Connie Shaver is a marketing communications consultant with a passion for building relationships and a wealth of experience in the Twin Cities' arts and entertainment industry. Working alongside clients to define and achieve their goals, Connie specializes in strategic marketing, media coverage, social media, audience development, and community partnerships.

“Build a relationship first and do business second.”
—Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800 Flowers 

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Sunday
Sep092018

Fall Arts + Events

   
Sometimes There's Wine at Park Square and Lest We Forget by Oratorio Society

In addition to fall colors, pumpkin-spice everything, and back-to-school blues, September also harkens a new season of performing arts in the Twin Cities.

This year, Park Square Theatre kicks things off with Sometimes There's Wine, a comedic conversation about that “little sliver of time in a woman’s life when you can either get pregnant or break a hip.” Created and performed by Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool, this clever, hilarious, and feel-good theatre experience plays on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage Sept 14 - Oct 14.

On the Proscenium Stage at Park Square, the historic drama The Agitators takes us back to the Civil War and reconstruction era. The story of the tempestuous friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, The Agitators plays Sept 21 - Oct 28.

In Bloomington, Sidekick Theatre gets their 5th season started with The Gin Game at Ives Auditorium in the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Sept 7 - 22. The show starring Twin City theatre legends Candace Barrett and Raye Birk under the direction of Tim Stolz. Then, from Oct 3 - Nov 15, Sidekick presents Radio Gals, the story of a 1920's "all-girl" orchestra that attracts national attention from Arkansas.

The 21st annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is set for June 20 - 22, 2019, but in the meantime, they're hosting a Fall Jazz Fest at Crooners on October 14, with two stages of music featuring New Orleans vocalist Nayo Jones and Butch Miles, along with local favorites.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota begins its 2018-19 seson on Nov 11 with a joint premiere of Patrick Hawes' The Great War Symphony, a four movement work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. This Veterans Day concert will take place at Northrop Auditorium and is presented in collaboration with the U of M Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

If you have any kiddos in your life, DanceCo premieres Which Witch is Which??, a mystery ballet filled with magic and interactivity, at the Avalon Theater in Minneapolis, Oct 16 - 21. There will also be a pre-show wand making craft and workshops (20 minutes before curtain) teaching the audience dance moves to become part of the show.

For outdoor events this fall, we are excited to be working with with Saint Paul Oktoberfest, taking place Sept 14 and 15 at the Schmidt Artis Lofts. As in Munich, the festival begins with a horse-drawn beer wagon parde down West Seventh on Friday evening. Then, the celebration continues with music, dancing, contests, cultural demonstrations, and of course, German beer and food!

Wednesday
Jul252018

Ahead in August

  
Paws on Grand and Indiafest are two of the events coming up in August.

As the final month of summer vacation approaches, there's no shortage of summer things to do in the Twin Cities! Here's what we've got coming up:

At Park Square Theatre, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery plays through August 5th on the Proscenium Stage. A fast-paced, hilarious thriller, this rendition stars a female Holmes and Watson duo, played by McKenna Kelly-Eiding and Sara Richardson. On the Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Theatre Mu presents the world premiere of The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, a romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the world of K-dramas, playing through August 12th.

For outdoor events, the Grand Avenue Business Association celebrates our four-legged friends with the 13th annual Paws on Grand from noon to 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 5th. Featuring pet-friendly restaurant patios, pet photo and costume contests, "pawdicures" and more, the event's proceeds go to support Pets & People Together.

Also outside in Saint Paul is the India Association of Minnesota's annual IndaFest held at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds on August 18th, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Celebrate the rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture of India with delectable Indian cuisnie, Bollywood music, Asian Indian dance, and more at this free and family-friendly event.

Finally, if you're going through Jazz Fest withdrawl, check out Sarah M. Greer’s CD release show on Sunday, August 5th, at 6:30 pm in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club. What the Music Says Do, Greer's debut studio recording, is an exploration of the many sounds and ideas that the jazz genre can hold.

Tuesday
Jun192018

Celebrating 20 Years of World Class Jazz

Dee Dee Bridgewater Houston Person Tia Fuller Nayo Jones

The 20th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway this weekend, June 21 - 23, with headlining performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Houston Person with the Emmet Cohen Trio, Tia Fuller, and Nayo Jones. In addition, the weekend will feature nearly 200 Minnesota musicians along with 100 youth performers, and--best of all--it's free! You can even avoid the traffic and download free pass to take Metro Transit to and from the festivities. Visit twincitiesjazzfestival.com for the full schedule, and follow us throughout the weekend on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #tcjazzfest!

If you're looking to cool off in a dark theatre while you're in downtown Saint Paul, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a fast-paced, hilarious thriller, is playing through August 5th on the Proscenium Stage at Park Square. This rendition stars a female Holmes and Watson duo, played by McKenna Kelly-Eiding and Sara Richardson.

Then, starting next week, the vibrant and bold Flying Foot Forum returns to Park Square for their 25th anniversary concert series with French Twist, an inspiring performance of dance, theatre and percussion set in a Paris sidewalk café. It's eclectic, fun, wild, and of course there's the can-can! French Twist plays June 22nd through July 15th.

Finally, we had some exciting news at Park Square last week with the announcement of the new Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino. Congratulations!

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