Arts & Culture

We reached back into our archives to replay our very first show from April 29, 2009. This show spotlights the palo of alegrias and maestro Timo Lozano tells Kristina a great story about how he came to join the Jose Greco Flamenco Company.

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The Media Addicts Brought Us Their Brand of JAZZ.

The Media Addicts is a modern jazz quartet with an aggressive, image evoking sound. Whereas “smooth jazz” leaves out the dirt and sweat, Media Addicts happily inserts those elements into edgy, sometimes post-apocalyptic sounding compositions. Check out the Media Addicts here

L.A. to the Bay The return of DJ Ren from Califas brings us some of the best jams from L.A. and the bay area. Also the pocho word of the week gabach@ tune in to find out what it means.

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Guitar Party, featuring Dosh & Haley Bonar
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

A special, family friendly event at the Cedar Cultural Center. With Jeremy Ylvisaker, Jake Hanson and Andrew Broder (guitars), Mijah Ylvisaker (voice), Mike Lewis (bass), J.T. Bates (drums), Dosh (drums) and Haley Bonar (guitar and voice). Mijah, Jeremy’s daughter, is in the first grade at Hale Elementary.

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A GOOD DEATH
Final Exit by Kelly McEvers, Bury Me Deep from Salt, & The Art of Dying Well by Hana Baba

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A special show tonight as we aired part 2 of the 5th annual “Around the World in 20+ Dubs” (originally aired 4/29 on Echo Beach at WLUW-FM, Chicago). But, before the ATW 20+ special mix, we started things off with Taj Weekes & Adowa in advance of their upcoming MPLS show (6/14 – 7th St Entry) & their upcoming appearance at the Bayfront Reggae Festival (7/17 – Duluth,MN). Followed up with Nkulee Dube, who will also be at the Bayfront Fest (7/16) from her new album “My Way”.

DJ Baby Swiss entered hour 3 smelling like a rose… in addition to 2 spritzes of Perfume, the ol’ time travel machine named After Hours took us back to ‘Round Midnight, Omars Attacked, firing strawberries from a white black hole in outer space, a Mouse unwrapped a snap bar somewhere on Mars, Yello dubbed in a tub, and Hugh Cornwell sprung a gingerbread girl from prison and spirited her away to an opium den… all in the Echo Chamber.

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We talk with William Forstchen about his novel One Second After, which is about what would happen after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on our nation. He is a professor of history at Montreat College in North Carolina and the author of more than 40 books, including the award-winning We Look Like Men of War.

We also talk with Pamela Cory about her new novel Hassie Calhoun, a story of Las Vegas in the Rat Pack era.

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1. Wise Acre: farm-owned, farm-to-table eatery
Produced by Nancy Skalkos
The distance from farm-to-table will be closer than ever with the opening of Tangletown’s Wise Acre Eatery in South Minneapolis. Owners Dean Engleman and Scott Endres have added 17 acres of vegetables, chickens, Scottish Highland Cattle and Berkshire pigs to their ornamental plant production in Plato, Minnesota. The farm will directly supply ingredients to Chef Beth Fisher and Manager Caroline Glawe for what may be the first farm-to-table restaurant owned by the farm. KFAI’s Nancy Skalkos reports.

2. Fulton Beer: Minneapolis’ latest craft beer
Produced by Jessica Folker
What could be better than brewing beer with your closest friends? Selling it as a wildly successful microbrew! One of the Twin Cities’ up-and-coming local companies, Fulton Beer, will open its brewery just blocks from Target Field this fall. KFAI producer Jessica Folker talked to the guys behind Fulton Beer about their journey from being a garage brew, to one of Minnesota’s most successful craft beers.

3. Ruth Adams: leader of the world’s most dangerous polka band
Produced by Marya Morstad
Ruth Adams had been the accordionist for The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band at Nye’s Polonaise Room for 35 years, when she passed away in March 2011. Featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and in Sonny Tormoen’s short documentary about her life, The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band (www.dangerouspolkafilms.com), Ruth was a Northeast icon and Minnesota treasure. KFAI producer Marya Morstad paid a visit to Nye’s to reminisce about Polka Queen Ruth Adams with former pianist Lou Snider, hostess Evie Radke, and bandmate and trumpeter Joe Hayden.

4. Sweet Lou Snider: a life at Nye’s Polonaise Room
Produced by Marya Morstad
Nye’s Polonaise Room is a Northeast Minneapolis relic. With its swanky dining room, classic piano bar and jam-packed polka lounge, Nye’s has been serving crowds for six decades. Earlier this year, accordion queen Ruth Adams, leader of the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band, passed away at the age of 79, and long-time pianist Lou Snider retired after 45 years behind the keys. Collectively, these women entertained patrons for 80 years. In the next two pieces, KFAI’s Marya [MAR-e-ah] Morstad pays tribute to these two indelible performers: Ruth Adams and “Sweet Lou” Snider.

5. Exotik-a-GoGo
Produced by Nancy Sartor
Exotik-a-GoGo is the house band at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Every Friday and Saturday the sextet sets the mood in the upstairs bar with tiki, lounge and exotica numbers. In this segment, meet the band: Craig Gallas, Clint Hoover, Vince Hyman, Bob Ekstrand, Chris Johnson and Tom Cravens. Produced by Nancy Sartor.

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