Upcoming Season at Patrick's Cabaret

Patrick's Cabaret launches an innovative and celebratory 30th year of programming with its 2016 Spring Season. For 30 years, Patrick's Cabaret has been and continues to be an artistic home and point of intersection for emerging and established artists working on the edge of culture, whether because of radical content, experimental form, or cultural marginality. We support artists in their growth and development by encouraging them to try new things, take risks, and present works-in-progress.
Programming at the Cabaret is community-driven, with artists selected and supported by two Curators. For all Cabaret-produced events, 100% of the box office goes to the artists. Cabaret Events -- the cornerstone and namesake of Patrick's Cabaret's programming -- includes both themed and open-ended events created from calls for performers. The Guest Curator program invites four emerging and established curators to bring their own events to the stage. Music programming includes the monthly Singer/Songwriter Series and the Eclectic Electric Music Series, each showcasing musicians from a variety of styles and experience levels. The Calof Series, entering its fourth year, pairs local musicians and literary artists for an intimate (and free) event in our Lobby Lounge.

Lastly, continuing Patrick's Cabaret's commitment to being a resource for developing community artists of all ages, the organization provides space, technical support, and collaborative marketing for special community events and performances through Community Space Events.



30th Anniversary Celebration throughout 2016
Monthly in 2016
2016 will mark the 30th Anniversary of Patrick's Cabaret! Celebrating in a big way throughout the entire year, Patrick's Cabaret will also be ushering in some exciting programming and special initiatives. Including:
*   Sliding-Scale Tickets: To make performances more accessible to community members, ticket prices will be promoted as a sliding scale from $5-20, and 100% of box office income will continue to go to the artists. Tickets will also be available ONLINE for the first time, which brings us to...
*   Website Facelift: In addition to being able to buy tickets online and check out information about upcoming shows, the revamped website will highlight the many artists who work with us. Check out patrickscabaret.org in February for the new and improved design!
*   Performances Around Town: What does Patrick's Cabaret look like outside of the historic firehouse theater building? Find out in 2016 by following special programming, like The Calof Series and Singer/Songwriter Series, off-site to traditional and nontraditional performance spaces throughout the Twin Cities.
*   30 Days for 30 Years: To celebrate Patrick's Cabaret's birthday month of April, daily email surprises will be sent out leading up to a special 30th Anniversary performance event the last weekend of the month.


The cornerstone of our programming is the "Cabaret" formula Patrick Scully started 30 years ago in 1986: multiple artists under a shared bill presenting new and experimental 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.
Concept Cabarets respond to a general idea or theme for a night of variety connected by a common thread. Open Call Cabarets provide an accessible platform for performers to share experimental work, focusing on emerging and established artists who would like to explore a new part of their practice or share new work. Events are curated and produced by Executive Artistic Director, Scott Artley.

Concept Cabaret: "My Horrifying Love Life!"

February 12-13 at 7:30 PM
Concept Cabarets respond to a general idea or theme for a night of variety connected by a common thread. This one's for all the love fools! Patrick's Cabaret invites artists to take part in an event on Valentine's Day weekend devoted to sharing our most hilariously-embarrassing stories of the search for love. When did you realize that your first date would also be the last date? How has online dating changed the landscape? What are your weird break-up rituals? Equal parts confessional shame-fest and group therapy, we're hoping that even if it hurt then, at least we can all laugh about it now.

March Open Call Cabaret

March 18-19 at 7:30 PM
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, are especially encouraged to apply.

"Cabaret Cabaret": The 30th Anniversary Show

April 29-30 at 7:30 PM
A look back on the key moments, unique performances, successes, failures, and vast community of artists that have made Patrick's Cabaret an essential asset in the Twin Cities arts ecosystem. To celebrate our birthday month of April, we'll be sending out daily email surprises leading up to this special 30th Anniversary performance event on the last weekend of the month. Featuring a partnership with the undergraduate course "Queer Performance and LGBT Theater" (University of Minnesota, instructor Kristen Stoeckeler).

