Minnesota Public Radio features by Chris Roberts http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=60 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:24:44 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Chris Roberts http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Metro Transit previews Green Line opening The $957 million Central Corridor Green Line officially opens next Saturday, June 14 and Metro Transit held a preview Saturday for the news media. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/07/green-line-preview?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:14:56 -0500 Art Hounds: Climbing Poetree, Hitchcock, and a young black man's strange journey This week, raves for a Brooklyn spoken word duo, the master of suspense on the big screen, and a musical about a young African American man's search for identity. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/05/art-hounds-climbing-poetree-hitchcock-and-a-young-black-mans-strange-journey/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 11:34:51 -0500 Art Hounds: Yukionna, Web of Sunsets, and a brief history of klezmer This week the hounds are more than charmed by some lunchtime Japanese opera, some centuries old klezmer music, and some psychedelic folk that may put you in a dream state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/02/art-hounds-yukionna-web-of-sunsets-and-a-brief-history-of-klezmer/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:22:12 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Lego Movie' is witty fun, while 'Monuments Men' fails to resonate Don't roll your eyes if your kids want to see "The Lego Movie," says Stephanie Curtis. It's witty and fun, with great voices from Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and Will Arnett. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/02/cube-critics-lego-movie-is-witty-fun-while-monuments-men-fails-to-resonate/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:27:26 -0600 Cube Critics: The Oscar-nominated shorts worth seeing The Oscar-nominated short films are now in theaters for a limited time. You can catch the live-action shorts at Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and the animated ones at the Lagoon Theater, just down the street. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/cube-critics-the-oscar-nominated-shorts-worth-seeing/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:27:18 -0600 Art Hounds: Cabaret, Tim Piotrowski, and the founding orchestra of the northland This week's hounds are very favorably impressed by Theatre Latte Da's interpretation of the musical that made Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey famous, a collection of meticulously stylized fashion photographs, and the majesty of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/art-hounds-cabaret-tim-piotrowski-and-the-founding-orchestra-of-the-northland/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:51:53 -0600 Cube Critics' most anticipated movies of 2014 Stephanie and Euan are pretty excited about the coming year in film, even though it's been labeled "the year of the sequel." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/cube-critics-most-anticipated-movies-of-2014/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:06:52 -0600 Cube Critics: Holiday movie round up Is it possible to review four movies in a four minutes? Not a problem for the Cube Critics. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/cube-critics-holiday-movie-round-up/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:23:09 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra musicians endure financial hardship as lockout grinds on Orchestra musicians from across the nation have sent donations to Minnesota Orchestra musicians, who are struggling to pay their mortgages, rent and health care. But the fund the American Federation of Musicians set up for striking and locked out musicians has long since run out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/08/artrs/minnesota-orchestra-musicians-endure-financial-hardship-as-lockout-grinds-on?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:00:32 -0600 Minn. songwriter Paul Metsa dusts off 'Jack Ruby' for JFK anniversary The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination has provided an opportunity for Metsa, a Minnesota folk musician, to dust off one of his most haunting songs. He wrote "Jack Ruby" more than 21 years ago, but the questions at the heart of the tune still plague the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/arts/paul-metsa-jack-ruby?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:49:04 -0600 Cube Critics: Why do we need a remake of 'Carrie?' "Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/cube-critics-why-do-we-need-a-remake-of-carrie/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:34:46 -0500 Cube Critics: A split take on Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' The Cube Critics issue a split opinion on this week's movie, "Don Jon." The film, which Stephanie finds to be a delightful romantic comedy, follows a man addicted to pornography who is trying to deal with the real women in his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/cube-critics-don-jon?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:58:27 -0500 Observers gloomy about Minnesota Orchestra's future The start of July marks ten months for the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, with no end in sight for the musicians, management and audience. Many opinions are swirling in the classical world about what's happening at the orchestra. Few predict sweetness and light, but rather a gloomy outcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/arts/minnesota-orchestra-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:00:57 -0500 Art Hounds: Second Street Stage, Anonymous Choir, and Location Books This week, an open air venue in a refurbished downtown Park Rapids, viewing art in book form, and an indie women's choral group interprets master songwriters. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/art-hounds-second-street-stage-anonymous-choir-and-location-books/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:36:50 -0500 The Twin Cities can feel like a flyover art market A combination of factors have conspired to make it a real challenge for local visual artists to forge a living selling their creations to commercial art buyers. Still, some artists and galleries are trying to beat the odds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/-minnesota-can-feel-like-a-flyover-art-market?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:56:46 -0500 Art Hounds: Sonnets, Destination TC, and love in a science lab If you feel that 14 lines is the ideal poem length, that surveying Twin Cities history through song and dance sounds appealing, and that love is not just a matter of the heart, but a subject for scientific exploration, you'll be especially intrigued by what the hounds have to say this week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/art-hounds-sonnets-destination-tc-and-love-in-a-science-lab/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:25:20 -0500 'When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky;' how a ballet started a riot One hundred years ago today, the world premiere of "The Rite of Spring" in Paris shook the orchestral world and, according to some, launched the modern dance movement. It also sparked a riot in the Parisian streets. The collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky is the subject of a new children's book by Minnesota author Lauren Stringer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/arts/when-stravinsky-met-nijinsky-how-a-ballet-started-a-riot?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 16:00:16 -0500 Bruce Coppock back as head of SPCO Former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra leader Bruce Coppock will return as its president and managing director, the SPCO announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/arts/bruce-coppock-spco?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 17:30:38 -0500 Osmo Vanska threatens to quit Mn Orch if musicians' lockout isn't solved Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska has told the Minnesota Orchestra he will resign if the musician lockout isn't resolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/arts/osmo-vanska-threatens-to-quit-mn-orch-if-musicians-lockout-isnt-solved?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 17:02:09 -0500 Osmo Vanska threatens resignation if deal is not reached Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska announced today that he would resign his post if musicians and management couldn't reach a deal to be playing again by September 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/arts/osmo-vanska-threatens-to-quit-mn-orch-if-musicians-lockout-isnt-solved?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 16:25:38 -0500 With new contract, SPCO musicians, management must repair strained relations The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are returning to the stage, after a seven-month lockout marked by halting, sometimes bitterly contentious contract talks with orchestra management. The musicians Monday ratified a new, three-year contract agreement, and will perform their first concert of the year on May 9. But it will take far longer for the two sides to repair a relationship that has been badly strained by the dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/arts/spco-contract-approved-next-steps?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:40:24 -0500 SPCO musicians ratify contract, ending months-long lockout Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians on Monday ratified a new three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/arts/spco-contract-vote?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:57:21 -0500 Minn Orch musicians demand end to lockout Minnesota Orchestra musicians have set a new condition in their labor dispute with the orchestra. They want orchestra management to end the seven-month lockout before they'll return to the bargaining table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/arts/minnesota-orchestra-labor-dispute-continues?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:50:38 -0500 '7 Psalms' a jazz-influenced exploration of faith Biblical texts set to music are a church tradition, but when you add the element of jazz, it expands its artistic reach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/arts/7-psalms-jazz-exploration-faith?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:16:54 -0500 Into the Song: 'I & Thou' a 3-minute musical exploration of existence Philosophers have written tomes about the meaning of existence. Somehow, the Eau Claire-based indie folk band The Daredevil Christopher Wright has boiled it down to a three-minute song: "I & Thou." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/arts/i-and-thou-into-the-song?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:16:59 -0600 Southern Theater survives, thanks to downsizing Now emerging from a financial crisis that nearly killed it in 2011, the Southern Theater in Minneapolis survived collapse by stripping down to one staff person and becoming a rental facility for local arts groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/arts/southern-theater-revival?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 07:25:00 -0600 Orchestra, musicians respond to report Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians say a report by the Star Tribune shows that the orchestra's board and management may have misled the community on its financial health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/arts/report-minnesota-orchestra-finances?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:23:29 -0600 Orchestra strife leads some musicians to leave Locked-out musicians at the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras have been warning of a dangerous decline in artistic quality if they accept new contracts sought by management. They say the severe cuts in salary and benefits will force many musicians to seek employment elsewhere. We hear from two of them who have already made that decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/arts/orchestra-musicians-leaving-because-of-contract-issues?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:53:11 -0600 SPCO management offers another proposal and a deadline The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has made a new offer to its musicians and set a new deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/arts/spco-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:10:44 -0500 SPCO, musicians both unhappy with 'play and talk' Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra today rejected a proposal from management to continue performing as they negotiate, commonly known as 'play and talk,' under the terms of management's latest contract offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/arts/spco-play-talk?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:31:29 -0500 A tempest strikes American orchestras American orchestras are going through a tumultuous period that may forever alter how they're run and their relationships to their communities. Horrible economic conditions and menacing long term trends spawned an orchestral tempest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/arts/tempest-strikes-american-orchestras?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Orchestra contracts near expiration Time is running out for the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to reach new labor agreements with their musicians unions. Both contracts expire at midnight Sunday. Even though the orchestras don't command the crowds professional sports teams do, work stoppages would cause economic pain in their respective hometowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/arts/deadline-nears-orchestra-contracts?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:11:07 -0500 Does SPCO, Minn. Orchestra musicians' skill justify their pay? As the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra continue high-stakes contract talks with their musicians, there is one thing both sides agree on: The general public may not fully appreciate what it takes to play in Minnesota's internationally renowned music ensembles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/arts/minnesota-orchestra-spco-musician-pay?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:45:34 -0500 Mellon Foundation grants to Walker will fund dance projects, research The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced three grants totaling more than a million dollars for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/arts/mellon-grant-walker?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:13:38 -0500 Bedlam Theatre to open space in St. Paul A renegade theater company that grew into a multi-cultural destination in Minneapolis is coming to St. Paul. Bedlam Theatre will soon open what it calls a "theater nightclub" in the Lowertown neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/arts/bedlam-theater-opens-in-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:05:36 -0500 Orchestra musicians, management hope for agreement, fear walkout It's unusual for a metro area to have two major orchestras. It's even more unusual for those orchestras to be engaged in contract talks with their musicians at the same time. But that's exactly what's happening right now with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/arts/twin-cities-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:01:44 -0500 Into the Song: Now Now picks apart 'Thread' The Twin Cities' indie pop trio Now Now will visit the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis tonight as part of the band's national tour in support of its latest album "Threads." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/arts/now-now-threads?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:18:12 -0500 Despite setback, 'Northern Sparks' festival goes on Throngs of art loving night owls are expected in Minneapolis this Saturday for the second "Northern Spark" all-night art festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/arts/northern-spark?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Is Minnesota music in a golden age? You can't scientifically measure whether a music scene is going through what some might call a "heyday." But there are signs. Indicators. And some are too big to ignore. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/05/minnesota-music-golden-age?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 11:02:36 -0500 MIA's 'Sports Show' documents interdependence of media and sports It's rare when sports and art merge, but the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' "The Sports Show" is the first exhibition from a major art museum to trace the rise of a 'global sports culture." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/mia-sports-show-photography?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:27:29 -0500 'Wishes for the Sky' a kite-flying Earth Day tribute "Wishes for the Sky" has been held for the last five years on or near Earth Day, to help people publicly express their wishes, for the earth, and for themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/wishes-for-the-sky?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:22:03 -0500 Mother and son get to the heart of music Throughout French horn virtuoso Bernhard Scully's career, his mother, Bloomington pianist Joanne Minnetti, has been in his shadow &mdash; as his accompanist. Now the pair are sharing equal billing on their first full-length album. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/mother-son-musicians?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:28:28 -0500 'Buzzer' challenges the idea of 'post-racial' America A new play premiering at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, explores how race can even overshadow close friendships. Its creators tried to capture what a conversation on race might sound like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/buzzer-post-racial?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Polica: A band before they realized it, thanks to Ryan Olson Formed just a few months ago, the quartet has generated so much excitement with its cavalcade of electronic effects and live instrumentation that it released its new album, "Give You the Ghost," several weeks early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/polica-first-avenue?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:16:34 -0600 Ten years between albums, The Minor Planets arrive at a transformed landscape It has been ten years since the Minneapolis Americana duo The Minor Planets released their first album. Now, back recording, they find a transformed music landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/minor-planets-music?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Overseas frenzy for Howler; back home, not so much Howler started when Jordan Gatesmith and Max Petrek met at a Planned Parenthood clinic with their respective girlfriends. Despite their overseas popularity, hometown reception for their garage rock sound has been cool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/howler-hometown-reception?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:56:34 -0600 Into The Song: Nick Robin's obsession steers close to taboo A droning cello builds in the background while two lazy chords are strummed on a guitar. The reverberating chimes of a glockenspiel spell out the song's simple, repetitive structure. It sounds strangely like vintage Velvet Underground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/into-the-song?