About Twin Cities TOSCA
Twin Cities TOSCA is a privately owned business dedicated to bringing more people to the arts. Theatre, Opera, Shakespeare, Culture and Art -- that's TOSCA. Making the link between the curious and the culture, the audience and the performers, and the art lovers and the local artists.
The Twin Cities' most comprehensive quarterly events guide, Exploring TOSCA lists literally hundreds of events and opportunities for subscribers. Many at absolutely no, or very little, cost! The events are listed by category and by weekend.
Shakespeare, Shoes and Champagne. Needles and Noodles. Verdi, Velvet and Vases What do all of these have in common? They are entertaining, yet educational Experiencing TOSCA events. Become a part of TOSCA and you'll be invited to attend events like Frost on Flowers, which featured the poetry of Robert Frost at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, or Corsets & Croissants which explored the connection between ballet and fashion at the Bloomington Art Center. And did we mention that you'll meet interesting people?
Expressing TOSCA is a forum for all forms of artists, including actors, authors and poets, to promote their art and for all of us to find and nurture our own muse.
TOSCA - As in Magazine, by Judy Westergard
Twin Cities TOSCA honors Twin Cities Daily Planet and others for contributions to the arts, By Jay Gabler
Some Thoughts on Sensational Women, by Judy Westergard
My Minnesota: In tune with the opera playing out on the prairie, by James Lileks
A Gem Awarded in Maple Grove, by Wendy Erlien
Minnetonka man earns TOSCAR award
About our Team
Gail Weber, owner, editor
Gail Weber grew up in Austin, Minnesota, the middle child of parents who each grew up on farms in Iowa. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father a tool and die maker and real estate investor.
After graduating from college with two degrees, one in English literature and the other in psychology, Gail went on to earn a law degree. As an attorney, Gail advocated for victims of discrimination and domestic assault. In her efforts to promote social justice, cultural diversity and improve the lives of others she has sued, wooed and booed for the benefit of those in need of an advocate. She was a recipient of several awards and was named a Leading American Attorney by the American Research Corporation and a Preeminent Attorney by Martindale Hubbell. In 2001, Marilyn Chelstrom honored her by including her in A Tribute to Outstanding Women.
During her 23 years of litigation, Gail explored the arts and even started a drama club for her daughter and daughter's friends. She discovered that she also loved opera, especially Pucinni's TOSCA. In 2005, ready to meet a new challenge, she launched what is now known as Twin Cities TOSCA™ to formalize what had become an ongoing endeavor to spread the word about the joy of arts. The next year she closed her law office in order to focus exclusively on TOSCA.
Gail lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, who is a musician and attorney, her daughter, also a musician, their cocker spaniel Charlie, and loads of books about opera and the arts.
Connie Kroskin, Art Director & Designer
Connie Kroskin is an independent marketing consultant with over 20 years of hands-on ad agency experience. She helps businesses focus their brand and marketing on their target market A-List clients through research, strategy, design and copy writing. She is also an accomplished fine artist working in the drawing mediums. Connie loves spending time with her family & friends, and enjoys nature, art and spirituality.
Madeline Salmon, writer, proofreader
Madeline Salmon grew up and still lives in Hopkins, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2010 with a major in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. After college she worked for a year for the Minnesota Reading Corps, tutoring at risk preschoolers from low income and ESL families to get them ready for kindergarten. Madeline loves photography, singing, writing, nature, and animals, particularly her two standard poodles, Scout and Audrey, and her cat, Pickles. She has been proofreading Exploring TOSCA since the summer of 2010.
Molly Cassidy, writer
Molly Cassidy was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and resides there currently. She is a recent graduate of the University of
St. Thomas where she majored in English with an emphasis in literature. Although she loves art in all its forms, she is partial
to the written and the visual. Molly believes in the power of thearts and advocates for them whenever appropriate.
Lauren Kalkman, Marketing & Sales
Lauren Kalkman grew up in Lakeville, MN and will be graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth this
spring 2012 with a degree in Communication and a minor in International Studies. She has worked for the School of Fine
Arts on-campus and as a nanny. Lauren enjoys staying active, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with friends, family,
and her two cats.