Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
croberts@mpr.org

Chris Roberts is an arts and culture reporter for MPR News. He has worked at Minnesota Public Radio as a reporter, producer and host since 1989. From 1999 to 2003, Roberts created and hosted MPR's weekly arts program, "Word of Mouth," hosted The Current's "The Local Show," a weekly hour long program devoted to local music. Roberts has received numerous regional and national honors for his work, including awards from the Minnesota Music Academy, the National Association of Black Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Association, Unity Awards, and American Women in Television and Radio. Chris has a B.A. In English from the University of Michigan.

Chris Roberts Feature Archive

Green Line driver
The $957 million Central Corridor Green Line officially opens next Saturday, June 14 and Metro Transit held a preview Saturday for the news media. (06/07/2014)
"Passing Strange" runs through May 11
This week, raves for a Brooklyn spoken word duo, the master of suspense on the big screen, and a musical about a young African American man's search for identity. (05/01/2014)
This week the hounds are more than charmed by some lunchtime Japanese opera, some centuries old klezmer music, and some psychedelic folk that may put you in a dream state. (02/20/2014)
Don't roll your eyes if your kids want to see "The Lego Movie," says Stephanie Curtis. It's witty and fun, with great voices from Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and Will Arnett. (02/07/2014)
The Oscar-nominated short films are now in theaters for a limited time. You can catch the live-action shorts at Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and the animated ones at the Lagoon Theater, just down the street. (01/31/2014)
This week's hounds are very favorably impressed by Theatre Latte Da's interpretation of the musical that made Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey famous, a collection of meticulously stylized fashion photographs, and the majesty of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. (01/30/2014)
Stephanie and Euan are pretty excited about the coming year in film, even though it's been labeled "the year of the sequel." (01/03/2014)
Is it possible to review four movies in a four minutes? Not a problem for the Cube Critics. (12/20/2013)
Orchestra musicians from across the nation have sent donations to Minnesota Orchestra musicians, who are struggling to pay their mortgages, rent and health care. But the fund the American Federation of Musicians set up for striking and locked out musicians has long since run out. (12/09/2013)
The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination has provided an opportunity for Metsa, a Minnesota folk musician, to dust off one of his most haunting songs. He wrote "Jack Ruby" more than 21 years ago, but the questions at the heart of the tune still plague the nation. (11/18/2013)
"Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. (10/18/2013)
The Cube Critics issue a split opinion on this week's movie, "Don Jon." The film, which Stephanie finds to be a delightful romantic comedy, follows a man addicted to pornography who is trying to deal with the real women in his life. (09/27/2013)
The start of July marks ten months for the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, with no end in sight for the musicians, management and audience. Many opinions are swirling in the classical world about what's happening at the orchestra. Few predict sweetness and light, but rather a gloomy outcome. (07/03/2013)
This week, an open air venue in a refurbished downtown Park Rapids, viewing art in book form, and an indie women's choral group interprets master songwriters. (06/27/2013)
A combination of factors have conspired to make it a real challenge for local visual artists to forge a living selling their creations to commercial art buyers. Still, some artists and galleries are trying to beat the odds. (06/26/2013)