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The Calof Series and Scrawlex at Patrick's Cabaret

posted Feb 21, 2014, 8:45 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 9:56 AM ]

Patrick's Cabaret is pleased to announce that its Calof Series and Scrawlex Open Stage nights will be double-headers throughout 2014! The Calof Series will start at 7:30pm and be followed at 9pm by Scrawlex. These free events also include free coffee and decadent bakery treats from our wonderful neighborhood sponsors.


Joan Calof performed monologues and plays, and often sang at Red Eye Theatre, Cheap Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, and Patrick's Cabaret. She won several awards for her work, including a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award and a Playwrights' Center Jones Commission. She was adventurous in her performances, her many travels, and in all her intellectual pursuits. When she passed away last winter she left a generous gift to Patrick's Cabaret with instructions that it support programming and not be spent on a tribute. By naming this new series after her we're able to do both!


Each evening will feature two spoken word/storytelling artists and two singer/songwriters to present works-in-progress to an audience that will be encouraged to offer feedback via dialogue with the performers. In addition, throughout the evening we'll be offering free coffee and baked goods from our wonderful neighborhood sponsors: Peace Coffee Shop and Mosaic Cafe


Scrawlex will immediately following The Calof Series. Open wide and wail! Or dance around the concessions counter. Sing your art out! Unveil the unspoken. 10 minute slots; no advance sign-ups. No tech (or low tech) shows on our lobby stage. There will be an intermission so attendees can network about what's going on with their art, at their venues, and maybe engender some collaborations. *Scrawlex is a bastardization of "grawlix" - the word for scrawled scribbles indicating swearing in a comic character's word balloon.



Performer Bios:


phillip andrew bennett low is a Chinese-American playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theatre critic and libertarian activist. His performances have won acclaim at such varied venues as the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Spirit in the House, FoolFest, CONvergence, and the Chicago, DC, Indianapolis, Iowa, and Kansas City Fringe Festivals -- even as far as Melbourne, Australia. At the 2007 Minnesota Fringe, his hit one-man show Descendant of Dragons was the bestselling show in its venue and awarded a coveted Fringe Encore slot, while his storytelling performances have been nominated for awards by local website FringeFamous for three years running. He is the co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers (for which he served as Chair for the two years that position existed) and was founder and producer of the touring theatre troupe Maximum Verbosity (2003-2011).



Lula Nur is an artist, writer, and poet. Her poetry demonstrates a curious mind and multi-dimensional worldview. She weaves her identities as a multiethnic woman of color, African immigrant, black feminist, and third culture kid into her work. She believes in the power of art as praxis for identity discovery and revolutionary healing.



Drew Peterson has been an important part of the Patrick's Cabaret Singer/Songwriter Series since it's inception some (3) years ago, helping to launch and host the series. Drew's new project, Dead Pigeons, is a folk-grass act whom have recently recorded their debut record which will be released in the spring of 2014. With a heavy touring schedule slated in support of the new release, you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear Drew perform fresh new material and peek inside the mind of one of the Twin Cities' most prolific writers.



Mike Gunther & His Restless Souls were one of the more unique Americana acts in the Twin Cities before their untimely break-up several years back. Mike's material can be wailing and haunting, and is always stripped down to it's most raw elements. While he has been a bit of a recluse in the wake of that project, he is again writing and performing locally and we are very excited to welcome Mike back to Patrick's Cabaret for an intimate look into his songwriting process.


Show: Thursday, March 6th at 7:30pm

Tickets: Free to the public!

Phone: (612) 724-6273

Venue: Patrick's Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55406

Patrick's Cabaret supports artists in their growth and development by encouraging artists of all experience levels to try new things, take risks or present works in progress. We serve a diverse range of artists, from emerging to experienced, from teenagers to seniors. The Cabaret's first commitment is to serve the needs of local performing artists, specifically reaching out to artists of color and GLBT/queer-identified artists and those with disabilities.


Patrick's Cabaret 

3010 Minnehaha Avenue South 



Patrick's Cabaret is grateful for the support of the McKnight Foundation, VSA Minnesota, the Laura Jane Musser Fund, the Tomorrow Foundation, the Moore Family Fund for the Arts of the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Choi-Chiu and King-Wo Lam Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.