Some Asian-American artists say the award-winning musical perpetuates damning stereotypes and glosses over the realities of human trafficking in order to pull at heart strings and sell tickets.
Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley, Jade and John Moe (filling in for Steve Seel) to talk about three shows happening in the Twin Cities this weekend.
With the Minnesota State Fair entering its last weekend and kids transitioning back to school, the Labor Day weekend is a time of adjustment. Today on Weekend Arts Roundup, MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs spoke to Steve Seel and Jill Riley about these mainstays of the local arts scene.
Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about art that's happening all over the Twin Cities, from Lowertown to Longfellow and places in between.
Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and about a Walker Art Center artist-in-residence who is all about replacing front lawns with vegetable gardens.
A new music video out that's extremely insulting to Asian/Pacific-Islander women poses a dilemma for artists who want to decry it. Because of the Catch-22 nature of the Internet, looking at something is ultimately supporting it: on social media, any attention is good attention.
Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and how to get the most out of it.
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.
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.
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.
Friends of the Hennepin County Library have announced this year's author lecture series -- known as Pen Pals -- and it's an impressive one.
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.
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.
To hear Johnny Depp tell it, his portrayal of Tonto is righting a historic wrong.
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.