Arts & Culture

Poet & musician Brian Laidlaw

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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News Director, Dale Connelly, hosts & produces The Morning Blend.

Well, we’ve had a couple singles for a few weeks, but tonight we finally debuted the new The Observer in the Star House album from The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry. What a cool combination of musical wizards… Also making its debut tonight, Adrian Sherwood’s new Survival & Resistance (on ON-U Sound). Following these releases, was Steve Steppa’s cool “Zohar Inspired Dubplates”, and then the M.A.K.U. Sound System with their “Makumbala” album. More new releases from David Powell Experience, Dada Afrik & Kalcia, Rebelution, Marlon Asher & Stef Kalloo, John Brown’s Body, A Tribe Called Red, Fatoumata Diawara, Relaxo, and Byutifu! Also tonight, to celebrate the new “Easy Star’s Thrillah” album, we did a Motown/Detroit set, alternating tracks from “Thrillah” and I-Plant’s “BlackSoulRemix2” Motown mash-up album, and finishing with a cool cover of the Spinners “I’ll Be Around”.

We speak with Sam Weller, the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury, about his new book Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, which he co-edited with Mort Castle. He is also the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, and Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews.

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Feature: “Minneapolis Nursing Home Recognized for Taking Residents on Vacation,”: produced by Susan Gray.

When people move into nursing homes they tend to assume their days of taking vacations are over. Not at the Camden Care Center in Minneapolis where the staff has put vacations back on the calendar. Audio Producer Susan Gray learned from residents and staff there’s benefits to escaping the daily grind at any age.

Mary Cutrufello at the Amsterdam

Singer/songwriter Mary Cutrufello was raised in Connecticut and spent years as a recording artist in Texas. She settled in the Twin Cities 10 years ago, and continues to play locally and nationally. Known as a “honky-tonk heroine,” she’s been featured on Austin City Limits and has produced a number of albums, including a major release on Mercury Records. Vocal nodes silenced her for three years, but in 2007 she returned to performing and released the album, “35.” Her most recent release is “Fireflies till they’re Gone,” which showcases both her full-throated rock wail and quiet intensity. This “Live from Minnesota” segment was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.