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

'Galaxy 2'
This week on Art Hounds, we take a look at "New Works by So-And-So," pay a visit to a tattoo parlor in St. Cloud, and are told to NOT see a particular show at the Fringe. (07/30/2015)
The Floating Library on Silver Lake
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jade (in for Jill Riley) and Sean McPherson to talk about a number of arts events that share a water theme. 'You have boats in ballet, boats in poetry and boats in theater,' Marianne says. (07/30/2015)
Juxtaposition Arts
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about an arts crawl celebrating its tenth anniversary, plus outdoor mini-golf and a chance to preview some of the acts featured in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. (07/23/2015)
This week Art Hounds share their love for the Boy Kisses comedy show, remember the "Lost Voices of Jazz" and revel in a classical retelling of a Persian fable. (07/23/2015)
North Minneapolis is still troubled by occasional violence, but many see the neighborhood as changing for the better -- in part because of artists and the people they attract. (07/22/2015)
Toni Pierce-Sands and her husband, Uri Sands, run TU Dance, a St. Paul school that trains students in ballet, modern dance and West African dance. (07/20/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about a bicycle-centric event and two lively plays happening in the Twin Cities area. (07/16/2015)
This week the Art Hounds head to Eau Claire, Wisc., and Hutchinson, Minn., for music festivals and peruse Norwegian textile art and paintings at Norway House in Minneapolis. (07/16/2015)
St. Paul's resurgent music and cultural scene will be on full display this weekend. (07/10/2015)
This week Art Hounds recommend Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," Fresh Air Improv, and art in Grand Marais, Minn. (07/09/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about a number of events this weekend involving music and dance, including an all-ages hip-hop festival and a one-woman show by local artist Mayda. (07/09/2015)
Britt Udesen currently runs The Cabin, a literary arts center in Idaho. She replaces Jocelyn Hale, who steps down in August as The Loft celebrates its 40th anniversary. (07/08/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jade (in for Jill Riley) and Sean McPherson to talk about arts events to enhance a 4th of July weekend of barbecues and fireworks. (07/02/2015)
This week the Art Hounds recommend an Arab American theater festival, music at Nye's and "Prints" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. (07/02/2015)
Struggling with financial problems and falling enrollment, the school plans to continue in a new location. (06/26/2015)