Over the past 48 hours remembrances and tributes to the beloved sound effects man of Prairie Home Companion have flooded the media, especially here at MPR. Simply put, the loss of Tom Keith (a.k.a. Jim Ed Poole) is beginning to really sink in.
Image courtesy Prairie Home Productions
This morning it was announced Garrison Keillor and the folks at PHC will host a Tom Keith Tribute Performance on Saturday night, November 12 at the Fitzgerald Theater. Tickets will be free and available the night of show, with some space reserved for family and friends. The majority of the 1,000 seat theater will be available to the public at no charge. Doors will open at 4pm.
In the meantime, here are links to some of the most compelling remembrances:
Midday Broadcast: Gary Eichten talks with Keith's colleagues at PHC, including Garrison Keillor, and his longtime Morning Show co-host Dale Connelly. Among other things, they discuss the story behind the name "Jim Ed Poole."
Prairie Home Companion's tribute site has collected a wealth of information, tributes, interviews, images and more.
Dale Connelly's website includes a very loving remembrance to Tom, and lots of sweet comments from adoring fans.
Washington Post's obituary interviews his sister and writes a great deal about he found/created sounds.
News Cut: The Passing of Tom Keith includes a beautiful clip of Peter Ostroushko and audience singing "You Are My Sunshine" to Tom Keith and Dale Connelly on the last Morning Show broadcast.
The Hennepin County Libraries keep track of how often their books are checked out, and today released a report of top titles this year in various categories. Worth noting - of the top 25 titles in the adult titles, only one was non-fiction: "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand.
Here are the top 5 titles in three major categories, based on data from :
The top 5 circulating adult titles:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Buried Prey by John Sandford
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
4. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
5. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The top 5 circulating teen titles:
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. Catching fire by Suzanne Collins
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The top 5 circulating children's books:
1. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
2. Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney
5. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan(1 Comments)
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) announced today it has found a replacement for outgoing Managing Director Gabriella Calicchio, who steps down November 11.
Photo courtesy Children's Theatre Company
Tim Jennings, the head of Seattle Children's Theatre, will take over the post in full in February, joining Artistic Director Peter Brosius at the helm of the Tony Award winning theater in Minneapolis.
Previous to his work at STC, Jennings managed the Roseneath Theatre Company in Toronto. Roseneath produces and tours original dramatic work for young people and, under Jennings' direction, grew more than 500 percent, becoming Ontario's largest touring theatre company. Jennings also earned Roseneath six Dora Awards, Toronto's equivalent to a Tony Award.
"Tim has made it his life's work to bring extraordinary theatre to young people," says Brosius. "His work in Canada was marked by national and international success as well as numerous honors for the creation of new work. He has been a true leader - building financial stability, deepening ties in the communities he serves and enthusiastically supporting the artistic work. I am delighted to have him as my new partner, here at CTC."
Jennings also serves on the Board of Directors for the Theatre Communications Group, which is currently led by former CTC Managing Director Teresa Eyring.
The cast of Abel, a film by Mexican director Diego Luna
By Carolina Astrain
A new tradition for the Twin Cities film community could take hold Thursday, when the first Latin Film Festival kicks off at the St. Anthony Main Theater.
The 13-day festival begins with a narrative film by Mexican actor-turned-director Diego Luna. His first narrative film, Abel (2010), follows the wild imagination of a young boy grappling with the absence of his father.
Luna has shown the film at several festivals including Sundance and Cannes. Many Latinos, particularly Mexican immigrants, are pleased to see it in the new festival.
"This is a great way for Minnesotans to learn more about Latino culture," said Abel Ordaz, a Mexican immigrant who lives in Minneapolis and has no connection to the movie that shares his name.
The festival is sponsored by the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Minnesota Cuba Committee is hosting four films at the festival, including: Habana Eva, La Salsa Cubana, Unfinished Spaces and Battleships.
Following the screening of La Salsa Cubana, local Cuban choreographer Rene Thompson will lead a discussion on the political implications of salsa music on Cuban society.
Carla Riehle, secretary of the Minnesota Cuba Committee, said the film offers an interesting look at the island's culture.
"They're immersed in a way of life that's very foreign to us," said Riehle, who has been to Cuba. "We're so used to competing with each other. That is not so in Cuba, it's a much more cooperative way of life."
Most of the films in the festival come from Latin American directors, but there a couple of others in the mix. Solar System, directed by German-born filmmaker Thomas Heise, is a silent film chronicling the lives of the Kolla people of Argentina's Salta Province. Much in the tradition of Werner Herzog, the film uses stunning photography to tell the story.
Closing the festival on Nov. 12 is Elite Squad: The Enemy Within by Brazilian director Jose Padilha. Padilha gained international recognition in 2002 for his documentary Bus 174, which weaves together live news coverage of a man who kept bus passengers hostage for four-hours. Padhila's latest production features the lives of a crack team from Special Police Operations attempting to clean up Rio de Janeiro's drug scene.
Whether the Latin Film Festival has a future is uncertain, said Susan Smoluchowski, executive director of the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
"These festivals, supported in part by Legacy funding, represent the growing international communities here in Minnesota. We were planning for another in this series of festivals next year focused on films out of Africa," Smoluchowski said. "However I think we're getting such a large response from the Latin American community on this one that we may want to do both."
Editor's note: MPR's Carolina Astrain writes occasionally for State of the Arts. Her editor is David Cazares.
Tune in to Morning Edition tomorrow to hear Euan Kerr's report on both the Latin and Arab film festivals launching this weekend.