Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press

Kathy Berdan

Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Kathy:

Daily Distraction: Got 30 seconds? Grab some Washington County history.

“Half Minute Histories” may not sound like much, but the Washington County Historical Society packs a good chunk of story in those 30 seconds. The first history clip premiered on the hi… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Bands for Cans — Musicians releasing fundraiser album – Twin Cities

Minnesota Musicians Against Hunger, a new organization that describes its mission as “using music to raise funds for fighting hunger throughout Minnesota,” releases an album today calle… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Minnesota Opera has five operas in digital series

Minnesota Opera has five operas — including “The Shining” — available for listening online at mnopera.org/opera-series. Some of the titles will be broadcast on Classical MPR… → Read More

Playwright/poet/storyteller Low shaken by his battle with COVID-19

Phillip Andrew Bennett Low describes himself as a Chinese-American playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theater critic and libertarian activist. And in a mid-April Facebook post, Low, who fou… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Minnesota Music Cafe selling CD to benefit musicians

Karen Palm with the Minnesota Music Cafe has put together a CD featuring many of the musicians who perform at the St. Paul music venue. She’s selling the CD to raise money for musicians out o… → Read More

Shine on Minnesota broadcast benefit raises $140,000

A two-hour broadcast featuring Twin Cities musicians and celebrities raised $140,000 on Sunday night. The money will support Minnesota nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis. “Shine On Minneso… → Read More

Guthrie Theater announces drastic cuts to next season, with staffing reductions to follow

The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced drastic cuts to its next season late Friday. Due to the coronavirus shutdown, the Guthrie will produce just three plays in its next season. A previously… → Read More

Ramsey County Fair canceled in July due to coronavirus

The Ramsey County Fair, which was scheduled for July 15 to July 19 in Maplewood, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The board of directors for the Ramsey County Agricultural Society… → Read More

Padelford plans to reduce passengers at reopening

If restrictions are lifted, the Padelford Riverboats headquartered in St. Paul plan to go ahead with cruises on the Mississippi at its St. Paul and Minneapolis locations this summer — but operate a… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Sure, you’re in St. Paul, but why not visit St. Paul? – Twin Cities

Visit Saint Paul doesn’t have a lot of visitors from outside the capital city these days, but they have things to do and lovely looks at St. Paul for those of us who are here. “Saint Pa… → Read More

Daily Distraction: ‘History Theatre at Home’ puts past online – Twin Cities

Physical visits to History Theatre may be, well, history for now, but the St. Paul theater has started “History Theatre at Home,” streaming past shows and conversations. “We will … → Read More

Minnesota Fringe cancels 2020 festival set for August

Minnesota Fringe announced Friday that the 2020 performing arts festival, which was scheduled for August in Minneapolis, has been canceled because of the coronavirus. Performers are chosen by lotte… → Read More

Touring production of ‘Anastasia’ rescheduled for early December at the Orpheum – Twin Cities

The Broadway musical “Anastasia,” postponed last month due to COVID-19, has new dates for its stop in Minneapolis. Hennepin Theatre Trust announced late Thursday that “Anastasia&#… → Read More

Theater Mu’s virtual happy hour has George Takei, Lea Salonga – Twin Cities

Theater Mu, the Asian American theater company based in St. Paul, will feature actor/author/ social media superpower and activist (and original “Star Trek” alum) George Takei at its wee… → Read More

Jungle Theater artistic director leaving for renowned New Jersey theater

Sarah Rasmussen, who has been artistic director of Minneapolis’ Jungle Theater for the past five years, is leaving to become artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J… → Read More

Daily distraction: Catch part of a 638-hour-long April performance

There are just a few days left to get in on an online performance that’s been running since April 4 and will go until the end of the month. Northern Lights.mn, the folks behind the summer nig… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Renowned mandolin and guitar players in virtual encore

It was February 2018 and mandolinist Avi Avital and guitarist brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad were performing a Schubert Club International Artist Series recital in St. Paul. But lots of local musi… → Read More

Minnesota State Arts Board suspends nine grants to reallocate for more immediate needs

When Twin Cities actor/dancer Patrick Scully got an email from the Minnesota State Arts Board late last Friday, he says he was frustrated and frightened. The email said the Arts Board is suspending… → Read More

Broadway touring stage production of ‘Frozen’ at Orpheum postponed – Twin Cities

Fans of Elsa, Anna and Olaf will have to wait to see them on stage in Minneapolis. Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Friday that the tour of the Broadway musical will not stop at the Orpheum Theatre… → Read More

Movie news: Film fest goes virtual, ‘Trolls’ opens and more theater movie popcorn – Twin Cities

This should have been the opening weekend for the 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, but like so many other gatherings, events are going virtual: “MSPIFF39 Redefined.&#822… → Read More