Art Matters

Do the arts matter? Tune in to Art Matters every Wednesday night at 7pm and find out! Art Matters showcases the local arts community, including current events and arts-related discussions. Art Matters is the longest-running arts talk show in the Twin Cities.

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Recent Playlists

4/16/2014 Art Matters

Nordic Roots scholar and musician, Kari Tauring. We talk about her Völva Staving (sacred body geometry and toning in a Norse cultural context; runes, staff rhythm, and voice combine to create physical alignment with the world tree of Norse cosmology), her recent recording “Nykken and Bear” (with musicians Drew Miller and David Stenshoel, of Boiled in Lead) as well as delving into what she calls inherited cultural grief and healing. Her pioneering Nordic Roots work landed her a role on the Norwegian reality TV show, “Alt For Norge” in 2009!

4/9/2014 Art Matters

“A Discussion on Race and Hip Hop Dance in MN,” with choreographers Jason Noer aka B-Boy J-Sun and Kenna Cottman, along with global hip hop facilitator Zenzele Isoke, Ass’t Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the U of M. Also, Los Angeles-based TeAda Productions presents Leilani Chan’s “Refugee Nation” at Intermedia Arts.

4/2/2014 Art Matters

An overview of the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) with Programmer Jesse Bishop, and Pete Tedrow tells us about “The Star Fish Throwers” as part of the MN Made Showcase.

3/26/2014 Art Matters

A feature on “Album: Cinematheque Tangier” at the Walker Art Center, curated by Sheryl Mousley and Clara Kim. Phone interviews with Yto Barrada and Sean Gullette in NYC in advance of their visit to the WAC on March 27 & 28. Filmmaker and artist Barrada is the founder of the arthouse cinema and archives, Cinema Rif, in the heart of Tangier. Gullette is the director of “Traitor,” set in Tangier (for synopsis and more info:

3/19/2014 Art Matters

Interview with Choreographer Carl Flink, Artistic Director of Black Label Movement dance company, about upcoming Cowles Center performances; also, Producer Lu Lippold and One Day on Earth Founder, Kyle Ruddick discuss how local filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens can document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of The Twin Cities on April 26th (

3/12/2014 Art Matters

An interview with Joan Vorderbruggen about the new arts initiatives in the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District; also painter Jennifer Nevitt and curator Sean Smuda discuss her upcoming show at the Shoebox Gallery. Spring is almost here and there is art in storefronts everywhere!

3/5/2014 Art Matters

Actors Rhianna Yazzie and Shana Berg talk about their roles in the History Theater’s production of “Lonely Soldiers: Woman at War in Iraq” by Helen Benedict, directed by Austene Van. Benedict scripted her monologues based on interviews and letters from women serving in Iraq, about their abuse at the hands of their male comrades. Benedict’s writings on women at war inspired the award winning 2012 documentary, “The Invisible War.” Also on the program, Dixie Treichel and Rmay Rivard give us highlights of KFAI’s 24 hours of programming on Saturday, March 8th for International Women’s Day programming.

2/26/2014 Art Matters

A discussion of the play, “The Ballad of Emmett Till” by Chicago playwright Ifa Bayeza (also sister of Ntozake Shange!) with actors Sha Cage and Darrick Mosley, on stage at the Penumbra. The story of the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 is thought to be one of the sparks of the Civil Rights Movement.

2/19/2014 Art Matters

A tribute to the late Stuart Hall, a founder of Cultural Theory and the documentary subject of “The Stuart Hall Project” by British filmmaker John Akomfrah, which screens at the Walker Art Center on 2/21. Guests are Sheryl Mousley, the Walker’s Senior Curator for Film/Video, and independent arts consultant and curator, Reggie Prim.

2/12/2014 Art Matters

Poet and writer IBé has produced “Haikus for Gambia” to debut online and on billboards around town on February 18th. Some of the Twin Cities’ most talented poets, from laureates to spoken word artists, have contributed 49 haikus to the project in celebration of the Gambia’s independence day.