Five short features from our 10,000 Fresh Voices Series:

1. All the World’s a Stage
Produced by Todd Melby
If all the world’s a stage — as Shakespeare once wrote — why are most plays confined to traditional theaters? There are practical reasons, of course. The seating, lighting and sound systems are already in place. Still, some actors yearn to perform in more evocative spaces.

2. zAmya Theater Project
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Founded in 2004 by Lecia Grossman, and under the direction of Maren Ward, zAmya Theater Project is a unique theater group comprised of performers who are, or have been, homeless. zAmya, which is Sanskrit for “aiming at peace,” presents new work each fall during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week. Cast members collaborate on productions and travel to churches, schools, theaters and health centers to perform. zAmya Theater Project is part of St. Stephen’s Human Services in Minneapolis, a nonprofit organization that also provides homelessness outreach, emergency shelter and free stores.

3. Vincent Stall, aka ‘King Mini’
Produced by Britt Aamodt
After establishing himself as “King Mini”—a premiere mini-comic and poster artist—Vincent Stall has taken his inimitable style and vision to long-form narrative. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt sat down with the artist, and his publisher, 2D Cloud Press, to talk about Stall’s latest release entitled, “Things You Carry.”

4. Hudson Bay Canoers
Produced by Dan Greenwood
The Minnesota River is a tributary that flows into the the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling. In 1930, Eric Sevareid and Walter Port followed the Minnesota River upstream, canoeing north more than 2,000 miles to Hudson Bay, via the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. An account of their trip, “Canoeing with the Cree,” was published in 1935 by the Minneapolis Star. Last year, St. Olaf graduate students Anne Raiho and Natalie Warren replicated the journey, traveling past temperate Minnesota farmlands to the far north.

5. Mt Olivet’s child and eldercare program
Produced by Will Hale
The Day Services program at Mt. Olivet Church in South Minneapolis is unique in that it combines childcare with its senior center to create what administrators call “intentional inter-generational interaction.” The program serves 35 seniors and 65 children, from infants to preschool.

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Today we had special guests Mary Dushene and Nick Jordan perform blues and old time music.

Dynamite Sunday morning wake-up Gospel.

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Preview of “Good Design Lives Forever” with guest Elina Ruppert

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Our First Polka Show!

"Live From Studio 5!" scours the Earth to bring you varied genres of entertainment and this week it's The Brass Barn Polka Band. Who knows, some day we'll even have Opera! But this week Polka music fills the airwaves from Studio 5. Check it out, these guys are very S-M-O-O-O-T-H.

Cyril Paul & the Calypso Monarchs
Produced by Dick Rees.

Cyril Paul and the Calypso Monarchs perform at Caponi Art Park.

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Busy afternoon….interviews with GARLAND JEFFREYS and PAUL CEBAR. Plus, TOM FELDMANN joined us for an in-studio performance.

Garland Jeffreys will be making his first Twin Cities appearance in over 20 years Friday, January 20 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis. Garland is touring in support of his recent highly-acclaimed release “The King of In Between”.

Paul Cebar will be performing Thursday, January 19 at the Real Phonic Radio Hour at the James J. Hill Library in downtown St. Paul. Dana Thompson will also be performing along with series creators Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen, Paul Bergen, Frankie Lee, J.T. Bates, and Thom Middlebrook.

Tom Feldmann has recently recorded several DVD lessons for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop, and is currently touring in support of Tribute, his latest CD which pays homage to the gospel sides of Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Willie Johnson and many other acoustic blues legends. Tom will be opening for David Bromberg on Friday, January 20 at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Click “more” to check out the list of songs we played today.

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