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Why Preeners?

This is a question that we get asked a lot: Do we need a holiday in between Christmas and New Years?  Our answer is an emphatic, "Yes!"

Here is the problem that Preeners solves: Christmas is for children. It's basically about a baby, fercrissakes. Not to mention Santa not being very believeable by the time you hit forty (hope we're not spoiling anything for anyone!).

New Years is a venerable holiday, but fraught with danger.  You might get a DUI, you might get greased by a dude or dudette who should've gotten a DUI.  Plus you have to stay up late.

And so, Preeners was deemed necessary. By us. And so we invented it. The party before the night before the new year.

Make it your tradition.

-The New Standards




The State Theater Show 2013

We had a great time down on Hennepin Ave. in downtown Minneapolis.  As you can see, Satan came.  Lots of other guests too. We have posted the movie that we opened the show with, the very special creation of our friend Tony Mills and Ken Chastain, of Pixel Farm.  We thought it was just the right touch of insanity to get things started.

As usual we are deeply indebted to all our pals who come along on this crazy ride.  You can see who they are in the pictures... Haley Bonar, Maurice Jacox, Dan Wilson, Jeremy Messersmith, Janey Winterbauer, Mayor Coleman and his Piping Pals, Matt Wilson, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Alison Labonne and Brian Tighe... all our great instrumentalists, Dave Salmela, Ken Chastain, Stephen Kung, Max Ray, Rochelle Becker, Chris Thomson, Matt Darling, Phala Tracy, The Laurels String Quartet. 

This year also had the special thrill of Elaine Harris coming back to play with Matt Dan and John for the first time in twenty years... remaking Trip Shakespeare for a moment.

The other folks who deserve huge credit are all our dancers, directed by Joanne Spencer and Joe Chvala.  Everything is better if there's dancing.  And if Satan himself (did anyone notice if Rupert made it to the show?  Weird how you never see Rupert and Satan in the same place together...) is dancing, then you know you're doing something wrong..., er... RIGHT!

Thanks too to our wonderful support staff at the theater and elsewhere and of course to our partners in crime, 89.3 The Current.

See you next year... or maybe in St Cloud, Rochester or at LINCOLN CENTER.


John, Chan and Steve


Travis Anderson makes us look like Holiday Action Heroes!

Our pal Travis Anderson, photographer extraordinaire, ran with a crazy idea we had... and here it is!  Thank you Travis for making one more little piece of the fantasy come true.  And do you think we partied with those ballerinas after the shoot?  Do you?  Well.... we didn't.  But we definitely thought that we should have asked them if they wanted to party after the shoot after they had already left... 

Oh well.  

Travis can't make every piece of the fantasy happen.