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:53:20 -0600 'Funkytown' songwriter leads copyright fight against music industry An obscure provision in American copyright law could stir up a massive legal battle between the music industry and some of its biggest stars, and Minnesota's "Funkytown" songwriter Steven Greenberg and his attorney are leading the charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/funkytown?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 After Sonntag resigns, Cowles Center looks to future Frank Sonntag stunned the local dance community when he resigned as the center's executive this week. It leaves Minnesota's so-called 'flagship center for dance' searching for a new leader midway through its inaugural season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/frank-sonntag-cowels-center-future?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:11:25 -0600 'Luke the Drifter' shows how to remember troubled lives Conducting funerals for wayward men and women was the inspiration for the Twin Cities pastor behind "The Funereal Remembrance of Luke the Drifter," a play opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/luke-the-drifter?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:44:20 -0500 Cactus Blossoms keep vintage country music alive The "alt country" music scene isn't as big as it used to be, but there's still a lot of vintage twang in the Twin Cities, courtesy of the Cactus Blossoms. The Minneapolis group, fronted by a pair of brothers, harkens back to the roots of country with their earnest songs and pristine harmonizing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/cactus-blossoms?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:28:39 -0500 Haley Bonar brings dreamy 'Golder' to the Dakota "I've always been obsessed with how amazing it is for a song without any lyrics to convey a feeling," Minnesota native Haley Bonar says. She's playing Saturday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/haley-bonar-golder-dakota?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:02:06 -0500 Art Hounds: Pinocchio, poetry and the re-opened Weisman This week's hounds sing the praises of puppet portrayals of "Pinocchio," a Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet who's visiting Minnesota, and a newly expanded Weisman Art Museum. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/09/art-hounds-pinocchio-seamus-heaney-and-an-architectural-jewel-re-opens.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:57:02 -0500 Villa Rosa stands out as something rare in rap Villa Rosa features two emcees who both have established identities as solo artists and see their artistic partnership as an equal playing field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/villa-rosa-stands-out-as-something-rare-in-rap?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:35:32 -0500 Central Corridor arts coalition gets $750K grant A program that employs artists to bring new life and vibrancy to Central Corridor neighborhoods disrupted by light rail construction has been given a $750,000 grant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/arts-coalition-gets-750k-grant-for-local-innovators?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:27:31 -0500 Cowles Center is Twin Cities' new 'world-class' home for dance Hopes are high that the new dance center downtown Minneapolis will have the same impact on dance that the Guthrie Theater had on regional theater when it was built in the early 1960s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/cowles-center-opens?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:54:26 -0500 How Gretchen Seichrist's band evolved into a variety show The Minneapolis indie rock band "Patches and Gretchen" has a big weekend ahead. The theatrical debut of the group's wacky and whimsical variety show, named "Headquarters and Dimes," happens Saturday night at the Loring Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/headquartersdimes?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:46:02 -0500 Emerging artists find an affordable home at Faux Poco Artist Miles Mendenhall's brush with TV fame didn't make him take leave of the Twin Cities or uproot his artistic ideals. He and a business partner are developing a St. Paul warehouse into affordable studio spaces for emerging artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/emerging-artists-affordable-home-faux-poco?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:50:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Saboteur, Smooch, and Will Eno's "Oh the Humanity" The hounds put their stamp of approval on a piece of theater which requires audiences to solve puzzles in order to proceed to the next scene, a not-yet-completed documentary about the art and act of forgiveness, and a darkly comedic existential drama. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/07/art-hounds-saboteur-smooch-and-will-enos-oh-the-humanity.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:20:28 -0500 Musical nomads deliver the 'wow' factor Featuring horns instead of guitars, and a frontwoman who looks as if she had been lifted from another century, the music of Davina and the Vagabonds doesn't fit the traditional Minneapolis indie rock mold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/davina-vagabonds-music?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:32:07 -0500 'Pianos on Parade' lends music, quirkiness to streets Call it random quirkiness or a moment of spontaneous community, but on the streets of St. Paul it's the summer of the upright piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/pianos-on-parade-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:22:33 -0500 The Southern Theater's future hinges on bold new plan The Southern Theater is taking drastic steps to restore stability after a financial crisis nearly forced it to close. The theater laid off all staff except one, and will become primarily a rental space for the foreseeable future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/southern-theater-finances?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bob Mould looks back on H&uuml;sker D&uuml; with 'rage and melody' Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody," and it chronicles a turbulent time in Mould's life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/bobmould?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:03:05 -0500 Art Hounds: American Indian festival, Paper Toys, and pioneering painting This week's hounds have their eyes on a Duluth screening of the documentary about painter Philip Pearlstein, an art show in which paper takes on an added, more playful dimension, and an encompassing American Indian art festival in Minneapolis. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/06/art-hounds-american-indian-festival-paper-toys-and-pioneering-painting.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:41:50 -0500 Art Hounds: Project Bandaloop, Got It Made, and a backyard art bonanza This week, the Art Hounds bring us a dance troupe that uses the sides of skyscrapers as a stage, a musical about the modern workplace and an art show that spans three Minneapolis neighborhoods. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/05/art-hounds-project-bandaloop-got-it-made-and-a-backyard-art-bonanza.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 10:04:20 -0500 Jazz improv a team effort for The Bryan Nichols Quintet Bryan Nichols leads an unusually large jazz band with a forte for improvisation that is celebrating its new CD with shows in St. Paul this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/byran-nichols?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 16:21:29 -0500 A one-man arts scene If you're looking for someone who's always on the cutting edge of the Twin Cities art scene, Andy Sturdevant is your man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/andy-sturdevant-profile?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:40:55 -0500 Writing Minnesota What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child. These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota." /projects/2011/writing-minnesota/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:46:04 -0500 Mpls. musician takes low-key approach to his work Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is known for deeply imagistic lyrics and an ability to reduce songs to their bare elements. He won't tell you what he thinks his song "East Jefferson" means. That's for you to decide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/ben-weaver-east-jefferson?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:55:07 -0500 St. Paul musician writes a song a day, for a year It's easier and cheaper than ever to make your own high quality recordings, and local musicians are getting more and more ambitious with their output. A St. Paul singer/songwriter is committed to reaching a formidable goal -- writing and recording a song a day for an entire year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/song-a-day?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:32:11 -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 Hall of Fame broadcaster Arthur Hoehn dies after fight with lung cancer Arthur Hoehn, Minnesota Public Radio's first professional announcer, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/13/hoehn-obit?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:33:37 -0500 European-style Twin Cities art festival to be an all-night affair Northern Spark, a festival slated for June, will take place exclusively at night along the Mississippi riverfront in Minneapolis and St. Paul, from 8:58 p.m., June 4, to 5:58 a.m. June 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/northern-spark?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 From the Frank Theatre, a fresh 'Cabaret' When an iconoclastic theater company like Frank Theatre tackles a musical like "Cabaret," you can almost bet it won't be anything like the original. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/cabaret?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:31:03 -0600 Rapper deconstructs critique song and finds himself Minneapolis rapper Sims has a reputation for being the most overtly-political emcee in the hip hop crew, "Doomtree," and a track on his newly-released CD titled Bad Time Zoo takes aim at "progressive" public radio listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/sims?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Veteran Minneapolis rapper tells his own story On his new CD, "Worth the Wait," Minneapolis emcee 'Carnage the Executioner' repeatedly asserts his superiority. But based on the hardships he's overcome in his personal life and his sheer vocal prowess, he has earned those bragging rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/07/carnage?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:32:08 -0600 Can Twin Cities music venues survive a shaky economy? Panic spread through the Twin Cities music scene a few weeks ago when two highly regarded nightspots -- the 501 Club in Minneapolis and the Turf Club on University Avenue in St. Paul -- closed their doors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/live-music-venues?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Bookers pick the best local music of 2010 The 'Best of' lists of local music critics are abundant this time of year, but MPR News asked the people who choose which acts to present at Minnesota venues what they thought was the best local music of 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/bookers-best-of-local-music-2010?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:02:21 -0600 Bob & Ray, masters of subtle satire A pioneering radio duo who some say laid the groundwork for modern American comedy has been captured on a new four-disc set. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/bob-and-ray?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:38:26 -0600 Tale of the tapes: cassettes make a comeback Though the digital revolution has transformed music, the old formats aren't going down without a fight. In the last five years there's been resurgence of vinyl records. Now, another nearly forgotten music delivery system is making a comeback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/cassette-tape-renaissance?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:32:02 -0600 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra balances budget for 7th straight year The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has balanced its budget for the 7th consecutive year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/st-paul-orchestra-budget?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 06:11:25 -0600 Ike Reilly's Thanksgiving tradition means Minneapolis rock and roll Whether it's food, family, or the four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is about traditions. One musical tradition that has come to mark the holiday in the Twin Cities is Ike Reilly at First Avenue. The fiery Chicago rocker and singer songwriter has made his Thanksgiving eve show in the mainroom an annual event. Reilly told Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit that he and his Minnesota fans have a lot in common. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/ikereilly?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:53:25 -0600 Cloud Cult chases time The Minneapolis indie rock band Cloud Cult brings its orchestral flair, tribal energy, and a new album, to First Avenue's Mainroom for the next two nights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/cloudcult?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:51:44 -0600 In 'Our Basic Nature,' a radio story fit for an opera Inspired by a radio show about a therapist who tried to raise a chimp as his own daughter, a public reading of the unfinished opera "Our Basic Nature," will be held in St. Paul this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/our-basic-nature-opera-radiolab-lucy?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:27:46 -0600 Minn. Opera names new president The Minnesota Opera has named Allan Naplan its new president. Naplan, currently the general director of the Madison Opera, will replace outgoing president Kevin Smith, who guided the Minnesota Opera for 30 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/minn-opera-president?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:09:39 -0600 Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Bloomington Does the song "Ne Me Quitte Pas" ring a bell? How about "Carousel?" If you're not familiar with the music of Belgian singer Jacques Brel, the Bloomington Civic Theatre would like to change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/jacques-brel?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:06:00 -0500 Among black voters, support for the president, but waning enthusiasm In the fall of 2008, some African-American voters said they were excited and moved by the prospect of electing the country's first black president. Now, some of those same people say they still support Barack Obama, but voter enthusiasm among the black community is waning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/black-voters?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:39:02 -0500 The musical chaos of STNNNG "The Smoke of My Will" is the title of the new album from the blistering Minneapolis indie rock band STNNNG, which the group unveils Saturday night at St. Paul's Turf Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/stnnng?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:40:05 -0500 Rapper Eyedea remembered for his lyrical virtuosity Members of Minnesota's hip hop community are mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/eyedea-remembered?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:00:00 -0500 Mark Mallman embarks on 78-hour music marathon Imagine staying awake for 78 hours straight. Now, picture yourself playing music continuously over the course of those three-plus days, and actually, playing just one song, and stopping only for bathroom breaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/mark-mallman-marathon-3?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:44:34 -0500 Roma di Luna's new CD an 'emotional workout' The Minneapolis band Roma di Luna is celebrating the release of its new CD this weekend. "Then the Morning Came" follows a theme of death and new life, reflecting the grief of band members who lost relatives recently, as well as their joy at becoming parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/roma-di-luna?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Mary Mack's riffs on the Midwest resonate nationally Few comedians embody rural, upper Midwest values and idiosyncrasies more on stage than Mary Mack. She has developed a national following telling stories and singing songs about what it really means to be a Midwesterner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/comedy-mary-mack?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:35:49 -0500 Reclaming space on 'PARK(ing) Day' The world-wide PARK(ing) Day event is designed to empower people to reclaim parking spots from cars and make a statement about the urban habitat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/18/parking-day?refid=0 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 07:32:25 -0500 Restoring public artworks to their former glory It's only in recent years that communities have understood the need to care for, preserve or even restore public art works when they've been damaged or defiled. They've mainly been turning to one woman to get the job done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/public-art-restoration?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:35:55 -0500 West Bank era ends as Bedlam Theatre relocates An era in the West Bank of Minneapolis is coming to a close. The Bedlam Theatre, known for its experimental and renegade work, vacated its current building at its landlord's request to make way for a mosque. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/bedlam-theatre?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 17:22:25 -0500 Living in a Lustron, the '50s 'house of the future' In the late 1940s, a dwelling made of prefabricated steel panels called the Lustron, was hailed by promoters as the house of the future. About 19 Lustrons were built in Minnesota, including a handful in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/lustron-houses?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:52:47 -0500 Fringe Festival sets attendance, revenue records Attendance rose nearly 9 percent over 2009 with more than 50,000 tickets sold. The festival's 169 shows generated more than $355,000 in revenue, an increase of nearly 13 percent over last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/fringe-festival-records?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:19:37 -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 The brooding sound of Purest Spiritual Pigs When you see a fire truck barreling through Minneapolis, it might be Helena Thompson behind the wheel. But when the Rhode Island native gets behind her drum kit or picks up a guitar, she's not usually trying to escape from life, she's trying to make sense of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/purest-spiritual-pigs?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 19:11:52 -0500 Relocating mosque forces Bedlam Theatre to move Fine Associates, the owner of the Bedlam Theatre, has asked the the theater to move so the Darul Quba mosque can take its place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/bedlam-moving?