Marianne Combs

Marianne Combs

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
mcombs@mpr.org


Marianne Combs reports on the arts for MPR News. Combs joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1993. Since then, she has hosted State of the Arts, a weekly program dedicated to Minnesota's arts community, and worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at stations in Duluth, Rochester and St. Paul. In 1997 Combs left Minnesota Public Radio to work with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, where she served for three years.

Marianne Combs Feature Archive

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Shakespeare in the sculpture park, a new generation of African-American actors and a master drummer in Montevideo are among the Art Hounds' picks. (12/18/2014)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley on The Current's Morning Show to talk about arts events that are nothing to do with the holidays but have plenty of sparkle all the same. (12/18/2014)
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This week the Art Hounds take us to a Mankato children's museum in the process of being built, a musical respite from holiday stress, and a monster drawing rally. (12/11/2014)
It's the time of year when it's getting colder, it's winter, it's the holidays . . . time to gather round the fire for some storytelling and shared experiences. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley on The Current's Morning Show to talk about some heartwarming productions. (12/11/2014)
Ybarra's works range from the representational to the abstract, often combining the two. Many include references to his Mexican heritage. (12/09/2014)
This week Art Hounds check out Walking Shadow's production of "The Whale," MIA's "Italian Style" exhibit, and a new type of music called "Live Coding." (12/04/2014)
The holiday season is ramping up, but there's still plenty of heartfelt despair and bleakness happening on Twin Cities stages right now. As a counterpoint to all the joy and partying, MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about some productions that offer a bit of thought-provoking midwinter malaise. (12/04/2014)
"Italian Style" at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts celebrates 70 years of Italian fashion, while "The Fashion Show" at Weinstein Gallery highlights the work of fashion photographers. (11/25/2014)
This week on Art Hounds, comedians stand up against sexual assault at the Amsterdam Bar, Duluth takes a deep look at its art history, and fairy tale characters are taken to court. (11/20/2014)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about an allegorical play on modern warfare, an art gallery exhibit inspired by gardening, and a play featuring dancing beavers and a disguised Karl Marx. (11/20/2014)
With his latest work, painter Jim Denomie raises the temperature of his dialogue by exploring Christianity's impact on Native peoples. He will give a talk Wednesday at Minneapolis' Bockley Gallery. (11/17/2014)
Liz Armstrong, who joined the MIA in 2008, worked to juxtapose contemporary art within the MIA's more traditional exhibitions, with an eye to infuse new life into the museum. (11/14/2014)
There was no repeat of last year's website crash but technical problems persist. (11/14/2014)
This week, a puppet show inspired by the Brothers Grimm, art that explores the "sacred feminine" in Islam, and a dystopian future. (11/13/2014)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events in which dialogue is exchanged across generations, cultures and centuries. (11/13/2014)