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Pillsbury House’s Late Nite Series crosses boundaries between states and among genres

courtesy Rico Mendez

Pillsbury House Theatre’s “Late Nite Series: Non English Speaking Spoken Here” will return on Nov. 8, 15, and 22. The annual celebration of new work, now in its 17th year, will feature a unique lineup comprising emerging artists from Minnesota and New York. The artists and performers will explore contemporary culture through music, dance, theatre, film, literary arts, and visual art. Local music artists performing in the series include Jayanthi Kyle, Rico Mendez (a.k.a. DJ Don Cuco), and “Steely” Dan McAllister. Other highlights include a building-wide performance installation by Love|Forté, spoken word by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and an “Indo Afro Groove” performance by Pyeng Threadgill.

The lineup was carefully curated by E.G. Bailey and Laurie Carlos with the intention of connecting underground New York and Minnesota artists, encouraging collaboration between them, and giving them exposure to a diverse audience. “We try to find artists that are willing to take a risk, artists that have that kind of energy in their work already,” said Bailey. “The key thing is practicing freedom, having the freedom to do any and everything within the limits of what the space can hold.”

The Late Nite Series traditionally sells out; audience members will find themselves packed in an exciting, creative environment. “Being in such a small theater with so many people, the energy is so palpable you can feel it,” notes Kelsye Gould, communications coordinator of Pillsbury House Theatre.

Each night’s programming begins at 9:00 p.m. Food from local chefs will be served at no extra charge at 8:00 pm in the lobby. Attendees may pick their own price for every performance (regular price is $15, anything above that is considered a donation).

“Come with no expectations and come open. I think that’s the best way to take in Late Nite,” advised Bailey.

Saturday, November 8

Love|Forté (performance installation, NY)

Jayanthi Kyle (music, MN)

Jordan Hamilton (visual art, MN)

Rico Mendez (music, MN)

Saturday, November 15

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (spoken word, NY)

Brenda Bell Brown (theatre, MN)

Deja Stowers (dance, MN)

Dan McAllister (music, MN)

Saturday, November 22

Pyeng Threadgill (music, NY)

Lisa Brimmer (spoken word, MN)

Danielle Daniels (storytelling, MN)

brianne a. hill (theatre, MN)

Brenda Tran is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.