Marianne Combs Feature Archive

Recently I returned from a week long trip out of town to find a new library had popped up in my neighborhood. (06/13/2012)
The orchestra announced today it's eliminating nine full time and seven part time positions which touch virtually every department, from finance and development to marketing and public relations. (05/08/2012)
In response to criticism about a lack of diversity in the Guthrie's upcoming season, the theater's Artistic Director Joe Dowling says, "Diversity is much broader than simply a snapshot of an individual season." (04/25/2012)
Plans to build a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul have been pushed back to the spring of 2013 because donations to pay for the $75 million project are coming in more slowly than expected. (04/06/2012)
For many military veterans, it can take years, even decades, to deal with the emotional trauma incurred during their service. A new program is helping them put their experiences into words and down on paper. Not just any paper - these sheets are made from their old military fatigues. (04/03/2012)
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards honoring special achievement by Minnesota artists. The Sally Awards recognize individuals or institutions for their contributions to the state's cultural life. (03/27/2012)
Perhaps the third time's the charm? Lenny Russo, chef of Heartland Restaurant in Saint Paul, has been named a finalist for the "Best Chef of the Midwest" in this year's James Beard Awards. (03/19/2012)
The history of African-American literature is vast and rich, but its beginning can be traced back to 1773 with the publication of a small volume of poems by a sweet 19-year-old girl named Phillis Wheatley. (02/23/2012)
For the past several months, thousands of Twin Cities children have been studying African and African-American music in preparation for a series of performances by Hannibal Lokumbe. (02/17/2012)
The end of 2011 marks the end of the Loring Theater (formerly The Music Box Theatre), at least under its current management. (12/30/2011)
The dance center's new leader Lynn Von Eschen, who's spent nearly 20 years at the Ordway Center, takes over after the resignation of Frank Sonntag. (12/01/2011)
After three weeks of public voting, the Basilica of Saint Mary has been named victorious in a bid for $100,000 to help preserve and maintain it's historic building. (10/13/2011)
Rebecca Anderson is honoring her husband Donald, who took his own life nine years ago, by publishing a book showcasing his hobby of making miniature works like pins and charms. (10/04/2011)
Each year the National Portrait Gallery in London presents the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, an international photography award for both emerging talent and established professionals. This year the NPG has announced five finalists for the award, and one of them is right here in the Twin Cities. (09/30/2011)
MPR arts blogger Marianne Combs is featuring distinctive structures around the state in a new collection called "Celebrating Minnesota Architecture." Combs spoke to All Things Considered host Tom Crann about some of the buildings that she's written about so far. (07/06/2011)