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 14:37:46 -0500 Old 'treasured' recordings of Spider John Koerner released Minnesota folk music legend Spider John Koerner performs Friday night at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, marking the release of some vintage recordings that feature him in two different phases of his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/spider-john-koerner?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:30:05 -0500 New 'Taste of Minnesota' gets mixed reviews For the first time, the new owners of Taste of Minnesota charged an admission fee to attend the annual festival, and they promised a broader range of food and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/taste-mn?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 06:18:01 -0500 Shubert Center being renamed for Cowles' The Minnesota Shubert Center for Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis is changing its name to the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/cowles-shubert-center?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:58:06 -0500 The Clueless Soccer Dad's Guide to the Beautiful Game Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts spends a good amount of time cheering on his sons at their youth soccer games. But, quite often, he has no clue what's happening on the field. In honor of the World Cup -- and, perhaps, to gain some respect from his children -- Roberts decided to learn a little about the world's most popular sport. He recruited Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Euan Kerr and Current host Mark Wheat to give him a crash course on "the beautiful game." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/26/guide-to-soccer?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:00:39 -0500 Pop life: Prince to receive BET lifetime achievement award One of Minnesota's most famous musical sons gets a lifetime achievement award this weekend -- and it's not Bob Dylan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/prince-bet-award?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:39:37 -0500 For protege pianists, there's Paul Wirth For the select few of young musicians who rise to the level of "extremely gifted" and are in need of a top-notch teacher, Paul Wirth is their go-to teacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/wirth?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:28:30 -0500 Minneapolis indie rockers Zoo Animal keep the faith Tonight at the 7th St. Entry, the highly touted Minneapolis indie rock trio "Zoo Animal" is releasing a new self-titled CD. Zoo Animal has gotten raves for its spare, grungy, artfully uneven sound. But its songs also serve as a springboard for exploring devoutly Christian themes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/zoo-animal?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 17:14:36 -0500 These storytellers are rockstars Every third Sunday of the month, a group of "Gen Y" yarn spinners regale audiences with edgy tales of woe, wisdom and awkward situations. They call themselves the Rockstar Storytellers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/rockstar-storytellers?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 17:56:09 -0500 Walker's upcoming season a mix of disciplines The Walker Art Center's upcoming season reflects a new level of interdisciplinary collaboration happening among artists around the globe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/walker-season?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 06:53:32 -0500 Walker Art Center cuts budget; eliminates 9 positions The Walker Art Center is cutting its operating budget by 8 percent in the coming fiscal year, and eliminating nine positions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/walker-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 00:05:00 -0500 Multi-faceted artist getting notice in Twin Cities scene One of the most multi-dimensional, multi-talented artists in the Twin Cities is someone whose name probably doesn't ring a bell, but after operating for years in the trenches of the Minnesota art scene, Mankwe Ndosi is beginning to be discovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/mankwe-ndosi?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 17:23:38 -0500 Soccer club connects immigrant teens to their favorite sport Poverty, isolation and a lack of organized activities are some of the main reasons African immigrant teens in the Twin Cities are drawn to gangs and crime. A St. Paul group is addressing these problems as a team -- a soccer team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/thunder-plus?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Overheard conversation becomes improv theater The content on the "Overheard in Minneapolis" website has become the catalyst for a new improv theater production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/overheard?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:46:16 -0500 Trampled by Turtles' driving energy shows in 'Palomino' The Duluth band Trampled by Turtles gained a national following for its passionate, frenetic, spontaneous acoustic music. Critics are praising their new cd, "Palomino," for capturing the band's driving energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/trampled-by-turtles?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:49:00 -0500 Mixed Blood enters the wrestling ring Mixed Blood Theater's new play explores the manufactured drama, racial stereotypes and greed of professional wrestling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/deity?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Enslaved by the cello Forget trying to put Jelloslave's music into some neat little category. In fact, experimental jazz saxophonist George Cartwright of Roseville, won't even take a stab at it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/jelloslave?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres sold Chanhassen Dinner Theatres have been sold to a group led by longtime artistic director, Michael Brindisi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/chanhassen-theater-sold?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:57:31 -0500 Music fit for a King Dave King and friends will be celebrated at the Walker as part of "King for Two Days." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/king?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:47:03 -0600 Patches & Gretchen serves up Sugar Head Pie Gretchen Seichrist and her band Patches & Gretchen are releasing a new cd entitled "Sugar Head Pie." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/gretchen?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:06:09 -0600 Fine arts move to the mall The latest experiment in Minnesota's malls is underway at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, where they are creating and displaying art in the shopping complex alongside storefronts and food courts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/ridgedale-mall-art?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 13:37:54 -0600 Mpls. musician 'Mad Ripple' talks with MPR's Chris Roberts As a music writer and songwriter, Jim Walsh always looks for the meaning of life in a three minute pop song. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/jim-walsh?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:57:32 -0600 How do actors memorize all those lines anyway? Every job has its own tedium and drudgery. The stage performer's burden, of course, is memorizing all those lines. So how do they do it? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/memorizing-lines?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Friendship, love of music drives chamber group 'Accordo' Chamber music is sometimes defined as the music of friends, written for small clusters of musicians and played in intimate settings and a new Twin Cities-based chamber group called "Accordo," epitomizes that spirit of friendship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/accordo-chamber-music?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:37:35 -0600 Local songstress Dessa celebrates new CD release One of the more anticipated local CDs in recent years has hit the stores, and rapper and songstress 'Dessa' will celebrated the release of "A Badly Broken Code" at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/dessa-cd-release?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 18:28:22 -0600 Sign holders in the spotlight in 'Everything Must Go' Being a walking advertisement can be a menial and monotonous job, but in "Everything Must Go," opening Friday night at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, two workers rise above the indignity to form an unlikely friendship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/everything-must-go?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:29:57 -0600 The Red Pens make their mark on local music scene A local indie rock duo is riding a wave of fuzzed-out guitar distortion into the hearts of critics and fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/red-pens-music?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:40:51 -0600 Group raises money for charity while reviving old pianos Brand new pianos demand hefty prices, and used ones, though cheaper, can be an expensive hassle to move. But a St. Paul group is addressing both issues while also raising money for children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/pianos-for-charity?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:17:35 -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 Collective's original productions draw new crowds to theater Minneapolis-based Workhaus Collective is meeting the challenge theaters face in attracting younger, non-theatergoers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/workhaus-theater?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 18:00:20 -0600 New Shubert Center to finally break ground After 10 years of non-stop lobbying and fundraising, the Minneapolis group Artspace will finally break ground Thursday on the new Minnesota Shubert Center in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/shubert-theater?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:40:50 -0600 Minneapolis' Solid Gold poised to take band to the next level Following the release of its latest cd, "Bodies of Water," Minneapolis buzz band Solid Gold has spent the year mesmerizing critics and fans with its electronic pop. The band will cap off a breakthrough year tonight with a show at First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/solid-gold?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 17:03:34 -0600 Last call at the Uptown Music fans in Minneapolis will be paying their final respects to the Uptown Bar this weekend. The revered music venue will close after its final show Sunday night, and then be demolished to make way for a new retail development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/last-call-uptown?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:37:54 -0500 Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/category/art-hounds/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:09:12 -0500 Penumbra Theater stages final Wilson work 'Radio Golf' St. Paul's Penumbra Theater is regarded as one of the country's foremost interpreters of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's work, making Penumbra's first staging of Wilson's last play, "Radio Golf," an event in the local theater scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/radio-golf?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:28:51 -0500 Art Hounds: Music in Winona, Julie Mehretu, Mississippi Volga III Follow this week's Art Hounds to a melding of words, images and music in Winona, an exhibition of multi-layered prints that resemble mini-civilizations, and a multi-culti mash-up of light, movement and sound in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Synth-pop duo Lookbook opens up to the '80s The shadow of the 1980s still looms over a lot of pop music these days and for some of us, it's a decade we'd like to forget, but for the Minneapolis synth-pop duo Lookbook, the '80s represent a musical goldmine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/lookback-synth-pop?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 17:24:08 -0500 Art Hounds: Dhvee, Marisol and Hope Sandoval This week's Art Hounds are on the trail of an epic Indian/Indonesian dance at the Walker, a play about guardian angels confronting a dying god and a familiar 90s alt rock voice making a swing through Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Theater Unbound, Rain Taxi Reading Series, Oslo Chamber Choir This week's Art Hounds lead us to a female-focused theater company, a reading series featuring two women poets and a Norwegian vocal ensemble that contains -- women. No theme here though. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis doctor gives artists a health care option An artist-friendly physician in Northeast Minneapolis has opened a practice that's getting praised for addressing a gap in the health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/artist-doctor-sam?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:30:00 -0500 Art Hounds: B-Girl Be, Doubt and Sioux Falls jazz This week, our Art Hounds take us to a hip-hop block party in Minneapolis, a jazz bistro in Sioux Falls and a thought-provoking production in Anoka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Bringing Ella and Patsy to life on stage Two Twin Cities performers have been bringing the sounds of icons Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline to audiences all summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/elle-cline-onstage?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:46:44 -0500 Art Hounds: Ananya Dance, Rose Ensemble and $99 art This week's art hounds sniff out a free Rose Ensemble concert, the last act of an environmental justice dance trilogy and a fundraiser that's about affordable art, and not big names. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Full Moon Cabaret, 'None of the Above,' Paul Metzger This week's Art Hounds describe a cabaret where empty beer cans are a symbol of audience appreciation, an exhibition that relies heavily on the U.S. Postal Service, and an ingeniously original instrumentalist who's below the radar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Rush Hour, Barbaric Yawp, Picnic Operetta This week's Art Hounds will lead us to an exhibition where MTC bus transfers are the canvas, a literary reading Walt Whitman would have approved of, and a mini-opera you can scarf a sandwich to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Health care supporters overshadowed by opposition While Congress has been debating health care reform, Obama's opponents have been more active and vocal than those in favor of the bill, despite efforts by advocacy groups to rally supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/health-care-supporters?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Hmong culture, Memorial Chapel and Randy Weeks This week's Art Hounds dive into Hmong culture, visit a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Minneapolis, and tout the tunes of country troubadour Randy Weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: The housing crisis unbundled, A New Brain, Vampire Hands This week the Art Hounds visit a multi-disciplinary art exhibit on the housing crisis, talk up the musical "A New Brain" in Duluth, and extoll the virtues of Minneapolis art rockers, Vampire Hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 The Pines hone a Midwestern sound The critically praised alt-folk duo The Pines have released a new CD called "Tremelo," and they mark the occasion tonight with an in-store performance at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/thepines?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:55:23 -0500 Art Hounds: Improv, the MIA and Southside Aces The week's Art Hounds hype the instantaneous humor of "Improv A Go-Go," embrace the quietude of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on a late Wednesday afternoon, and throw down with Minneapolis' own Southside Aces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: The Fringe, Kevin Cannon & Paolo Nutini This week's Art Hounds talk up the Minnesota Fringe Festival, celebrate Minnesota cartoonist Kevin Cannon's first graphic novel and describe the awe felt when seeing Scottish soul sensation for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/art-hounds?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Art of This, One Day in July, and 'Jazz' This week's Art Hounds sing the praises of the "Art of This" gallery in Minneapolis, commemorate the 1934 Truckers strike , and riff on a staged reading of "Jazz," a new play adapted from the Toni Morrison novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Critics, bloggers weigh the future of arts coverage The movement of arts coverage from traditional media to online arts blogs and independent writers is changing how organizations promote and market their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/arts_coverage?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:45:39 -0500 Art Hounds: Puppets in Bemidji, Osmo on clarinet, Music and Movies This week's Art Hounds welcome In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre to Bemidji, celebrate the Walker's Summer Music and Movies, and talk up Osmo Vanska's lunchtime clarinet concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: The Big Slam, Yo Gabba Gabba art & After the Burial This week's Art Hounds are excited about a premiere poetry slam at Pepito's Parkway Theater, the art behind the trippy TV show for kids called "Yo Gabba Gabba," and the ground-shaking progressive metal of the Twin Cities' own "After the Burial." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Vibrant music scenes an important draw for cities One of the most overlooked and under-valued reasons new college grads and young professionals move to the Twin Cities is its vibrant local music scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/musicscene?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: CONvergence, Alex Kuno and Sunset Rubdown This week, our Art Hounds introduce us to the geeky, the creepy and the magical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Tennessee Williams, Nora Labiner, Shakespeare in Winona This week's Art Hounds hunt down a new Tennesse Williams play at Gremlin Theater, rave about writer Nora Labiner's new novel, and are on the scent of Shakespearean sililoquies in Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Open Eye theater takes puppets on driveway, backyard tours Sometimes theater companies can't wait for crowds to fill their seats, they have to go meet audiences on their own turf. For the last seven years, Open Eye Figure Theatre has been bringing its puppet shows to backyards throughout the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/drivewaytour?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 18:00:32 -0500 Art Hounds: Fergus Falls' Charles Beck, Zanna Don't!, and Beatrix Jar Listen as this week's Art Hounds lovingly describe the wood cut prints of famed Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck, expose you to a musical that imagines a world where homosexuality is the norm, and immerse you in the fuzzy, circuit bending beats of Beatrix Jar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 04:00:00 -0500 SPCO and South Dakota Symphony pick up ASCAP award The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra are being honored for playing music by contemporary American composers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/spco_south_dakota_ascap?