Chris Roberts Feature Archive

As a music writer and songwriter, Jim Walsh always looks for the meaning of life in a three minute pop song. (02/24/2010)
Every job has its own tedium and drudgery. The stage performer's burden, of course, is memorizing all those lines. So how do they do it? (02/12/2010)
Chamber music is sometimes defined as the music of friends, written for small clusters of musicians and played in intimate settings and a new Twin Cities-based chamber group called "Accordo," epitomizes that spirit of friendship. (01/29/2010)
One of the more anticipated local CDs in recent years has hit the stores, and rapper and songstress 'Dessa' will celebrated the release of "A Badly Broken Code" at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis Friday night. (01/22/2010)
Being a walking advertisement can be a menial and monotonous job, but in "Everything Must Go," opening Friday night at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, two workers rise above the indignity to form an unlikely friendship. (01/15/2010)
A local indie rock duo is riding a wave of fuzzed-out guitar distortion into the hearts of critics and fans. (01/08/2010)
Brand new pianos demand hefty prices, and used ones, though cheaper, can be an expensive hassle to move. But a St. Paul group is addressing both issues while also raising money for children. (01/04/2010)
Around this time of year there are almost as many holiday productions in Minnesota as bodies of water, but if you're looking for something a little different, grab yourself an egg nog, we'll take it from here. (12/08/2009)
Minneapolis-based Workhaus Collective is meeting the challenge theaters face in attracting younger, non-theatergoers. (11/20/2009)
After 10 years of non-stop lobbying and fundraising, the Minneapolis group Artspace will finally break ground Thursday on the new Minnesota Shubert Center in downtown Minneapolis. (11/18/2009)
Following the release of its latest cd, "Bodies of Water," Minneapolis buzz band Solid Gold has spent the year mesmerizing critics and fans with its electronic pop. The band will cap off a breakthrough year tonight with a show at First Avenue. (11/13/2009)
Music fans in Minneapolis will be paying their final respects to the Uptown Bar this weekend. The revered music venue will close after its final show Sunday night, and then be demolished to make way for a new retail development. (10/30/2009)
Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts. (10/15/2009)
St. Paul's Penumbra Theater is regarded as one of the country's foremost interpreters of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's work, making Penumbra's first staging of Wilson's last play, "Radio Golf," an event in the local theater scene. (10/12/2009)
Follow this week's Art Hounds to a melding of words, images and music in Winona, an exhibition of multi-layered prints that resemble mini-civilizations, and a multi-culti mash-up of light, movement and sound in Minneapolis. (10/08/2009)