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

Dress that honors discovery of the Higgs boson
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)
'In the Age of Paint and Bone'
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)
The Percussion Project, Flying Foot Forum
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about artistic happenings that involve a lot of physical movement and high energy. (02/26/2015)
The Ordway's first full season in its expanded St. Paul building includes Broadway musicals, world music concerts and dance performances. (02/23/2015)
This week the Art Hounds journey to an intimate gallery in Marshall, rave about Chris Schlichting's "punk rock" choreography, and take in an exhibition of music, and the art it was inspired by. (02/19/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about artistic happenings in the Twin Cities this weekend, including the Brave New Workshop's latest satirical offering. (02/19/2015)
Haj said he believes the theater can find a balance between performing classic productions and producing new work. He takes over in July. (02/17/2015)
Spanning nearly a century, the anthology places luminaries like Gordon Parks alongside contemporary spoken word artists. It explores what it means to be black in Minnesota. (02/05/2015)
This week Art Hounds check out a pottery show in St. Cloud, a joint production of "Death and the Maiden" and a new book of poetry by Danez Smith. (02/05/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three theatrical productions happening in the Twin Cities. (02/05/2015)
Her latest book, "Citizen: An American Lyric," was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards in both the categories of poetry and criticism. (The Daily Circuit, 02/04/2015)
This week, the Art Hounds take us to the Rochester Art Center, CAAM's annual dance concert, and the intersection of jazz and classical music. (01/29/2015)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about good stuff happening this weekend in dance, theater and literature. (01/29/2015)
Jocelyn Hale, who led the Loft Literary Center through a period of growth and success, will leave in August as the center celebrates its 40th anniversary. (01/28/2015)
This week we travel to Granite Falls for photographs of the prairie, examine Bertolt Brecht's treatment of women, and check out John Gaspard's novel "The Ambitious Card." (01/22/2015)