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:46:54 -0500 Art Hounds: Scandinavian folk, loft art and Shipwrecked! This week, our Art Hounds take us from the pines of Northern Minnesota to the lofts of downtown Minneapolis, with a stop at a desert island in between. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/art_hounds?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Live music events thriving even during recession The economic meltdown has brought uncertainty and upheavel to many Minnesota arts groups. But one sector of the art scene that seems to be beating back the recession is live music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/livemusic?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Philip K. Dick, Black Label Movement, and air guitar This week, the Art Hounds are checking out a play about sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick, dancing from Minneapolis-based "Black Label Company," and an air guitar competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Karel Funk, MnOrch and 'Bomp' This week the 'hounds' are on the trail of a Minneapolis dance "happening," a Rochester painting exhibiton in which the artist is part photo-realist, part "Dutch Master," and a MnOrch concert featuring one of the world's finest symphonists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of May 21 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Kushner's play -- is it ready for its premiere? Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner is opening a new play at the Guthrie Theater on Friday. But is it really ready? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/kushner_speaks?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 16:43:07 -0500 The Bad Plus covers the pop waterfront The jazz trio "The Bad Plus" has ruffled purists and thrilled music lovers with unlikely covers of pop hits from Nirvana, Blondie, Abba and Led Zeppelin. That tradition continues on its latest CD, "For All I Care," which doesn't contain any original music. And for the first time, the ensemble has added a vocalist to its ranks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/thebadplus?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 16:15:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of May 14 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities musician Chan Poling crafts new musical Ex "Suburbs" member Chan Poling is using his songwriting and pop-music sensibilities to make musical theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/poling_venus?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 15:15:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of May 7 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Shubert Center holds rally to reach fundraising goal Officials in Minneapolis are holding a rally this afternoon to help the Minnesota Shubert Center finish raising money for its $41 million renovation project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/shubert_center?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 06:44:31 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of April 30 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of April 23 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of April 16 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of April 9 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of April 2 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of March 26 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of March 19 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/arthounds?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of March 12 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/art_hounds_week_of_march_12?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Art Hounds: Week of March 5 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/art_hounds_week_of_march_5?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Week of Feb. 26 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/art_hounds_week_of_feb_26?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Two former Jayhawks make music together again Minneapolis alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks may no longer be a band, but two of its co-founders have reunited as a folk duo. Mark Olson and Gary Louris have released a new CD entitled "Ready for the Flood." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/jayhawks_louris_olson_music?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Week of Feb. 19 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/art_hounds_whats_exciting_in_local_arts?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 07:00:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Week of Feb, 11 "Art Hounds" is a new weekly feature from MPR News. It's a glimpse of what's going on in the regional art scene through the eyes and ears of members of Minnesota's arts community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/art_hounds_whats_exciting_in_local_arts?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:59:33 -0600 Savage Aural Hotbed at 20 Take the driving intensity of Japanese Taiko drumming. Add the rhythmic precision of drum and bugle music. Then place it in a post-industrial setting, and you have Savage Aural Hotbed, which turns 20 this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/savageauralhotbed?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Art Hounds: Week of Feb. 5 "Art Hounds" is a new weekly feature from MPR News. Call it an insider's view of what's exciting in local arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/art_hounds?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 07:33:00 -0600 Local musicians want Legacy Amendment money The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters last November is expected to raise approximately $55 to $60 million a year for the arts. Artists and arts groups from every discipline are hoping to get a chunk of that money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/legacy?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:20:00 -0600 Rising star plays music that's old-timey and new Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles conquer the Twin Cities music scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/lucymichelle?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Heart of the Beast closes temporarily The recession has forced In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre in Minneapolis to temporarily close its doors and lay off its staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/heartofbeast_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 08:28:43 -0600 Recession isn't pulling the curtain down on holiday shows Regional holiday shows are beating back the recession. If ticket sales are any measure, a number of regional holiday shows appear to be selling pretty well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/ticketsales?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 MMAA in St. Paul to close indefinitely The Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul is closing indefinitely. The Minnesota Museum of American Art is losing its downtown space to redevelopment and will temporarily close on January 4, while it looks for a new location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/mmaa?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:30:49 -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 New music made the old fashioned way Some Minnesota musicians are turning down the volume and turning back the clock with their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/throwbackfolk?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:45:00 -0600 Black voters say issues draw them to Obama Questions about how the issue of race will affect support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have so far centered on white voters. But what about how race is influencing black voters? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/blackvoters?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:15:00 -0500 Local band makes music with Game Boys The music of Unicorn Dream Attack sounds like a Game Boy orchestra, but is deceptively human. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/unicorndreamattack?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 SPCO names new president The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra today named Sarah Lutman as its new president and managing director. Lutman currently serves as a senior vice president at Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/spco_pres?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Everyday Sidewalk Poetry A street party is getting underway here in St. Paul to celebrate a collection of poems by local residents that's been published on paper - and in cement. For the last few months the city has been implanting poems penned by St. Paulites in freshly poured sidewalks all over town. The public art project is designed to engage residents' artistic impulses and bring more poetry into everyday life. Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/04/sidewalk_poetry?refid=0 Sat, 04 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Sidewalks are for poets St. Paul maintenance crews are stamping residents' poems on city sidewalks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/sidewalkpoetry?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 16:18:01 -0500 Sharon Isbin reveals the Spanish soul The Minnesota Orchestra is opening its 2008-2009 season with a performance by guitar virtusos Sharon Isbin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/minnorch?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 18:17:27 -0500 How architect Eero Saarinen shaped America Starting this weekend, two major art institutions in Minnesota will showcase the work of an architectural visionary, Eero Saarinen. His buildings, airports, memorials and furnishings reflect the height of ingenuity and innovation of post-war America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/saarinen?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 17:15:40 -0500 St. Paul nightlife still in Minneapolis' shadow during the RNC It appears that even though St. Paul's Excel Energy Center is the site of the Republican National Convention, it's Minneapolis that's playing host to the conventioneers. That's where most of the private parties are taking place and where the majority of Republican delegates and supporters are staying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/minneapolis_rnc?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 02:26:09 -0500 RNC revelers turn parties into charities The "after hours" scene at the Republican National Convention has taken on a charitable focus. Organizers of a number of events and private parties transformed the gatherings into fundraisers for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/parties?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 06:29:20 -0500 Gustav or not, RNC partiers party on Hurricane Gustav may have given the Republican National Convention a less celebratory tone, but that doesn't mean the RNC will be completely devoid of fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/rnc_parties?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 05:06:09 -0500 'Takin it to the streets' ain't what it used to be The image and public perception of protesters has changed since the 1960s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/protesters?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Vandalized sculpture restored ahead of schedule A popular St. Paul sculpture vandalized in July has been restored, several weeks ahead of schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/cleansculpture?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:40:00 -0500 Phalen neighborhood rallies around defaced sculpture Several neighborhood groups and arts organizations from St. Paul's east side are holding a ceremony tonight in response to a recent hate crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/scultpure?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 07:29:13 -0500 A history of Twin Cities rock music "Making the Scene: An Oral History of Twin Cities Rock," traces the evolution of the local-music scene from the mid-1960s through the '90s, through the eyes and ears of key figures from each decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/midday2?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 16:24:49 -0500 Community upset over defaced sculpture Residents of St. Paul's east side are trying to figure out how to deal with what police are treating as a hate crime. Several weeks ago, vandals swept through a local park and defaced a popular sculpture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/defacingpublicart?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 16:50:00 -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 Eclipse rises again A popular St. Paul teen hangout that's been closed for several years has risen again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/25/eclipserecords?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:10:01 -0500 The musicians record their songs Our three musicians have had two weeks to create a song using Adam Levy's lyrics as a starting point, and "The Wizard of Oz" as their inspiration. We check in as they finish up their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/sfspart4?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The songwriting begins in earnest We check in with our three bands as they try to turn the words into songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/sfspart3?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The musicians get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of three musicians and a lyricist. We hear from the three bands -- Best Friends Forever, Jeremy Messersmith and rapper P.O.S. -- as they get the lyrics from Adam Levy, and begin shaping their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/sfspart2?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Zeitgeist turns 30 Zeitgeist, Minnesota's premier contemporary music ensemble, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/zeitgeist?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Coyotes and Foxes and Deer, Oh My! The presence of wildlife is growing in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/urbanwildlife?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 16:46:52 -0500 What's up with the Shubert Theater? The Shubert Theater renovation project in downtown Minneapolis undergoes more modifications. It's also pushing back its opening date by more than a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/shubert?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Arts and the environment advocates launch referendum campaign A coalition of more than 200 groups is kicking off a campaign to convince Minnesotans to approve a constitutional amendment this fall that will generate millions in tax dollars for environmental protection and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/sayyesminnesota?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Steven C works his piano St. Paul musician Steven Anderson, or Steven C., as his stage name goes, has built a thriving behind-the-scenes career in the "New Age" music industry as a producer and pianist. Now he's stepping out of the shadows with a new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/stevenc?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 17:30:00 -0500 Comedy as a campaign tool A Minneapolis comedy expert takes a look at the presidential candidates' ability to use humor on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/presidentialcomedy?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 15:39:24 -0500 Arts economy snapshot Regional arts groups haven't yet felt the effects of an ailing economy, but they're concerned about the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/artseconomy?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2008 23:00:00 -0500 Tapes 'n Tapes roll again Two years after it buzzed to the top of the indie rock world, the Minneapolis band Tapes 'n Tapes is back with a new CD called "Walk it Off." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/tapesntapes?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Treehouse Records keeps the spirit of vinyl records alive There has been renewed interest in vinyl records among Twin Cities' musicians and consumers that is helping one independent record store survive in the age of downloading and MySpace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/treehouse?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 16:35:20 -0500 Vinyl's staying power The vinyl record is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence in the Twin Cities music scene. More bands are putting their music out on vinyl, more consumers, especially younger ones, are choosing vinyl over compact discs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/vinylsback?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:42:49 -0500 Web comic reflects life in a "Nowhere Band" A local webcomic is generating a buzz for it's depiction of bands that are going nowhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/nowhereband?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:28:00 -0500 The value of SXSW For Minnesota musicians who make it to South by Southwest, the event offers them the largest critical mass of music industry officials during the year. But does the hype equal the payoff for local bands? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/sxswminnesotans?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Mike Doughty takes a bite out of the MinneApple with "Golden Delicious" Former Soul Coughing frontman and Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mike Doughty gets a lot of love from Twin Cities musicheads. Doughty has recorded two records in Minneapolis, including his new CD "Golden Delicious" with the help of Grammy winning songwriter Dan Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/mikedoughty?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:30:53 -0600 Revisioning the suburbs The American suburb has been revered as a middle class utopia. It's also been ridiculed as a vast expanse of architectural monotony and social conformity. The truth is more complex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/revisioningthesuburbs?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:51:16 -0600 Sweeney Todd: On stage and on screen Sweeney Todd pits the screen against the stage, with a new film version starring Johnny Depp, and a touring Broadway production at the State Theater in Minneapolis. An area Stephen Sondheim expert went to both and compares the two productions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/sweeneytoddkrywosz?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 15:00:11 -0600 House of Mercy Band offers it's own view of redemption One of the few purveyors of original country gospel music in Minnesota has released a critically praised cd. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/houseofmercy?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:12:31 -0600 Olga Viso looks to develop the Walker's strengths There's been a changing of the guard at many of Minnesota's arts institutions. At the Walker Art Center, 41-year-old Olga Viso is assuming control at a pivotal time in the life of the museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/viso?