Concept Cabaret: "Anything But English"

May 27-28 at 7:30 PM
Following its tremendous success in 2015, with two nights featuring 11 acts, 12 languages, and dozens of performers from a variety of cultural backgrounds, "Anything But English" returns for a second year. Loosely based on the concept from a Cabaret performance during Patrick Scully's tenure ("Everything Except English"), this event focuses on showcasing artists whose first language is Anything But English to present works about mother tongues, global appetites, and the ways we are lost (and found) in translation.


Patrick's Cabaret is pleased to announce the selection of four Guest Curators for the 2016 Spring Season. Each Guest Curator, representing some of the most unique voices in community-driven performance, develops and produces their own cabaret-style event, stretching their creative leadership and inspiring their communities of practice.
March 12 (Saturday only): Danielle Daniel
April 8-9 (Friday and Saturday): Erinn Liebhard
May 13-14 (Friday and Saturday): Thomas LaBlanc
June 10-11 (Friday and Saturday): Nico Swenson

Danielle Daniel is an actress, creative writer and master storyteller.  Her storytelling programs and tour shows have been presented in Europe and the United States.  She has worked in many schools, colleges, and community organizations using the art of storytelling to entertain, educate, motivate and empower people of all ages.  Danielle believes our stories are healing; we should treasure and collect them for our future generations.  Her workshops and artist residencies are designed to help students find and develop their own creative voice and style.

Erinn Liebhard (BFA University of Minnesota, MFA University of Colorado Boulder) is a dance artist that makes opportunities for people to experience the embodiment of music, specializing in jazz and American vernacular dance. She focuses her efforts in teaching, performance and scholarship. An active educator, she has a wide array of experience in settings as varied as private studios, public education programs and colleges, and is currently on faculty at Winona State University and is a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (MN). Liebhard is the Artistic Director of Rhythmically Speaking, a jazz and rhythm-driven dance supporting and presenting organization, and has had her own choreography presented across the U.S. and Canada. She has trained, performed for and worked with creatives as varied as urban dance artist Teena Marie Custer, Ballet of the Dolls, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, house and hip-hop artist Rennie Harris, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, transnational fusion artist Donna Mejia, contemporary performance company Off-Leash Area, St. Paul Ballet and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. She also flexes her physical comedy muscles by playing "Nerdette" as a part of Saint Paul Saints Baseball's Entertainment Team. She believes wit, sincerity and rhythmic variety are the spice of life, and is grateful her career allows her to open people up to history, their own bodies, other people, and inspired dialogue through movement.
Thomas LaBlanc, Sr. is Tatanka Ohitika (Strong Buffalo), Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, internationally acclaimed artist, with 6 CD's, 3 books, wounded and decorated USMC Vietnam Vet, an active member of AIM and the International Indian Treaty Council, co-founder One-People Foundation, Norway, and current President, Oyate Hotanin, working to host regular artistic events to develop a movement in Indian country that supports a new era of art, healing and change. Tom has been writing since Vietnam, he writes from the Indigenous perspective with poetically powerful words capitalizing on the beauty seen in the contemporary world from the original culture, music and dance.
"Dakota people are marginalized geographically and culturally...we've been combating colonial, political propaganda or a system to 'kill the Indian and save the person' since the 1850's in this land. How do you survive genocide?...you laugh a lot. How do you recover from a massacre?....you sing a lot.  How do you rebuild a culture?...You write a lot. How do you put up with racism?...Anyway you can."
Native talent is not so much emerging as persistent...like a cockroach we survived this disaster. We are still here. Our art has helped us because our art is us and our art is healing and our art is saving the world.
Nico Swenson is a queeirdo, multidisciplinary, performance artist and curator. Their solo-performance art is most often inspired by experiences they've had as a queer identifying person. Recent examples being their writing of "Pretty Little Princex" for the 20%Theatre's Naked I, "I Just Want to Poop On Your Soul. And Other Special Things" as part of Nastalie Bogira's Pleasure Rebel, and a medley of performances in Summthins Gonna Happen with Red Carpet Burlesque. When playing the role of director/curator Nico expands upon their performance goals by seeking to create spaces that are dedicated to artists, subject matter, and performance formats that are not typically represented in more 'normative' theatre spaces.  In the recent past Nico has curated a 24-hour gallery titled "For.Give.Ness" and co-curated for this past summer's Queertopia. Currently Nico is also working on a piece titled "More than Candy" for Red Eye's Works In Progress series and is thrilled to be curating at Patrick's Cabaret as well!


