Arts & Culture

Legendary composer and musician Peter Ostroushko reminisces about his first recording session with Bob Dylan, and promotes his latest CD – a collection of waltzes.

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Minneapolis MOSAIC is a celebration of the city’s diversity offering over 40 arts and cultural performances and displays, all free to the public.

The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed.

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MinneCulture
July 22, 2013

Paul Metsa presents Willie Walker & Willie West
Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes

In 2011 Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time—talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience. Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes and Nancy Sartor.

This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Monday, August 5: Part I
Wednesday, August 7: Part II

Wed, Oct 9, 7:30pm on MinneCulture:

He was the spokesperson for the Jazz Age. A big drinker who enjoyed the high life. One-half of the golden couple of the Roaring ’20s. He was F. Scott Fitzgerald. And before the celebrity and success of “The Great Gatsby,” he was a St. Paul boy who dreamed of becomming a great American author. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talks with noted Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page, and tours St. Paul with guide Ann Melhus in this audio documentary, This Side of Summit Avenue: Fitzgerald in the St. Paul Years.

Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve was a remarkable woman who left a legacy in Minnesota. A newborn Charlotte arrived here in 1819, when her father landed with the Fifth Infantry to construct Fort Snelling.

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January 20, 2014, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, many are commemorating the 50th anniversary of his historical march on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. This Wednesday MinneCulture, KFAI presents a conversation with Minnesota civil rights activists who were there. Producer Susan Gray interviews Dr. Josie Johnson, Reverend Rollie Robinson, and Max Fallek in this audio documentary: “Minnesota Freedom Marchers Reflect on the Fight for Justice.” Tune in Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30pm.

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Travel around St Paul and you’ll notice that some of the streets have two names—one that appears on maps, and a second, co-street name that honors an individual. Katie McWatt Avenue, Raskas Road, William Mahoney Street—these caught the eye of KFAI producer Bobbie Scott.

Tune into MinneCulture tonight at 7:30pm to hear some of the stories behind the street names; from an African-American woman and civil rights activist, to a local rabbi involved with national issues, to a labor activist who became the mayor of St Paul during the Depression.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

MinneCulture presents a special “Live from Minnesota” show, featuring the St. Paddy’s Day Hootenanny for Slim Dunlap. Recorded in March at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, the show was curated by local musician and writer Jim Walsh, who’s been hosting the Mad Ripple Hootenanny for years.

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