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:30:00 -0600 Kaywin Feldman looks to the MIA's future The state's two internationally known art museums, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, are launching new eras under new leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/kaywinfeldman?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Inside the 'Out There' festival The Walker Art Center's experimental performance series "Out there," is in its 20th year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/outthere?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 17:25:00 -0600 Small size, big voice St. Paul songwriter and musician Mayda emerges with a big voice, big ideas and the guidance of drummer-to-the-stars and impresario Michael Bland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/14/mayda?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:56:35 -0600 Helene Turnbull writes herself a new job A 70-year-old retired high school counselor writes her first play and gets it staged in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/turnbull?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 16:27:55 -0600 It's "All over but the shouting" - The Replacements get a book Jim Walsh has written an oral history of one Minnesota's most beloved rock bands, the Replacements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/replacementsbook?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 17:00:13 -0600 BusTales and other transit adventures If America is a melting pot then buses are like moving cauldrons. Weird things can happen when passengers from every imaginable walk of life board the bus. Regular riders often have wild stories to tell. A Minneapolis man has created an online repository where these stories can be shared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/bustales?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 18:00:25 -0600 Songwriting in earnest We've heard how the musicians reacted when they first saw the lyrics to Stephen Burt's "Afternoon Song." This time we check in as they try to turn those words into music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/songsfromscratch3?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 02:23:57 -0500 The bands record their Afternoon Songs The Appalachian folk group The Roe Family Singers, indie darlings The Owls and singer/songwriter Matt Wilson were given two weeks to come up with a tune using the same set of lyrics. We hear how the ideas and melodies they've come up are transformed into full-fledged songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/songsfromscratch4?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 02:00:36 -0500 The bands get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of a lyricist and three different bands. We hear from the three bands -- The Roe Family Singers, The Owls, and Matt Wilson -- as they get the lyrics from writer Stephen Burt, and begin shaping his words into songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/songsfromscratch2?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:11:19 -0500 Paul Zaloom's puppets may push your buttons A "Puppet Rampage" has overtaken the Twin Cities this week. It's brought to town a play by an American puppet master that skewers post-9/11 America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/zaloompuppetry?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 14:45:00 -0500 What will it take to stop black-on-black crime? According to federal crime figures, homicide is the leading cause of death among African-American males aged 15 to 34. They also indicate that between 1976 and 2004, 94 percent of black murder victims were killed by black offenders. While "black-on-black crime" is having a devastating impact in Minnesota and across the country, its racial overtones have made it a difficult problem to address or even discuss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/06/blackonblack?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2007 17:00:00 -0500 SPCO and musicians reach new contract The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and its musicians have reached a new five-year contract agreement which increases the length of the SPCO season from 34 to 40 weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/03/spcocontract?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2007 13:47:18 -0500 Songs line the road to Patrick McGuigan's recovery A serious accident derailed a Minneapolis singer/songwriter's career in music but music continues to be one of his most important modes of expression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/mcguigan?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:50:00 -0500 Whose hoot Every Friday night, the basement at Java Jack's coffee shop in Minneapolis is overtaken by the The Mad Ripple's Friday Night Hootenanny. Organizer and singer/songwriter Jim Walsh, aka the Mad Ripple, says the hootenanny is a rare chance for local musicians and the audience to make a connection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/hoots?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 The Guthrie effect With the new Guthrie Theater's one-year anniversary approaching, we explore the Guthrie's impact on the local theater landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/guthrieeffect?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Griswold to leave MIA Minneapolis Institute of Arts Director William Griswold is leaving his position after less than two years on the job. Griswold is taking the helm at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where he once worked as a curator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/griswold?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 00:01:00 -0500 West Bank festival has Pan-African vision Organizers are developing the Twin Cities' first Pan-African cultural festival. "Afrifest" is designed to introduce Minnesota's African immigrants to each other and the larger population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/afrifest?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Inside the collective mind of The Electric Arc Radio Show Chris Roberts traveled to the home of the Electric Arc Radio Show - four writers living together in a little house with a band residing in the attic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/roberts_electric_arc?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2007 16:39:49 -0500 This band's best friends are Abe, Ike and each other A Minneapolis indie rock band has ignored the advice, "Friends don't let friends form rock bands." The two founders of Best Friends Forever actually are best friends, and it shows in their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/bestfriendsforever?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 17:30:00 -0500 Art makes noise at St. Paul museum The spatial, sculptural and psychological dimensions of sound are the focus of a new exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. Organizers of "Sound in Art/Art in Sound" say it's designed to bring the background noise of our lives into the foreground of our consciousness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/23/soundart?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Red House Records enters a new era More than a year after the death of its founder and president, Bob Feldman, St. Paul-based Red House Records is still going strong, and embracing the digital age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/16/redhouse?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Halbreich will leave the Walker Walker Art Center Director Kathy Halbreich is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of one of the country's foremost contemporary art museums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/20/halbreich?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2007 00:01:00 -0500 Educators charge arts lag under No Child Left Behind The 2002 education reform act No Child Left Behind has earned praise for bringing more accountability to public schools. But some say it elevates certain subject areas at the expense of others. One subject critics say the act has "left behind" is arts education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/nclbandarts?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 18:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis filmmaker follows women into the boxing ring A new documentary follows a group of female amateur boxers from Northeast Minneapolis and explores how the sport changes them as athletes and individuals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/boxers?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Readers can pick their favorites for Minnesota Book Awards The Minnesota Book Awards is inviting readers to vote for their favorite Minnesota book of 2006. The book with the most votes wins the Readers' Choice Award, which will be presented at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on May 5 in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/bookawardvote?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 10:52:42 -0600 Art sale recalls Middle America's brush with painting Painting by numbers was a fad in the '50s. Now these paintings are becoming collectors' items. One local artist is putting part of his collection up for sale in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/paintbynumbers?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Weekend warriors create a world of songs The Twin Cities indie rock band Army Defense has hundreds of songs in its recording vault. But chances are you won't hear any of them. That's because the only fans Army Defense members truly want to please are each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/armydefense?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 He's an artist, he don't look back An exhibition that's about to open at the Weisman Art Museum explores a pivotal period in Bob Dylan's career, a time that includes his Minnesota years. It reveals a lot about Dylan's ability to transform himself as an artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/dylanexhibition?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 This weekend's action is at the Concertina Bowl Football fanatics still have another week before their big day, Super Bowl Sunday, arrives. But for fans of a certain kind of accordion, the biggest bowl event of the year happens Saturday in Blaine, Minnesota -- the Concertina Bowl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/26/concertinabowl?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:57:32 -0600 Actors run free in Off-Leash Area An award-winning experimental theater group called Off-Leash Area aims to pack an emotional wallop without using a lot of words. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/offleash?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:50:00 -0600 Science Museum puts race under the microscope The Science Museum of Minnesota has launched an exhibition that attempts to deconstruct one of America's thorniest issues -- race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/scienceofrace?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 09:30:00 -0600 In 2007 Legislature, arts groups set sights on 2003 Buoyed by last session's support for an arts share in a constitutional amendment, the State Arts Board aims to restore funding to pre-2003 levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/21/artslegispreview?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 18:00:00 -0600 Still caroling after all these years When was the last time a group of well bundled wassailers rang your doorbell and started singing songs of the season? We've found evidence that the tradition of Christmas caroling is hanging in there, at least in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/21/caroling?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:35:00 -0600 Season's greetings from Twin Cities stages In addition to all the Nutcrackers, Scrooge at the Guthrie, the Grinch at the Children's Theatre Company and some singers dreaming of a White Christmas at the Ordway, there are some unusual holiday stage shows that may be flying below your radar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/seasonalsoliloquies?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 17:50:00 -0600 Children's Museum turns 25 The Minnesota Children's Museum is 25 years old. While the size, shape and location of the facility have undergone several changes, its mission has remained constant: using play to spark learning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/childrensmuseum?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 16:24:13 -0600 It's not all gloom for Doomtree Emerging from the shadow of the Twin Cities' dominant hip-hop crew, Rhymesayers Entertainment, is a collective called Doomtree. Members believe their potential for success lies in a group effort driven by a "do it yourself" ethic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/01/doomtree?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Snowbate is on the rebound The level of film and video production in Minnesota is starting to pick up again after several relatively lackluster years. Many credit the new activity to the return of a state program called "Snowbate." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/snowbate?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 17:50:00 -0600 Minnesotan's JFK painting bound for Vatican A controversial painting of John F. Kennedy's dying moments is on display at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The unveiling of the painting corresponds with a week-long symposium the church has convened on the Kennedy assassination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/15/jfkpieta?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:29:45 -0600 On the run with Ian Anderson If you consider yourself a busy person, 21-year-old Ian Anderson may redefine for you what that term means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/iananderson?refid=0 Sun, 12 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0600 What do voters think? For more than a year, we've heard plenty of pundits talk about what the voters think. Now it's time to hear from the voters. MPR News talked with several voters in the region to find out whom they intend to vote for in various races and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/display/project_display.php?proj_identifier=2006/10/31/votersspeak?refid=0 Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:00:00 -0600 New play aims for balanced view of autism Mixed Blood Theatre peeks into the life of a young man with autism in its latest production, "Vestibular Sense." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/autismplay?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Linda Stanton Linda Stanton is a geriatric social worker who lives with her husband in Woodbury. She's an East Coast transplant who loves life in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/lindas?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:29:37 -0600 Don Holzhuh Holzshuh says he was raised as a "Teddy Roosevelt" Republican, but bolted the party during the Reagan years when it was taken over by "conservative Democrats obsessed with abortion. " http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/donh?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:28:00 -0600 Mary Hennessy Mary Hennessy is a 69-year-old divorced retiree who has a son and lives alone in Oakdale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/maryh?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:25:58 -0600 Beatrix*Jar short circuits the music In an age of sample-crazy, electronically altered music, one Minneapolis group is wiring new connections in the search for exciting sounds. The electronic duo Beatrix*Jar has adopted a do-it-yourself method for coaxing audio out of familiar and unfamiliar sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/circuitbending?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Roe Family creates Minneappalachia on Monday nights "Old-time" country music was born in the mountains of Appalachia, not the prairies of the upper Midwest. But a Minneapolis band is putting its own stamp on a traditional American art form. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/roefamily?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2006 15:55:00 -0500 Tapes 'n Tapes tops Minnesota Music Awards The 26th annual Minnesota Music Awards were held Sunday night in Minneapolis. The awards recognize virtually every sector of popular music in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/mnmusicawards?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 10:55:00 -0500 Walker says new tax provision will discourage major museum gifts A relatively small change in a federal tax law has caused a large outcry among museums around the country. The change affects the way artworks are donated to institutions such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. One museum director described it as a "body blow" to the ability of museums to build collections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/fractionalgiving?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:00:00 -0500 The Equine Art Protection League saddles up A St. Paul artist named Lynn Maderich has been victimized by Internet art fraud. Her speciality is equine art, which is in extremely high demand all over the world. She was recently tipped off that a forged copy of one of her prize-winning paintings was up for sale on eBay. Her source: the Equine Art Protection League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/equineartfraud?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 00:01:00 -0500 The calm amid the chaos backstage at First Avenue Some of the more prominent figures in Minnesota music are throwing a concert to support a dear friend. Earlier this year, longtime First Avenue Stage Manager Conrad Sverkerson suffered a severe back injury, which left him out of work and without a paycheck for several weeks. "Conrad," as many refer to him, has become a beloved figure in the local scene by providing a friendly calm amid the chaos of the region's best-known nightclub. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/06/conradsverkerson?refid=0 Wed, 06 Sep 2006 14:06:32 -0500 The Oromo sing a joyful song After fleeing Ethiopia to escape persecution, more Oromo people have landed in Minnesota than any other place in the world. The music they've brought with them pulsates with joy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/ethnicmusicoromo?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 12:30:00 -0500 Somali music is here, but hard to find Despite being home to one of the largest Somali populations in the U.S., Minnesotans know relatively little about Somali music. We learn more about the music Somalis generally keep to themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/ethnicmusicsomalian?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Indian music has a kinship with jazz We're sampling the ever-increasing variety of ethnic music in Minnesota in a series called "Notes from Home." In this installment, music from India. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/ethnicmusicindian?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Hmong find ways to keep traditional music alive In the Hmong community, traditional music is played primarily for ceremonial reasons. It helps the Hmong preserve ancient customs and rituals. Younger generations of Hmong are finding new ways to keep this music alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/ethnicmusichmong?