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State of the Arts for April 8, 2005

State of the Arts for April 8, 2005
This week on State of the Arts, we talk about the revamped Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, protecting antiquities during war and a system that can help you pick out the perfect movie. Plus, an artist who uses poetry, music, bits of sound and complex text to explore the meaning of language.

Hennepin Theater Trust
Two Minneapolis City Council voted to keep a long-term lease for the State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theaters with a local non-profit that, in turn, will hire Clear Channel Communications to run the theaters. Dominic Papatola will tell us more about the deal that heads to the full City Council next week.

Saul Bellow
The Nobel laureate died this week. We'll talk to retired University of Minnesota English professor Robert Solotaroff about Bellow's influence on American literature and his time in Minnesota.

Recommended reading
Saul Bellow: "Henderson the Rain King"
Bellow: "Seize the Day"

Deborah MeyerArt of Recovery
Artist Deborah Meyer was raped in 1991. We'll talk to her about how her art helped in her recovery from the crime. She's part of a new show sponsored by the State Arts Board and the Department of Public Safety called, "The Art of Recovery."

Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer means book sales for the literature winner. But how important is the Pulitzer for music? We talk to Tim Page, the classical music critic for the Washington Post about why maybe the Magnetic Fields should be awarded the prize.

Once upon a time, it seemed every hipster had a zine. Where have they gone since the world was taken over by blogs? We talk to local zine historian Erik Farseth.

Creative teamGrapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck's classic novel of depression-era America, "The Grapes of Wrath," has been adapted for the stage and film. Now the Minnesota Opera is in the process of turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning book into a full-scale opera. Karl Gehrke attended the workshop.