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...

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

Tuesday, June 2

8:00 pm / Doors open at 7:30 pm

SHANA CLEVELAND AND THE SANDCASTLES with Battlerat

Presented by The Cedar Cultural Center

Seattle’s La Luz have been steadily earning their stripes over the last three years, but their frontwoman has been quietly working on a completely different project for twice as long. As Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, Cleveland and an ever-rotating cast of musicians craft delicate indie folk numbers about “the weirdness of being inside your own head all the time in the outside world.” Now, she’s finally ready to unleash the project’s debut LP, “Oh Man, Cover the Ground” on May 26 via Suicide Squeeze Records.

Music

Wednesday, June 3

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

Wonderful Wonderful

Wonderful Wonderful is an eight-piece improv team from the Brave New Workshop Student Union! Each month, we share the stage with hilarious guests.

Comedy

Thursday, June 4

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

The LOL OMG Show!

“The LOL OMG Show!” is a hilarious and unpredictable evening of standup comedy, storytelling and sketch comedy. The laughs come at a breakneck speed in this fast-paced night of all things hysterical. With an A-List cast of the funniest names in the Twin Cities comedy scene today, “The LOL OMG Show!” is not to be missed! Be there…or be sad!

Comedy

Friday, June 5

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

KRIS DELMHORST

Presented by The Cedar Cultural Center

Kris Delmhorst’s new release “Blood Test” describes a moment of reckoning and centering in the songwriter’s life and in society as a whole. In her new collection, Delmhorst acknowledges the weary work of an intentioned life – and the new American dream of presence and perspective in a frenetic time.

Music

Saturday, June 6

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

Sunday, June 7

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

Rockstar Storytellers

Rockstar Storytellers is a collective of solo performers from a variety of disciplines — spoken word, stand-up, slam poetry, improv, creative non-fiction, sketch comedy, playwriting… hell, we’ve even got a mime. Described as being, “soaked in hipster irony” (with more than a dash of geekiness), the Rockstar Storytellers are still kicking a** and taking names. Come join us for our SEVENTH season at the Bryant Lake Bowl as we prove, "There ain't no party, like a Rockstar Storytellers' Party!"

Performance / Clubhouse

Dennis Zerwas Jr.