Minnesota Public Radio features by Marianne Combs http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=12 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:05:37 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Marianne Combs http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fashion and Bluegrass MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley on The Current's Morning Show to talk about arts events that are nothing to do with the holidays but have plenty of sparkle all the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/18/weekend-arts-roundup-fashion-and-bluegrass-?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Monster drawing and a new children's museum This week the Art Hounds take us to a Mankato children's museum in the process of being built, a musical respite from holiday stress, and a monster drawing rally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Gathering round the fire It's the time of year when it's getting colder, it's winter, it's the holidays . . . time to gather round the fire for some storytelling and shared experiences. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley on The Current's Morning Show to talk about some heartwarming productions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/11/weekend-arts-roundup-gathering-round-the-fire?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Artist Ernesto Ybarra looks to shed old skin Ybarra's works range from the representational to the abstract, often combining the two. Many include references to his Mexican heritage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/ernesto-ybarra?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:01:17 -0600 Art Hounds: Whale, Italian Style and coding music This week Art Hounds check out Walking Shadow's production of "The Whale," MIA's "Italian Style" exhibit, and a new type of music called "Live Coding." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/04/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: set your holidays on edge The holiday season is ramping up, but there's still plenty of heartfelt despair and bleakness happening on Twin Cities stages right now. As a counterpoint to all the joy and partying, MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about some productions that offer a bit of thought-provoking midwinter malaise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/04/weekend-arts-roundup-set-your-holidays-on-edge?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Fashion takes center stage in Minneapolis exhibits "Italian Style" at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts celebrates 70 years of Italian fashion, while "The Fashion Show" at Weinstein Gallery highlights the work of fashion photographers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/art-of-fashion?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:12:03 -0600 Art Hounds: Comedy for a cause and Arrowhead art This week on Art Hounds, comedians stand up against sexual assault at the Amsterdam Bar, Duluth takes a deep look at its art history, and fairy tale characters are taken to court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dancing Beavers MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about an allegorical play on modern warfare, an art gallery exhibit inspired by gardening, and a play featuring dancing beavers and a disguised Karl Marx. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/20/weekend-arts-roundup-dancing-beavers?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Denomie's 'Dialogues' speaks critically of church, mainstream culture With his latest work, painter Jim Denomie raises the temperature of his dialogue by exploring Christianity's impact on Native peoples. He will give a talk Wednesday at Minneapolis' Bockley Gallery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/denomie-dialogues-exhibit?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:30:00 -0600 MIA's first contemporary art curator leaving for Palm Springs Liz Armstrong, who joined the MIA in 2008, worked to juxtapose contemporary art within the MIA's more traditional exhibitions, with an eye to infuse new life into the museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/mia-liz-armstrong?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:51 -0600 Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day There was no repeat of last year's website crash but technical problems persist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/give-to-max-day?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:30:08 -0600 Art Hounds: Brothers Grimm, dystopia and Mother of Islam This week, a puppet show inspired by the Brothers Grimm, art that explores the "sacred feminine" in Islam, and a dystopian future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Engaging in Dialogues MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events in which dialogue is exchanged across generations, cultures and centuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/13/weekend-arts-roundup-engaging-in-dialogues?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:20:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art This Way MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the artful happenings around town this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/06/weekend-arts-roundup-art-for-november?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Ragamala, Dan Israel, Shakespeare's songs This week on Art Hounds three dancers give solo performances, Shakespeare's songs get a choral treatment and Dan Israel brings plays some new material. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Ordway CEO promises no further productions of 'Miss Saigon' Patricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway, said the center will not produce 'Miss Saigon' during her tenure. Last fall, protesters decried the show as racist and sexist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/ordway-miss-saigon?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:10:18 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Halloween Alternatives MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Sean McPherson (in for Jill Riley) to talk about two non-traditional Halloween offerings to check out this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/30/weekend-arts-roundup-halloween-alternatives?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Splendor in the plastic grass: MIA artists find the sacred in simple things Andy Messerschmidt and Mathew Zefeldt use inexpensive materials and outdated pop imagery to incite some deep and meaningful questions http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/mia-artists-sacred-in-simple?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:23:59 -0500 Coffee-shop inspired ballet comes to Union Depot The ballet, "Black Dog Cafe," is named after the coffee shop two blocks down from the train station will be performed on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/coffeeshop-inspired-ballet-comes-to-union-depot?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:43:25 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Trains and Treats MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a ballet production at Union Depot and about some Halloween arts treats. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/23/weekend-arts-roundup-trains-and-treats?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art that Moves You MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts happenings that encourage you to get out there and move. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/16/weekend-arts-roundup-art-that-moves-you?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Falling in Love with Art MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the artful happenings around town that will make you love Fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/09/weekend-arts-roundup-falling-in-love-with-art?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Ballrooms, Bombs and Puppets MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade (in for Jill Riley) to talk about productions that present three diverse ways of storytelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/25/weekend-arts-roundup-ballrooms-bombs-and-puppets?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Increased visibility for transgender people does not yet mean equality A transgender equity summit Thursday in Minneapolis aims to address employment, health care and community-police relations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/transgender-equity-summit?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:04:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: World Premieres MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and John Munson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about three brand-new works opening in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/18/weekend-arts-roundup-world-premieres?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:25:00 -0500 SPCO hires Julie Albers as principal cellist The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Albers will officially begin her tenure in the 2015-16 season, but will join the SPCO on stage for eight weeks of the current season, including this weekend. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs has more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/09/spco-hires-julie-albers-as-principal-cellist?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:33:00 -0500 Food assistance program to lose Target funding Target will cease funding the program at the end of the year. Second Harvest Heartland is looking for an alternative program to meet the students' needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/06/food-program-funding?refid=0 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:15:57 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Mind-Bending Art MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events that will take you to new mental places. For instance, would you sell your shadow? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/04/weekend-arts-roundup-mindbending-art?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Arts on the Go MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about art along a train line, in garages and out on a lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/weekend-arts-roundup-arts-on-the-go?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra receives $13.2 million in gifts Seven months after ending a contentious labor dispute and lockout of its musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra has inspired confidence in some major donors. The orchestra has received four anonymous gifts totaling $13.2 million, including one gift for $10 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/minnesota-orchestra-receives-132-million-in-gifts?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:55:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Arts at the State Fair MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade (in for Jill Riley) to talk where to find arts exhibits and activities at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/21/weekend-arts-roundup-arts-at-the-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0500 New HBO drama turns the lens on Stillwater First Fargo, now...Stillwater? http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/08/new-hbo-drama-turns-the-lens-on-stillwater/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:15:45 -0500 In the Heart of the Beast makes cuts, plea for support The theater has placed its staff members on a two-week furlough through the end of August. They will return as as needs and finances permit, with the hope of bringing them back full time as soon as possible Executive Director Loren Niemi said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/08/in-the-heart-of-the-beast-makes-cuts-plea-for-support/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:27:37 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Aug. 14, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events featuring rousing rhythms, rarely seen artworks, outdoor opera and a Japanese lantern-lighting ceremony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/14/weekend-arts-roundup-aug-14-2014?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: peak of summer MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about arts events going on during early August. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/07/weekend-arts-roundup-peak-of-summer?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0500 If you go: 10 reviews from Fringe Festival Central Planning to catch a few Fringe Festival shows this weekend? Don't miss arts reporter Marianne Combs' annual collection of flash reviews from festivalgoers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/08/10-reviews-from-fringe-central/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:17:14 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: ENERGY! MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade (in for Jill Riley) to talk about three energy-infused events opening this weekend, a big weekend for arts in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/31/weekend-arts-roundup-energy?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Circus Juventas: 'We're staying in St. Paul' Circus Juventas is now moving on to the next option, which includes a smaller renovation of the main building, and then possibly in five to 10 years establishing a second site in the Twin Cities for classes and performances. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/07/circus-juventas-were-staying-in-st-paul/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:31:01 -0500 Black performance art energizes the Walker Tonight marks the opening of "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" at the Walker Art Center, and the museum is calling it a groundbreaking survey of the last 50 years. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/07/black-performance-art-activates-the-walker/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:20 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Performance Art Abounds MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three events that engage the community through performance art. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/24/weekend-arts-roundup-performance-art-abounds?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: 3 playful things to do this weekend Marianne Combs joins The Morning Show to talk about the fun and playful weekend activities happening in the Twin Cities from July 17-21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/weekend-arts-roundup?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:03:06 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance, Dance, Dance MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three events that get people out and inspired to move. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/10/weekend-arts-roundup-dance-dance-dance?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pride, Biennial and Shakespeare MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a production that celebrates Pride Weekend, about the Minnesota Museum of American Art's 2014 Biennial, and how to catch a Shakespeare play in a park. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/26/weekend-arts-roundup-pride-biennial-and-shakespeare?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:21:00 -0500 Heart of Beast's Sandy Spieler wins McKnight art prize Sandy Spieler, artistic director of In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and founder of the annual May Day Parade has won the McKnight Foundation's prestigious Distinguished Artist Award for 2014. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/06/heart-of-beasts-sandy-spieler-wins-mcknight-art-prize/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:06:17 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance, Plus MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events that incorporate dance or are based on dance and then push the limits and boundaries of the art form even further. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/19/weekend-arts-roundup-dance-plus?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: All Aboard for Arts and Culture MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a big weekend that features Northern Spark 2014 and the opening of the Metro Transit Green Line. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/12/weekend-arts-roundup-all-aboard-for-arts-and-culture?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Venus DeMars shows an artist can fight the tax man This week, the transgender rock musician learned that she had prevailed in a battle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, which had determined that she owed the state $3,535 for three years of back taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/venus-demars-tax-battle?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: June 5, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean MacPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about amazing things happening in the arts this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/weekend-arts-roundup-june-5-2014?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Bedlam Lowertown celebrates long-awaited opening The 21-year-old theater company's venue is located across the street from the Union Depot, at a Green Line stop. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/05/bedlam-lowertown-celebrates-long-awaited-opening/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 09:24:04 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: It's all St. Paul MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events that all happen to be taking place in St. Paul this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/29/weekend-arts-roundup-its-all-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota veterans find retreat in the arts For some veterans, creating art helps them process their experiences. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/05/minnesota-veterans-find-retreat-in-the-arts/?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 09:49:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names new interim president Former Minnesota Opera president Kevin Smith will take over as interim CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra's board said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/22/minnesota-orchestra-names-new-interim-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names new interim president Kevin Smith led the Minnesota Opera for 25 years until he retired in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/minnesota-orchestra-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 15:05:18 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Inside and Outside MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts happenings taking place both inside and outside as the long weekend approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/22/weekend-arts-roundup-inside-and-outside?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art-A-Whirl MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley live from Psycho Suzi's to talk about Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/16/weekend-arts-roundup-artawhirl?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 08:17:00 -0500 New theater coalition wants end to racial, ethnic stereotypes By joining forces, Penumbra Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, New Native Theater, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea, aim to broaden cultural perspectives in the local theater scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/11/theater-coaltion?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 06:30:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: May 8, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a range of arts offerings this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/08/weekend-arts-roundup-may-8-2014?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: May Day and Plays MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the May Day Parade in Minneapolis's Powderhorn neighborhood as well as two can't-miss plays. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/01/weekend-arts-roundup-may-day-and-plays?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: To Hell and Back MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events that will take you to hell and back this weekend, from an R-rated ballet (!) to a spring arts festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/weekend-arts-roundup-to-hell-and-back?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Does a good poet make for a good employee? Izzy thinks so Izzy's, the Twin Cities ice cream chain, is marking National Poetry Month by hosting a "Haiku Hiring Party." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/04/does-a-good-poet-make-for-a-good-employee-izzys-thinks-so/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:33:33 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Worth Getting Out of Bed MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts-related reasons to get oneself out of bed despite the ostensibly endless winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/17/weekend-arts-roundup-worth-getting-out-of-bed?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: April 10, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three arts events to fill out your Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening with moving tributes and wry commentary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/10/weekend-arts-roundup-april-10-2014?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota Book Awards: and the winners are... Saturday marked the 26th Minnesota Book Awards at St. Paul's Union Depot. The annual ceremony celebrates some of the greatest new books by Minnesotans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/04/minnesota-book-awards-and-the-winners-are/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:19:26 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: This Weekend Only! MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about four arts events this weekend that are inspiration to get out to enjoy despite the weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/03/weekend-arts-roundup-this-weekend-only?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: March 13, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about three arts happenings around town this weekend -- on stage, in song and in textiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/13/weekend-arts-roundup-march-13-2014?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Benedict Cumberbatch coming to Minneapolis? Probably not. According to an article in the Huffington Post yesterday, Benedict Cumberbatch is scheduled to visit Minneapolis this spring, in his first U.S. fan event appearance. Sound too good to be true? At this point, it is. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/03/benedict-cumberbatch-coming-to-minneapolis-probably-not/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:21:01 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Moving the Body MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about arts events that reflect this thawing weather and inspire movement and fun with motion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/06/weekend-arts-roundup-moving-the-body?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Union Depot, Mixed Blood and Matisse MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about public art at Union Depot, a new production at Mixed Blood Theater and an Henri Matisse exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/27/weekend-arts-roundup-union-depot-mixed-blood-and-matisse?