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Lightning Rod


Socially engaged performance created and performed in a single week—THEATER in a FLASH!

“An artist is a lightning rod, and has a responsibility to catch that electricity in the air...to listen to the world and provide opportunities for reflection, perspective, catharsis, resistance. This is our protest.” - Guest Producer Kat Purcell

Animal Kingdom Cabaret

artists gone WILD! Patrick’s Cabaret presents performances about all things beastly, both exotic and familiar. The word "animal" comes from the Latin "animalis," meaning having breath, having soul, or living being? In biology the Animal Kingdom (or "Kingdom Animalias") includes all manners of beings, from cats and lions to jellyfish and insects--and, of course, humans (though we often forget we're animals too).

My Horrifying Holiday

Artists take aim at "the most wonderful time of the year" with this scathing, comedic anti-holiday event that might make even Scrooge cringe and the Grinch shudder. Bring the whole family so you can spend 2 hours not having to talk to one another!
Paul Nemeth
Akiko Ostlund
Hector Chavarria aka "The Big Gay Mexican"
Alyssa Perau
Kafiya Ahmed


Fall Open Call Cabaret

Open Call Cabarets provide an accessible platform for performing artists to share their work. Each show, typically consisting of six acts by independent artists, is designed to offer a mix of artistic disciplines, experience levels and creative viewpoints. Emerging artists of any genre or discipline and established artists who would like to explore a new part of their practice or share new work can find a supportive environment to bring new art to life.


Following two years of successful events thanks to a partnership with VSA Minnesota, the state organization for arts and disability, the third iteration of this annual cabaret for performance artists with disabilities will be guest curated by storyteller Alison Bergblom Johnson. People with disabilities have rights laid out in such legislation as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These phrases may, as unlikely as it may seem, come tripping off our tongues as people with disabilities.

Out of the Firehouse, Into the Fire

After a dry summer we’re preparing to set the fall season ablaze, starting with a “Becoming-Out Party” to spark a new era for Patrick’s Cabaret!

Come eat with us, drink with us, and think with us as we introduce upcoming Cabaret events and invite you to help us shape what we are Becoming. Featuring:

  • Special performances by Patrick’s Cabaret artists to set the mood

The Calof Series - featuring Brittany Lynch, Vickijoan Keck, & Ollie Schminkey

Free to the public! Our monthly series pairs two storytelling/spoken word artists and a singer/songwriter to present works-in-progress. Audiences enjoy free admission, Peace Coffee, baked goods, and the chance to discuss and shape new work with local artists.

Spoken Word/Storytelling Artists:

Brittany "Miss Britt" Lynch & Vickijoan Keck

Ollie Schminkey

Nativeret: “Chases the Dream”

An evening of native humor, music, poetry spoken word, and dance.

A performing art pow wow with a full range of native artists, young and old. Host Tom LaBlanc ‘Old Dakota’ performing poetry. Isabella LaBLanc will join her father with a fancy shawl dance. If you are a native come enjoy laughing and hear about yourself. If you are a non-native come and share, become a friend. Become a blood relation without shedding any blood.


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