Patrick's Cabaret music programming has grown considerably since it's inception in 2010, specifically the Singer/Songwriter Series and the Eclectic Electric Music Series. The Singer/Songwriter Series features a solid mix of talented, emerging, and established local musicians, all presenting original works in a storyteller style format. The Eclectic Electric Music Series features a wide variety of styles and genres from local, regional, and national touring artists. Events curated and hosted by Music Coordinator, Chris Mozena.

Singer/Songwriter Series

January 22 at 8:00 PM
The Singer/Songwriter Series features a solid mix of talented, emerging, and established artists. All artists present original works in a storyteller style format. Patrick's Cabaret and Minnesota Music Coalition have teamed up to present the first guest curated Singer/Songwriter Series of 2016, featuring local musicians: Adam Levy (The Honeydogs, And The Professors), Rachael Ries, and Martin Devaney.

Singer/Songwriter Series

April 15 at 8:00 PM
The Singer/Songwriter Series features a solid mix of talented, emerging, and established artists. All artists present original works in a storyteller style format. This special series will be guest curated by international musician, Siama Matuzungidi, legendary soukous guitarist, vocalist, and composer. http://www.siamamusic.comFeaturing: TBA

Singer/Songwriter Series

March 11th
May 20th
June 17th
*Artists and locations to be announced at a later date


A monthly series pairing two singer/songwriters and two storytelling/spoken word artists to present and workshop works-in-progress. Taking place in the Cabaret's intimate Lobby Lounge, audiences enjoy free admission, Peace Coffee, baked goods from a local bakery, and the chance to discuss and shape new work with local artists. The Calof Series is named for Joan Calof, an artist, musician, and tireless supporter of the Cabaret.
All events presented on select Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM
February 11th - presented in the Admiral's Room at Mpls Eagles #34 in Longfellow neighborhood
March 10th - presented in the Lobby Lounge of Patrick's Cabaret
April 14th - presented at off-site location TBA
May 12th - presented in the Lobby Lounge of Patrick's Cabaret
June 9th - presented at off-site location TBA
*Artists and locations to be announced at a later date


Patrick's Cabaret is committed to being a resource for developing community artists of all ages. We provide free or subsidized space and technical support for a limited number of activities aligned with our mission and capacity.

Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Preliminary Bout

January 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Be Heard seeks to identify a team of six youth poets residing in the state of Minnesota between the ages of 13-19 to represent the state in the international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival in Washington D.C. summer 2016. Patrick's Cabaret is one of many venues hosting a preliminary bout. Visit TruArtSpeaks.org for more details.

The First Nations Kitchen Benefit

January 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM
The First Nations Kitchen, an outreach ministry of All Saints Indian Mission in South Minneapolis is proud to present their annual Winter fundraiser at Patrick's Cabaret. This unique charitable organization hasn't missed a single serving of their sit-down Sunday night community dinners since they began in 2008. Opting to use indigenous and organic ingredients in their food preparation, real ceramic plates and stainless cutlery, in lieu of the more typical styrofoam and plastic, is a conscious decision with the dignity of their guests in mind. For more information, or to arrange a personal interview, please contact Rev. Robert Two Bulls at robert.tb@episcopalmn.org or 612-791-1253

Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts' Senior Showcase

May 2016
Students from the SPCPA present an evening of work by the senior class.

Washburn Blackbox Theatre Showcase

May 2016
The creation of Crystal Spring, the Washburn BlackBox Acting Program is a social justice theatre program at Washburn High School that promotes youth voice and change in our community. Patrick's Cabaret is pleased to welcome back this innovative public education theatre troupe for the fourth time, expanding to multiple evenings of performance presenting year-end projects. Contact: Crystal.Spring@mpls.k12.mn.us