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Open Your Heart With Valentine's Day tomorrow, MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three events that look at different meanings of love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/weekend-arts-roundup-open-your-heart?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Osmo Vanska says MN Orchestra President Michael Henson 'must go' Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor and Artistic Director Osmo Vanska says it's time for President Michael Henson to step down. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/09/osmo-vanska-says-mn-orchestra-president-michael-henson-must-go?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:30:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: A Valentine's Day Guide MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about ways to express your love on Valentine's Day through the arts. These tips can help enrich your life and relationship -- and they can also help you avoid that last-minute Valentine's Day rush. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/06/weekend-arts-roundup-a-valentine-s-day-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Three Reasons to Get Out of the House MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three reasons to get out of the house this weekend despite the snowy, wintry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/30/weekend-arts-roundup-three-reasons-to-get-out-of-the-house?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Minnesota Dance Theatre Board of Directors unanimously resigns Just as Minnesota Dance Theatre is about to launch into its second weekend of performances at The Lab in Minneapolis, the MDT's Board of Directors has announced it's resigned. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/minnesota-dance-theatre-board-of-directors-unanimously-resigns/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:50:59 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Theater, Gallery, Dance MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three can't-miss events that span a number of the arts: musical theater, dance and photography. They just might warm the cockles of your heart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/23/weekend-arts-roundup-theater-gallery-dance?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Big Week in Local Arts News Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about four big news stories in the local arts scene, plus two new events you can check out this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/16/weekend-arts-roundup-big-week-in-local-arts-news-4?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Guthrie Theater furloughs staff, makes repairs The Guthrie Theater is furloughing the majority of its full time non-union employees for a week in January. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/guthrie-theater-furloughs-staff-makes-repairs/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:56:17 -0600 Photographer Emily Baxter turns lens on the guilty, but unconvicted masses Emily Baxter wants people who have been convicted of crimes to get a second chance. To persuade others that they should, Baxter is employing an interesting argument. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/photographer-emily-baxter-turns-lens-on-the-guilty-but-unconvicted-masses/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:39:32 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Jan. 9, 2014 Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about two arts openings this Friday: visual artist Anne Labovitz's 'Layers' exhibition, and 'Griffelkin', an opera staged by Minnesota Opera's Project Opera youth-training program. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/09/weekend-arts-roundup-jan-9-2014?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 The Cedar to host benefit for victims of New Year's Day fire The Cedar Cultural Center is holding a concert to raise funds for victims and families of a building fire that took place just a few hundred feet from the music venue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/the-cedar-to-host-benefit-for-victims-of-new-years-day-fire/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:38:09 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Despite the Cold Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about ways to get out and enjoy the arts in spite of the deep cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/02/weekend-arts-roundup-despite-the-cold?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dec. 19, 2013 Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk something for everyone, like many little holiday gifts &#151; including something that has nothing to do with the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/19/weekend-arts-roundup-dec-19-2013?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:31:00 -0600 Walker brings back Lichtenstein's 'Salute to Painting' This morning the Walker Art Center returned one of the more sizable pieces in its contemporary art collection to its rightful place -- outdoors. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/walker-art-center-brings-back-roy-lichtensteins-salute-to-painting/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:14:30 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Traditional and Non-Traditional MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about holiday shows that are traditional, as well as those that were once non-traditional but have become traditions themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/weekend-arts-roundup-traditional-and-nontraditional?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:31:00 -0600 Guthrie Theater reports first deficit in 18 years The Guthrie Theater is ending its 50th anniversary season in the red. Director Joe Dowling said the $437,862 shortfall -- which amounts to about 1.6 percent of the regional theater's $27 million budget -- comes as a "bit of a blow." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/guthrie-theater-reports-deficit-for-the-first-time-in-18-years/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:56:23 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dec. 5, 2013 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about everything from postmodern dance to "Yippee ki-yay, Father Christmas." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/weekend-arts-roundup-dec-5-2013?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:31:00 -0600 Remembering arts supporter Sage Cowles The Twin Cities has lost one its most generous arts supporters. Philanthropist Sage Cowles, the wife of the late John Cowles, died yesterday. She was 88. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/remembering-sage-cowles/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:40:37 -0600 Philanthropist, dancer Sage Cowles dies at 88 Minnesota has lost the other half of one of its best known philanthropic couples. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/philanthropist-dancer-sage-cowles-dies-at-88/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:58:46 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fun and Laughs MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three shows that can help you forget the stress of the holiday season through hearty, healthy laughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/21/weekend-arts-roundup-fun-and-laughs?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:31:00 -0600 GiveMN analyzes what went wrong on Give to the Max Day Minnesotans managed to donate $17.1 million to more than 4,000 Minnesota schools and non-profits yesterday as part of the fifth annual Give to the Max Day using the GiveMN website. That total breaks last year's record, but donors and non-profits were stymied for several hours Thursday afternoon when the website crashed. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/givemn-analyzes-what-went-wrong-on-give-to-the-max-day/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:25:01 -0600 Give to the Max Day raises $17M despite tech issues In a day marked by slow service, computer crashes and frustration on the part of both donors and organizations, Minnesota nonprofits and schools still managed to raise more than $17 million on Give to the Max Day, according to early estimates. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/give-to-the-max-day-raises-17m-despite-major-technical-flaws/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:31:59 -0600 GiveMN website is down Give to the Max Day is temporarily stalled as the website fueling the statewide give-a-thon is apparently down. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/givemn-website-is-down/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:11:36 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Nov. 14, 2013 Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about a collaborative project between actors and military veterans, the 10-year anniversary concert of a Twin Cities dance company and a panto-style staging of <i>Cinderella</i> that's bawdy fun for all ages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/14/weekend-arts-roundup-nov-14-2013?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:31:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Three New Stage Productions Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three new stage productions in Minneapolis: <i>Driving Miss Daisy, An Outopia for Pigeons</i> and <i>Enter the R.T. Rybak</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/weekend-arts-roundup-three-new-stage-productions?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:32:00 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Halloween Treats MPR News' Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Jade to talk about all kinds of ways to celebrate Halloween that combine arts sensibility with ghosts-and-goblins fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/31/weekend-arts-roundup-halloween-treats?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance, Literature and Laughs Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three arts happenings from the diverse areas of dance, literary arts and comedy theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/weekend-arts-roundup-dance-literature-and-laughs?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Spooky Stage Shows Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about four productions that capture the spookiness of October. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/weekend-arts-roundup-spooky-stage-shows?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 'Miss Saigon' protest draws hundreds More than 200 protesters took over Rice Park Tuesday night to demonstrate against the opening of the musical "Miss Saigon" at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Ordway President Patricia Mitchell has acknowledged people may be upset by "Miss Saigon," but she says the work deserves to be shown. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/miss-saigon-protest-draws-hundreds/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:10:22 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Far From Ordinary MPR News' Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about to talk about an art event and two productions that present the extraordinary in seemingly everyday people. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/03/weekend-arts-roundup-far-from-ordinary?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: A Nice Mix Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about productions that span everything from Roman mythology to class issues to our own personal flaws. There's even a show where ticket prices are pay what you can. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/26/weekend-arts-roundup-a-nice-mix?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher honored with Ivey lifetime achievement award At the annual event known affectionately to many as "theater prom," playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was crowned king. Hatcher was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th annual Iveys. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/ivey-awards-honor-playwright-jeffrey-hatcher-with-lifetime-achievement-award/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:10:17 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Rich Textures MPR News' Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a rich variety of diverse arts events happening in the Twin Cities this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/19/weekend-arts-roundup-rich-textures?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Moving Music MPR News' Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three uniquely artistic musical events happening in the Twin Cities this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/weekend-arts-roundup-moving-music?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:31:00 -0500 The role of the Asian woman in European drama When Mu Performing Arts convenes a discussion tonight about Ordway's production of Miss Saigon, the focus will undoubtedly be on how Asian women continue to be portrayed in American and European musical theater as deferential objects of desire. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/exotic-lotus-flower-the-role-of-the-asian-woman-in-european-drama/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:04:25 -0500 Ordway's 'Miss Saigon' angers Asian-American artists Some Asian-American artists say the award-winning musical perpetuates damning stereotypes and glosses over the realities of human trafficking in order to pull at heart strings and sell tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/artists-to-protest-miss-saigon?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:40:50 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Swearing, Soap and Stuff Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley, Jade and John Moe (filling in for Steve Seel) to talk about three shows happening in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/weekend-arts-roundup-swearing-soap-and-stuff?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Tried and True With the Minnesota State Fair entering its last weekend and kids transitioning back to school, the Labor Day weekend is a time of adjustment. Today on Weekend Arts Roundup, MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs spoke to Steve Seel and Jill Riley about these mainstays of the local arts scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/weekend-arts-roundup-tried-and-true?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Everywhere You Turn Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about art that's happening all over the Twin Cities, from Lowertown to Longfellow and places in between. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/weekend-arts-roundup-everywhere-you-turn?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fringe Festival continues; Walker "tears up the lawn" Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and about a Walker Art Center artist-in-residence who is all about replacing front lawns with vegetable gardens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/08/weekend_arts_roundup_fringe_haeg?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Asian-Americans take high road in response to racist music video A new music video out that's extremely insulting to Asian/Pacific-Islander women poses a dilemma for artists who want to decry it. Because of the Catch-22 nature of the Internet, looking at something is ultimately supporting it: on social media, any attention is good attention. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/08/asian-americans-take-high-road-in-response-to-racist-music-video/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:38:07 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Minnesota Fringe Festival Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and how to get the most out of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/weekend_arts_minnesota_fringe_festival_2013?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Greater Minn. performers play bigger role at Fringe Festival Most performers in the Minnesota Fringe Festival hail from the Twin Cities. But executive director Robin Gillette's worked hard the past seven years to entice performers from around the state to join in the fun and the effort appears to be paying off. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/07/greater-minn-performers-play-bigger-role-at-fringe-festival/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Thousands in back taxes ride on one question: Is Venus de Mars a professional or amateur artist? Venus de Mars, a longtime fixture in the Twin Cities music scene, makes about $20,000 a year entirely on her music painting and other artistic endeavors and considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue, however, disagrees, and says she owes a lot of money in taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/arts/demars-artist-tax-audit?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:49:32 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bikes, Comics and a Road Trip Recommendation MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Bike Night (and cuttlefish) at the MIA, a comic-book retrospective at MCAD, and three reasons to consider a road trip to Winona, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/18/weekend_arts_bike_night_jaime_hernandez_winona?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Byatt, Spiegelman, Urrea tapped for Pen Pals Friends of the Hennepin County Library have announced this year's author lecture series -- known as Pen Pals -- and it's an impressive one. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/07/art-spiegelman-a-s-byatt-headline-new-pen-pals-series/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:28:22 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Happy Beautiful Summer MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about about the first in a series of three new plays and about two outdoor dance events that are perfect for summertime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/weekend_arts_leslye_orr_fresh_ink_groundbreaker_battle_dances_at_the_lakes?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 State of the Arts: Banks, power and the Minnesota Orchestra Euan Kerr and Chris Roberts recently reported on the bleak outlook of Minnesota Orchestra negotiations with its locked out musicians. The real problem, one blogger writes is there is no third party willing to intervene. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/07/banks-power-and-the-minnesota-orchestra/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:27:02 -0500 Johnny Depp's Tonto raises ire of local Native Americans To hear Johnny Depp tell it, his portrayal of Tonto is righting a historic wrong. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/07/feeling-taunted-by-tonto-in-the-lone-ranger/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:35:47 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pride and a Pair of Plays MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Twin Cities Pride Festival and two plays: one dealing with race and class and the other taking a humorous look at post-apocalyptic potties. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/weekend_arts_twin_cities_pride_clybourne_park_urinetown?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Dessa deconstructs her new album 89.3 The Current's host David Campbell recently hosted a one hour special with local hip hop artist Dessa to talk and sing a live audience through her latest album, "Parts of Speech." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/dessa-deconstructs-her-new-album-parts-of-speech/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 A new twist on the Swedish tradition of blown glass A new exhibition at the American Swedish Institute showcases the work of eleven Swedish artists, who are infusing the centuries old craft with contemporary innovations. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/a-new-twist-on-the-swedish-tradition-of-blown-glass/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:49:14 -0500 Meet MIMMI, Minneapolis' new mood cloud Have you ever had a day where it seemed everyone around you was in a bad mood? Or that the whole city was celebrating? http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/meet-mimmi-minneapolis-new-mood-cloud/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:54:32 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Conceptual and Cool Marianne Combs talks about Bertold Brecht, Galileo, Joseph Campbell, Evel Knievel, the power of happy Tweets -- and what they all have to do with the arts this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/20/weekend_arts_rehearsing_failure_brecht_herocycle_evel_knievel_secret_city_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Veneer versus Veracity Marianne Combs talks about stage productions and a photography exhibit that explore the differences between what we project to the world and what's going on behind the scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/weekend_arts_gamma_rays_gremlin_red_eye_theater_mary_ellen_mark_weinstein?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Photos: Wing Young Huie brings neighbors together As part of this weekend's Arts On Chicago event in Minneapolis, photographer Wing Young Huie has placed 100 of his images inside 20 different businesses along a section of Chicago Avenue. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/photographer-wing-young-huie-brings-neighbors-together-with-latest-exhibition/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:20:42 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Participatory Art Marianne Combs talks about Northern Spark in St. Paul and Arts on Chicago (Ave.) in Minneapolis -- two arts events where you can get involved in what's happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/weekend_arts_northern_spark_arts_on_chicago?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota State Fair unveils 2013 commemorative art Today the Minnesota State Fair unveiled this year's commemorative art by Marie Olofsdotter of Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/minnesota-state-fair-unveils-2013-commemorative-art/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:57:27 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance Concert, Play Excerpts, T-Shirt Printing Marianne Combs talks about three distinct arts events happening in the Twin Cities this weekend, ranging from dance to short plays to silk-screening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/30/weekend_arts_tu_dance_red_eye_theater_art_hounds_t-shirts?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Art Heroes: Sandy Spieler's optimism shines with In the Heart of the Beast Sandy Spieler has used her artistic skills to help pull together a diverse neighborhood in south Minneapolis, raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and celebrate the human capacity to do good in the world, through In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/arts/art-heroes-sandy-speiler?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 13:53:53 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: On the Green and On the Boards Marianne Combs talks about artist-designed mini-golf and about two new plays -- one set in Denmark, the other in a cul-de-sac. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/weekend_arts_mini_golf_hamlet_cul_de_sac?