Marianne Combs Feature Archive

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)
In Fergus Falls, a summer-long exhibition is drawing attention to the state's northern boreal forest, which is under increasing stress caused by climate change, invasive species and fire. (06/24/2011)
Today there's a big party going on at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis. The performance venue is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Patrick Scully, the creator of the cabaret, says he never imagined it becoming a permanent fixture. (06/11/2011)
About 100 different performances or installations will be at the festival, which starts Saturday evening and doesn't stop until Sunday morning. (06/03/2011)
The Academy Award-winning actress visited the Golden Valley school, which draws students from across the state. She was there thanks to senior Ben Schultz, who has been corresponding with Andrews' agent for the past two years in the hopes of convincing her to visit. (05/12/2011)
The Minneapolis theater said it needed to raise $400,000 by last night's annual fundraiser to remain viable. It's doubtful that it reached its goal, but that doesn't mean the 101-year-old venue will shut its doors. (05/01/2011)