgins, Caleb Housely, Mackenzie Beck-Esmay,Lauren Baker,Yui Kanzawa

This original dance/dance theater work was created in collaboration with the cast of five dancers and the choreographer, based on their own experiences and how they interact as humans, and not necessarily artists, during rehearsals. All involved are current dance majors at the University of Minnesota.

The piece is inspired by the human quality of forgetfulness. Every day, it is inevitable that someone will forget something- whether it is their paper for a class, an anniversary, to pick up the kids from school, to turn off the burner, to lock the front door, or to put on their pants in the morning. Sometimes those moments are easily fixed, and at other times they are not easy to ignore. How do the dancers deal with the many faces of forgetfulness, and more importantly, how do they deal with each other’s mistakes? Sometimes, the best that anyone can do is laugh it off and move on.

Uh-Oh, Myrtle has gotten lost again. Everybody’s favorite 85 year old gal has lost her way in the big wide world. While out on her way to meet her heavy set friend Mavis for coffee Myrtle Hansen’s Chevy takes a wrong turn and winds up at Patrick’s Cabaret, in the wrong side of town While wandering through the joint Myrtle shares tales of why she NEVER trusts doctors, why the bread at communion should be changed to Wonder Bread, why Mavis has been under observation for her corns and how her lawn got on fire. WHEW. Bless her heart this woman needs someone to get up and let her sit down and rest a spell.
Todd Jay created the character of Myrtle after years of stifling repressed laughter listening to his grandmother talk as well as countless other weird funny old women that have crossed his path. Let’s face it……..old women are funny and in their own way, charming.

Mattson-Kjell Zust
singer/songwriter/recluse/patron saint of jilted trophy wives, has been called the “Tammy Wynette of emo” for lack of a decent genre/category. clever wit over rustic guitar and an accent that no one can quite place run rampant throughout each hymn for broken things. Mattson-Kjell is currently finishing over 12 dozen new songs in hopes to release 3-4 new albums within in the next two years. He’s also really bad at writing about himself due to his crazy-swedish humility.


Also, in case you were wondering, the latest Fresh Fruit appearance went off great. I’m really enjoying this opportunity to bring more people news of the happenings here at the Cabaret. If you didn’t catch it, you can listen online at http://www.kfai.org/node/89.


Holy Mother of Roddenberry, I can go outside today without my fingers instantly freezing into blocks of ice! Am I still in Minnesota? Or has the cold finally just deadened my nerves to the point where I can feel no pain?

In addition to this crazy tropical heat wave of 33 degrees Fahrenheit, the month of February is bringing in two open-call cabarets. Call me cheesy (remembering, of course, that you do so at your own peril), but I really think the open-calls exemplify theater at its very best, the adventure and the unpredictability and the thrill of the unknown all compressed down into two hours of sheer awesomosity.

Whoa. I could take that previous paragraph, put in between two slices of bread, and call it a ham and cheese sandwich.

It’s still true.

Anway, the first open-call cabaret of the month will be on the 7th and 8th from 8 to 10 PM. If you are within hearing range of me at this point, you should probably cover your ears to shield the tympanic membrane from a volume of squee I normally reserve for a particularly fluffy Bobby/Alex Criminal Intent fanfic, because the line-up sounds amazing. Kats D. Fukasawa will be presenting “Secret Affair of a Cherry Tree,” Joan Calof will honor immigrants and the impact they have had on our country in “Roots,” Irita Foucault will perform a song and dance extravaganza, there’ll be a dance choreographed by Denise Armstead, and the Halau Hula O Ka Hoku Akua hula school will present “Ke Alaula,” or “The Awakening.” 

Also, don’t forget that Patrick’s has a short guest-spot on KFAI Fresh Fruit (90.3 Minneapolis, 106.7 St. Paul) the second Thursday of every month now. I may not be able to make it this time (do try to stifle your sobs at the thought of being without my nervous stammerings) but I’ll do my best to make sure we get a guest or two to bring you exciting new info.

For more information on the artists and their acts, visit www.patrickscabaret.org and take a look at the calendar.

Fresh Fruit and Spirit in the House (Spirit in the House!)

So if any of you listened to Fresh Fruit last Thursday you’ll get my “Spirit in the House!’ reference. And if not, well, why didn’t you? Still, all is not lost. You can listen at http://www.kfai.org/node/89. Dean Seal gives detailed and eloquent background on Spirit in House (both the annual tradition and the show going on tomorrow and Saturday) and whoever invented the word “um” sues me for trademark infringement. I did have fun, though, and you should go check it out.

Also, on a completely random side note, my voice sounds more like that of my older sister’s than I ever realized.

But! Time for ‘Spirit in the House’ info. Ta da!

January 16th and 17th at 8 PM

3010 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis

Dean J. Seal presents

Spirit in the House

This time featuring:

Leslie Ball with Music of the Spheres.
Dean J. Seal with Backward Ecclesiastes.
Theater for the Thirsty presents ’Something Priceless for Cheap’
Steven Solberg with the film “Standing On The Bones of Our Ancestors”
Dance by Ransomed Messengers
and an
Original Monologue by Amy Salloway

Theater for the Thirsty presents

Something Priceless for Cheap
Songs and spoken word exposing broken hearts and bankrupt souls in the shadowed world of pornography.
With Vanessa Gamble and Kelley Larson

Ransomed Messengers is a inter-denominational Christian dance troupe seeking to share life journeys of struggle and hope through dance.

We dance in a variety of styles but mostly a mix of modern, jazz and interpretive dance. Our dances celebrate God’s glory and reflect the stuff of life – stories from the heart that can’t always be expressed just in words.

Amy Salloway
is the creator and performer of three original solo comedies — “Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?”, “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!”, and “Circumference” — all of which began their lives at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and have gone on to tour to Fringes, theatres, colleges, festivals, conferences and events all over the US and Canada (and beyond!). She can often be seen in cabarets and group shows around the Twin Cities like Rockstar Storytellers, Cheap Theater, Balls, and Women Stand Up! For more info, check out www.amysalloway.com.

Steven Solberg presents “Standing On The Bones of Our Ancestors: Exploring The Role of The Queer Tribal Elder”

a 21-Minute Preview of a feature length documentary in progress that illuminates the altruistic and spiritual dimensions of what it means to be GLBTQ and the vital need for elders to emerge in our communities.

Fresh Fruit

No, I did not fall down a well without Lassie or a similar canine counterpart to rescue me. I had finals. Kind of like falling down a well, but more painful. And then I wasn’t in the Twin Cities for awhile, because I went home for winter break. But I’m back now! And exciting things are happening! Including that new sign in the little Patrick’s Cabaret garden! (If it turns out that said sign has actually been there for months, please don’t tell me. I tend to possess the observational capabilities of a concussed sea cucumber, and am therefore inordinately proud when I do manage to notice anything in a relatively quick fashion.)

But the most exciting new thing happening is that Leigh Combs has invited me to be on Fresh Fruit tomorrow to talk about the Cabaret! Fresh Fruit is a program aired on KFAI (90.3 Minneapolis, 106.7 Saint Paul) since 1978, making it the longest running Queer radio show in the country. It goes from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM every Thursday. So tomorrow I make my premiere. *gulp* All my previous radio experience consists of watching my friend Colleen win a bajillion radio medals on the Eureka High School Speech Team. But I’m still totally psyched. (Am I allowed to say ‘psyched’ anymore? Or did I just time-warp deep into the past?) I’ll be talking about our new online gift store (blog post to come, in case you don’t catch the show) and interviewing Dean Seal about the newest Spirit in the House Cabaret (again, blog post to come, in case you don’t catch the show).

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