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Galleries Galore Marianne Combs talks about arts events happening at galleries all over Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/weekend_arts_art-a-whirl_hottea_bad_art?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Drama Club Marianne Combs talks about three new stage productions in Minneapolis -- including one at the Guthrie Theater, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/weekend_arts_drama_club_an_iliad_guthrie_james_beard_tesla_nimbus?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Marianne Combs talks about an arts event for each day of this upcoming weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/weekend_arts_moving_company_cinco_de_mayo_heart_of_beast_mayday?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Art Heroes: At Juxtaposition Arts, valuing creativity, practicality Roger and DeAnna Cummings, along with friend Peyton Russell, had a goal: An organization in north Minneapolis that could teach kids about the arts, and then show them how to use their artistic skills to support themselves financially. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/arts/art-heroes-juxtaposition-arts?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:41:49 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bring on Spring Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that celebrate our long-awaited springtime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/weekend_arts_art_in_bloom_art_crawl_interact_theater?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fish and Fatherhood Marianne Combs talks about three innovative shows taking the stage this weekend -- with themes piscine or paternal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/weekend_arts_roundup_nice_fish_niiccugni_word_becomes_flesh?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 After outcry and with clock ticking, art college board weighs options The College of Visual Arts in St. Paul is set to close this June because of declining enrollment in a tough economy. But a group called CVA Action is trying to mount a rescue mission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/07/education/future-of-college-of-visual-arts?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:50:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pedals, Posters, Pen Pals and Pondering Perdition Marianne Combs talks about Artcrank and two new plays opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/weekend_arts_artcrank_bowler_letters_duty_misterman?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 MIA's 'Truthiness' exhibit examines blurry lines of fact and fiction On April Fools' Day people often view the news with a certain amount of skepticism. A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts suggests that in today's media-saturated world, perhaps everyday is April Fools' - and people should always question the validity of what they see and hear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/arts/mia-truthiness-exhibit?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:44:53 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bain Boehlke; Shapiro and Smith; Pride and Prejudice Marianne Combs describes three very different types of stage performances happening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/weekend_arts_death_trap_shapiro_and_smith_scrimshaw_obsessed?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 Looking for the truth in MIA's 'More Real' Coming away from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' new show "More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness," I was struck by what I had learned. Curator Liz Armstrong has presented us with a series of conundrums and riddles, all pointing to the fragility of what we think of as reality. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/03/questioning-the-truth-in-mias-more-real.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Blurring the Lines Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that blur the boundaries in various ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/weekend_arts_roundup_truthiness_jackie_and_me_ragmala?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:16:24 -0500 James Beard finalists include Minnesotans A small handful of Minnesotans took one step closer to getting a coveted James Beard award. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/03/minnesotans-land-several-nominations-for-james-beard-awards.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:45:12 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beating the Odds Three great stories about overcoming the odds are behind three new shows opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/weekend_arts_penumbra_pao_houa_her_hmong_bollywood?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:19:54 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: 'Yellow Fever', Women's Poetry Slam and an artistic exploration of the N-word 'Yellow Fever' opens at the Guthrie, Minneapolis hosts the Women of the World Poetry Slam and Sh&#225; Cage leads an artistic exploration of a provocative word http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/weekend_arts_yellow_fever_poetry_slam_n-word?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:26:12 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, a play set in reality TV, and 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' Beyond Ballroom Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary; a reality-TV set is turned upside down by 'Six Characters in Search of an Author'; and Joseph Scrimshaw explores 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/beyond_ballroom_gremlin_thtr_swear_minnesotan?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:30:12 -0600 Art Heroes: Faye Price and Noel Raymond lead Pillsbury House Despite numerous challenges, Pillsbury House has changed people's expectations for what a community center can achieve with an injection of artistic talent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/arts/art-heroes-faye-price-noel-raymond-pillsbury-house?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:48:02 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Walking and Singing, Hip Hop and Greek tragedy, 'The Honeymooners' revisited This weekend brings a dance and theater production that takes a fresh look at everyday life, a mash-up of hip hop and Greek tragedy, and an innovative re-imagining of a classic TV show http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/14/weekend_arts_stuart_pimsler_the_seven_to_the_moon?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:40:54 -0600 Northern Spark moves to St. Paul this year Starting at 8:58pm on June 8, the arts will have their night - all night - in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/02/northern-spark-moves-to-st-paul-in-2013.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:58 -0600 Twin Cities rank high in literacy report Many people claim our cold weather helps foster a healthy readership. Whatever the cause, both Minneapolis and St. Paul placed prominently in the new "America's Most Literate Cities" report. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/02/literate-twin-cities-in-top-ten-nationwide.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 14:24:50 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Red Riding Hood, Headless Horseman and animated underpants This weekend brings a film festival of Minnesota-made animation, a staging of the Gothic 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and a re-imagining of 'Little Red Riding Hood.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/weekend_arts_sleepy_hollow_red_riding_hood_minnanimate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:23:30 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: a theater-rich weekend Three new stage productions open this weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/weekend_arts_theater_walker_jungle_dreamland?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:41:05 -0600 Maria Genn&eacute;'s Kairos Dance brings movement to the elderly Maria Genne, the founder and artistic director of Kairos Dance, used to have a career that focused on dancing with young people. But as she grew older, Genne began looking at how she could create dance in which everyone felt welcome, and how music and storytelling could be used to stimulate the minds and bodies of the elderly in ways modern science is only beginning to fully appreciate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/arts/art-hero-maria-genne-kairos-dance?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:30:04 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art sleds, play premiere, choir concert This week, MPR News Arts Editor Marianne Combs talks to The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about an art sled rally, a world premiere of a play and a choir's silver anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/24/weekend-arts-powderhorn-sled?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Minn-Arctica: Extreme cold across state on MLK holiday Subzero temperatures across the state made for a bitterly cold Martin Luther King Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/21/updraft-redirect?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:05:25 -0600 College of Visual Arts in St. Paul sunk by recession The school's administration says the four-year arts college was unable to weather the current economic crisis and continue to meet the financial and academic needs of its students. The school has made arrangements with MCAD for current students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/arts/college-of-visual-arts-closing?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:00:00 -0600 New wave of Latino artists come into their own The Latino community in the Twin Cities has a long history, dating back to the 1920s and 30s when Mexican immigrants moved to the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul to work in meat packing plants and sugar beet fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/a-new-wave-of-latino-artists-come-into-their-own.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. singer Nicholas David is third on 'The Voice' Eagan native Nicholas Mrozinski will be coming home after placing third on NBC's vocal competition show "The Voice." Mrozinski, known to the audience as Nicholas David, was one of the three finalists on the program. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/nicholas-david.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:50:15 -0600 Interact's Jeanne Calvit raises the bar for artists of all abilities Jeanne Calvit, our latest Art Hero, is the founder and director The Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Minneapolis, which serves 130 artists with a range of physical and developmental disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/arts/art-hero-jeanne-calvit-interact?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:55:20 -0600 Recreating the Nutcracker, one stitch at a time Ballet Minnesota's dancers are impressive to watch on stage, but just as impressive is the work of the seamstresses who ensure their costumes are ready for the annual production of Nutcracker. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/recreating-the-nutcracker-one-stitch-at-a-time.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:56:47 -0600 Nicholas David in final round of 'Voice' After a brief return home to visit their families, Nicholas David, Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, and Trevin Hunte all took to the stage Monday night for the penultimate round of "The Voice." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/nicholas-david-will-compete-in-the-final-round-of-the-voice.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:21:24 -0600 Twin Cities orchestra labor situation 'particularly bad' The Minnesota Orchestral Association is holding its annual meeting today. This year it's taking place behind closed doors, without the typical performances by orchestra musicians to punctuate the proceedings. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/minnesota-orchestra-risks-audience-future.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:58:00 -0600 Psy brings 'Gangnam style' to St. Paul The "Gangnam Style" singer is part of tonight's "Jingle Ball" at the Xcel Energy Center. Despite Psy's amazing popularity, American media doesn't seem interested in learning much else about him. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/12/psy-brings-gangnam-style-to-st-paul.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:24:15 -0600 Minn. arts orgs get $875K in NEA grants The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its grants for 2013, and out of 832 awards totaling $23.3 million, Minnesota arts organizations claimed 28 grants for a total of $877,500. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/nea-awards-minnesota-arts-organizations-877500-in-grants.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:49:00 -0600 MN Orchestra musicians vote 'no confidence' in CEO Hensen Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today issued a no-confidence vote in Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/mn-orchestra-musicians-vote-no-confidence-in-ceo-hensen.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:55:48 -0600 Photographer Wing Young Huie goes beyond appearances Born and raised in Duluth, Wing Young Huie is best known for his public art installations, most recently the University Avenue project, in which he turned a six-mile stretch of the thoroughfare into an outdoor photo gallery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/arts/art-hero-wing-young-huie?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:14 -0600 'Give' effort nets record $16M in Minn. In its fourth year, Give to the Max Day set new records for fundraising, despite technical glitches which plagued the website for much of the day. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/give-to-the-max-sets-new-records-despite-glitches.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:20:02 -0600 Minn. nonprofits rely on Give to the Max Day Thursday is Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour fundraising marathon to support some 4,000 Minnesota nonprofit organizations and schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/arts/give-to-the-max-day?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:47:08 -0600 Minnesotans Erdrich, Alexander take home National Book Awards William Alexander won in the category of Young People's Literature for his debut novel "Goblin Secrets." Longtime poet and author Louise Erdrich, 58, is bringing home the National Book Award for fiction for her book "The Round House." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/arts/minnesotans-erdrich-alexander-national-book-awards?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:05:36 -0600 SPCO cancels concerts through the end of the year The SPCO has moved to cancel all planned concerts through the end of the year. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/spco-cancels-concerts-through-the-end-of-the-year.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:41:05 -0500 SPCO musicians reject offer from management In a vote today by secret ballot, the Musicians of the SPCO unanimously rejected management's latest contract proposal. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/10/spco-musicians-reject-offer-from-management.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:28:12 -0500 A brighter home for the treatment of the mentally ill A group of community artists are working to create a more welcoming, nurturing environment for hospital patients. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/10/a-brighter-home-for-the-treatment-of-the-mentally-ill.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:10:19 -0500 Michelle Hensley brings theater to the people Michelle Hensley's formula for creating theater -- take a compelling story and strip it to its core, give it a talented diverse cast and then bring it to the people, rather than waiting for them to show up -- has earned her national attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/arts/art-hero-michelle-hensley-ten-thousand-things-theater?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:26:59 -0500 Ananya Chatterjea links dance, social awareness Today we're launching a new series on Minnesota Public Radio News called "Art Heroes," stories about some of Minnesota's finest artists who are also exceptional community leaders. Our first subject: Ananya Chatterjea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/arts/ananya-chatterjea-art-hero?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:27:30 -0500 Peers, friends to mark photographer Ann Marsden's passing Hundreds of Twin Cities' actors, photographers and musicians will gather this Sunday at the Fitzgerald Theater to mourn the loss of fellow artist Ann Marsden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/arts/photographer-ann-marsden-rememberance?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:05:31 -0500 Orchestra Hall's iconic blue tubes find new homes Orchestra Hall is undergoing an extensive remodel, which calls for getting rid of the iconic outdoor pipes. Orchestra staffers decided to find them some new homes. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/06/orchestra-halls-blue-pipes-find-new-homes.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:54:13 -0500 Check out the Twin Cities' new 'little free libraries' Recently I returned from a week long trip out of town to find a new library had popped up in my neighborhood. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/06/your-little-neighborhood-library.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:14:54 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra eliminates 16 staff positions The orchestra announced today it's eliminating nine full time and seven part time positions which touch virtually every department, from finance and development to marketing and public relations. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/05/minnesota-orchestra-eliminates-16-staff-positions.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 16:55:46 -0500 Guthrie's Dowling picks the best plays, 'irrespective of gender' In response to criticism about a lack of diversity in the Guthrie's upcoming season, the theater's Artistic Director Joe Dowling says, "Diversity is much broader than simply a snapshot of an individual season." /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/04/joe-dowling-responds-to-criticisms-of-guthries-season.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:24:51 -0500 Ordway postpones expansion by a year Plans to build a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul have been pushed back to the spring of 2013 because donations to pay for the $75 million project are coming in more slowly than expected. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/?utm_source=mprnews&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=blogindex?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:34:41 -0500 Combat Paper: finding new life in the garments of war For many military veterans, it can take years, even decades, to deal with the emotional trauma incurred during their service. A new program is helping them put their experiences into words and down on paper. Not just any paper - these sheets are made from their old military fatigues. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/04/veterans-in-the-arts.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:12:04 -0500 Sally Awards 2011 winners anounced The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards honoring special achievement by Minnesota artists. The Sally Awards recognize individuals or institutions for their contributions to the state's cultural life. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/03/sally-awards-2011-and-the-winners-are.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Heartland Chef Lenny Russo named finalist for James Beard Award Perhaps the third time's the charm? Lenny Russo, chef of Heartland Restaurant in Saint Paul, has been named a finalist for the "Best Chef of the Midwest" in this year's James Beard Awards. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/03/heartland-chef-lenny-russo-named-finalist-for-james-beard-awards.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:19:04 -0500 New exhibition explores a rich black literary tradition The history of African-American literature is vast and rich, but its beginning can be traced back to 1773 with the publication of a small volume of poems by a sweet 19-year-old girl named Phillis Wheatley. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/02/collecting-black-books-a-new-exhibition.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:08:12 -0600 Jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe plants seeds with music For the past several months, thousands of Twin Cities children have been studying African and African-American music in preparation for a series of performances by Hannibal Lokumbe. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/02/vocalessence-witness.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:35:20 -0600 Loring Theater to close The end of 2011 marks the end of the Loring Theater (formerly The Music Box Theatre), at least under its current management. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/12/loring-theater-to-close.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:08:36 -0600 Cowles Center names new executive director The dance center's new leader Lynn Von Eschen, who's spent nearly 20 years at the Ordway Center, takes over after the resignation of Frank Sonntag. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/12/new-director-named-for-cowles-center.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:36:06 -0600 Basilica of Saint Mary wins Partners in Preservation grant After three weeks of public voting, the Basilica of Saint Mary has been named victorious in a bid for $100,000 to help preserve and maintain it's historic building. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/10/basilica-of-saint-mary-wins-partners-in-preservation-grant.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:35:20 -0500 Intimate Immensities: The art of Donald Anderson Rebecca Anderson is honoring her husband Donald, who took his own life nine years ago, by publishing a book showcasing his hobby of making miniature works like pins and charms. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/10/intimate-immensities-the-art-of-donald-anderson.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:59:25 -0500 U of M professor shortlisted for London photography prize Each year the National Portrait Gallery in London presents the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, an international photography award for both emerging talent and established professionals. This year the NPG has announced five finalists for the award, and one of them is right here in the Twin Cities. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/09/u-of-m-professor-shortlisted-for-london-photography-prize.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:30:56 -0500 A celebration of Minnesota architecture MPR arts blogger Marianne Combs is featuring distinctive structures around the state in a new collection called "Celebrating Minnesota Architecture." Combs spoke to All Things Considered host Tom Crann about some of the buildings that she's written about so far. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/07/minnesota-architecture-winonas-huff-lamberton-home.