Arts & Culture

Eclectic Ensemble
Produced by Daniel Zamzow & Nancy Sartor

Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. This MinneCulture segment was recorded at Minnehaha Falls and features Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance performing “Music of the Sun.” Eclectic Ensemble performs pop-up concerts at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. For more information, find Eclectic Ensemble on facebook.

Featuring performances by Jayne Mansfield, James Earl Jones, Dame Edith Evans and Sir John Gielgud

Today’s program starts in Peru. travels to Brasil & Ecuador and moves into the Caribbean where we close the program.

Music Host: David Cummings
News Host: Sagirah Shahid / Hannah Rank
Producer: Mike Fischbein
Engineer: Mike Stapp

Tonight we headed to the moon…and off into space as part of our annual “Lunar Lunatics” special commemorating the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. The lunacy included moon-related tracks like: “Renegade Moon”, “Man In the Moon”, “Mellowmoon”, “Black Moon”, “Walking on the Moon”, and “Lunar Base Dub”, and more space-oriented titles such as “Waltz from Outer Space”, “Spaced Out Babylonians”, “Jumping Jupiter”, and “Skankworks in Orbit”. And what a far-out mix of artists tonight: Green Fandango, Mayd Hubb & Joe Pilgrim, Banco de Gaia, The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry, Marcello Giombini, Ken Nordine, Full Moon Scientist, Uffe, Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics, Twile, Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra, and many more… Truly an out-of-this-world dubwise journey.

We speak with writer and journalist Jeanette Walls about her new novel The Silver Star. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir The Glass Castle. as well as the novel Half-Broke Horses and Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip.

We also chat with Erin Soderberg about her new middle grade fantasy novel The Quirks: Welcome to Normal, the first book in a series for ages 7 and up. She also writes novels for teens and tweens under the name Erin Downing.

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Music Host / Engineer: Jean Silverberg
News Host: Terry Carter
Producer: Ron Thums

Experimental Sound Artists
Produced by Dixie Treichel

The world of experimental sound arts is innovative and unusual—a place where instrument builders, alternative tuning systems and unorthodox musical expressions converge. In this documentary, six Minnesota experimental sound artists share their musings, explorations and creations.

St. Paul native Paul Metzger performs solo and with various experimental musicians around the world. In this program, he improvises on his collection of modified guitars and banjos, including a 23-string banjo.

Mary Garvie likes to collaborate and perform freestyle. Hear her voice experiments, and listen as she plays a variety instruments, such as an amplified grate, table top and singing bowl.

Tim Kaiser designs and builds electronic experimental instruments for himself and others, and likes buttons, knobs and switches. Based in Duluth, he performs at experimental sound festivals around the country.

David Means curates the Strange Attractors Experimental Intermedia Festival in St. Paul. Many of the experimental sound pieces he creates—using electric, electronic and computer instruments—are designed for the architectural layout of a performance space.

Dixie Treichel is founder of the Unique Sounds Ensemble in Minneapolis. She makes instruments from found objects, and uses them to create electronic sound art.

Kris Peck builds and performs on micro-tonal guitars. The altered fret boards on these instruments create unusual scales in nontraditional tuning systems. He also explores the use of digital delays and performs in the Twin Cities with a variety of experimental musicians.

Talking Back To Dr. Phil – Alternatives To Mainstream Psychology

utilizing in-depth research and analysis, this volume debunks the quick fixes and simplistic explanations of Dr. Phil McGraw. While he’s watched and revered by millions, no critique exists for his daytime advice—and like much of “pop psychology,” his counsel is often ineffective, leaving people feeling like failures and that something is wrong with them. Readers will easily identify with the guests and stories from actual Dr. Phil episodes, on topics ranging from anger, sex, addictions, and dieting to domestic violence, race, and gender. A powerful, love-based alternative psychology is then offered, basing itself on the belief that there is profound meaning in people’s struggles. Story after story shows how people’s difficulties are seeds of their unique beauty, power, and intelligence, elevating rather than diminishing their esteem. The insight and compassion for people’s humanity provided here cuts through the easy soundbites and will leave people feeling a genuine love for who they really are.