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Tapes 'n Tapes: Bound for the stratosphere via the blogosphere? Saturday night marked a triumphant return for the Minneapolis indie rock band, Tapes 'n Tapes, which took the stage at First Avenue. Eight months ago, Tapes 'n Tapes seemed like just another number in the land of 10,000 bands, preparing to release its first full-length CD. Today it's a group with an international buzz that just finished a nearly sold-out American tour. How did this happen? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/tapesntapes?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 17:09:29 -0500 In Eagan, modern sculpture finds a home among the trees Along with all the attributes of an affluent suburb--spacious homes on huge lots, strip malls and chain restaurants--the city of Eagan is also blessed with a rolling, 60-acre oasis. It's a place where art and nature exist as one--the work of an 85-year-old marvel named Anthony Caponi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/eaganartpark?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Ten second cinema After the fireworks Tuesday night, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis will show 100 films made on cell phones or digital still cameras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/03/tensecondfilms?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jul 2006 12:00:00 -0500 Desdamona: The back story on a B-girl The "B-Girl Be" conference and performance showcase is designed to help girls and women assume a more prominent place in hip-hop. Desdamona has fought to open doors for women in the male-dominated genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/desdamonaprofile?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 17:15:00 -0500 New Minneapolis architecture has national profile From the new Guthrie Theater, which officially opens on Sunday, to the revamped Children's Theatre Company, the explosion of new or expanded arts buildings in Minneapolis is generating a lot of national and international media attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/architecturalmecca?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 16:15:00 -0500 Three women create musical memoirs in "Songstories" As bestseller lists will attest, the memoir is an extremely popular way for writers to delve into their personal lives and create an interesting read at the same time. Three Twin Cities writers are taking the form in a more audible direction by bringing it off the pages and into the studio. Their new CD, "Songstories," consists of what they call "audio memoirs" accompanied by songs sung by the women themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/16/songstories?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 "West Bank Story": Minneapolis' global village then and now For more than a century, the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis has been the place where immigrant energy, radical politics and campus culture collide. That rich, occasionally volatile, history is the inspiration for Bedlam Theater's latest production, which also happens to be a musical. It's called "West Bank Story." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/westbankstory?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 17:55:00 -0500 Shubert Theater gets state money; is ready for renovation Gov. Pawlenty signed the 2006 bonding bill into law this morning in a ceremony in Elk River. The billion-dollar bill includes $11 million for the Minnesota Shubert Center in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/shubertbonding?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Omaur Bliss finds hope in hip-hop A lot of rappers in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene will admit their songs are like pages ripped from their own lives. Many touch on the danger and difficulty of life on the streets. Perseverance in the face of struggle is a common theme. But few have emerged from such hardships with as much optimism and hope as Minneapolis rapper Omaur Bliss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/12/omaurbliss?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Memories of the Guthrie This Sunday night, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis will close after more than four decades as a celebrated theater and music destination. In a few weeks, the Guthrie will reopen in its dazzling new complex on the Mississippi River. But memories of the old Guthrie will linger for a long time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/guthriememories?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2006 01:00:00 -0500 A new way to do doo-wop Some say "doo-wop" music went out of favor when the Beatles and other British groups invaded America in the early 60s. Doo-wop enjoyed a resurgence a decade or so later when nostalgia for the 1950s became embedded in popular culture. Now a group in Minneapolis is putting its own imprint on the genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/gddoowop?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:14:10 -0500 Covering Van Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison performs in the Twin Cities this weekend. If you can't make the show, you can get a dose of "Van" another way -- by listening to a Minneapolis cover band devoted almost exclusively to Morrison's music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/stdominicstrio?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:45:00 -0500 The NEA has schools teaching poetry the old-fashioned way Six Minnesota high schools are taking part in "Poetry Out Loud." It's a poetry recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/poetryoutloud?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 17:50:00 -0500 Opera fights crime on Block E A business in downtown Minneapolis is trying to deter crime in its immediate area by piping opera music out onto the street corner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/block_e_opera?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2006 17:50:00 -0500 Singing out at 25 The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of concerts at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Three long time chorus members talked about its importance in their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/tcgmc_at_25?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 14:00:01 -0600 The African-American experience from 15 points of revue A new production at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis asks 15 black writers to weigh in on Black America in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/24/point_of_revue?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Minnesota bands descend on South by Southwest Some 22 Minnesota bands have been invited to perform. For local musicians, South by Southwest is a chance to reach wider audiences and if they're lucky, impress influential players in the music industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/south_by_southwest?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Armed with a new study, arts advocates lobby lawmakers The group Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is releasing a new study it says demonstrates the importance of the state's nonprofit arts community to the regional economy. The group plans to use the study to persuade lawmakers to dedicate more public money for the arts in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/09/artseconomicimpact?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2006 05:30:00 -0600 Sustainable music When Minneapolis-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart needs another instrument to augment his sound, he invents it himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/douglas_ewart?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 14:33:30 -0600 U Music School gets wired for sound The U of M School of Music is aiming to become a center for experimental electronic music. This week the school is holding its annual Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/22/u_of_m_electronic_music?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 17:29:00 -0600 Captain Yonder's songs of madness In a local music scene that's become a melting pot of styles, the group "Captain Yonder" refuses to blend in. The band's instrumentation -- acoustic guitar, cello, saw and an occasional glockenspiel -- is unique. The group's lyrics, frequently referring to madness and death, are unsettling. It's all captured on Captain Yonder's new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/13/captainyonder?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Is this the year for the Shubert Theater? It's been six years since the Shubert Theater was hoisted on dollies and moved to a new location in downtown Minneapolis. A group called Artspace has been trying to transform the boarded-up theater into the state's premier venue for dance. This could be the year everything falls into place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/07/shubert?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2006 10:20:13 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra climbs the stairway to heaven A sound-alike band bangs out Zeppelin songs note for note. What's somewhat unusual is who accompanies the band at a stop in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/20_robertsc_mnorchzeppelin/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:59:00 -0600 From hot combs to dreadlocks One of last year's most talked about local theater productions focused on the hair of African American women. &quot;Hot Comb: Brandin' One Mark of Oppression,&quot; is a one-woman show which delves into the racial, social and political underpinnings of black hair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/16_robertsc_hotcomb/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 17:15:00 -0600 Keepin' time with the Jack Brass Band The Jack Brass Band is one of the few New Orleans-style brass bands in the Upper Midwest. The group is releasing its second CD next month. It has also made a special effort to reach out to New Orleans musicians battered by Hurricane Katrina. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_robertsc_jackbrassband/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2005 01:00:00 -0600 &quot;Bootlegs&quot; CD a kick for First Avenue fans First Avenue in Minneapolis has long been viewed as the epicenter of the Twin Cities music scene and a nationally known music destination. To celebrate its 35th anniversary the nightclub has released a compilation of bootleg recordings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_robertsc_firstavecd/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2005 18:34:00 -0600 Shortage of willing models poses challenge for Minneapolis artist In Minneapolis an artist has confronted what some may view as a double standard about nudity by painting a bunch of naked men. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_robertsc_nudes/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2005 07:00:00 -0600 Jerome Hill's arts legacy Jerome Hill is the namesake and founder of the Jerome Foundation in St. Paul. Over the years the foundation has supported hundreds of emerging and experimental artists. The foundation is using the 100th anniversary of Hill's birth to paint a fuller picture of his artistic legacy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/16_robertsc_jerome/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2005 11:21:00 -0600 Painting a war zone The term &quot;embedded journalist&quot; is a well-known phrase. But how about &quot;embedded artist?&quot; Steve Mumford is a New York City painter who spent 10 months chronicling life in post-war Iraq. He discussed his experiences with students at the University of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_robertsc_mumford/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 17:16:00 -0600 'The YShow:' The future of theater? Shows such as &quot;Tony and Tina's Wedding,&quot; &quot;Beehive,&quot; and &quot;The Rocky Horror Picture Show&quot; are all examples of theater where the audience not only watches, but participates. At the Suburban World Theater in Minneapolis, a group is using digital technology to take interactive theater to a new level. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/04_robertsc_yshow/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 14:40:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter branches out 36-year-old Charles Lazarus plays trumpet for the Minnesota Orchestra. But for Lazarus, the orchestral repertoire isn't the only music that matters. His new CD displays a stylistic range that extends well beyond the classical canon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/25_robertsc_lazarus/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 15:27:00 -0500 Playwright August Wilson dies of liver cancer at age 60 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson is being remembered as a literary giant who did more to bring the African American experience to the stage than any other writer. Wilson died from liver cancer. He was 60. Wilson's passing is being deeply felt in the Twin Cities, where he lived and wrote for nearly 12 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/02_ap_wilson/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Oct 2005 18:22:00 -0500 The Ordway finds strength in numbers The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul has decided not to go it alone anymore. The Ordway will team up with several other arts groups around the country to produce original theater productions for regional and Broadway stages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/30_robertsc_ordway/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 10:28:00 -0500 Two new awards celebrate Twin Cities theater, dance This fall, two important components of the Twin Cities art world will be rolling out the red carpet to celebrate their achievements. Both the theater and dance scenes will be holding extravagant awards events within two weeks of each other. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/26_robertsc_artsawards/?refid=0 Sun, 25 Sep 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Mr. Smooth keeps on playing West St. Paul jazz saxophonist Irv Williams is 86-years-old, and as busy as ever. In just over a year, Williams, who some say is a living legend, has released two cds. He also has a standing Friday afternoon gig at the Dakota in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_robertsc_williams/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 16:05:00 -0500 Collecting compilations There's a lot of local music compilations out right now. The &quot;compilation&quot; is an increasingly popular and practical way for musicians to get their music out. Observers say they demonstrate the vitality of Minnesota's music scene. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/02_robertsc_compilations/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2005 15:36:00 -0500 How will Dolittle do? In the world of Broadway-style touring shows, the Twin Cities have long served as a proving ground. A production of &quot;Dr. Dolittle&quot; opened this week at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul. Its producers believe the show may have a future on Broadway. But there's a lot of work to do. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/19_robertsc_doolittle/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2005 16:46:00 -0500 Open Ears: Irv Williams Irv Williams, 86, has been a fixture in the Twin Cities jazz scene for more than 50 years. His favorite classical piece comes from a composer known in jazz circles for his jazz sensibilities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2005/06/openears/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:00:00 -0500 Camera ready to roll for 'Prairie Home' movie A sleepy section of downtown St. Paul will get a dose of Hollywood glitter in coming weeks during the shooting of &quot;A Prairie Home Companion,&quot; the movie. The film, directed by Robert Altman and written by Garrison Keillor, is based on Keillor's extremely popular public radio show. Most of the shooting will take place where PHC is performed, The Fitzgerald Theater. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/28_robertsc_aphcmovie/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Music under the radar For some people, underground music means anything that's not played on the radio. For others, the definition goes deeper. Now some of the most subterranean music in the Twin Cities will surface at Heliotrope, a two-day music festival in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_robertsc_heliotrope/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Apartment for rent Anyone who's ever moved out of an apartment knows there's a special, poignant look to the empty space they leave behind. A Minneapolis photographer has captured that moment in a new show called &quot;Apartment for Rent.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/03_robertsc_apartments/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 15:42:00 -0500 Stringing the biggest harp in the world Minnesota is home to the world's largest hockey stick and the world's largest ball of twine. This week it will become the temporary home of the world's largest string instrument. The &quot;Earth Harp&quot; is being assembled in downtown St. Paul as part of the Flint Hills International Children's Festival. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/31_robertsc_earthharp/?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 17:00:00 -0500 Moran's &quot;Milestone&quot; When some people see art, they wonder what the artist was thinking when they made it. The Walker Art Center asked a famed jazz pianist to take that one step further. Jason Moran has created a piece of music inspired by work in the Walker's collection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/20_robertsc_moran/?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 15:27:00 -0500 Introducing the Cleophone What looks like a dulcimer and sounds like electronically altered Balinese gamelan? The answer is the Cleophone. The Cleophone's Minneapolis inventor created it mainly for the sheer pleasure of sonic exploration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/14_robertsc_cleophone/?refid=0 Sat, 14 May 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota indie filmmaking gets a lift The people behind the new Independent Feature Project Minneapolis/St. Paul Center for Media Arts have big hopes. They want the new facility in St Paul to become a central meeting place for local indie filmmakers and other media artists. It's welcome news for Minnesota's struggling indie film scene. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_robertsc_indiemovies/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The Walker thinks globally, but does it act locally? The reopening of the Walker Art Center is drawing international attention, but some wonder what impact the $70 million expansion project will have on the local art scene. Some local artists embrace the Walker's mission, while others have long felt excluded. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_robertsc_walkerartists/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 16:15:00 -0500 At Movielens.org, everyone's a critic Some people have a hard time finding a movie critic they agree with. The University of Minnesota has come up with a system that might help. It's called Movielens-dot-org. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/01_robertsc_movielens/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2005 15:29:00 -0600 A child of the '60s rocking at 50 Most 50-something musicians have left their rock and roll past behind them. But Barry Thomas Goldberg is still immersed in it. Goldberg's new CD is called &quot;American Grotesque.