Posted at 10:27 AM on November 20, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Missed the Cloud Cult in-studio performance on The Current? Didn't make it to Talking Volumes with Barbara Kingsolver? Here's your chance to catch up on the week's radio stories, interviews and performances.
Novelist Paul Auster writes about home
Paul Auster's new novel about abandoned homes and broken families speaks to Americans' experience with the recession. He revisits themes of existential crisis and the search for identity.
In 'Our Basic Nature,' a radio story fit for an opera
Inspired by a radio show about a therapist who tried to raise a chimp as his own daughter, a public reading of the unfinished opera "Our Basic Nature," will be held in St. Paul this week.
Pat Conroy on literature that changes lives
In his new book, the best-selling author of "The Great Santini" and "Prince of Tides" pays homage to the literature that transformed his life.
Cloud Cult chases time
The nationally known group is releasing a new CD called "Light Chasers." Cloud Cult frontman and chief songwriter Craig Minowa, third from the right in the photo, talked with MPR's Chris Roberts about the music on the new CD.
Cloud Cult perform live at The Current in the UBS Forum
This Twin Cities staple has been making emotionally-fused experimental rock for years, packing venues with capacity crowds entranced by live painting, dozens of instruments and encouragement to sit on the venue floor and become fully absorbed with the sound surrounding them.
Talking Volumes with Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "The Lacuna," is the story of a man who spends his youth among legendary Mexican figures Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, then grows reclusive in older age. Kingsolver talked with Kerri Miller on Nov. 11 as part of the Talking Volumes regional book club series.
Departing Nina Archabal reflects on history
The longtime director of the Minnesota Historical Society departs at year's end. She joins Midday to talk about why history is important, the role of museums, and how best to convey the story of Minnesota's people and places.
For Eiko and Koma, it's a lot of work being 'Naked'
For the last two weeks performers Eiko and Koma have spent six hours a day, six days a week, rolling slowly in a pile of dirt straw and feathers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Making of the National Book Awards
Rocker icon Patti Smith took home the nonfiction prize for the just announced National Book Awards. This prestigious award recognizes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature, but some critics may argue that the judges don't always get it right.
Middle Class Rut perform live in The Current studio
Middle Class Rut is good ol' fashioned alternative rock, a band which has collaborated live with the likes of Alice in Chains and Social Distortion, a total throwback for those of us who grew up with those bands
Art Hounds: blue paint, Black Dub and acting prowess
This week's hounds treat us to a sparse production with powerful performances, drench us in brilliant guitar licks, and then roll us around in some blue paint for good measure.
Novel explores the psychological impact of torture
Author Thomas Kennedy moved to Copenhagen in the 1970s and has published more than 20 books in Europe, yet until recently had gone unpublished in America. His new book tells the story of a former political prisoner's attempt to recover from years of torture.
Franken returns to comedy for Don Shelby roast
Don Shelby signs off for the last time on Monday as an anchor for WCCO-TV. Last month, Shelby was honored and lampooned at All-Star roast in downtown Minneapolis. Among the roasters: Polar explorer and educator Ann Bancroft, former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and current Democratic Senator Al Franken.
Dinner Party Download featuring actress Sally Hawkins
This week's Dinner Party Download features Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins. Her latest movie, "Made In Dagenham," opens on U.S. screens this week. Sally talks about the real-life laborers the movie portrays -- and why humankind should fear crows.
Posted at 8:27 AM on November 20, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Here's what made the headlines in the past 24 hours...
Oslund firm picked for Peavey Plaza renovation
Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
Minneapolis firm that did Target Field plaza will renovate public space on south Nicollet Mall.
Final art show this weekend for art co-op in St. Paul that's losing its building to LRT projects
- Joe Kimball, MinnPost.com
The coming light rail line connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring many improvements along its University Avenue route, but it also means the end of the line for an informal artists' cooperative that has thrived for many years in a building there, says the Pioneer Press.
It's alive! 'Painting Zombies' challenges the death of painting
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
Painting Zombies: Permanence/Impermanence," the new exhibit now up at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, doesn't actually have any zombies in it. Instead, a press release for the show states that the title nods satirically at the notion of resurrecting a supposedly dead art form.
Zenon Dance Company falls into fall
- Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
There's nothing more riveting than watching someone almost fall onstage. It's the ultimate gesture of risk-taking: a chicken fight that the performer has with him- or herself, a moment of reckless abandon, of complete vulnerability, followed by the landing, and a sigh of relief.
Stopping for a think at the 'Thank-You Bar'
- Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune
Dancer Emily Johnson ponders questions of home, heritage and identity in a poetic performance.
Mark Wojahn's "Trampoline" is a raw portrait of a Twin Cities family
- Colleen Powers, TC Daily Planet
In Mark Wojahn's new documentary Trampoline, which screened Wednesday at the Heights Theatre, husband (and stepfather of four) Nathaniel muses to the camera that maybe the world is divided into two types of people: those who have teenagers, and those who don't.
15 documentary features advance in 2010 Oscar race
- Barb Teed, TC Daily Planet
Barb Teed has the list, with tips as to which are currently playing in the Twin Cities.
Eyedea's family responds to cause of death
- Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press
The family of St. Paul rapper Michael "Eyedea" Larsen released a statement in response to how he died.
Eyedea's mom speaks out on son's death
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
"Mikey was at no time a habitual drug user," Kathy Averill said in a statement that called his death an accident.
Whitey Morgan takes his honky tonk music to honky-tonking Lee's Liquor Lounge
- Britt Robson, MinnPost.com
Matching a musical act with the right venue would seem to be a no-brainer. If you're a dance band, you want as few bolted seats in the place as possible. If your music requires acute acoustics, you don't perform in an echo chamber.
BNW tackles seasonal madness with Brett Favre's Christmas Spectacular II
- Brad Richason, Examiner.com
When Brave New Workshop premiered Brett Favre's Christmas Spectacular: The Immaculate Interception in 2009, the everlasting quarterback was achieving a feat just shy of miraculous; leading the Minnesota Vikings through a winning season. What a difference a year makes.