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Snow Days and Spring Festival

The Chinese call their New Year (which we are in the midst of) “Spring Festival.” Coming from Minnesota, this has always seemed weird. Even with Chinese New Year occasionally falling as late as February, it just doesn’t seem sufficiently spring-like in the northern hemisphere to say anything about spring. Especially not now. Especially not around here. 

And yet the days are lengthening. 


Soon we will be dancing on grass. Some of you already are!

Let us hasten your journey with some music. Allow us to dream of blossoms together, and to feel festive in our cold, northern way, as we mount drifts 1000 ft high.

Lots coming up! Check out our full list of upcomings, and come out and see us sometime.

And remember, 恭喜发财!


TNS w/ Mankato Symphony

First up on our 2019 Arts Tour Minnesota: Mankato on 2/16/19. With a whole orchestra!

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



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The New Standards are three friends, musicians and raconteurs who have been performing together since 2005 in clubs and theaters everywhere, from Shanghai to New York City. They've released half a dozen CDs and populated Youtube with a number of popular videos. In their original state, they take the form of an unusual trio (stand up bass, piano and vibraphone), but of-late have been the soul and creative core of a hydra-headed, funny, freewheeling, nutty yet very moving "Variety Show". Look for them when they come to your town to surprise and delight, whether the stage holds three or twenty-three.