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September 20, 2004 // UPDATED 4:05 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Tortugapalooza,' my foot!

The Tortuga Twins are a fraud! "Tortugapalooza" is a hoax! Besides the fact that they're more like triplets, not twins, the truth is that they're neither! They've been duping audiences since 1987 with their phony relationship and ridiculous birth story.

So-called "Tortuga Twins'" Ronn Bauman was born in 1965. Jef Hall was born in 1966, and Riki Robinson was born in 1963. These are? the details that dispel their back-story, and I'm no detective.

Clearly these guys started off as an April Fool's joke. But none of that is going to stop them from putting on a variety show as "twins." As such, they're planning to spin interactive comedy shorts, video spoofs and Renaissance tricks. They've even gotten sword-fighting duo Hack & Slash to believe their lies (and do some fancy blade work for the audience). They've also convinced Panty Raid to join in their prank with absurd burlesque numbers.

Are you going to take these shamming twins seriously? What a joke! A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity, The Childrens Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. (Seriously.)

Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 22-23, 7:30 p.m. Woman's Club Theatre, 410 Oak Grove. St. $29.50-$39.50. 651-989-5151.

Benefit cabaret

Local actor and playwright Kevin Kling will be among the performers at "Autumn's First Silent Auction and Cabaret" this weekend at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

VSA Arts of Minnesota will host the event; the Downtown-based group promotes quality, accessible arts experiences for people with all types of disabilities.

Nationally touring pop and jazz artist Stephanie Dawn will also perform, along with local musician Michael "The Hook" Deutsch, who plays his own style of blues and boogie-woogie, among others.

Dozens of restaurants, stores, performance companies and artists have donated silent auction items, including gift certificates from Aveda (400 Central Ave. SE), Utrecht Art Supplies (1601 Hennepin Ave. S.), The Dakota Bar & Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Mall), among others; original works of art; and show tickets.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2-5 p.m. Nicollet Island Pavilion, near Merriam and SE Main streets, on Nicollet Island $35 ($20 low-income). 332-3888 or 1-800-801-3883 (TTY) or e-mail