Chris Roberts Feature Archive

Call it random quirkiness or a moment of spontaneous community, but on the streets of St. Paul it's the summer of the upright piano. (07/06/2011)
The Southern Theater is taking drastic steps to restore stability after a financial crisis nearly forced it to close. The theater laid off all staff except one, and will become primarily a rental space for the foreseeable future. (06/21/2011)
Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody," and it chronicles a turbulent time in Mould's life. (06/14/2011)
This week's hounds have their eyes on a Duluth screening of the documentary about painter Philip Pearlstein, an art show in which paper takes on an added, more playful dimension, and an encompassing American Indian art festival in Minneapolis. (06/09/2011)
This week, the Art Hounds bring us a dance troupe that uses the sides of skyscrapers as a stage, a musical about the modern workplace and an art show that spans three Minneapolis neighborhoods. (05/26/2011)
Bryan Nichols leads an unusually large jazz band with a forte for improvisation that is celebrating its new CD with shows in St. Paul this weekend. (05/20/2011)
If you're looking for someone who's always on the cutting edge of the Twin Cities art scene, Andy Sturdevant is your man. (04/26/2011)
What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child. These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota." (04/18/2011)
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is known for deeply imagistic lyrics and an ability to reduce songs to their bare elements. He won't tell you what he thinks his song "East Jefferson" means. That's for you to decide. (04/15/2011)
It's easier and cheaper than ever to make your own high quality recordings, and local musicians are getting more and more ambitious with their output. A St. Paul singer/songwriter is committed to reaching a formidable goal -- writing and recording a song a day for an entire year. (04/05/2011)
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has acquired a major collection of art works from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. (03/17/2011)
Arthur Hoehn, Minnesota Public Radio's first professional announcer, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. (03/13/2011)
Northern Spark, a festival slated for June, will take place exclusively at night along the Mississippi riverfront in Minneapolis and St. Paul, from 8:58 p.m., June 4, to 5:58 a.m. June 5. (03/07/2011)
When an iconoclastic theater company like Frank Theatre tackles a musical like "Cabaret," you can almost bet it won't be anything like the original. (03/04/2011)
Minneapolis rapper Sims has a reputation for being the most overtly-political emcee in the hip hop crew, "Doomtree," and a track on his newly-released CD titled Bad Time Zoo takes aim at "progressive" public radio listeners. (02/21/2011)