Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Produced by Dixie Treichel
In 1973 a small group of artists met in the basement of Walker Church in south Minneapolis and formed Powderhorn Puppet Theatre. Six years later the name changed to In Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and nearly 30 years later the troupe is still going strong. Using the art of transformation in its stories and ceremonial performances, the company creates main-stage productions, educational programs, street performances and an annual May Day Parade and Festival that welcomes community participation. HOBT uses a variety of techniques, traditions and materials, including gigantic and small-rod puppets, shadow puppetry, hand puppets, colorful costumes and unique masks of all shapes and sizes. Both human and non-human characters are created, and performances focus on social justice and environmental themes. Still based in the Powderhorn neighborhood, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has grown into an internationally renowned theater with roots deeply planted in its community. For more infomration, visit http://www.hobt.org/. Produced for KFAI by Dixie Treichel.
What a full program tonight: tons of new releases, a few classics, a number of eclectic Swiss picks, and part 1 of a special mix from Manwel T (originally done for Terry C’s Echo Beach on WLUW-FM). The big new releases included: the excellent “Red Shadow Landing” album from All India Radio; Steve Steppa’s fine new rootical album “Zion Door”; U-Roy’s sweet new “Pray Fi Di People” album; Beats Antique’s new “Contraption – Vol.2” EP; the cool “Synchronicity Dub” single from Wavewhore & ACEtone Studios; and Fu-Step’s dubwise “No More Vibes to Waste” album.
We speak with Moises Velasquez-Manoff about his new book An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases. He has covered science and the environment for The Christian Science Monitor and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Indianapolis Star, among other publications.