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 Debutante's Ball'
This week Art Hounds take in "The Debutante's Ball," an evening of short performances at Bedlam Lowertown and paintings by Roger Nelson. (03/26/2015)
'Washington Crossing the Delaware'
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about arts items that are in the news or on the edge - or a little bit of both. (03/26/2015)
'Washington Crossing the Delaware'
An iconic American painting has made its way from the walls of the White House to Winona, Minnesota. (03/23/2015)
"The Meds I'm On" explores both the burdens and blessings of medicated life. (03/23/2015)
This week on Art Hounds a fictional tavern becomes a reality, Helado Negro performs at the Ordway, and transgender issues get an absurd staging in "Hir." (03/19/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about three productions that deal, successively, from heavy, dark subject matter to purely light-hearted fare. (03/19/2015)
The 23 fellows from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will receive $50,000 to $100,000 to develop their leadership skills and conduct research. (03/17/2015)
While conditions so far this season haven't been perfect for maple syrup harvesting, this year already looks better than 2012, one of the worst syrup seasons in Minnesota history. (03/16/2015)
This week on Art Hounds, we take in a Somali poetry reading, an Elk River art show, and a music/improv mash-up. (03/12/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts happenings that allow us to enjoy life as spring is beginning in Minnesota. (03/12/2015)
A Minneapolis gallery tracks decades' worth of concerns for the earth. (03/11/2015)
Art Hounds take in the music of Paul Spring, Zoe Field's sculpture and a collaboration between Black Label Movement and the Bakken Trio. (03/05/2015)
Dance created from non-dance? A dress inspired by science? MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley to talk about arts events that draw inspiration from a variety of sources. (03/05/2015)
On loan from the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, the show at the American Swedish Institute features couture designs that depict the work of Nobel laureates. (03/02/2015)
This week, the Art Hounds take in portraits of blues musicians, a performance of Scheherazade by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a play about art in the days of cavemen. (02/26/2015)