Richard D. Thompson has been named as the fourth artistic director in the 44-year history of the History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., after a nationwide search. Thompson has more than 30 years of experience as a director, administrator, choreographer, dramaturg, educator and performer. He is familiar with the History Theatre, having worked on various projects over the past 25 years, and has been the producing and directing associate for the past year. Thompson also worked as the managing director and associate producer for Penumbra Theatre, and directed shows for the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Thompson will start his new role with the History Theatre on January 10. Earlier this year, current artistic director Ron Peluso announced his plan to step down at the end of December.
World Without Genocide, 875 Summit Ave., a nonprofit human rights organization operating at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, was awarded Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council on December 7. The status gives it access to the council and its many subsidiary bodies, to the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, to ad hoc processes on small arms, and to attendance at special events.
Randolph Liquors opened to little fanfare just before Thanksgiving in the storefront formerly occupied by McCafferty Liquors, 1325 Randolph Ave. The owners of the shop—Joe Kasel, Lara Scanlan and Laura and Andy Triplett—are new to the retail liquor business and wanted to make sure they had the operation running smoothly before they announced the changeover. They spent the last three months giving the store a bright and fresh new look. Randolph Liquors will be holding a grand opening from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, January 7. Ted Casper from the nearby Nook will be grilling burgers in the parking lot, and there will be door prizes and wine, beer and spirit tastings throughout the day.
Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire has been elected president of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) for 2023. She is also the current first vice president of the National Association of Counties.
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