The actor who plays Willy Loman in the Guthrie Theater's new production of "Death of a Salesman," has never seen the play performed on stage and is going through some of his own personal struggles.
Sandy Duncan is perhaps best-known for her role in "Peter Pan," her stint on the television show "The Hogan Family," and her perky commercials for Wheat Thin crackers. Now she says wants to be known for something else. She's taken the role of Anna in the musical "the King and I," which is playing now at the Ordway in St. Paul, to change people's perceptions about her.
Many children first discover the idea of reading for pleasure during the summer. There are no homework assignments, and the hot summer weather makes it an ideal time to grab a book and sit under a shady tree. The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul has been helping parents and children find good summer reads for the past 20 years. MPR's Greta Cunningham met with co-owner Michele Cromer-Poire at her store to talk about some of her summer picks for kids.
The AIDS hospice Clare House in St. Paul is marking its 10th year of caring for people with HIV and AIDS. In 1994, Franciscan Sister Kate Manahan and several volunteers started Clare House, because they believed nursing homes could not offer the AIDS-specific care needed for the growing number of Minnesotans suffering with the disease. Clare House is on St. Clair Ave. in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Initially, the mission of Clare House was to provide 24-hour care for people dying of AIDS. Today, thanks to advances in the treatment of AIDS and HIV, workers and volunteers are focused on helping people rehabilitate their health and live longer.
The start of the new year is a chance for many of us to get organized. It's finally time to clear through the clutter in your closets and drawers. You may stumble across some unusual objects -- unidentified pictures from the previous owner of your home, a bundle of old love letters, birthday cards and ticket stubs. Once you discover these items, it's hard to know what to do with them. The founders of FOUND Magazine want you to contact them. The magazine is a repository for old photos, kids' homework, to-do lists, poetry on napkins, doodles -- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is decorated for the holidays -- Scandinavian style. The historic 1908 Turnblad Mansion is decked out with evergreens, candles and traditional Scandinavian holiday decorations. Five of the rooms in the 33-room mansion are decorated to represent the countries of Scandanivia -- Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.
For the 27th year, the Walker Art Center will present the British Television Advertising Awards. The screenings draw more than 10,000 Minnesotans each year and are almost always sold out.
A new museum in Minneapolis has been built from charred ruins. The Minnesota Historical Society is getting ready to open its Mill City Museum on the banks of the Mississippi. The MHS bought the mill site after a large fire in 1991 almost totally destroyed the old Washburn Crosby Mill. The museum will show visitors the story of how Minneapolis came to be the milling capitol of the world in the 1880's.
Minnesota State Fairgoers will notice some changes to the grandstand this year. The facility is undergoing a $35 million remodeling project.
It was 30 years ago, Aug. 13, 1973, when Time magazine devoted its cover and a six-page spread to Minnesota. The cover gushed "The good life in Minnesota," and the article boasted, "a state that works." Gov. Wendell Anderson proudly hoisted a smallish northern pike on that memorable cover photograph. A proud moment in time captured, a time that was soon to pass.
Say the name Peter Fonda to most people and they think <i>Easy Rider.</i> Fonda played the laid back, wrap-around-shades-wearing Captain America. That's been a problem for Fonda. In 1971 he directed <i>The Hired Hand,</i> A western about a man who returns home to his wife after seven years of drifting. The critics loved it, but the audiences wanted Captain America and stayed away. Now, the movie's been restored and Fonda has come to Minneapolis to introduce a special screening at the Oak Street Cinema Friday evening. He told Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis that he wasn't looking to direct a film when he found the script to <i>The Hired Hand.</i>
Hundreds of scooter riders will gather this weekend for the fourth annual Scooter Du, a gathering of scooter riders in the Twin Cities and includes many scooter-related events.
Minnesotans are getting a rare opportunity to see an exhibit that examines the ways Nazis persecuted homosexuals during the time period between 1933 and 1945. The display at the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis contains 250 reproductions of historic photographs and documents of the era. The materials come from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum based in Washington, D.C.
Minnesota was not even a state when George Washington led the country. But the nation's first president is finally making a visit of sorts -- at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Smithsonian is taking Gilbert Stuart's 1796 portrait of Washington on a tour of the western United States. Stuart is the same artist who created the image of Washington on the $1 bill. The MIA is the only Midwestern stop for the portrait, which is valued at $20 million.
The new Guthrie Theater season opens this week with the adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, <i>Pride and Prejudice.</i> The play centers around Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, who are searching for suitable husbands for their five daughters. The story takes audiences to England in the year 1813. It was a time of manners, romance -- and great dresses.