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:11:37 -0500 Using art to highlight threatened forests In Fergus Falls, a summer-long exhibition is drawing attention to the state's northern boreal forest, which is under increasing stress caused by climate change, invasive species and fire. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/06/botanic-drawings-on-display-in-fergus-falls.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:10:40 -0500 Patrick's Cabaret: a home for new art for 25 years Today there's a big party going on at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis. The performance venue is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Patrick Scully, the creator of the cabaret, says he never imagined it becoming a permanent fixture. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/06/patricks-cabaret-a-home-for-new-art-for-25-years.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:42:36 -0500 Northern Spark festival starts Saturday About 100 different performances or installations will be at the festival, which starts Saturday evening and doesn't stop until Sunday morning. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/06/10-ways-to-light-your-northern-spark.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:04:03 -0500 Julie Andrews visits Perpich Center for the Arts The Academy Award-winning actress visited the Golden Valley school, which draws students from across the state. She was there thanks to senior Ben Schultz, who has been corresponding with Andrews' agent for the past two years in the hopes of convincing her to visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/05/julie-andrews-visits-perpich-center-for-the-arts.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 18:19:03 -0500 Amid financial troubles, what's the future of the Southern? The Minneapolis theater said it needed to raise $400,000 by last night's annual fundraiser to remain viable. It's doubtful that it reached its goal, but that doesn't mean the 101-year-old venue will shut its doors. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/04/the-state-of-the-southern.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 01 May 2011 10:58:12 -0500 Rapson's Riverside Plaza gets a makeover Riverside Plaza is about to get a $65 million facelift. When architect Ralph Rapson designed the Riverside Plaza apartments in Minneapolis in the early 1970s, he envisioned a chic living space reflective of modernist design. But over the years the colored panels on the buildings have faded, and the apartments have aged. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/04/rapsons-riverside-plaza-gets-a-make-over.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:25:29 -0500 Arts 101: The Arts Lingo Quiz For the past nine weeks, the bloggers on State of the Arts have been describing fun and interesting terminology used in the arts. Now they've put together an online quiz to see how much you remember. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/04/arts-101-the-arts-lingo-quiz.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:23:39 -0500 Your weekend arts planner There's no shortage of arts events in the Twin Cities this weekend. Above, George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" is playing at the Guthrie Theater. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/03/weekend-outlook-chocolate-creamed.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:59:08 -0500 Vestiges of Merce Cunningham's dance find home at Walker The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has acquired a major collection of art works from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/03/vestiges-of-merce-cunninghams-dance-find-home-at-walker.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:33:13 -0500 Public radio ponders future without Prairie Home's Keillor In an interview with AARP published on their website, Garrison Keillor said he plans to step down from hosting A Prairie Home Companion in the spring of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/keillor-retirement?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Keillor tells AARP he'll retire in May 2013 The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" gave the retirement date in an interview for the AARP Bulletin's online books column released Wednesday. But the 68-year-old says he has to find his replacement first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/keillor-retirement?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:55:27 -0500 Another Christmas, another upheaval in Ivory Coast A decade ago, a Peace Corps volunteer taught some African kids about Santa Claus. In turn, they taught her about generosity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/25/combs?refid=0 Sat, 25 Dec 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Plains Art Museum inherits work of native son The family of Fred B. Scheel, a noted photographer from the Fargo-Moorhead area, recently gave a almost-forgotten set of photographs to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/11/plains-art-museum-inherits-work-of-native-son.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:43:02 -0600 Through addition, artist examines reduction In artist Leslie Holt's series "Hello Masterpiece," she recreates masterworks -- with one addition. She says adding "Hello Kitty" examines how the reproduction of masterpieces reduces them to something much less than the original work of art. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/11/hello-masterpiece.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 23:23:29 -0600 Rapper Eyedea died of accidental overdose The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of 28-year-old Mike Larsen, known to his fans as Eyedea, the result of an accidental overdose that led to "opiate toxicity." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/11/rapper-eyedea-died-of-accidental-overdose.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:10:26 -0600 Weekend arts outlook: sticky There's plenty of arts events going on this weekend to distract you from the heat and humidity. Above, The Secret School by Rudy Fig, part of an exhibition this weekend at The Gallery @ FOX TAX in Minneapolis. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/08/your-weekend-outlook-sticky.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:56:06 -0500 Weekend outlook: arts events by the numbers There have already been a couple of weekends we've declared must be the "biggest" or "best" weekends for the arts in the Twin Cities, but this weekend puts them to shame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/08/weekend-outlook-by-the-numbers.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:53:20 -0500 Fringe Festival preview: Groundbreakers, the digestive tract, and losers on stage The 17th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival pulls up the curtains tomorrow at 15 venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit went to find out what's making this year's "Fringe" unique. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/fringe-festival-preview?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:18:12 -0500 State of the Arts: an exploration of arts and culture in Minnesota Marrianne Combs joins us from MPR's State of the Arts blog for an exploration of arts and culture in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:16:27 -0500 Plan your weekend Taj Mahal, above will be playing at the Minnesota Zoo Saturday night. Read more and take a look at what else is on tap in the arts world this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/07/your-weekend-outlook-8.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:46:11 -0500 The lasting appeal of Stinky Cheese Man A stage production of the children's book "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" is opening this weekend at a theater in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/07/stinky-cheese-man-the-musical.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 13:40:51 -0500 State of the Arts: Your weekend outlook Taste of Minnesota is taking over Harriet Island, but the annual festival is not all that's happening this holiday weekend. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/07/your-weekend-outlook-in-good-taste.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:21:54 -0500 McCall Smith eager to make it back to Minnesota A lot of people were disappointed when the Icelandic volcano put the kybosh on Alexander McCall Smith's visit to the Twin Cities recently - including the author himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/06/mccall-smith-eager-to-make-it-to-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 11:21:11 -0500 Minnesota Opera's Kevin Smith to retire After nearly 30 years with the company, Minnesota Opera President and CEO Kevin Smith plans to step down. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/12/minnesota-opera-kevin-smith-retire?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Nina Archabal to retire as head of Minn. Historical Society Minnesota Historical Society Director Nina Archabal is retiring after serving in that capacity for 23 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/archebal?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:16:50 -0500 Minn. Book Awards honor local writers, advocates Carolyn Holbrook, a longtime advocate of arts in education, received special recognition Saturday night at the Minnesota Book Awards, for her contributions to Minnesota's literary community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/18/bookawards?refid=0 Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:32:14 -0500 For the record: Vintage Music State of the Arts blogger Marianne Combs paid an homage to record stores on a recent trip to Vintage Music in Minneapolis. There she was treated to a tour, and a lesson on music history, by owner Scott Holthus. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/04/for-the-record-vintage-music.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:43:47 -0500 What is a photograph? A new exhibit of abstract images from Marco Breuer is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:31:00 -0600 'Rock 'n' Roll' in the communist era Tom Stoppard's play "Rock 'n' Roll" is making its regional premiere at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. The show examines the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, and the role rock music had in its demise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/rocknroll-show?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:16:44 -0600 Local artists do what they can for Haiti In the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti, many Twin Cities artists have organized events to raise moeny for relief efforts. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/01/open-sing-of-mozarts-requiem.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:45:11 -0600 Some different views of the holidays Around this time of year there are almost as many holiday productions in Minnesota as bodies of water, but if you're looking for something a little different, grab yourself an egg nog, we'll take it from here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/holidayshows?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:25:15 -0600 Non-profits analyze Give to the Max Day More than 3,300 Minnesota non-profits raised in excess of $14 million in charitable contributions earlier this week in the first known attempt to raise money for non-profits statewide in one day, on one Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/givemn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:15:00 -0600 Non-profit giving gets a middleman If you support Minnesota arts or other non-profit organizations regularly, you've probably gotten at least one e-mail message about "Give to the Max Day." MPR arts reporter Marianne Combs talked about what exactly GiveMN.org is. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/11/non-profit-giving-gets-a-middleman.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:24:46 -0600 Arts 101: What do you want to know? Have an arts related question you've always wondered about, but have been too embarrassed to ask? Never fear, "Arts 101" is here! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/11/arts-101-what-do-you-want-to-know.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:01:38 -0600 Advice for art organizations in crisis: make more art Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, spoke this morning to a group of arts leaders at the Ordway in St. Paul. His message? Don't panic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/08/advice-for-art-organizations-in-crisis-do-more-art.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:29:57 -0500 How To: Make a Mosaic While many people consider mosaics to be a sort of craft, enthusiasts know that it can also be high art, in the right hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/07/how-to-make-a-mosaic.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:38:54 -0500 Icons for the modern age Artist Jessie DeCorsey paints religious icons using everyday people as her models. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/06/icons-for-the-modern-age.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:41:47 -0500 An instrument to soothe the soul A small company in Stillwater has given birth to a new musical instrument called the Reverie Harp, which is so easy to play that anyone can make beautiful music. The harp is becoming a hit with therapists, patients and their loved ones, who use it to calm stressful times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/reverieharp?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Conference celebrates poet Robert Bly Tonight the University of Minnesota is launching a three-day, international conference celebrating the work of Minnesota poet Robert Bly. The 82-year-old's legacy includes not just his poetry, but his work as a translator, an editor, and the leader of the men's movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/robert_bly_conference?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:49:27 -0500 Artist transforms I-35 bridge fragments into jewelry Artists are often compelled to commemorate tragic events through their work - a song, a sculpture, in paintings or writing. But what about jewelry? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/bridgecollapsejewelry?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Artists ease the pains of recovery People who suffer from chronic illness or debilitating trauma are often also afflicted by depression, deep frustration and low self-esteem. However a new program in the HealthEast network of hospitals is finding they can better improve their patients moods, and as a result, their health, through art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/artsinhealthcare?refid=0 Sun, 05 Apr 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Dassel pastor discovers rare, famous 19th century painting In what could have been an episode of "Antiques Roadshow," a pastor in Dassel, Minn., has discovered a painting by one of the most pre-eminent Parisian Romantic painters of the 19th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/dassell_painter_discovers_rare_famous_19th_century_painting?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:51:44 -0500 Bruce Coppock among Sally Award winners Each year the Ordway present the Sally awards to individuals or institutions for their contributions to the state's cultural life. This year the Ordway is recognizing Bruce Coppock, former managing director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/sallyawards?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 MnOrch announces more budget cuts For the second time this year, the Minnesota Orchestra has announced budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/mnorch_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:31:52 -0500 Guthrie cuts its budget in wake of revenue problems The Guthrie Theater is enacting wage freezes, work furloughs and layoffs in response to an anticipated 14 percent drop in revenue in the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/guthriebudget?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:43:09 -0500 Guthrie Theater announces 2009-2010 season The Guthrie Theater has announced its 2009-2010 season which contains 20 productions, including "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Macbeth." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/guthrie_new_season?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 18:31:27 -0500 Arts colleges face unique challenges in a recession As the economic recession deepens, colleges and their students are feeling the pressure to stay afloat. Private art schools are facing their own particular challenges, convincing families they can lead a student to a successful career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/artscolleges?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 St. Paul chooses Lowertown building for LRT garage The decision was made last night despite the protests of Lowertown residents who say a train garage will seriously mar Lowertown's appeal as a neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/lowertown_light_rail_garage?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 07:38:07 -0500 Minnesota author Bill Holm dies at 65 Minnesota author Bill Holm has died. Holm, who was also an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, was 65. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/billholm_obit?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:45:20 -0600 'Little House' highlights Ordway's new theater season Another production of "Little House on the Prairie" highlights the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' 2009-2010 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/ordway_season?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Slideshow: Neo-Victorian fashion Hiding beneath all the down coats, hats, scarves and boots, there is a thriving underground fashion scene in the Twin Cities. A group of young designers are making clothes for people with a penchant for Victorian era inspired clothing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/fashionslide?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:56:21 -0600 More is more when it comes to neo-Victorian fashion Hiding beneath all the down coats, hats, scarves and boots, there is a thriving underground fashion scene in the Twin Cities. A group of young designers are making clothes for people with a penchant for Victorian era inspired clothing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/neovictorianfashion?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Professor teaches students the art of living This weekend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is celebrating one of its most cherished teachers, Kinji Akagawa. Over the past four decades Akagawa has taught students not just how to make art, but how to live their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/kinjiakagawa?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 16:34:44 -0600 The Walker Art Center celebrates the book as art The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is celebrating the book as an art form with it's exhibition "Text/Messages." It features books from the Walker's library, created by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Kara Walker among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/alibraryfilledwithart?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:45:00 -0600 Playwright tries to focus in a distracted world These days we can be hyper-connected to what's going on, whether it's through mp3s, Facebook or Twitter. A new play opening this weekend in Minneapolis asks, in a world where we have access to so much information, how do we choose what's really important? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/tryingtofocusinadistractedworld?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Winter exhibition offers a 'Holiday in the Sun' The irony in Andrea Stanislav's artwork is evident even in the title of her latest show. It's called "Holiday in the Sun," and it's opening on the coldest week in Minnesota in over five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/andreastanislav?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 A skirmish over words Minneapolis writer Dobby Gibson just released a new collection of poetry called "Skirmish." He says it's a reference to the many small battles contained between the covers, including an ongoing battle between himself and his writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/skirmishdobbygibson?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 12:26:43 -0600 Penumbra ends the year in the black Despite the downturn in the economy, Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is celebrating the end of the year on a financial high note. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/penumbra?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 16:17:06 -0600 Considering the life of Mary in music This Sunday people will gather at a Twin Cities chapel to hear the story of Mary, mother of Jesus. It's not a sermon, but a musical concert, by local folk singer Ruth MacKenzie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/theotokos?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 15:49:41 -0600 Painting the beauty and ambiguity of the Iraq war Soldiers who've experienced the war in Iraq say no matter how many images people see of the conflict, they can never truly understand what it's like. Knowing this, one Minnesota painter is still seeking to get closer to the truth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/24/paintingwar?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Artists' advice on living with a tight budget Thousands of Minnesotans have already learned to live creatively on very little, and have done so for years quite successfully. They're artists and they have some advice to share with the rest of us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/poorartists?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities arts groups get $5 million in grants The New York-based Wallace Foundation is giving more than $5 million to eight Twin Cities arts organizations. It's part of a multi-city, multi-year project to develop new audiences for the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/wallace_grants?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 11:04:05 -0600 MIA director takes on new plan to make museum more contemporary Almost a year after the Minneapolis Institute of Arts hired its new director, Kaywin Feldman, she's filled several open positions, and created some new ones. The hires gave Feldman the opportunity to set a course for the future of the museum, a course aimed at taking it straight into the contemporary art world and into the national limelight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/mia_plans_new_strategies?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Amendment funds for arts still nine months away Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that will dedicate sales tax funds for outdoors projects and the arts. But environmentalists and artists still have several hurdles to jump before they see any money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/outdoors_arts_amendment_passes?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Picturing the cold Minneapolis photographer Stuart Klipper captures images on film of places most people will never have the chance to see in person. His new book "The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole" explores the stark loneliness of the Antarctic landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/picturingthecold?