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

Tom Ford for Gucci, man's velvet evening suit
"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)
Art Hounds share their picks.
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)
Beaverdance cast photo
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)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the artful happenings around town this weekend. (11/06/2014)
This week on Art Hounds three dancers give solo performances, Shakespeare's songs get a choral treatment and Dan Israel brings plays some new material. (11/06/2014)
Patricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway, said the center will not produce 'Miss Saigon' during her tenure. Last fall, protesters decried the show as racist and sexist. (11/03/2014)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Sean McPherson (in for Jill Riley) to talk about two non-traditional Halloween offerings to check out this weekend. (10/30/2014)
Andy Messerschmidt and Mathew Zefeldt use inexpensive materials and outdated pop imagery to incite some deep and meaningful questions (10/28/2014)
The ballet, "Black Dog Cafe," is named after the coffee shop two blocks down from the train station will be performed on Saturday. (10/24/2014)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a ballet production at Union Depot and about some Halloween arts treats. (10/23/2014)