Arts & Culture

Tonight the Echo Chamber once again embarked on a “Magic Dub Carpet Ride”: a musical journey to the Middle East, N.Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. So load up your hookah & join our dubwise ride from Cairo to Tehran…from Rajasthan to Jerusalem…from New Delhi to Marrakesh.

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Jill Kargman joins us to talk about Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut. The author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing, Jill Kargman firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Her newest book is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool to get past life’s obstacles.

Larry Millett will also be in the studio to talk about his newest Shadwell Rafferty-meets-Sherlock-Holmes-in-Minnesota mystery, The Magic Bullet. It’s a classic locked-room puzzle set in 1917 St. Paul, Minnesota.

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This spring pledge drive edition of MinneCulture features some of KFAI’s best stories from the 10,000 Fresh Voices series. Tonight:

1. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Produced by Nancy Sartor
The international phenomenon known as Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a figure drawing session with burlesque and performance artists as models. What began in 2005 in Brooklyn as an alternative to traditional co-ops, has spread to 100 locations around the world. In Minneapolis, the two-hour drinking and drawing session takes place the fourth Sunday of every month at the 331 Club, and features irreverent drawing contests with prizes from local retailers. In this story meet host and producer Ophelia Flame, model and burlesque performer Queenie von Curves, and participating artists. For more information, visit Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities on facebook, or go to drsketchy.com.

2. Theater Icon Lou Bellamy
Produced by Sabrina Crews
Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the Penumbra Theatre, and associate professor of theater at the University of Minnesota, retires from teaching this spring. Bellamy has worked at the University since 1979, teaching courses in acting, directing, and the history of African American theater. The University recently presented a tribute to honor Lou Bellamy’s achievements, where Bellamy spoke to KFAI producer Sabrina Crews about the legacy he leaves behind.

3. The Effervescent Miss Richfield
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Miss Richfield 1981 is recognized as one of the Twin Cities most creative artists, and been named runner-up for “Artist of the Year” by the StarTribune newspaper. With numerous appearances around town, including the Walker Art Center, Illusion Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Miss R also made her Orchestra Hall-debut as a featured soloist in ‘Doc’s Summer Party Mix’ with Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra. In this story, meet the vibrant Miss Richfield, and the man behind the woman—Russ King—who graciously describes his life as a performer, from humble beginnings in Richfield, Minnesota, to the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York’s Soho, and beyond.

4. Blues Legend Cornbread Harris
Produced by Michelle Bruch
At the age of 83, Cornbread Harris still gigs regularly in Minneapolis. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he’s also renowned for his famous son—music producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist. Currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher, Cornbread performs Fridays at the Loring Pasta Bar, and Sundays at the Nomad World Pub.

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Spring Pledge Drive Health Notes

Anatomix Comix

Dr. Elson Haas talked about his new book and CD for Children called Anatomix Comix which teaches children about their bodies in a fun, musical and colorful way.

Originally performed for children’s theater in schools and other venues in California, this is a fun, interactive comic book that teaches young children about the human body and how to keep it healthy. Each body system is paired with a catchy song that children love to sing along to.

Kinshasha was joined in the studio with Melinda J and Health Notes listener Jeffrey to talk about the benefits of Health Notes and KFAI Radio

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hosted by e.g. bailey + dj musically rich

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Sound Affects Sampler – for the Spring Pledge Drive. With guests comedian Dean Johnson and playwright David O’Sullivan.

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