Marianne Combs Feature Archive

Most performers in the Minnesota Fringe Festival hail from the Twin Cities. But executive director Robin Gillette's worked hard the past seven years to entice performers from around the state to join in the fun and the effort appears to be paying off. (07/31/2013)
Venus de Mars, a longtime fixture in the Twin Cities music scene, makes about $20,000 a year entirely on her music painting and other artistic endeavors and considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue, however, disagrees, and says she owes a lot of money in taxes. (07/19/2013)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Bike Night (and cuttlefish) at the MIA, a comic-book retrospective at MCAD, and three reasons to consider a road trip to Winona, Minn. (07/18/2013)
Friends of the Hennepin County Library have announced this year's author lecture series -- known as Pen Pals -- and it's an impressive one. (07/11/2013)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about about the first in a series of three new plays and about two outdoor dance events that are perfect for summertime. (07/11/2013)
Euan Kerr and Chris Roberts recently reported on the bleak outlook of Minnesota Orchestra negotiations with its locked out musicians. The real problem, one blogger writes is there is no third party willing to intervene. (07/09/2013)
To hear Johnny Depp tell it, his portrayal of Tonto is righting a historic wrong. (07/02/2013)
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Twin Cities Pride Festival and two plays: one dealing with race and class and the other taking a humorous look at post-apocalyptic potties. (06/27/2013)
89.3 The Current's host David Campbell recently hosted a one hour special with local hip hop artist Dessa to talk and sing a live audience through her latest album, "Parts of Speech." (06/25/2013)
A new exhibition at the American Swedish Institute showcases the work of eleven Swedish artists, who are infusing the centuries old craft with contemporary innovations. (06/24/2013)
Have you ever had a day where it seemed everyone around you was in a bad mood? Or that the whole city was celebrating? (06/21/2013)
Marianne Combs talks about Bertold Brecht, Galileo, Joseph Campbell, Evel Knievel, the power of happy Tweets -- and what they all have to do with the arts this weekend. (06/20/2013)
Marianne Combs talks about stage productions and a photography exhibit that explore the differences between what we project to the world and what's going on behind the scenes. (06/13/2013)
As part of this weekend's Arts On Chicago event in Minneapolis, photographer Wing Young Huie has placed 100 of his images inside 20 different businesses along a section of Chicago Avenue. (06/07/2013)
Marianne Combs talks about Northern Spark in St. Paul and Arts on Chicago (Ave.) in Minneapolis -- two arts events where you can get involved in what's happening. (06/06/2013)