A 70-year-old retired high school counselor writes her first play and gets it staged in St. Paul.
Jim Walsh has written an oral history of one Minnesota's most beloved rock bands, the Replacements.
If America is a melting pot then buses are like moving cauldrons. Weird things can happen when passengers from every imaginable walk of life board the bus. Regular riders often have wild stories to tell. A Minneapolis man has created an online repository where these stories can be shared.
We've heard how the musicians reacted when they first saw the lyrics to Stephen Burt's
"Afternoon Song." This time we check in as they try to turn those words into music.
The Appalachian folk group The Roe Family Singers, indie darlings The Owls and singer/songwriter Matt Wilson were given two weeks to come up with a tune using the same set of lyrics. We hear how the ideas and melodies they've come up are transformed into full-fledged songs.
Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of a lyricist and three different bands. We hear from the three bands -- The Roe Family Singers, The Owls, and Matt Wilson -- as they get the lyrics from writer Stephen Burt, and begin shaping his words into songs.
A "Puppet Rampage" has overtaken the Twin Cities this week. It's brought to town a play by an American puppet master that skewers post-9/11 America.
According to federal crime figures, homicide is the leading cause of death among African-American males aged 15 to 34. They also indicate that between 1976 and 2004, 94 percent of black murder victims were killed by black offenders. While "black-on-black crime" is having a devastating impact in Minnesota and across the country, its racial overtones have made it a difficult problem to address or even discuss.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and its musicians have reached a new five-year contract agreement
which increases the length of the SPCO season from 34 to 40 weeks.
A serious accident derailed a Minneapolis singer/songwriter's career in music but music continues to be one of his most important modes of expression.
Every Friday night, the basement at Java Jack's coffee shop in Minneapolis is overtaken by the The Mad Ripple's Friday Night Hootenanny. Organizer and singer/songwriter Jim Walsh, aka the Mad Ripple, says the hootenanny is a rare chance for local musicians and the audience to make a connection.
With the new Guthrie Theater's one-year anniversary approaching, we explore the Guthrie's impact on the local theater landscape.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Director William Griswold is leaving his position after less than two years on the job. Griswold is taking the helm at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where he once worked as a curator.
Organizers are developing the Twin Cities' first Pan-African cultural festival. "Afrifest" is designed to introduce Minnesota's African immigrants to each other and the larger population.
Chris Roberts traveled to the home of the Electric Arc Radio Show - four writers living together in a little house with a band residing in the attic.