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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.


Preener's Eve!

Whether or not you attended our annual holiday shows, if you would like one more dose of TNS before we see 2018 out the back door, you are in luck! Preener's Eve is coming up soon and we're celebrating with four shows on two nights.

For many, the words "Preener's Eve" evoke confusion and looks of WTF? But for you, dear old friends, YOU know that “Preener's” are the nights just before New Year's when you can party peacefully with us, bemused about the passing of another year, and without the pressure and omens of NEW YEAR'S EVE writ large. That night is meant for quiet board games with your closest associates before a roaring fire. Believe me, we know. 

On a snowy Preener's Eve in downtown Minneapolis you can set aside your worries about unfortunate encounters with amateur drunkenness. Because you will be among profesh types, those who know that you must never leave the house on NYE. 

Grab tickets HERE.

December 29-30. 
Early or late.
Or, early AND late. 

Bring the kids but prepare for them to learn new words. 

Your friends, 

Chan John and Preener's Steve