&quot; It's full of biting social commentary and songs of dissent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/15_robertsc_goldberg/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2005 17:57:00 -0600 Is St. Paul ready for &quot;The Wild Party?&quot; The Wild Party has arrived in St. Paul. It's a flashy, Broadway-style show that opened at the Fitzgerald Theater March 11. It's generated a lot of interest, partly because its producer/director is only 24 years old, and because of the obstacles on its path to success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_robertsc_wildparty/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 16:50:00 -0600 Beers, burgers and theater How about a little theater with your beer, burger and fries? That's what diners at Joe's Garage in Minneapolis are treated to every Monday night, courtesy of Thirst Theater. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_robertsc_thirst/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 The Owls perform in studio Local quartet the Owls joined Local Show host Chris Roberts to perform an unreleased song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/13/owls?refid=0 Sun, 13 Feb 2005 14:05:55 -0600 Looking for the union label Theater actors in the Twin Cities generally fall into two categories; union and non-union. The union, Actors Equity Association, has maintained a local presence for decades. But what does it offer its members, and the theater groups that employ them? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/11_robertsc_equity/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2005 10:00:00 -0600 The Hopefuls perform in studio Formerly called The Olympic Hopefuls, the local group ran into a copyright dispute with the Olympic Federation and had to shorten their name shortly after releasing their their debut album, The Fuses Refuse to Burn. They joined Local Show host Chris Roberts to perform songs from the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/06/hopefuls?refid=0 Sun, 06 Feb 2005 14:24:02 -0600 Group setting Group pictures are probably the most ubiquitous form of photography around. We take them mainly for commemorative rather than artistic reasons. &quot;Rite of Assembly,&quot; a new exhibition at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, explores the roots and evolution of group photography as an artistic genre. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/28_robertsc_grouppix/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2005 00:01:00 -0600 &quot;Stephanie Says&quot; (She's yearning for England) Minneapolis singer songwriter Stephanie Winter has lived in Minnesota for more than two decades. Her heart however, belongs to the country where she grew up, England. Winter and her band &quot;Stephanie Says&quot; capture that longing for home on their new CD, &quot;Sex, Socialism and the Seaside.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/13_robertsc_stephaniesays/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Working his pictures hard John Jarpe works hard as a painter, and he works his paintings hard. He usually labors for several months on each piece in his St Paul studio. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_robertsc_jarpe/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2004 16:22:00 -0600 Dali lives on in Wayzata Spanish painter Salvador Dali has become synonymous with the style known as surrealism. This year is the 100th anniversary of Dali's birth. But there are modern surrealists still carrying on the Dali tradition, including one in Wayzata, Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/03_robertsc_surrealism/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2004 10:00:00 -0600 Return to Juliet Avenue It's been almost a month since Election Day. For some, one of the most bitterly fought presidential campaigns in American history is already a distant memory. Others are still struggling to decipher its meaning. Before the election, we reported on a St. Paul street where neighbors were engaged in a silent political sign war. Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts returned to Juliet Avenue to find out what neighbors are thinking now. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_robertsc_julietave/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 2004 00:01:00 -0600 The band life Indie rock clubs in the Twin Cities are often populated with 20-something men and women who are musicians in bands. It's a lifestyle that revolves around the bar scene. St. Paul singer songwriter Martin Devaney is currently living &quot;the band life,&quot; and the bar is the setting for many of the songs on his new CD, &quot;La Mancha.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/19_robertsc_devaney/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2004 00:00:00 -0600 A veteran tries to honor the recent fallen Veterans Day is a day set aside to remember the sacrifices of the nation's war veterans. This fall, a Minneapolis artist erected his own memorial to honor those killed in the war in Iraq. He created a series of small plaques and fastened them to wooden bridges over Minnehaha Creek. The Minneapolis Park Board has since removed it, but the artist says his memorial will live on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/11_robertsc_bridgeplaques/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2004 13:26:00 -0600 Artist defends his controversial veterans memorial Thursday is Veterans Day, a day set aside to remember the sacrifices of the nation's veterans. This fall, a Minneapolis artist erected his own memorial, to honor those killed in the war in Iraq. He set it up along Minnehaha Creek. The Minneapolis Park Board has since removed it, but the artist says his memorial will live on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/11_robertsc_plaques?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2004 11:00:00 -0600 What's next for First Avenue? Minnesota's most famed nightclub, First Avenue, went dark this week, after its owner filed for bankruptcy. Two former managers are planning to take control of the beleaguered club and hope to reopen it very soon. Meanwhile, 120 First Avenue employees are now without jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/04_robertsc_firstaveupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2004 16:29:00 -0600 What's the score? Imagine writing classical music and but not being able to hear it performed properly. That's one of the biggest challenges facing young composers. For the last several years, the Minnesota Orchestra has been trying to address the problem by holding a &quot;Composer Institute.&quot; Recently, seven promising young composers spent a week in Minneapolis, immersed in the world of a top-flight orchestra. Not only did they hear their work played in Orchestra Hall, they also were schooled on how to make composing their livelihood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/02_robertsc_composers/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2004 15:39:00 -0600 Feel the heat Global warming has received relatively little attention in this year's presidential campaign. For Minneapolis choreographer Emily Johnson, it's a problem that can no longer be ignored or merely 'discussed.' In her latest dance piece, Johnson puts the audience in the middle of a world overheated by global warming. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_robertsc_heatandlife/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:57:00 -0500 Neighborhood friction is a sign of the times Political yard signs are the primary way average citizens advertise their preference as voters. In this divisive election year, however, they've become markers on a battlefield. In some Minnesota neighborhoods, the signs alternate between Kerry/Edwards and Bush/Cheney from house to house, sometimes for an entire block. How does this battleground challenge neighborly ties? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/16_robertsc_signwars/?refid=0 Sat, 16 Oct 2004 16:03:00 -0500 Springsteen fans divided over his political coming out The &quot;Vote For Change&quot; tour, featuring Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty, stopped at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night. The concert raised an estimated $1 million for America Coming Together, a group raising money for Democratic candidates. The tour has had a polarizing effect on some Springsteen fans, including a St. Paul musician who makes his living off Springsteen's songs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/05_robertsc_springsteen/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2004 16:17:00 -0500 The pride of St. Paul The Twin Cities are home to one of the most thriving hip hop scenes in the country. It's a scene that arose on its own, independent of the mainstream rap world which emanates from the coasts. One group that epitomizes this &quot;homegrown&quot; spirit is Heiruspecs of St. Paul. Heiruspecs, who's founding members met seven years ago at Central High School, is heralding the release of a new CD. It's called &quot;A Tiger Dancing.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/30_robertsc_heiruspecs/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2004 16:19:00 -0500 This is B-3 organ night! If it's Tuesday night at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul, It's &quot;B-3 Organ Night.&quot; For the last nine years Billy Holloman has been exciting audiences with the rich, soulful growl of his Hammond B-3 organ. Now, Holloman is releasing a CD. It's called, &quot;This is Organ Night.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/24_robertsc_hammondorgan/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Radio Re-Volt hopes to start a revolution Have you ever wanted to run your own radio station? Play the songs you want? Say the things you want to say? Now you can, thanks to a radio revolution underway in Minneapolis. The Walker Art Center has organized a group of artists and free radio advocates to teach people how to run their own low wattage micro-radio stations. &quot;Radio Re-Volt&quot; is designed, in part, to widen access to the local airwaves and raise awareness of the growing media consolidation in America. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/17_robertsc_radiorevolt/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Building a cultural bridge through monkey-chanting This weekend the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be the setting for an unusual cross-cultural collaboration. &quot;Sethu,&quot; or &quot;Bridge,&quot; employs 50 artists from India, Indonesia and Minnesota to tell an ancient Hindu myth. It also includes the Indonesian art of 'monkey chanting.' http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/09_robertsc_monkeychant/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2004 06:00:00 -0500 One stroke, one vote Politics and the Minnesota State Fair go back a long way. One local artist is using that tradition to create an interactive art display. Robert Delutri is making a painting by asking fairgoers to indicate their choice for president with one blue, red, white or black stroke of paint on a large canvas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/03_robertsc_politicalart/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Anatomy of a sound Digital technology has allowed artists to go much, much further in drawing inspiration from nature. One Minneapolis artist uses digitally generated sound designs to create a kind of hypnosis on headphones. The source of the sound? Water. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/26_robertsc_watermusic/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:16:00 -0500 From the basement to your headphones Digital technology has helped spawn thousands of basement studios across the country. Singer songwriter Mark Edwards of Minneapolis has one. For Edwards, a father of two with a full time day job, having a basement studio has meant having an artistic life after the kids go to bed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/20_robertsc_markedwards/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Art in the abstract creates some 'Heavy Weather' &quot;Heavy Weather&quot; is the latest exhibition at Rosalux Gallery, an artists' cooperative in Minneapolis. It features two veteran abstract artists who use entirely different means to create their work. One is a painter, the other, a photographer. The show explores the nature of abstract art. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/16_robertsc_heavywx/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:47:00 -0500 Going from show to show: the Fringe Fan The 10-day Minnesota Fringe Festival is well into its first week. Some people like to immerse themselves in the Fringe, and sample every theatrical flavor it offers. One such Fringe aficionado took MPR on a tour. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/11_robertsc_fringefan/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2004 16:17:00 -0500 A drummer's eye view of rock stardom In 1998, the Minneapolis rock band Semisonic soared to international stardom on the wings of its smash single, &quot;Closing Time.&quot; Three years later, the band was dropped from its record contract, and left contemplating an uncertain future. Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter has written a memoir retracing the band's beginnings, its meteoric rise to fame and fall from major label grace. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/14_robertsc_slichter/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Greg Paulus toots his own horn It's somewhat surprising when a young, gifted musician decides to pursue jazz over something more popular, such as rock or hip hop. Such is the case with 19-year-old jazz trumpeter Greg Paulus of St. Paul. Many say he has the talent and perseverance to make music his career. Paulus performs this weekend at the Artists' Quarter in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/09_robertsc_paulus/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2004 15:51:00 -0500 The future of First Avenue Minnesota's most revered nightclub, First Avenue in Minneapolis, is at a crossroads. Last week, owner Allan Fingerhut fired General Manager Steve McClellan. McClellan guided the club for more than 30-years. Many say his adventurous tastes and fiercely independent streak are what made First Avenue into a launchpad for regional artists and a nationally known music venue. McClellan's dismissal left many wondering whether the struggling club would close or be sold. Fingerhut is vowing to take aggressive steps to keep First Avenue open and independent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/02_robertsc_firstave/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2004 16:14:00 -0500 Coming to a bar near you --- performance literature! Literary readings are sometimes perceived as somber, stuffy affairs, mainly attended by people in love with their own high IQs. In the Twin Cities, a group of writers called the Lit 6 Project is trying to broaden the audience for literature by injecting elements of performance, entertainment and unpredictability into the reading. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/23_robertsc_litsix/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Never the same as he ever was As an artist and musician, David Byrne has never been satisfied with resting on laurels. Whether as leader of the groundbreaking rock group 'The Talking Heads', or world music enthusiast, or as a filmmaker and visual artist, Byrne's goal is to take art in new directions. Byrne is the headline performer at the Walker Art Center's annual &quot;Rock the Garden&quot; street party Friday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/16_robertsc_byrne/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2004 15:30:00 -0500 Soaring solos At almost every rock concert since the 1970s, the guitarists on stage have had a lot of back up: people in the audience, sometimes dozens of them, all playing imaginary instruments. Many air guitarists see themselves as artists in their own right. Some of the finer practitioners in the area will gather at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis tonight for the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/09_robertsc_airguitar/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2004 12:42:00 -0500 Venus of Mars All the Pretty Horses is one of the few rock bands in the upper midwest that includes transgender members. It was founded by Venus, a transgender musician and visual artist from Duluth. Venus' provocative presence on stage and in public forces people to consider what it means to be transgender. That presence can now be seen on the big screen in a new documentary from Twin Cities filmmaker Emily Goldberg, entitled &quot;Venus of Mars.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/02_robertsc_venus/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2004 13:35:00 -0500 If you got 'em, smoke 'em outside As debate over smoking bans in Minneapolis and St. Paul continues, opponents have often talked about how smoking and drinking go hand in hand. Add rock and roll to the mix and the allure of smoking only gets stronger. Proprietors of Twin Cities music clubs, where the vast majority of patrons smoke, say smoking bans could affect their livelihood and have a negative impact on the local music scene. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/28_robertsc_smokingclubs/?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2004 11:23:00 -0500 Artist Chris Larson's absurdist vision St. Paul artist Chris Larson engages his imagination in a number of different artistic disciplines, including sculpture, photography, drawing and filmmaking. What results is art that often makes a grim statement about human existence, but is also attention-grabbing for its sheer size or ornate detail. Larson's multi-faceted talents are on display in a new show at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/18_robertsc_larsonprofile/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2004 13:00:00 -0500 Flyte Time to move studios to California Flyte Time, the hit producing Edina-based recording studio run by Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis is relocating to Los Angeles. Harris and Lewis say their business needs to be closer to the heart of the music industry. The Grammy Award winning producers are responsible for more number one hits than anyone except Beatles producer George Martin. Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts reports on how the news is being received in the Twin Cities, and the legacy Harris and Lewis are leaving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/14_sota_flytetime?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 06:00:00 -0500 'Coach Said Not To' releases debut CD &quot;Coach Said Not To&quot; is a Minneapolis rock foursome that deliberately tries to defy categorization. The band finds great fulfillment in making every song sound different in some way. Its members believe that in terms of tempo and melody, today's rock music isn't nearly as rich as it could be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/06_robertsc_coachsaidnotto/?