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 MIA returns painting stolen by Nazis The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has returned an early 20th century painting after determining it was looted by Nazis during the German occupation of France. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/paintingreturned?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:47:46 -0500 MIA exhibit showcases modern art from India We've all heard about India as a burgeoning economic power, but what do we really know about its people and its culture? This weekend the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening an exhibition of photography and video from the fast-developing country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/indiaatmia?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Guthrie and Rapson battle again This weekend the History Theatre in St. Paul will delve into one of the great tempestuous relationships of Minnesota theater history. "Tyrone and Ralph" is about the struggle in the early 1960s between architect Ralph Rapson and Sir Tyrone Guthrie, as they built the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/tyroneandralph?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Russian religous icons that survived a revolution Ornate religious icons never before seen in the United States are now on display at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/russianicons?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:29:31 -0500 Vatican Splendors come to Minnesota Minnesotans have a chance to see more than 200 treasures from the Vatican in Rome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/vaticansplendors?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 04:00:00 -0500 When should arts organizations survive their founders? Many of the Twin Cities theaters, dance companies and music groups are quietly facing a leadership crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/retiringartisticdirectors?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Songs for the lovelorn For centuries, lovelorn souls have written letters addressed to "Juliet, Verona, Italy." They're writing to the heroine of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. A production at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis takes a musical and theatrical look at "The Juliet Letters." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/julietletters?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 15:00:00 -0500 MIA to host Louvre collection The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will exhibit more than 60 works of art from the Louvre museum in Paris next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/louvre_mia?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:34:05 -0500 The flying photographer Some people go to drastic lengths to take a great picture. For photographer Maxwell Mackenzie it meant learning to fly -- with his feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/flyingphotographer?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Audio slideshow: Maxwell Mackenzie's flying machine Photographer Maxwell Mackenzie gives a tour of his ultralight flying machine to MPR's Marianne Combs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/08/20_combsm_flyingmachine/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:42:20 -0500 Conflict between arts groups and their boards at the heart of recent turmoil The Twin Cities arts community has been in turmoil recently, with the closures of two high-profile organizations and a management shuffle at a third. They all stemmed from a conflict between the organization's staff and its board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/artsboards?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Fringe Festival attendance rebounds from last year The Minnesota Fringe Festival appears to have bounced back from last year's low attendance and revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/fringefest?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 14:43:48 -0500 Southern Theater artists petitioning for evaluation of management Artists are petitioning the Southern Theater in Minneapolis to agree to an independent evaluation of its management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/southern_theater_board?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 17:05:29 -0500 Minnesota Center for Photography to close The Minnesota Center of Photography in Minneapolis is closing its doors today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/mcp_close?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:47:07 -0500 Minnesota Fringe Festival turns 15 For the next ten days actors and dancers will perform in over 150 shows throughout Minneapolis in the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's the biggest performing arts festival in the midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/fringefestivalturns15?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:57:12 -0500 Commentary: Getting your frocks muddy Minnesota Public Radio's Marianne Combs reflects on growing up a redhead, as Little House on the Prairie - the musical - begins preview performances tomorrow night at the Guthrie Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/25/little_house_commentary?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 16:43:30 -0500 Cinema of Urgency examines civil liberties The Walker Art Center is launching a new film series exploring human rights, government secrecy and American culture. It's called "Cinema of Urgency." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/cinemaofurgency?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:37:18 -0500 Paying for art in a bad economy People are already feeling the pinch when it comes to buying their groceries or gas; how do you get them to give away their money for a new theater or gallery? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/art_in_bad_economy?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 17:15:03 -0500 MIA tries to quell concerns of local artists The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is holding a community meeting with local artists to reassure them their voices are still being heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/mia_meeting?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:14:42 -0500 Shakeup at the Southern Theater A shakeup in leadership at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis has artists who use the space concerned about the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/southerntheater?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:04:34 -0500 'Little House' sets big ticket sales record The world premiere production of "Little House on the Prairie" has blown through box office records at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/littlehousetix?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:18:16 -0500 Lee Friedlander: Photographer of everything The Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents an exhibition by encyclopedic photographer Lee Friedlander. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/friedlander?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 13:51:09 -0500 Mikhail Baryshnikov, photographer Legendary dancer and occasional actor Mikhail Baryshnikov was in Minneapolis this weekend for the opening of an exhibition of his photography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/21/mikhailbaryshnikov?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jun 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Theatre de la Jeune Lune closes Minneapolis' Theatre de la Jeune Lune is shutting down. Mounting debts at the internationally acclaimed Tony Award-winning company have led the theater's board to vote to close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/21/theatredelajeunelunecloses?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Artists go with the Flow at MCAD A bulletproof umbrella and a book riddled with holes don't seem to have much in common, but they are both part of a new exhibit at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design which explores time and the landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/artistsgowiththeflow?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:54:46 -0500 New play explores the intersection of online, news and media New production at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis is trying to bring the experience of being online to the stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/sadgrrl13?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 14:25:55 -0500 Dancing for the land beneath their feet Ananya Dance Theater's new dance 'Daak,' or 'Call to Action,' takes a closer look at the land we stand on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/dancingforthelandbeneaththeirfeet?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 13:50:49 -0500 Meredith Monk ascends in song A new work by composer Meredith Monk opens tonight at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/songsofascension?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Three artists recognized for their enduring vision The Bush Foundation is presenting its first Enduring Vision Awards. Three established mid-career artists with $100,000 each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/enduringvisiongrants?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Smart design for people who need it A new exhibition opening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this weekend shows that cheap and simple designs can change, and even save, lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/designforgood?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 00:01:00 -0500 The MIA hails the RNC The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has announced it will mount a special exhibition later this summer design to draw in attendees to the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/miahailsthernc?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 15:23:51 -0500 Osmo Vanska composes a musical 'bridge' The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is premiering a new work by Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska, called "The Bridge." It's inspired in part by the collapse of the I-35W bridge last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/bridgemusic?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 16:15:14 -0500 St. Paul teens make their voices heard A group of St. Paul high school teens are adding their voices to some serious discussions, and they're being heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/calledtospeak?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Radium Girls remembered A new production at the History Theatre in St. Paul brings to life the story of some very courageous women called the Radium Girls, and their important role in U.S. labor history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/radiumgirlsremembered?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 01:00:00 -0500 August Wilson's African-American Century It's rare to have the opportunity to see the entire body of work by a major American playwright. Even more rare to see it performed by a theater company pivotal to that playwrights development. But Twin Cities theatergoers have just that opportunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/theafricanamericancentury?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Backers of the Asian Pacific Cultural Center try to regroup A ten year long dream for Asian Americans in Minnesota has received a major setback. One of the projects vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty this week in the bonding bill was the Asian Pacific Cultural Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/apcc?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:20:13 -0500 New play considers life after 70 Some of the most seasoned theater professionals in the Twin Cities are working together to show what life is like after 70. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/exitstrategy?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Ralph Rapson, architect of the original Guthrie, has died Architects Ralph Rapson, who lived in Minneapolis, died of heart failure over the weekend at the age of 93. In Minnesota, Rapson is best remembered for designing the first Guthrie Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/rapson?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 08:35:08 -0500 The hunt for Frank Theatre A Minneapolis theater company has taken over an abandoned building to bring its latest play to audiences. Once the run of the show is over, the building will be destroyed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/frankdoespuntila?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:40:14 -0500 August Sander: Father of modern portrait photography An exhibition of the work of portrait photographer August Sander is now on display at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/augustsander?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 A dance explores comfort, intimacy and justice A new dance premiering in Minneapolis this weekend explores what it means to hold, to be held, and the consequences of holding on too tightly to something, whether it's a person or an idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/stuartpimsler?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 15:00:01 -0500 What our masks reveal about ourselves A Minneapolis photographer uses an ancient art form to get her subjects to examine their inner selves. Barbara Cummard leads workshops where people make face masks revealing something about who they are on the inside, which she then captures on film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/facesofself?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 50 years of social satire at Brave New Workshop When it opened 50 years ago, the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis was one of the first theaters for improv sketch comedy and social satire in the nation. But can anybody remain Brave and New for 50 years? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/bravenewworkshop?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Crime and punishment for teenagers A 13-year-old kid drops a rock off a bridge on a highway overpass. The rock hits a car and kills the driver. Is the teen guilty of murder? A play at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis is asking questions of teen audiences, and getting some surprising answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/stones?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:45:00 -0600 Celebrating and satirizing Anton Chekhov Actors and musicians in Minneapolis are using the dark heart of winter as the perfect setting for celebrating and satirizing the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/chekhovfestival?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. film & TV writers excited by new contract Minnesota film and television writers say they are thrilled with the tentative contract between the Writers Guild of America and the entertainment industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/wrtiers?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:41:28 -0600 IRS challenges low-income artist lofts Starting this year, artists may have a harder time finding places to live and work for cheap. A new IRS ruling says low-income artist lofts are not in compliance with federal tax regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/artistlofts?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 18:28:55 -0600 The drama of being transgender Local theater companies are increasingly staging plays revolving around transgender characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/transtheater?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:58:31 -0600 It's not just Asian-American theater, it's good theater After 15 years of performing in smaller theaters around the Twin Cities, the Asian-American company Theater Mu is getting some welcome exposure in high-profile venues like the Ordway Center and the Guthrie Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/theatermu?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:45:00 -0600 Robert Bly takes on a Norwegian masterpiece Minnesota author and poet Robert Bly has written a new translation of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. It premieres on the Guthrie Theater stage this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/peergynt?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Exploring democracy and citizenship through art What exactly does art have to do with democracy? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/exploringdemocracythroughart?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:35:01 -0600 MacPhail's new Center for Music The century-old MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis is moving to a new home. It leaves a deteriorating building designed to be a department store to go to a state-of-the-art-facility designed with music education and the community in mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/macphailopens?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:00:00 -0600 A DNA portrait reveals more than what you look like Imagine a portrait that showed not only who you are, but where you came from hundreds of generations ago through your unique genetic code. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/yourdnaportrait?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 15:14:28 -0600 All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 A new production retelling the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 reminds us of the power of music to make peace, even in wartime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/christmastruce?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Theater for All Minnesota is full of people who have kept a life on the stage alive through their community theater. In fact, Minnesota is one of the best states for community theater in the nation. Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the enduring appeal of community theaters, why they are so strong in Minnesota, and what those theaters give back to their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/09/10_theater_for_all/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:54:30 -0600 Finding beauty in the religions of others A Minneapolis sculptor uses handmade paper, uprooted trees, grapevines, and dried roses to tell a story of loss, displacement and personal spiritual transcendance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/04/uprootedlights?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Photographer puts the present in the past A Minneapolis artist is giving new life to objects which have sat tucked away on the shelves of a local museum for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/photographerputsthepresentinthepast?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2007 03:33:39 -0600 St. Paul children's theater moves upstage SteppingStone Theatre hopes to find its spot in the limelight. This weekend the children's theater opens its new home in a prominent building in a prominent neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/steppingstone?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:00:17 -0600 Artists find new uses for old things A group of artists are creating new works from some old and surprising materials in the "Festival of Appropriation." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/festivalofappropriation?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 03:00:22 -0600 Socialist art finds life after socialism The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis is currently showing an exhibition dedicated to the work of one of Russia's most reknowned socialist realism painters, Geli Korzhev. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/socialistart?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis artists from 1970s collective reunite Just a few blocks from the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis stands a nondescript warehouse that, 35 years ago, housed artists of another generation. They called the building "The Ranch," and for 15 years it was a hub of activity and inspiration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/ranchcollective?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 16:30:16 -0500 A salon for science lovers Every couple of weeks people get together at a hip night spot in Minneapolis to hang out, drink some wine... and talk science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/salonforsciencelovers?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:00:43 -0500 Ordway, arts groups form new partnership The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club have announced a new arts partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/artspartners?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:31:42 -0500 Artist stitches together cultures One young Minneapolis artist is creating new work that brings the worlds of high art and street art together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/08/artiststitchestogethercultures?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 23:00:00 -0500 Artists explore images of war Images of the war in Iraq surround us - on television, in newspapers, in magazines. But how do these images compare with the reality of war? And how are our opinions of the war influenced by the images we see? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/warmediated?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 05:30:30 -0500 Brave New Worlds of art The Walker Art Center's latest exhibition celebrates a world filled with unique points of view. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/bravenewworldsinart?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 11:15:49 -0500 From jock to artist In high school, R. Justin Stewart was a complete jock. Now just a few years later, the University of Minnesota student is an internationally acclaimed sculptor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/03/sculptor?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 02:00:54 -0500 CTC stages 'Average Family' A new play at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis looks at Native American life through the lens of reality television. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/averagefamily?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 15:00:21 -0500 Does community equal quality? Minnesota has an estimated 300 community theaters across the state. They outnumber professional theaters 2-1. But community theaters often have a reputation for being of a lesser artistic standard than their professional colleagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theater4?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 05:00:46 -0500 Volunteers make community theater happen Putting on a play involves a lot more people than just the actors on stage. That's especially true with community theater, where volunteers are the life blood of every production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theater3?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 03:00:04 -0500 MIA hires new director The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has named Kaywin Feldman as its new director and president. She has been head of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis for the past eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/miadirector?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:36:56 -0500 A budding actress takes the stage Community theater is alive and well in Minnesota. We meet an aspiring young starlet who's using community theater to help launch her career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theater2?