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

'The Language Archive' at Park Square Theatre
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about two photo exhibitions and a theater show that has been getting rave reviews. (05/21/2015)
Laura Mahler and Kathryn Fumie
This week the Art Hounds attend a reading of "The Jesus Cow," adorn themselves in Anishinaabe jewelry and check out an all-female staging of Hamlet. (05/21/2015)
Cheng-Khee Chee
The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is showing an exhibition of works by Cheng-Khee Chee, an internationally acclaimed watercolorist. "The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee" spans 40 years. (05/19/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about the largest open-studio tour in the country, an Eastern European-inspired women's vocal ensemble, a new play from Ten Thousand Things, and the Minnesota Orchestra's historic concerts in Cuba. (05/14/2015)
This week on Art Hounds we check out Art-A-Whirl, Penumbra Theatre's "Detroit '67" and a gallery show in St. Cloud. (05/14/2015)
The Minnesota playwright and director has been at the forefront of the Asian-American theater movement since the 1980s. (05/14/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about three shows that showcase a diversity of people and expression. (05/07/2015)
The Art Hounds recommend Victoire, Glasser, and Noveller at the Walker, Indian classical music in Rochester and Bunnicula in Anoka. (05/07/2015)
This week Art Hounds check out a photo exhibit at the Winona Library, Young Dance's spring concert, and art made with hundreds of dead insects at the MN Textile Center. (04/30/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a couple of theater productions that provide historic insights, one of which Marianne says is "something I've never seen the likes of before." (04/30/2015)
This week Art Hounds take us to a concert in Bemidji, a Hmong film festival in St. Paul and an immersive theatrical performance of "Crime and Punishment" in Minneapolis. (04/23/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a number of small, off-the-wall theatrical productions that are really interesting. "These all have very interesting titles, too," Marianne says. (04/23/2015)
In "Asynchronous Reading," at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, author Louise Erdrich showcases sculpture, paintings and audio recordings. The show is curated by her sister, poet Heid Erdrich. (04/17/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about some very good museum shows happening right now. "I could've waited till May, which is National Museum Month," Marianne says, "but I like to go rogue, just do things a little different." Plus, if you wait until May to see some of these, you might miss them. (04/16/2015)
An installation made of yarn, new life for an art website and "The Nature of Nature." (04/16/2015)