Posted at 10:18 AM on October 30, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Dar Williams was one of Kerri Miller's guests on Midmorning this week.
Photo by Traci Goudie
Despite all the talk of elections, we still managed to get in quite a few interviews with authors, musicians, and even a gal who's living in a museum for a month! You've got some catching up to do...
Rooted in tradition, the face of Halloween continues to change
As Halloween approaches and people begin loading up on candy supplies and selecting costumes, it's almost as traditional for older people to begin complaining that Halloween isn't what it used to be.
Living for a month in a museum
This morning, Twin Cities native Kate McGroarty woke up in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. In fact, she's been living inside the museum for the last week-and-a-half. McGroarty won a contest that gave her the opportunity to live in the museum for an entire month.
Dracula through the ages
A lawyer has turned his obsession with Victorian times and its most prominent characters into a new book that catalogues everything one might hope to know about Dracula.
Ian Frazier explores the lure of Siberia
For almost 20 years writer Ian Frazier has been obsessed by a place which many people use as a metaphor for unpleasantness: Siberia.
A doctor struggles with mental illness
Physician and author Mark Vonnegut (son of Kurt Vonnegut) has a new memoir which chronicles his struggle to lead a normal life as a pediatrician and family man while conquering his own demons.
Where do good ideas come from?
Best-selling author Steven Johnson talks about his new book, "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation," in an event hosted by APM's John Moe in MPR's UBS Forum.
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. This week they fill us in on an internationally-known artist brings his juxtaposed prints to Highpoint, a play about Alabama slave descendants and their glorious quilts is at Park Square, and top-notch Twin Cities improv artists congregate at the BLB.
Singer-songwriter collects friends along the way
Dar Williams' latest album is a retrospective with a twist. On "Many Great Companions," the coffee-house veteran collaborates with some of her contemporaries to breathe new life into some of her old favorites.
The Dinner Party Download featuing Noomi Rapace
This week on the Dinner Party Download, a joke from pop legend Tom Jones -- yes, the Tom Jones -- and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, star of a series of films based on the blockbuster books by Stieg Larsson.
From The Current:
The Dandy Warhols perform in The Current studio
They took time out of their schedule before their show in Minneapolis and stopped by The Current studio.
The Black Angels perform in The Current studio
The band's latest offering, titled "Phosphene Dream," was released earlier this fall. They stopped by The Current to hang out with Bill Deville.
From National Public Radio:
'Tamil Pulp': Sexy, Gory Fiction, Now In English
by Sandip Roy, National Public Radio
Tamil is a language known for its poetry, but commentator Sandip Roy knows it has another side. Dime-store pulp fiction has a large Tamil-speaking following -- and a newly translated anthology is coming to America.
High-Tech Ghouls Haunt Stores, Homes
Halloween is decidedly high-tech these days, with stores selling zombie babies or animatronic Freddy Krueger dolls. But many Halloween purists prefer a DIY approach. As technology gets cheaper, more people are experimenting with robots, microcontrollers and movement detectors.
Fans Show Their LeBron Love -- Through Poetry
NPR's Michele Norris talks to Dan Grech, radio news director of WLRN Miami Herald News, about the LeBron James Poetry contest. In honor of James coming to Miami, folks are invited to submit poetry to mark this event. They have received more than 1,000 submissions.
Manuscripts Suggest Jane Austen Had A Great Editor
Can't remember the "i before e" rule? Don't worry, neither could Jane Austen. Oxford University professor Kathryn Sutherland has studied more than 1,000 pages of the beloved novelist's handwritten text. Sutherland's found some surprising differences between the manuscripts and the finished works.
Taylor Swift Poised For One Of 2010's Biggest Sellers
The pop superstar, one of the music industry's biggest money-makers, released a new album Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley discusses his recent interview with Swift.
Vijay Iyer Blends The Old With The New
Anointed the next bright hope of jazz, last year's breakout pianist took only two days to record his first solo album of originals and covers. Does it live up to high expectations? NPR's Tom Moon reviews the album here.
Madonna To Open A Chain Of Gyms
Madonna is opening a worldwide chain of gyms. The first Hard Candy Fitness opens next month in Mexico City. Ten more are planned in countries like Russia, Brazil and Argentina. None here in the United States.