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 02:08:34 -0500 Community theater welcomes all Minnesotans have long had a love affair with community theater. There are approximately 300 such theaters across the state, from Grand Marais to Fergus Falls to Owatonna, and many have thrived for decades. This week we look at the success of community theaters in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theater1?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:00:48 -0500 Community theater fans like the intimacy It's opening night at the Lakeshore Players Theatre, as the curtain rises on its production of "Harvey." Audiences appreciate the intimacy and convenience they find in community theaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theater5?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:00:30 -0500 'We, Too, Are Book Artists' In what's believed to be the first ever show of its kind, "We, Too, Are Book Artists" gathers the work of African American book artists from around the nation in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/bookartists?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:00:55 -0500 Pipaashaa means thirst Concerns about industrial waste and the havoc it's causing in impoverished communities around the world is at the heart of a new dance that's being performed in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/pipaashaa?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 11:47:44 -0500 'Triangle of Need' -- beautiful and agonizing Nigerian e-mail scams, figure skating, and a Neanderthal language all play a part in a new work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The complex video installation is called "Triangle of Need." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/triangleofneed?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2007 00:30:42 -0500 Manna Fest blends religion and theater Manna Fest at Augsburg College features a variety of plays and performances, all with a spiritual theme. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/mannafest?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Authorities identify four victims, other families wait for word The four known victims of the I-35W bridge collapse have now been identified. Anxious families are waiting at a hotel in Minneapolis for word on their missing loved ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/victimsfamilies?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:34:17 -0500 Grand carving on a small scale In a small town on the St. Croix lives one of only a few hundred artists in the world who carry on a centuries-old Japanese tradition called netsuke. It involves carving detailed figures on a miniature scale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/netsuke?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2007 18:00:00 -0500 These pioneer painters wore long dresses Even before women had the right to vote, there were female artists in Minnesota who supported themselves painting portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. Pioneering work by the state's first professional women painters is on display in a new exhibition in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/16/womenartists?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Founder of MIA's photography department has died Minnesota has lost a champion of great photography. Ted Hartwell, who founded the photography department at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Hartwell belonged to the first generation of photography curators in American museums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/hartwellobit?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2007 14:27:06 -0500 Nautilus joins year-long theater marathon The St. Paul-based Nautilus Music-Theater is one of hundreds of theater companies across the country participating in a year-long floating theater festival. They're staging the work of a writer who challenged herself to write a play a day for an entire year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/365plays?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:45:00 -0500 Northern landscapes reflect Nordic identity A new exhibition of paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts explores the importance of the landscape to Nordic cultural identity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/nordiclandscapes?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 06:00:00 -0500 American artists had an answer for Picasso Some of America's foremost painters tried to beat the great Pablo Picasso at his own game, creating works that heavily referenced Picasso's images. A new exhibition at the Walker Art Center reveals how the American response to Picasso spawned a whole new artistic movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/18/picasso?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Bush Foundation breaks new ground for older artists The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has announced the creation of a significant new grant program for older artists. Its goal is to encourage artists at a time when they're often neglected and carry them through what could be the most productive part of their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/bushgrants?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Strib cuts affect arts coverage Friday marks the deadline for Star Tribune staff writers to decide whether they'll take buyouts the paper is offering as part of the recent budget cuts. While we still don't know the full effect of the cuts on the paper, we do know substantial changes are being made to the Star Tribune's arts coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/30/stribarts?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Will controversy be Mapplethorpe's lasting image? Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is best remembered for the controversy that surrounded some of his work. A new exhibition of his photographs at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis explores his more traditional side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/mapplethorpe?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Strassheim views the familiar through a distant lens Minnesotan Angela Strassheim has shown she's a photographer to watch since last year when she was selected as one of the artists featured in New York's Whitney Biennial, a major contemporary art show. A new exhibition of her work is now on view at Chambers Art Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/07/angelastrassheim?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities non-profit plays fairy godmother A local charity is working to take the financial stress out of a teenage rite of passage: the prom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/promdress?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Lost Boys inspire local art The Sudanese refugee crisis has become a very personal story for some Minneapolis high school students. Their art is hanging alongside works by Sudanese refugees in an exhibit that accompanies the Children's Theatre production of "The Lost Boys of Sudan." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/lostboysart?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:35:00 -0500 Minneapolis arts education program earns award Each year the Ordway Center in St. Paul presents its annual Sally Awards to honor individuals and institutions in Minnesota who make a significant contribution to the region's artistic and cultural life. This year's winner in the category of education is the Arts for Academic Achievement program in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/16/artsforacademicachievement?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Bourne's "Edward Scissorhands" is not cutting-edge Choreographer Matthew Bourne does not believe dance has to be an acquired taste. Bourne is a Tony Award-winner who's filled theaters worldwide with his productions of "The Car Man," "Swan Lake" and "Cinderella." He's brought his latest dance theater piece, "Edward Scissorhands," to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/matthewbourne?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:40:00 -0500 Interim director takes over as head of the State Arts Board The Minnesota State Arts Board has appointed its interim director to head the agency on a permanent basis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/02/artsboardguy?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:32:13 -0500 Designed for the dump Each year the average Minnesota family sends approximately one ton of waste into a landfill. Some of it is cheap clothing, electronics and furniture that's designed not to last very long. But environmentally conscious consumers are finding alternatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/durabilityanddesign?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2007 17:58:14 -0500 Weisman unveils expansion plans The expansion will provide the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis with more gallery space, and a new cafe. It's designed by the original architect, Frank Gehry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/12/weisman?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:00:00 -0500 Will merger solve library's problems? Hennepin County Commissioners meet Tuesday to consider a merger of the Minneapolis and Hennepin Libraries, to help solve a funding problem with the city library system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/librarymerger?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:30:00 -0500 Will the downtown diamond sparkle? Twins fans have a lot of questions about the size, shape and location of the proposed new baseball stadium. Will there be room for enough seats on the small parcel of land? How far will the seats be from the action? And will fans enjoy travelling to that part of town? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/08/stadiumdesign?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0600 The Pope, the Witch, the U and the Church It's unusual for a student production to get any coverage in the media. But a play at the University of Minnesota is attracting more attention than the theater department ever imagined. It's inspired newspaper editorials, blogs, protests from clergy and politicians, and thousands of concerned citizen e-mails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/popeplay?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 19:00:00 -0600 Kara Walker's art traces the color line Kara Walker may be the only artist to tackle racism, slavery, sexual abuse or oppression in a way that at first seems beautiful, poetic and even witty. The Walker Art Center is currently presenting the first-ever survey of the 37-year-old artist's work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/karawalker?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:45:00 -0600 Life by design The word 'design' used to be relegated to the conversations of academics and engineers, but now it pops up in housekeeping magazines and department store aisles. Although most of us don't learn about it in school, design -- both good and bad -- has a tremendous impact on our lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/02/02_lifebydesign/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 The design economy: We are what we buy As consumers, we tend to express who we are -- and who we want to be -- through the things we buy. Our clothes, our cars and our homes all reflect an identity we've chosen for ourselves. We have increasingly emotional relationships with objects. And now designers are playing with those emotions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/design3?refid=0 Sat, 03 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 How design shapes where we live In a world where people are moving with greater frequency, and making job choices based on location, cities are competing to lure in new residents and businesses and keep them happy. The way a city is designed has an enormous impact on whether it thrives or dies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/design2?refid=0 Sat, 03 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Who has the power to influence design? We've heard how design has incredible power over us as individuals. It can affect not only what we buy, but also how we feel. It can determine the fate of a community. But what control do we have over design? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/design4?refid=0 Sat, 03 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 How we define design It's hard even to be certain about what the term "design" means. So we asked some experts for their definition of design, and got some interesting responses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/design1?refid=0 Sat, 03 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Graywolf is turning readers into donors Graywolf Press in St. Paul has announced it's successfully completed a $1 million fundraising campaign. It's a singular feat in the world of literature and it has implications for other non-profit literary presses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/29/graywolffunding?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Stoppard finds no "ought" in the playwright's art He populates the stage with 19th-century Russian radicals and 20th-century rock 'n' rollers, and he fills the air with ideas. Playwright Tom Stoppard pays a visit to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/tomstoppard?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 17:15:00 -0600 More than clothing is available at God's Closet in St. Paul The church charity is transforming the lives of both clients and volunteers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/22/godspantry?refid=0 Thu, 23 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Artists seek help with health care Artists, who are often self-employed and have small incomes, have a hard time meeting their medical costs. Does a life in the arts mean a life without adequate health care? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/artisthealthcare?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 04:00:00 -0600 "City Indians" use art to stake their claim A new exhibit in Minneapolis looks at what it means to be a "city Indian." For many American Indians it could mean reclaiming a land that used to be their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/15/cityindians?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Shapiro & Smith Dance goes on without Shapiro A Minnesota dance company takes the stage in Minneapolis this weekend without one of its key members. Danial Shapiro, co-creator of Shapiro & Smith Dance, died last month of prostate cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/shapiroandsmith?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:29:32 -0600 New study points to "balkanized" cultural career landscape A new study suggests that artists can--and perhaps should--work both sides of the for-profit/non-profit fence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/artistcrossoverstudy?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 10:24:43 -0600 Revealing dress A new exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum explores how our clothing can reveal as much as it conceals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/clothingasart?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Outsider art goes Uptown A new exhibit in Minneapolis presents works by artists from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. What links these artists together is that they're all considered "outsiders." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/outsiderart?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Traveling musicians stymied by airport security For the past six weeks travellers coming to and from England have been forced to keep their carry-on baggage to a minimum. An inconvenience for some has been a major problem for others, including musicians wanting to travel with their instruments. After a public outcry, those rules are set to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/20/flyinginstruments?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Picturing security You've probably never been to Terror Town or Disaster City, but these are actual places in the United States, training centers where government workers prepare for the worst. A new exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis examines the proving ground of the homeland security industry with an artistic eye. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/shambroomsecurity?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 17:20:00 -0500 MacPhail Center for Music breaks new ground The MacPhail Center for Music is breaking ground both for its new home and in the world of music education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/macphailgroundbreaking?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Dancing the Minnesota tango The first Minnesota Heartland Tango Festival is bringing an international line-up of instructors and performers together. What, the polka's not good enough anymore? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/tangofest?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 22:00:00 -0500 Art makes a difference in North Minneapolis Outsiders tend to associate the north side of Minneapolis with drugs, violence and theft. But some residents are trying to change the way the neighborhood is seen--and the way it sees itself--through art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/04/homewoodstudios?refid=0 Mon, 04 Sep 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Carl Flink gives dance a sporting chance A new Minnesota dance company is as athletic as it is artful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/17/flink?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 The Fringe from the inside Each year the Minnesota Fringe Festival brings together thousands of Minnesotans to see new theater, dance and art. The 11-day event is a complex logistical feat, requiring a leader with a diverse set of skills. Leah Cooper has been that leader. We spent a day with her, to see the Fringe through her eyes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/04/insidethefringe?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Bruce Carlson's friends remember musical visionary Services will be held Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis for a local music visionary. Bruce Carlson, director of the Schubert Club, died of complications from leukemia, leaving behind him a legacy of several decades of gorgeous music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/carlson_obit?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2006 13:00:00 -0500 Beyond Words: Collecting books as art A new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis takes a look at the collectible book, and you might be surprised at what that includes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/25/bookartcollectors?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Times writers dramatize Darfur revelations How do you write a play about genocide that both delivers an important political message and a compelling evening of theater? A New York Times staffer has come to the Twin Cities hoping to do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/darfurplay?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 21:11:47 -0500 What does a dramaturg do, and what are so many doing here? This week more than 100 dramaturgs are descending on the Twin Cities. What's a dramaturg, you ask? Good question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/dramaturgs?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 02:00:00 -0500 Finding places for new plays Despite the Twin Cities' active writing community, there are relatively few outlets for local playwrights to see their new work on stage. So how and where do they get their work produced? While playwrights haven't given up on established theaters, more and more they're doing it themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/homesfornewplays?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota Rocks! revisited Artists from around the world have been hard at work in St. Paul as part of an international stone carving symposium. The results of their work will become public art all over the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/30/minnesotarocksrevisited?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 The Guthrie: More open than ever The Guthrie Theater's new home on the Minneapolis riverfront welcomes the public through its doors for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/guthrieopeningday?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jun 2006 22:00:00 -0500 What would Ralph Rapson do? The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is one of the best known regional theaters in the country. Now, after 40 years, the theater company is moving to a new high-profile home on the other side of town. In the process, a bit of the city's architectural -- and theatrical -- past is about to be torn down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/guthrierapson?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 13:12:03 -0500 The Guthrie's big blue box opens Sunday This Sunday the Guthrie Theater Company will open its new home to the public. It's big, it's bold and it's blue -- intended as a dramatic new landmark on the Mississippi riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/newguthrieopens?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Checking out the library's new role in the community The recent opening of the Minneapolis Public Library drew a lot of attention to the new look of libraries, with state-of-the-art technology, cafes and comfy chairs. But libraries aren't just changing physically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/15/librariesreachout?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:09:10 -0500 The MIA expansion is not about the building The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening its newly expanded building to the public. While some openings are all about the building, this one is all about the art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/08/miaexpansion?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 16:11:31 -0500 Making art accessible to the poor: Involve the neighborhood Several arts organizations argue that seeing great theater is sometimes as important for the spirit as food and shelter, and they feel that's especially true for people living in poverty. Pillsbury House Theater has embedded itself into the heart of an inner-city neighborhood and become a part of the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/31/artsforthepoor3?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Making art accessible to the poor: Respect the audience The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/31/artsforthepoor2?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Making art accessible to the poor: Remove the obstacles The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/30/artsforthepoor1?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Minnesota rocks Artists from around world are in St. Paul to celebrate the most common material on the planet -- rock. Over the next six weeks, a group of master stonecarvers will transform Minnesota quarry stone into art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/minnesotarocks?