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2004 13:55:00 -0500 Gospel Groove There's a club in downtown Minneapolis where musicians spread the gospel in between drum fills and wailing guitar solos. Club 3 Degrees is one of the few Christian nightclubs in Minnesota. It's a smoke and alcohol free establishment which features strictly Christian music of every variety. It's proprietors are ordained ministers who not only want to show their patrons a good time, but also save them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/29_robertsc_threedegrees/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 A symphony where the audience interacts with more than sound The Nobel Symphony is St. Paul composer Steven Heitzeg's most monumental composition to date. Gustavus Adolphus College commissioned the piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes. The symphony premiered in the fall of 2001. It will be performed again at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis this Sunday afternoon, but with an added dimension. Minneapolis College of Art and Design students have created an interactive media component. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/16_robertsc_nobel/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2004 17:45:00 -0500 Strictly ballroom -- no competition Ballroom Dance. The words evoke images men and women in glitzy formal attire gliding around a room as the judges look them over. Some performers complain that under strict competition rules, there's little room or time to express themselves as artists. Now some dancers in the Twin Cities have formed a company to explore the art of ballroom dance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/08_robertsc_ballroom/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 16:10:00 -0500 Gen X'er captures her generation in dance People born between 1965 and 1975 are known as Generation X. In the past, they've been described as aimless, cynical &quot;slackers.&quot; Members of Generation X are now in their thirties and many are starting families, but to some extent, the stereotype still lingers. One &quot;Gen X&quot; choreographer in Minneapolis has created a dance piece she hopes will help her generation reclaim its identity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/02_robertsc_genxdance/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 20:10:00 -0600 CTC takes a snapshot of Somali-African American relations A new play at the Children's Theatre Co. portrays the tension and occasional conflict between Somali immigrants and African Americans. &quot;Snapshot Silhouette&quot; examines this cultural clash through the eyes of two 12-year-old girls. One of the CTC's goals is to help launch a dialogue between the two communities in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_robertsc_snapshot/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 15:38:00 -0600 Songwriting and social work merge in Honeydogs' new CD The rock band, the Honeydogs, has used catchy melodies and clever lyrics to attract a sizeable local following. It's even had a few minor radio hits. However, the Honeydogs' new CD, &quot;10,000 Years,&quot; takes the group in an completely different direction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/24_robertsc_honeydogs/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Billboards bring art to the streets The Walker Art Center recently invited several internationally known artists to use a downtown Minneapolis billboard as their canvas. The Walker's yearlong Billboard Project kicked off this week with a sign designed by experimental artist and peace activist Yoko Ono. Ono's message is simple. Imagine Peace. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_robertsc_peacebillboard/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 The Owls: the reluctant performers One of the more quiet, unassuming pop bands in the Twin Cities is hitting the road. The Owls are celebrating the release of their new CD entitled &quot;Our Hope and Dreams.&quot; Despite their low key, almost shy demeanor on and off the stage, The Owls' music is starting to get heard around the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/11_robertsc_owls/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2004 10:13:00 -0600 MIA's digital art show mixes it up If you've ever messed around with one of those graphics programs on your computer, that allows you to distort and reshape a digital picture, you'll have an insight into a new exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The show is so bold and attention grabbing it almost seems out of sync with the MIA's more sedate, educational mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/11_robertsc_topmix/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Retooling &quot;The Ballroom&quot; Theater productions rarely stay the same from opening night to closing performance. However it's very unusual for a theater company to halt a show mid-run, to rework it. But that's what has happened in Minneapolis with Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of &quot;The Ballroom.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_robertsc_ballroom/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Pictures of the Floating World Photographer Colleen Mullins wants to take people into a secret world. It's a place where the enormously wealthy go to play. For two years, Mullins aimed her camera at passengers on luxury cruise ships. The result is &quot;Pictures of the Floating World,&quot; on display at Creative Electric Studios in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/23_robertsc_floatingworld/?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2004 14:56:00 -0600 Walker will be without walls for the next year There's a big bash at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this weekend. When it's over, they'll shut off the lights for a year. The Walker closure will allow the completion of its $70 million expansion project. It'll nearly double the size of the Walker and expand its urban campus to 17 acres. The yearlong closure doesn't mean Walker programming will disappear. The museum plans to stay culturally visible by organizing a range of activities and events around the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/13_robertsc_walkercloses/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2004 14:13:00 -0600 Whither the indie record store? After years of slumping CD sales and the illegal downloading of songs, the music retail industry is finally embracing the digital age. Online music sales through companies such as Apple Computer, Napster and even Walmart are growing, and several major record labels are converting their music catalogs to digital. Many industry observers say the shift to digital delivery of music spells doom for the independent record store. Yet, the few such stores that remain in the Twin Cities say reports of their impending death may be premature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/03_robertsc_indierecords/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Preparing a puppetry epic An epic production is unfolding at Bedlam Studio on the West Bank of Minneapolis. Mercurius Lumen features an orchestra of international musicians and a cast of more than 50 puppets. Not a word of dialogue will be spoken. The play's primary purpose is to help audiences re-engage their imaginations, and explore the ancient roots of humanity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_robertsc_puppetepic/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 14:22:00 -0600 SPCO musicians take charge At the end of this season, the SPCO will dissolve its Music Director position. The musicians will assume many of the responsibilities for running the orchestra. The SPCO says the move is designed to strengthen its position as one of the premier chamber orchestras in the country. Most of the musicians say they're energized and excited by the transfer of power. But some observers say they'll face a number of challenges as the new system is put in place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_robertsc_spco/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2004 14:22:00 -0600 Delfs leaving as SPCO adopts a new leadership model Andreas Delfs is leaving the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He will step down at the end of the 2003-2004 season. The move is in conjunction with the SPCO's adoption of a new model of creative leadership which places musicians at the center of the decision making. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_robertsc_delfsleaves/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2004 17:00:00 -0600 Healing a musical mind Few musicians have experienced more highs and lows than 63-year-old Odell Brown. The jazz and rhythm and blues keyboardest has helped write chart-topping hits, and performed with such legends as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Odell Brown has also struggled all his life with depression. At one point, his mental illness nearly ended not only his professional career, but music making in general. Brown, who for the last nine years has lived in Richfield, is fighting back. He's even released a Christmas CD. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_robertsc_musicmind/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2003 14:07:00 -0600 Halloween Alaska draws on big names to celebrate.... the 80's? Members of three prominent Twin Cities musical groups, Happy Apple, 12 Rods, and Love Cars are taking a break from their noisier roles as rock and jazz musicians. They've formed a new band called Halloween, Alaska. The group describes its songs as quiet, mood pop, with a heavy nod to one of its favorite musical eras, the 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/12/halloween?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2003 12:00:00 -0600 The Minnesota Commissioning Club helps create new music A Twin Cities club is one of a kind. A group of friends gathers to commission new music, and then makes sure the pieces get heard. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/22_robertsc_commissioning/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:57:00 -0600 Weisman Art Museum celebrates 10 years The Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota campus celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend. The calming comfort in its interior is in sharp contrast to its stainless steel, exaggeratedly angular, cubist facade. The structure sprang from the imagination of architectural superstar Frank Gehry, and upon completion immediately became a landmark in the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/10/31_weisman?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2003 17:25:00 -0600 Sherwin Linton is cool country As far as country music goes, Sherwin Linton of Coon Rapids is the real deal. You can hear it in his deep South Dakota drawl and see it in his cowboy boots and fringed suede jacket. Linton, 64, can't remember a day when he wasn't in love with country, or western music as it was called back in his youth. He's performed from coast to coast, appeared on TV, written radio hits and done the Nashville/Grand Ole Opry circuit. Linton was country before country was cool, as the slogan goes. Linton brings his country caravan to the Midwest Country Theater in Sandstone, Minnesota, this Sunday night, in support of his new CD, <i>It Happened in America.</i> On Monday night, he plays at the Fine Line Music cafe in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/10/linton?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2003 16:25:00 -0500 Should Minnesota arts grants go to North Dakota? A published report is putting the Minnesota State Arts Board on the defensive. According to the report, the Arts Board gives tens of thousands of dollars in arts grants every year to North Dakota arts organizations. This at a time when Minnesota's arts funding has been cut by 30 percent. Arts Board officials say the funding benefits Minnesota artsgoers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/28_robertsc_nodakarts/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2003 16:20:00 -0500 Local band gb leighton is music phenomenon The Minnesota rock band gb leighton is a bona fide phenomenon in the regional music scene. Over 14 years, the group has become one of the top drawing acts in Minnesota. Rarely does a night pass when gb leighton isn't performing somewhere, usually in the Twin Cities. MPR's Chris Roberts spoke with the band's founder, Brian Leighton, about his earnest songwriting style, the band's reception among critics, and its legions of fans. He also took in a gb leighton show to witness the &quot;phenomenon&quot; in person. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/07/25_extra_gbleighton?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2003 15:30:00 -0500 Marching to the sound of a different drum processer: Tiki Obmar Tiki Obmar is an electronic music trio from Edina. You could say it's members, Brett Bullion, Chris Smalley and Graham Chapman, have have met the machine and become one. Tiki Obmar's members play live instruments over a bed of pre-programmed electronic music. Tiki Obmar's debut cd is called High School Confidential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/05/23_extra_tiki?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2003 15:00:00 -0500 The BLB rolls a strike as a theater incubator When the Bryant Lake Bowl opened about 10 years ago, it seemed an unlikely, even slightly ridiculous combination. A restaurant, bowling alley and theater? Now it's recognized as a critical, if not financial success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/07_robertsc_bryantlakebowl/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2003 15:38:00 -0600 Playing less hurt Janet Horvath, associate principal cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra for more than 20 years, knows firsthand the pain, anxiety and humiliation of an injury on the job. Horvath thought her career might be finished. To her surprise, her teacher Janos Starker, sat her down and completely rebuilt her approach to the cello, showing her how her body and her technique didn't have to be at odds. It was a revelation, which Horvath wanted to share when she arrived at the Minnesota Orchestra in 1980. She's been doing that ever since. Now she has a book, &quot;Playing Less Hurt&quot; already in its second printing http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/02/07_playinghurt?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2003 11:00:00 -0600 Stories from Montevideo What happens when tales of real life are transformed into art? The Children's Theatre Company and residents of Montevideo are doing just that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_steilm_montestories/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2003 12:01:00 -0600 State of the Arts In October 2001, Word of Mouth launched a monthly series called &quot;State of the Arts.&quot; The goal was to measure the health of the Minnesota Art Scene, determine its strengths and weaknesses, and consider its future path. Now, 14 months and 13 stories later, a group of local arts experts gather to mull over what was learned. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/20_robertsc_soawrap/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Getting a handle on gentrification in Nordeast. It's a fact of modern urban living. A recurring cycle. Artists migrate into a neighborhood because it's a cheap or at least affordable, place to live and work. The area undergoes a resurgence, attracts development, costs go up, forcing out the artists. Now Nordeast Minneapolis is looking to break that cycle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_robertsc_artsplan/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Artists look for ways to fill the benefits chasm Sometimes health benefits for artists come in the form of other benefits: benefit concerts, benefit shows, benefit bakesales. Many artists who are making a living with their art, don't qualify for low income health benefits, but can't meet the payments for regular insurance. But there are other options. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_robertsc_artistbenefits/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Ooh la la! Flops flip for a new kind of musical storytelling Two Twin Cities rock and rollers help out with a new type of storytelling project, and end up forming a band. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/29_robertsc_flops/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2002 11:00:00 -0600 The future of the Highland Theater With its art deco facade, and a popcorn machine erupting with Old Faithful-like regularity, the Highland Movie Theater is a fixture of St. Paul's Highland Park. Built in 1939, generations of St. Paulites have gone to the Highland to see their movies. But that era may soon be passing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_roberts_highlandtheater/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:30:00 -0600 The future of the Highland Theater With its art deco facade, and a popcorn machine erupting with Old Faithful-like regularity, the Highland Movie Theater is a fixture of St. Paul's Highland Park. Built in 1939, generations of St. Paulites have gone to the Highland to see their movies. But that era may soon be passing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_robertsc_highlandtheater/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Kulture Klub Do arts outreach programs really help troubled youngsters? Supporters of Kulture Klub in Minneapolis say they do and they have the stories to prove it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/18_combsm_kultureklub/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Delfs Named SPCO Music Director The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has chosen a new music director to replace the recently departed Hugh Wolfe. After an international search, the SPCO selected Andreas Delfs, who's been music director of the Milwaukee Symphony since 1997. SPCO officials say Delfs, 41, has the artistry, musical credentials, personality and drive to help the orchestra become the leading chamber ensemble in the world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/23_robertsc_delfs/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Public Broadcasting Subsidies Debated Some say MPR's success may be at the heart of Governor Ventura's cutback in subsidies for public broadcasters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/29_robertsc_pubrad/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Views on Welfare Reform Divided welfare workers see either problems or promise in the recent changes to welfare policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/14_robertsc_diffviews/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Reconciliation at Unity Baptist Church African-Americans and whites work to meld their congregations in a single church. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/22_robertsc_unity/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Straights Coming Out to Gay Nineties Weekend crowds of straight people at a popular Minneapolis gay bar make some gay people feel crowded out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199711/20_robertsc_90s/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities Transplants Visit a group of Twin Cities newcomers who huddle together for support more than for warmth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199709/20_robertsc_transplants/?refid=0 Sat, 20 Sep 1997 12:00:00 -0500 1992: "We are Hmong," a play for the generations MPR News reporter Chris Roberts talks to the playwright and cast behind "We are Hmong," an original play collaboratively produced in St. Paul in 1992. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/1992/11/06/archive-we-are-hmong-play?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 1992 00:00:00 -0600