Book Review: 'The Turquoise Ledge'
Author Leslie Marmon Silko is a successful novelist and story writer. Now, she's published a memoir describing her Native American heritage and experiences growing up and living in the Southwest U.S.
A Common Thread: Music Of Spain And Mexico
When Spain invaded the Americas in the 15th century, the cultural collision caused reverberations on both sides of the Atlantic. A new recording by Jordi Savall and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo turns an ear to the musical results of that clash.
The Sweet, Social Legacy Of Cadbury Chocolate
When Deborah Cadbury was a child, an enormous box of Cadbury chocolates arrived on her doorstep every Christmas. It was just one of the perks of being related to a famous chocolate dynasty: the Cadburys. Cadbury delves into her family's legacy in Chocolate Wars.
Master Of The Leaf: Preserving China's Music
Dadawa, a Chinese pop star and ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, is on a mission to help preserve minority music. Her travels took her through six of China's most far-flung provinces to find masters of vanishing musical traditions.
Noomi Rapace: Finding Lisbeth, And Letting Her Go
The actress who has played Stieg Larsson's punk-hacker heroine in a trilogy of thriller films tells NPR's Melissa Block that it was strangely easy to identify with the character -- and harder than she expected to get Lisbeth out of her head.
Posted at 8:09 AM on October 30, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Nicole Krauss at Talking Volumes- Claude Peck, Star Tribune
Softspoken but eloquent novelist Nicole Krauss talked about books, including her own new novel "Great House," at a Talking Volumes event at the Fitzgerald Theater Thursday night.
New composers score with fresh work - Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
If you think the job market is tough in your field, imagine what it would be like if you were competing for work with a few centuries worth of dead people.
Olivier Assayas's "Carlos" fills five gripping hours -Erik McClanahan, TC Daily Planet
Clocking in at a butt-numbing 319 minutes, with two intermissions, Carlos is yet another entry in a recent trend: the epic film biopic following notorious historical figures, from Che Guevara (in Steven Soderbergh's excellent two-parter) to this year's not-so-good Mesrine, about the French gangster Jacques Mesrine.
SPCO, Copes show strength in powerful finale - Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Keeping some fuel in reserve is always a good idea. Just as athletes should have an eye toward saving enough for the final push, so must anyone undertaking a task make sure they have enough energy to finish it. The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra made sure they had enough in the tank for a dauntingly intense eveningending work at Minneapolis' Temple Israel on Thursday night.
The mummy has no name -- and, possibly soon, few secrets - Maja Beckstrom, Pioneer Press
Just in time for Halloween, the mummy owned by the Science Museum of Minnesota headed to Children's Hospital for a CT scan. Museum staff hope to discover something about their nameless mummy and acquire new images to highlight alongside the Feb. 18 opening of the exhibition "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs."
A night of memories unpacked - Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune
Dancer and storyteller Patrick Scully charts public and private events of the past 25 years.
Dutcher: 'Do svidaniya' to Russian museum - Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
The former state auditor accepted a job at the Bentson Foundation in Edina.
Maroon 5 headed over the musical hill - Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press
Decades from now, long after Maroon 5's Adam Levine has retired from the business and whiles away his days watching his tattoos sag, he'll still be getting royalty checks for his band's 2004 breakthrough "This Love."
Maroon 5 at Target Center: Good show, wrong venue - by Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Why was Maroon 5 playing an arena in the Twin Cities on Thursday night? That makes about as much sense as the Maroon-and-Gold Gophers trying to play Big 10 football.
Willie Nelson lets his guitar do the magic at Mystic - Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Willie Nelson's first headline concert in the Twin Cities in more than eight years did not disappoint as the Texas outlaw's songs and guitar work were satisfying.
Fear actors: Gooped with gore and hiding in the dark -- what inspires actors at Halloween haunts? - Kaitlyn Egan, Pioneer Press
Brain-munching zombies, blood-sucking vampires and ghoulish apparitions. Haunted houses and fright events have become as much a part of Halloween as costumes and candy. Skilled actors are essential in creating these hair-raising haunts. But who are these people and what drives their Halloween mojo?
Chemistry fuels road-trip comedy - Colin Covert, Star Tribune
Two brothers, one marriage-bound, hit the road and find funny patches along the way.
Movie review: Interesting dialogue, detailed character study belie turn-off title for 'Douchebag' - Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press
The key question in "Douchebag" is: Who is the douchebag?