Friday, May 24, 2013
The Dakota County Library's free Rhythm & Words festival will provide education and entertainment for all ages.
Dakota County families will have the opportunity to hear award-winning musical guests, meet published authors and chow down on a mid-day meal on Saturday, June 8, during the library's Rhythm & Words festival. The free festival, hosted by the Dakota County Library, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center at 12600 Nicollet Ave. The event features a musical lineup of and book presentations from authors Other interactive activities include Find out more about the Rhythm & Words festival on the Dakota County website.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Vanessa Berrueta, a Venezuela-born model and dentist, is one of six finalists in the Miss Minnesota Latina Pageant being held Saturday at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Burnsville model/dentist Vanessa Berrueta will be the hometown favorite Saturday evening as she competes for the title of 2013 Miss Minnesota Latina at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Berrueta is one of six finalists between the ages of 19 and 27 who, according to the organization's website, "desire to travel and advance in the world of pageants and the modeling industry, while proudly promoting their Latino heritage." The winner will receive cash, prizes and a chance at the "Miss Latina US" title. Berrueta, 27, was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and went to college for dentistry. The last year of her career she worked to help less privileged communities and also collaborated on research projects for support of Venezuelan ethnic …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday night, the council renewed ties with VenuWorks, the management company that has led the Burnsville Performing Arts Center since the beginning, but the contract will have some stiff, new provisions.
The Burnsville City Council opted for incumbent management firm, VenuWorks, to helm the city's $21 million performing arts center, but some had a stern message for the company: Beat the bottom line, or else. "Gone are the days when we'll accept a $200,000 or $250,000 operating loss. I just don't believe anyone has the stomach for that," said Council Member Dan Kealey. "No one really believes that's acceptable." The Burnsville Performing Arts Center has run up an annual deficit ever since it opened in 2009. VenuWorks has managed the center from its opening day forward. The city began exploring new management options in late summer of 2012, with one year left on VenuWork's contract. Over fall and early winter, the center attracted two …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
LHR Hospitality Management is making a play for the performing arts center, which has been run by VenuWorks since it opened in January 2009
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter A company that primarily specializes in hotel management has submitted a proposal to the city in hopes of winning the contract for the city-owned Burnsville Performing Arts Center. At a council work session on March 12, Council Member Suzanne Nguyen disclosed that the St. Paul firm—LHR Hospitality Management—was one of two contenders for the BPAC contract. The other party is VenuWorks, the Iowa-based company that has run the BPAC since it opened in 2009. VenuWork's current contract expires at the end of the year. Little else is known about the specifics of either contender's proposal, though a recent report in SunThisWeek suggests that VenuWorks will retain the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The "30 Rock" star gave Burnsville Performing Arts Center an uncensored show full of his trademarked dirty humor.
Tracy Morgan, the "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" comedian, let fly his brand of absurdist, debauched humor Wednesday night during a show at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The Star Tribune called Morgan's stand-up set, which touched on his fondness for masturbation, pornography and pregnant women, "one of the bluest acts in recent history." Morgan blended his salacious bits with jokes about childhood memories and a musical number in which he sang Christopher Cross's "Sailing" while wrapped in a white curtain. "I'm a pervert," he said. "But at least I'm honest."
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The heavyweight stand-up will play a show at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Ralphie May, a bawdy comic whose jokes often revolve around his 450-pound frame and his southern upbringing, will be taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday, March 30, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The Arkansas-raised comedian, who got his break in 2003 as a contestant on the first season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," is in the middle of his "Too Big to Ignore" tour. His jokes, few if any of which can be quoted without the use of profanity, touch on topics of political correctness, racial differences and his weight. The 41-year-old standup has appeared on the Tonight Show and in four Comedy Central specials. Tickets run from $32.50 to $42.50 at the Performing Arts Center’s box office or, at Ticketmaster, for an additional…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Chameleon Theatre Circle newest play, "Return to the Forbidden Planet," will open next week at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Watch out Anne Francis. The Chameleon Theatre Circle is giving Francis' most famous film, "Forbidden Planet" a musical facelift. Next week the company will debut its newest play, "Return to the Forbidden Planet," which is described as a "classic rock jukebox musical that boldly goes where Shakespeare and Science Fiction have never gone before." The play will open on Dec. 7 and run through Dec. 16 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors, students, audio description and ASL patrons, and groups of eight or more.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
New York native and funny man Tracy Morgan will take his comedy tour to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in March.
Comedy heavyweight Tracy Morgan is coming to Burnsville—and with him he might bring Maya Angelou, Tito Jackson, and Mike Tyson—all of whom he has impersonated and parodied on Saturday Night Live. Morgan has been in the business for decades as a stand-up comedian, sketch-comedy player and actor. He got his start on TV on the Martin show in 1994. He was a long-standing cast member on SNL, working on the show from 1996 to 2006. Lately, he's been acting on the 30 Rock TV series opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Morgan will play the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on March 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Dec. 7. They're priced from $49.50 to $59.58. See some of Morgan's work here:
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The City of Burnsville got a mixed report from Moody's Investor Service, which praised the city's "prudent management" but noted that the city's position could be imperiled by shortfalls at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and demographic shifts.
Analysts at Moody's Investor Service gave the City of Burnsville a clean bill of financial health—with some caveats. Last week, the organization (which assesses credit risk) affirmed Burnsville's previous rating, Aaa, for bonds issued in 2012 and the majority of the city's debt. Aaa is the highest possible rating on a scale which ranges from Aaa to C. One exception is an outstanding $5.4 million bond (lease revenue debt connected with the Ice Center) which was once again given a Aa2 rating. In a summary of Moody's report, analysts said the city's high rating reflects the Twin Cities metro's diverse local economy, the city's low debt burden and "strong financial position supported by prudent financial management." However, Moody's …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Audience members at Chameleon Theatre Circle's annual New Play Festival chose 'Mom!'— an irreverent, touching tribute to the trials and joys of parenthood—as the best new play in 2012.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us "Hot Mama Blues" got a warm reception in Burnsville this weekend. The song is just a small sampling from "Mom!"— a musical written by a trio of Illinois women that was voted "best" of this weekend's New Play Festival. By sheer coincidence, the play is successor to another comedy that centers on family relationships one rung further up the matrilineal ladder: “Grandma’s Little Helper” was named "Best of the Fest" in 2011. "Mom!" was one of just 11 plays that made the final cut at the fest in 2012, the 13th annual competition sponsored by Chameleon Theatre Circle. The Star Tribune's Liz Rolfsmeier called the play a "fun, heartfelt, raunchy, …