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...

Saturday, December 20

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

The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday

Presented by Danger Boat Productions

It’s late December in a quiet Minnesota town and everyone is eagerly anticipating their quirky holiday celebration. But the area’s nastiest citizen is plotting something sinister. Will our hero save the day, the holiday, and the town?

It’s the return of the hit improv musical comedy romp, “The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday!” 

Comedy / Performance
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions

Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it's the return of everyone's favorite Christmas story: 

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired ...and he doesn't like Christmas. From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana's Boys comes the return of this holiday treat with all the trimmings:  singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this new yuletide tradition, which combines the action and suspense of Die Hard with the joy and sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials... A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS!

Comedy / Performance

Sunday, December 21

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

God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III: Christmas Ghosts – Three New Stories!

Presented by Hardcover Theater

What’s Christmas without a few ghosts? Dead folks get up to all kinds of mischief in this third installment of Hardcover Theater’s successful series, featuring three new stories of holiday hauntings. It’s a little creepy, but not really scary – mostly light, witty comedy. Bring the whole family!

Performance
9:30 pm / Doors open at 9:00 pm

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions

Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it's the return of everyone's favorite Christmas story: 

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired ...and he doesn't like Christmas. From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana's Boys comes the return of this holiday treat with all the trimmings:  singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this new yuletide tradition, which combines the action and suspense of Die Hard with the joy and sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials... A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS!

Comedy / Performance

Monday, December 22

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

Winter Solstice in the Northlands

Presented by Kari Tauring and Friends

Embrace the darkest night then call in the sun with film, dance, songs and stories about Winter Solstice in the cold North. From the avant-garde to the traditional, experience the artful extremes of the season. 

Performance

Tuesday, December 23

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

A Christmas Storiessz 2: Murder On the Polar Express

Presented by Joey Hamburger

This is the second installation of a heartwarming Christmas tale. It’s better than “The Polar Express” and “The Grinch” and “The Drummer Boy” and “The Crippled Lamb” (well, I mean, everything is better than “The Crippled Lamb”). Presented by Catholic St. Solomon’s Catholic Middle Catholic Private Catholic School’s most promising young pupils. 

Performance
9:30 pm / Doors open at 9:00 pm

A Christmas Storiessz 2: Murder On the Polar Express

Presented by Joey Hamburger

This is the second installation of a heartwarming Christmas tale. It’s better than “The Polar Express” and “The Grinch” and “The Drummer Boy” and “The Crippled Lamb” (well, I mean, everything is better than “The Crippled Lamb”). Presented by Catholic St. Solomon’s Catholic Middle Catholic Private Catholic School’s most promising young pupils. 

Performance

Saturday, December 27

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

Big Fun Radio Funtime

Presented by Fearless Comedy

Big Fun Radio Funtime will bring old tyme radio comedy to new tyme audiences. Comedy writers create short scripts inspired by the golden age of radio and they’re performed and recorded in front of a live studio audience! Science Fiction, Noir, Soap Operas and more are featured. There are commercials, and even musical interludes by The Citizen’s Band. And yes, we’ll have a live sound effects technician. Don’t call him a Foley artist – that just makes him mad.

Performance
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30 pm

Vilification Tennis

Vilification Tennis has been offending audiences at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since the mid 80′s. In 2007, they brought their show to the Minnesota Fringe Festival where audiences greeted them with indifference. Heady with success, they embarked on a professional theatre career at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. They have produced dozens of shows since then and have managed to offend the handicapped, the religious, and a whole lot of fat moms. Audiences have described their shows as “filthy, ribald” and “shocking.” The one word they typically avoid is “funny.”

Comedy


Sunday, December 28

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 6:30 pm

Dane Aaron Live!

Dane Aaron returns to the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater where he held his E.P. release party back in August. He’ll be bringing some fresh sounds and new songs to this post-Christmas / pre-New Years party!

Music
9:30 pm / Doors open at 9:00 pm

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions

Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it's the return of everyone's favorite Christmas story: 

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired ...and he doesn't like Christmas. From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana's Boys comes the return of this holiday treat with all the trimmings:  singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this new yuletide tradition, which combines the action and suspense of Die Hard with the joy and sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials... A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS!

Comedy / Performance

Monday, December 29

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

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions

Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it's the return of everyone's favorite Christmas story: 

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired ...and he doesn't like Christmas. From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana's Boys comes the return of this holiday treat with all the trimmings:  singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this new yuletide tradition, which combines the action and suspense of Die Hard with the joy and sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials... A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS!

Comedy / Performance

Tuesday, December 30

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

Tuesday Night Confessions

Singer Justin Leaf and pianist Richard Erickson muse upon the confessions revealed within popular songs. Having ransacked the songbooks of the past hundred years and drawing on a wide range of material, from Cole Porter to Adele, they present an evening of music that sparkles with wit and emotion.

Music