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Two poets with Mideast roots cross paths in St. Paul Some set aside Holocaust Remembrance Day to remember the horrific lessons of the past; others choose to take the time to envision a brighter future. Two poets--one Israeli, the other Lebanese--are reading and discussing their work in an attempt to create greater cultural understanding across international borders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/bordercrossings?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Buried Alive Musical theater has a reputation for being light and happy. One local company, Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis, seeks to explore musical theater's more challenging works. Its latest production is "Floyd Collins," the true story of a man who, in his search for fame and glory, ended up digging his own grave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/floydcollins?refid=0 Sun, 23 Apr 2006 21:30:00 -0500 Now that Minneapolis has had a year to live with the Walker... One year ago the Walker Art Center opened its expanded building to the public. Now that the newness of the building has faded, how is the Walker faring? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/walkeranniversary?refid=0 Sun, 16 Apr 2006 12:00:00 -0500 After the Falls Photographer Alec Soth explores Niagara Falls, falling in love, and the aftermath of passion in a new body of work devoted to the famous body of water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/11/soth_niagara?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 How the MIA traces the ownership of old art Italian authorities say the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is one of eight American museums that possess illegally exported Italian artifacts. Tracing the ownership of art and artifacts is a tricky job for museums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/mia_antiquities?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Is it right to call a Lincoln impersonator "Honest Abe"? A new photography exhibit in Minneapolis is calling on viewers to question the symbols we choose to represent American history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/using_history?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans make a mark at New York's Whitney Biennial The Whitney Biennial is the most influential group art show in the country. This year, there's a surge in the number of Minnesota artists invited to show their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/whitney_minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 07:00:00 -0600 The family that plays together There's an old adage: the family that plays together, stays together. There's evidence to support the proverb in the local theater scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/09/dambrose_family?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 13:01:46 -0600 Cellists move to the spotlight Cellists are moving their instruments from the third row of the orchestra to the front row of your local rock venue. This weekend the band Jelloslave releases its new CD "Touch IT." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/jelloslave?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2006 06:30:00 -0600 When theater keeps political spirits alive Theater is often relegated to the world of entertainment. But since its beginnings, theater has been a forum for political activism and an agent for change. A Minnesota theater company is focussing on that tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/teatro?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:29:39 -0600 Peace in the House Modern news headlines are a constant reminder of religious conflict; Jews and Muslims battling over land in Israel and Palestine, Hindus and Muslims fighting over territory in Kashmir, and riots across the Muslim world in response to drawings of the prophet Mohammed. But a concert in Minneapolis suggests there's another side to the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/08/peaceinthehouse?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2006 17:15:35 -0600 The strange world of Amerika Theatergoers tend to show up for plays with certain expectations. There will be actors, there will be a set. And there will be a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. But Theatre de la Jeune Lune's most recent production of &quot;Amerika&quot; is challenging one of those assumptions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/02_combsm_amerika/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Three keyboards, one concert One night a year, three Twin Cities musicians come together to perform before a live audience. The three men come from different generations and musical backgrounds, but they have two things in common; they all play keyboard instruments and they all resist attempts to pigeonhole their music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/01_combsm_keysplease/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:30:00 -0600 Silent movies come to life on stage The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis has brought the gags, humor and fun of silent movies to the stage. &quot;Reeling&quot; pays homage to the films of Buster Keaton, while taking his performance style to a whole new level. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_combsm_reeling/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 The art of promoting rock concerts A new exhibit at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design looks at the art of promoting rock concerts. &quot;Graphic Noise&quot; is a show of modern rock posters, which are quickly replacing the coveted record album covers of yesteryear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/19_combsm_graphicnoise/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Don Quixote rides again The current political climate has inpired a local theater company to bring back the adventures of a hallucinating country squire and his unlikely quests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/18_combsm_lamancha/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Some assembly required Very few people can afford to design their own home. An exhibit currently at the Walker Art Center looks at recent trends in contemporary prefabricated architecture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/14_combsm_modularhomes/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2005 17:00:00 -0600 Art by the homeless For many, the holiday season is a time spent like any other -- looking for a job and a place to sleep. A new exhibit at the Mall of America is attempting to raise awareness of the plight of artists who are currently or have been recently homeless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/06_combsm_homelessart/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2005 03:00:00 -0600 Private art collection goes public The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening an exhibition of paintings that until this year, have never been seen together in public. They all belong to one Minneapolis native who has a passion - and a talent - for collecting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_combsm_villa/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 18:16:00 -0600 Seward Arts Festival celebrates community Most art festivals are an opportunity for artists to show and sell their work. But at the Seward Arts Festival, the emphasis is placed more on community and creativity than on craft. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_combsm_sewardartfair/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Walter Anderson: Artist of the Wild A new exhibit at the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis takes an artistic look at the natural world through an eccentric man's eyes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_combsm_anderson/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 00:02:00 -0600 Keillor leaving St. Paul? Garrison Keillor said the show will leave the Fitzgerald Theater, which Minnesota Public Radio bought for the show in 1980. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_combsm_keillor/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 12:16:00 -0600 Dairy farm democracy The war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and other political strategies of the Bush administration have spurred an artistic backlash in theaters across the United States. A new play by Sam Shepard, &quot;The God of Hell,&quot; looks at what could happen if those in power became a little too comfortable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/26_combsm_godofhell/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Life under surveillance From the Internet to credit reports to security surveillance, people we don't know have more access to our personal information than ever before. &quot;Supervision,&quot; a new production at the Walker Art Center, explores how data are changing both how we're seen, and who we are. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/13_combsm_supervision/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2005 01:00:00 -0500 The 'bright stars' of arts in Minnesota Many small towns are losing population, and some would say their future is bleak. But the McKnight Foundation has a new report out Wednesday, called &quot;Bright Stars.&quot; It looks at how the arts are helping some towns across Minnesota to succeed against the odds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/28_combsm_mcknightreport/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis unveils new plan for the arts The city of Minneapolis has released a new 10-year plan for the arts, which promises to increase funding, help promote the arts, and strengthen arts education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/22_combsm_mplsartsplan/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2005 13:00:00 -0500 Architect Ralph Rapson at 91 At the age of 91, architect Ralph Rapson is still hard at work. Many in his field consider him to be Minnesota's most important architect of the 20th century. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/13_combsm_rapson/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2005 11:00:00 -0500 St. Paul's new Conservatory for Performing Artists A new public arts school is celebrating the start of its first year in downtown St. Paul, but already it's looking to becoming a national center for arts education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/02_combsm_conservatory/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2005 16:47:00 -0500 Rediscovering a landmark A group of artists has joined together to draw people's attention back to the rich history of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/26_combsm_landmark/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Donovan Durham's 'Fantastic Print Show' One of the perks of being an artist is sometimes you get to name your own show. Painter and sketch artist Donovan Durham called his: &quot;Donovan Durham's Fantastic Print Show.&quot; It turns out his life story is just as fantastic as his art. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/10_combsm_durham/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The Fringe Festival takes center stage The Minnesota Fringe Festival gets underway Thursday in Minneapolis. It's an opportunity to see a myriad of theater, dance and visual art in a matter of days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/04_combsm_fringe/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 02:00:00 -0500 Painting with sound What do you do if one day you realize the job you've loved all your life isn't cutting it anymore? Here's the story of a man who changed his art, and how the art changed the man. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/01_combsm_pix/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2005 18:30:00 -0500 The imaginary world of artist Margo Selski A Minnesota artist is gaining attention for paintings which harken back to a place and time that never existed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_combsm_selski/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 16:27:00 -0500 New Man at MIA The Minneapolis Institute of Arts named Bill Griswold as its new director Thursday. He replaces the MIA's former director Evan Maurer, and admits he has some pretty big shoes to fill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_combsm_mia/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 10:58:00 -0500 Capturing the rock moment There is nothing quite like the excitement of a great rock show. Even the best recording can't truly recapture the experience. But a new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis attempts to do just that. It's called &quot;Musicapolis&quot; and it presents 40 years of Twin Cities music history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/20_combsm_musicopolis/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 A new home for music in Minneapolis The MacPhail Center for Music is building a new home in Minneapolis. MacPhail has unveiled the design for an expanded music center in the Mill District, in what's becoming a new cultural corridor. But MacPhail plans building a new future while breaking down some old walls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_combsm_newmcphail/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 16:54:00 -0500 OXOP gets graphic about art When you want to buy comic book art - you go to a comic book store, right? Nowadays you might go to a gallery. Graphic art is moving into the realm of high art, and attracting new, younger buyers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_combsm_opox/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Is the Twin Cities metro really a haven for the creative class? Economist Richard Florida has declared the Twin Cities a world leader in attracting creative people. Florida draws a connection between the health of cities and their ability to attract what's defined as &quot;the creative class.&quot; But a Minnesota economist says the creative class theory just doesn't hold water. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/05_combsm_creativeclass/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Beautiful and meaningless Most artists admit art in its basic form is an egotistical process of self expression. Often they try to persuade viewers of certain political or spiritual or social messages. However an exhibit in Minneapolis features the work of an artist who says it's all beautiful, but completely meaningless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/24_combsm_africano/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 New dance company creates its own personality What is dance? Ballet? Modern? Jazz? Ethnic? A new dance company in the Twin Cities is attempting to bring together the best of all these forms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/16_combsm_tudance/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 &quot;A Body of Water&quot; looks at a body of memory What would you do if you woke up one morning, and didn't recognize where you were? Not only that, you didn't know WHO you were? A new Lee Blessing play at the Guthrie Lab in Minneapolis called &quot;A Body of Water&quot; explores the fluid nature of memory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/09_combsm_bodyofwater/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Stepping to a new rhythm A hot young tap group is bringing new life and rhythm to dance in the Twin Cities. Meet &quot;Ten Foot Five.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_combsm_tenfootfive/?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Children's Theatre completes its first capital drive The Children's Theatre Company has announced the successful completion of its $27 million capital campaign. The money will pay for the expansion of its theater and rehearsal space in Minneapolis, which is set to open this fall. But in the same breath the CTC has announced it wants to raise more money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/23_combsm_ctcdrive/?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2005 16:17:00 -0500 Some Minnesota artists find fame elsewhere Every time you buy a book on-line or surf the web looking for information on a foreign band, you are participating in the new global arts market. Globalization is presenting artists with many opportunities to reach new audiences. It's presenting artists with unforeseen challenges, as well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/20_combsm_globalartists/?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2005 16:21:00 -0500 The Walker redefines the art 'world' When the Walker Art Center opened its newly expanded building last month, people travelled from Poland, Korea, and Argentina for the event. They came to see the new building. But they also came because the Walker has reached out to artists and museums all around the world. It's a big change in an area until recently dominated by American and European interests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_combsm_globalwalker/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Taking back the Bard William Shakespeare is the most popular - and most staged - playwright in the English language. Unfortunately his plays don't offer many roles for women. One Minneapolis theater company is working to change that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/12_combsm_unbound/?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Fabulous photographic ephemera Photographers make photographs. They also make a lot of other stuff - press releases, brochures, business cards - things that aren't meant to last. But if they do survive, they can become quite interesting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_combsm_ephemera/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Urning a living Business experts say you have to find a niche to succeed. Artist Bradley Royce says he's found his niche, but he he's having a hard time finding any buyers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/03_combsm_urns/?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The Walker's place in the art world The newly expanded Walker Art Center has opened in Minneapolis. Thousands of people attended weekend festivities for the center. Many travelled from across the country, even from around the world for the event. They say the art world is watching the Walker Art Center with curiosity and enthusiasm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_combsm_walkerglobal/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Apr 2005 11:00:00 -0500 The new Walker -- more than a museum A newly expanded and renovated Walker Art Center in Minneapolis opens its doors to the public Friday. The new building not only adds space for more artwork, but it marks the beginning of a new era for the institution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_combsm_walkeropens/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 04:00:00 -0500 How much will you pay to see a show? Going out to see a show these days is pretty expensive. Rising ticket prices, combined with convenience fees, parking, babysitting, make going out for the night a serious financial investment. Some argue the cost of cultural events is convincing families they're better off staying home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_combsm_ticketprices/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 16:30:00 -0600 Repainting art history If you could insert yourself into a famous painting, who would you be? How would it feel to see yourself hanging on a wall in a museum? A new exhibit at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis takes young men from Harlem and puts them front and center in art history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_combsm_icons/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 09:30:00 -0600 Opera in all sizes Opera is opulent by nature. It combines music, theater, poetry and sometimes dance. Typically it's done in a large house with a full orchestra, decadent sets and divas wearing elegant costumes. Grand opera productions run for just a couple of weeks and tickets are expensive. Yet many smaller theaters in the Twin Cities are staging operas in a more intimate setting, for a fraction of the price. These smaller houses argue bigger isn't necessarily better. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_combsm_opera/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 10:02:00 -0600 Finding love despite racial stereotypes Our country has been called a melting pot -- a place where people from diverse cultures live together in harmony. But do we? A new play, &quot;Slippery When Wet,&quot; at the Penumbra Theater explores the tensions that arise when two people of different ethnic backgrounds begin dating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_combsm_slippery/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Mozart in Manhattan Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died of a sudden illness in 1791 at the age of 35. What if he had lived and followed his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte to America? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/03_combsm_mozartopera/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2005 18:00:00 -0600 Art on ice Visitors to Minnesota often stop and wonder at the strange collection of ice fishing shacks that appear on the lakes each winter. Now even the locals are stopping to stare at a a group of shacks on Medicine Lake in Plymouth. The &quot;Art Shanty Project&quot; is a collection of ice houses with an artistic flair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_combsm_artshanties/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Donald Hall reflects on his life of poetry Donald Hall is considered one of America's greatest poets. He's published 15 volumes of poetry. The two most recent works, &quot;Without&quot; and &quot;The Painted Bed,&quot; deal with the death of his wife, poet Jane Kenyon in 1995. Hall told MPR's Marianne Combs he was drawn to poetry from an early age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/21_extra_donaldhall?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Imagination and memory on stage in new show Everyone experiences the world differently -- some more differently than others. It's those differences that make understanding one another so difficult sometimes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/01_combsm_interact/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2004 12:47:00 -0600 Walker and Guthrie buildings making headway Two huge concrete edifices are springing up in Minneapolis; new buildings for both the Guthrie Theater and the Walker Art Center. Their past--and future--are closely linked. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_combsm_guthriewalker/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Art that's stuffed and mounted A gallery exhibit in Minneapolis is giving new life to the lifeless. The Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists uses dead animals and stuffed toys to create wild displays of impossible beasts. The work is imaginative, but not for the faint-hearted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/22_combsm_taxidermists/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota: land of long-lasting small presses Three of the nations most successful non-profit literary presses are based in the Twin Cities and they're all celebrating major anniversaries this year. Somehow they've managed to survive in the multi-billion dollar book publishing business where major houses viciously compete for access to book-lovers' wallets. So how did they do it? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_combsm_smallpresses/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 09:00:00 -0500 God's art Many great art collections are tucked away in various houses of worship throughout the Twin Cities. Churches and temples use the art to inspire and educate their congregations. But the collections add new wrinkles to the already complex business of collecting art. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_combsm_religiousart/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 12:38:00 -0500 Exploring the ethics of a &quot;Sexsting&quot; A new play takes the unlikely stance of defending people believed to be sex offenders. In &quot;Sexsting,&quot; a middle-aged man is arrested for attempting to consumate an on-line relationship with a 14 year-old girl. The catch? The girl is actually another middle-aged man - and an FBI agent. The plays co-creators argue it's a form of entrapment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/22_combsm_sexsting/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2004 16:18:00 -0500 Photographer Alec Soth is coping with fame Alec Soth is drawing worldwide attention. The Minneapolis-based photographer exploded onto the international art scene at the Whitney Biennial this year. Since then his fame has continued to spread. But Soth is finding his newfound popularity has its advantages, and its disadvantages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_combsm_soth/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2004 16:47:00 -0500 A new musical mosaic for Minneapolis Classical musicians from across the Twin Cities have come together to perform the premiere of a new orchestral work. It's called &quot;Mosaic: Cedar and Lake,&quot; and it attempts to capture the cultural diversity of Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/08_combsm_mplsmosaic/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Ruminator bookstore closing Ruminator Books, the nationally-recognized independent bookstore on the Macalester College campus in St. Paul, is closing. After a series of financial problems and several attempts to find solutions, Macalester College has terminated the bookstore's lease. Book lovers say Minnesota is losing a piece of its literary history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/29_combsm_ruminator/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2004 10:28:00 -0500 Dancing on water Marylee Hardenbergh dances on the Mississippi -- literally. For the last eight years, she and her company have produced a Solstice Dance on and around the river in downtown Minneapolis. It's designed to deepen people's relationship to the great Mississippi. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_combsm_solsticedance/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Art or eyesore? Many people living in southwest Minneapolis are familiar with Mari Newman's house. It's a brightly colored home and its yard is filled with a rotating display of Newman's own sculpture. She likes to repaint found objects. Some call it art, but some think it's an eyesore and have complained to the city to have it removed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/11_combsm_outsiderart/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2004 15:59:00 -0500 Layers of collaboration in 'Talking Masks' An artistic collaboration can stretch artists to try new things, while allowing them to build on of each other's talents. A new production at Pillsbury House Theater in Minneapolis is the result of a collaboration between a theater, a playwright, a composer and performers. Such projects can have both their advantages and their disadvantages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/24_combsm_collaboration/?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2004 14:00:00 -0500 James Sewell Ballet leaps to center stage A Minnesota dance company is looking to raise its profile in the Twin Cities. James Sewell Ballet regularly garners rave reviews when it tours to New York and elsewhere around the country. But the high praise hasn't translated into packed audiences here at home. Now the company has announced it's going to change that by moving to center stage of the Twin Cities performing arts scene. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/05_combsm_sewellballet/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2004 14:00:00 -0500 &quot;Women with Vision&quot; film/video festival The Walker Art Center will hold their annual Women with Vision Film/Video Festival starting May 5. Diector Lesli Klainberg talks with Marianne Combs about her film &quot;In the Company of Women,&quot; which focuses on womenâs roles on and off screen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/30_sota_film?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2004 12:30:00 -0500 NowHaus 01: A new design for homes The first weekend in May marks the 17th annual Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour. The Home Tour invites enthusiasts to visit the best in new and remodeled houses. This year there's one house that's likely to stand out from the others. It's creators call it &quot;Nowhaus 01.&quot; They say it combines the sensibilities of modern art with new trends in sustainable urban architecture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/29_combsm_nowhaus/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Small museum seeks big visibility Minneapolis is home to a number of well-known museums. But relatively few people know about the only art museum in St. Paul. Until recently, the Minnesota Museum of American Art sat hidden from view in the upper floors of the Landmark Center. Now it's making a big move in order to get the attention of people on the street. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/16_combsm_mmaa/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Light Bound: Photographers Regard the Book The word photography literally means &quot;writing with light.&quot; A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts focuses on the intimate relationship between the camera and the literary world. &quot;Light Bound&quot; features the work of seven artists, each fascinated by books. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/30_combsm_boundinlight/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Mathew Janczewski 'resonates' through dance Many dance companies have their own schools and regular concerts to keep them financially healthy all year long. Meanwhile ARENA Dances exists just beneath the radar, surviving from one concert to the next, usually performing just once a year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_combsm_janczewski/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2004 23:00:00 -0600 Dying Theaters Over the past year several Minnesota theaters have closed their doors. Others are struggling to stay open, but the outlook is bleak. Artists say they're victims of what they call &quot;the perfect storm.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_combsm_dyingtheaters/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2004 11:00:00 -0600 Going forward and backward in &quot;The Last Five Years&quot; Twin Cities-based Nautilus Theatre presents a musical about a love story, with a unique twist. In <i>The Last Five Years,</i> one character tells the story from beginning to end, while the other starts on the day of the breakup and moves backward in time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/09_combsm_fiveyears/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2004 17:31:00 -0600 The arts as economic development The Twin Cities rank high in a new University of Minnesota study analyzing the economic impact of artists. The study looks at the concentration of artists in the 29 largest metro areas in the United States. Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco topped the list, while the Minneapolis-St. Paul area was ranked eighth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/03_combsm_artsimpact/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Walking around a theater to learn about the &quot;Bill of (W)rights&quot; What would you do if you found a pack of cigarettes in your 13-year-old daughter's school bag? Would you ever read your spouse's diary? Is either situation a big deal? A new production at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis examines America's civil rights, and how they play out in our everyday lives. &quot;Bill of (W)rights&quot; is made up of 10 eight-minute plays, staged throughout the theater building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/25_combsm_mixedblood/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2004 15:30:00 -0600 Comic women reign at Brave New Workshop Comediennes are writing more roles for themselves on local stages, but say good comic roles in movies are sorely lacking for women. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/20_combsm_comediennes/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2004 13:37:00 -0600 Rubber stamp: Office tool or art object? A new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Art examines the rise of the rubber stamp from a simple office tool to an accessible artistic medium. First used by fringe artists to mass produce art on the cheap, rubber stamps are now used by millions to create personalized stationery and craft art. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_combsm_stamps/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Music in Baghdad: An Iraqi pioneer looks back Beatrice Ohanessian is a woman of many firsts. She was Iraq's first concert pianist. She was the first ever Iraqi female composer. She performed with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra for three decades. Now she makes a quiet living teaching piano from her home in the Twin Cities suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/15_combsm_iraqipianist/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2004 17:00:00 -0600 The Changing Face of Power The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute presents an exhibition of photographs portraying the lives of women U.S. Senators. Organizers hope it will help stimulate debate over why there have been so few women in the Senate over the years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/05_combsm_changingface/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Guthrie takes Othello on tour Starting in January, the Guthrie Theater will take Shakespeare's Othello on the road. The tour is part of the National Endowment for the Arts' initiative to bring Shakespeare to communities across America. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/01_combsm_othello/?refid=0 Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Ten Thousand Things Theater Company goes to jail (and other places) Many theaters complain their audiences are too soft. Some sleep through the shows, others give a standing ovation no matter what. One company says it has great audiences - you just need to know where to look for them. Ten Thousand Things theater company performs in Minnesota's prisons and homeless shelters. Critics regard it as some of the best theater in the region. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/20_combsm_tenthousand/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Evidence of democracy Photographer Paul Shambroom went to both nuclear missile silos and city council meetings across America in search of evidence of democracy at work. What he found was both inspiring and sobering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/07_combsm_democracyphotos/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2003 13:00:00 -0600 Exploring a photographer's life Photojournalist Werner Bischof died in a car accident in Peru in 1954. He was just 38. During his short career he created a wealth of images that portrayed the struggles of life not only in his native Switzerland, but around the world. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents a new exhibition of Bischof's work. The exhibit uses technology which may change the way museums present art to the public. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/03_combsm_bischoff/?refid=0 Sat, 04 Oct 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Funeral Song along the riverfront Just hours after breaking ground at the site of its planned new National Center for Theater Arts and Education, the Guthrie Theater presents its first production along the riverfront. Some say the modern theater piece is a sign of what's to come. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/12_combsm_carmen/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2003 12:18:00 -0500 Guthrie's new beginning The Guthrie Theater Company celebrated a new beginning Monday evening. Hundreds of people witnessed the ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of its new riverfront theater complex in downtown Minneapolis. The ceremony marks the end of a long uphill battle at the state Legislature for funding, but the campaign for private donations continues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/09_combsm_guthrie/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2003 10:00:00 -0500 Dissension at Minnesota Orchestra over new president A significant board member and supporter of the Minnesota Orchestra Association has resigned over the search process for its new president. This week the orchestra announced it has chosen Tony Woodcock to replace outgoing president David Hyslop. The new music director, Osmo V&auml;nsk&auml;, appears to have played a controversial role in the selection process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_combsm_mnorch/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2003 10:45:00 -0500 Nickel and Dimed opens at the Guthrie Lab A new play at the Guthrie Lab offers bleak insight into the lives of Minnesotans who are struggling to survive. The play is based on a work of non-fiction. Barbara Ehrenreich's book <i>Nickel and Dimed</i> documents the lives of the working poor in America, as seen through the eyes of a middle-class undercover journalist. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/15_combsm_nickleanddime/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 The Growing Fringe The 10th Annual Minnesota Fringe Festival is well underway. Word on the street says it's bigger and better than ever. But financial problems and continued growth have led to new challenges for the arts festival. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/08_combsm_fringeupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2003 14:30:00 -0500 Art in strange places Art shows of old were usually limited to a few select locations -- a museum, a gallery, or perhaps the drawing room of a very wealthy individual. Nowadays you can see art of all kinds in restaurants and cafes. It serves as a backdrop to fine food and conversation. But where is the best place to hang art if you really want people to get a good look at it? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/01_combsm_strangegalleries/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2003 17:30:00 -0500 Circus of the Night Art is often about doing something new and different, but painter and sculptor John Snyder finds his inspiration firmly rooted in the past. Snyder's latest show, now on view at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, features gigantic paintings reminiscent of Italian works of the 14th century. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/17_combsm_snyder/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Theater companies wait for final vote on bonding bill The bonding bill agreed to by legislative leaders provides money for a new Guthrie Theater and an expansion for the Children's Theatre Company - two flagship playhouses that are basking in recent national attention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/27_ap_theaterbonding/?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2003 17:06:00 -0500 Beautiful Again In a fast-paced society, people must learn to adapt to the world around them. In Lanesboro, the Commonweal Theatre presents <i>Beautiful Again,</i> the story of one family's comic yet poignant growing pains. When only one member of the family changes, and the others don't, it's hard for the family to stay together and be happy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/14_combsm_lanesboro/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Opera Handmaid's Tale makes U.S. premiere The Minnesota Opera presents the North American premiere of <i>The Handmaid's Tale.</i> Based on Margaret Atwood's novel, the opera tells of a world where religion is used to justify political agendas, and women are stripped of their rights. Attwood wrote the story almost 20 years ago, long before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Yet Atwood says some of its plot twists bear a disquieting similarity to more recent events. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_combsm_handmaidstale/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 16:27:00 -0500 The Guthrie at 40: Facing a crossroads Forty years ago, on May 7, 1963, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opened its doors for the first time. The new theater was Sir Tyrone Guthrie's brainchild. The internationally-known director wanted to build high quality theater outside the influence of the New York scene. Four decades on, Guthrie's vision endures, but the theater now appears to be at a crossroads. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/07_combsm_guthrieanniv/?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2003 15:00:00 -0500 The story of Korczak's Children While few Americans recognize his name, in Europe and Israel Dr. Janusz Korczak is revered as a hero and a champion of children. His writings laid the foundation for the United Nations declaration of the rights of children. Now the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis has brought his story to the stage. <i>Korczak's Children</i> tells of his last hours running his orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/10_combsm_korczak/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2003 16:45:00 -0500 Camp Songs The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota presents the Midwest premiere of &quot;Camp Songs&quot; -- five poems from the Holocaust set to music. Many people might imagine music inspired by the Holocaust to be mournful, respectful of the dead. But what sets these songs apart is their bitter defiance and humor in the face of war and death. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/28_combsm_campsongs/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 [sic] For a society that spends so much time on cell phones, e-mail, and the internet, it seems people have more and more problems communicating meaningfully with each other. In her comedy &quot;[sic]&quot; Melissa James Gibson tells the story of three thirty-somethings who can't connect to the world and the people around them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/04_combsm_sic/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Wintertime At at time of growing cynicism about the institution of marriage, the Guthrie Theater examines the virtues and vices of modern-day relationships. In &quot;Wintertime,&quot; opening tonight at the Guthrie Lab in Minneapolis, playwright Charles Mee sets love in a cold climate to see if it can survive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/05_combsm_wintertime/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2003 08:30:00 -0600 Guthrie releases new design; will push for money at Legislature The Guthrie Theater has released what it says are the final designs for a new theater complex on the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. The size and shape of the planned building remain almost entirely the same. The most startling change is the building's color. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_combsm_guthrieredesign/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2003 15:52:00 -0600 CTC Design The Children's Theatre Company has released a revised plan for the renovation and expansion of its home in south Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/28_combsm_ctcdesign/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Arts Philanthropy The economic recession is taking its toll on Minnesota foundations, and the artists who depend on their generosity are suffering. Grantmakers say 2003 will only be worse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/22_combsm_artsphilanthropy/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2002 08:00:00 -0600 Artist in Trouble A group of artists are taking a critical - and funny - look at the business of art and the strange characters involved. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/25_combsm_artistintrouble/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 David Galligan at the Ordway David Galligan is the new President and CEO at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. He faces several challenges, including balancing the budget and keeping his tenants - four major arts organizations - happy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/11_combsm_galligan/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Famous church in Minneapolis neighborhood Christ Church Lutheran sits on a corner in a residential neighborhood of Minneapolis. The American Institute of Architects lists Christ Church Lutheran as one of 31 buildings that changed modern life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/22_combsm_church/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Arthur Miller premiers play in Minnesota Famed American playwright Arthur Miller is in Minneapolis, preparing for the world premiere of his latest play at the Guthrie Theater. Miller is best known for his plays <i>Death of a Salesman</i> and <i>The Crucible</i> - this is the first time he's premiered a play in Minnesota. <i>Resurrection Blues</i> is Miller's first attempt at a satirical play. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/03_combsm_arthurmiller/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Arthur Miller premieres play in Minnesota Famed American playwright Arthur Miller is in Minneapolis this week preparing for the world premiere of his latest play at the Guthrie Theater. Miller is best known for his plays "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible." This is the first time he's premiered a play in Minnesota. "Resurrection Blues" is Miller's first attempt at a satirical play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/05/arthurmillerpremiere?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2002 00:00:00 -0500 A critique of arts criticism On any given week across Minnesota, there's a wealth of artistic events. There's music, dance, theater, the visual arts, and more. But how do we talk about these events? Many artists and art lovers say that, for such a rich arts scene, there's hardly any criticism to be found in the Minnesota media. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/24_combsm_critics/?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 CTC releases new design The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis has released the designs for its planned expansion. The new theater space would give the CTC a second performance hall as well as several more classrooms. But in order for the CTC to expand, it needs the state Legislature to grant $12 million in bonding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/18_combsm_ctc/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Guthrie's historic designation won't stop plans A state report issued Monday gives new hope to preservationists who want to save the Guthrie Theater, which is slated for demolition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/11_combsm_guthrie/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600