Some days I'm just in awe of my colleague Chris Roberts. He's been an arts reporter for countless years, yet he's always looking for fresh ways to talk about the arts, especially music.
His most recent series involves sitting down with artists and asking them to talk about a song in detail. As a result listeners get a backstage pass into the creative process.
In his latest report, Roberts sat down with Haley Bonar and talked about two tracks on her album "Golder" Both tracks are instrumentals, but that doesn't keep them from conveying strong feelings.
Bonar, who's days away from giving birth to a baby, says both songs remind her of her childhood.
Give a listen to Bonar as she talks her way through "Sad Baby" and "Leo" while sitting at a baby grand piano in MPR's recording studios.
Weisman Art Museum
MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson
Gehry designed both the original museum and the expansion, a rare occurrence in the architecture world.
MPR's Euan Kerr spoke with Gehry, who explained his original inspiration for the Weisman design:
Some observers claim the building's famed asymmetrical facade was inspired by reflection on the waters of the Mississippi River below it. But Gehry said his inspiration came from elsewhere.
"The first inspiration came from the Tibetan monasteries that are on hills, where the big frontal elevation is off the side of a cliff," he said. "That was really the building type that came to mind when I looked at that facade on the river."
Gehry said he originally had intended for a duller finish on the exterior of the building, but then he visited the site with his son on his way to a hockey camp.
"There were samples of the shiny metal and the duller metal, and he said, 'Which one are you going to use?'" Gehry recalled. "And I said, 'I'd like to use the shiny one but it might be too much in their face.' And he said 'Poppa, you gotta do it!'"
The Weisman was the first museum Gehry designed in its entirety, and was the testing ground for ideas he used later in the better known Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Seekins is a bit of a work of art himself. He dresses either entirely in white, or entirely in black, with a trademark wavy mop of hair pushed up by a headband. Then there's the pencil-thin mustache, the chin-length sideburns and the round spectacles.
Scott Seekins (with scarf) surrounded by current MCAD students
Image courtesy of MCAD
Yesterday, a group of MCAD students paid tribute to their fellow alum by creating a flash mob of Scott Seekins look-alikes and descending on the Twin Cities marathon finish. One of them ran the marathon in Seekins-like attire for the entire 26.2 miles.
This is not the first time a crowd has dressed in Seekins fashion - just check out this video by Pink Mink for their song "Seekin' Scott Seekins."