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

Louise Erdrich, Advice to Myself
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)
International Pop show at the Walker
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)
'Swing Low'
An installation made of yarn, new life for an art website and "The Nature of Nature." (04/16/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a writers' conference, a film festival and a comedy about growing up as a Filipino in Minnesota. (04/09/2015)
Children's says Tim Jennings, its managing director, will leave at the end of September to take over the Shaw Festival in Ontario. (04/07/2015)
This week art hounds enjoy some pop art humor in St. Peter, take in a music-dance-art collaboration at Public Functionary, and attend an "Uncreativity Festival" at Bryant Lake Bowl. (04/02/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about what's out there this weekend. "Let me tell you, it's 'out there' this weekend," Marianne says. Find out what's on tap by checking out the feature. (04/02/2015)
Sarah Rasmussen directed the Jungle's production of "In the Next Room" in 2012. She described the experience as feeling like "coming home." (03/31/2015)
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)
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)
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)