Arts & Culture

A new arts funding organization has moved to Minneapolis. It’s called FEAST:, and is an awards dinner with a twist: The audience gets to choose who wins. Organizers hope to make FEAST a seasonal event, with four dinners per year. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to organizer Natalie Bowers at the Minneapolis FEAST premier.


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A new documentary film exposes the human and environmental costs of that Black Gold – oil. Lydia Howell has a review.


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Minneapolis artist collective Traffic Zone: is exhibiting a collection of book art from 14 international artists Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke to co-curators Harriet Bart and Lisa Nankivil, as well as poet Eric Lorberer, who’ll be reading poems of erasure at the downtown Minneapolis gallery Tuesday night at 7 pm.


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Tomorrow night, the Midtown Farmers Market and Gardening Matters are sponsoring a screening at the Riverview Theater. The documentary called Food Fight, is about our current food system and the national movement towards making locally sustainable food available to everyone.

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Minnesota is home to a number of mystery authors, among them William Kent Krueger, John Sandford and Ellen Hart. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke with a relative newcomer to the Minnesota mystery scene, Susan Runholt, whose second young adult mystery novel, Rescuing Seneca Crane, is coming out Thursday.


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Last year, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon caused an online stir when he produced the web-only TV series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Though no one’s figured out how to make a buck from serialized web episodes, producers are jumping on the virtual bandwagon. ABC and NBC also produced web-only series in 2008.

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Join the Johnson family and friends on the next Wave Project for a special show celebrating the life and career of Leslie Carole Johnson, editor-publisher of the long-running traditional jazz and ragtime publication The Mississippi Rag.

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July 20, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the moon landing by the Apollo 11 crew. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to Minneapolis illustration studio, Big Time Attic, whose book T-Minus: The Race to the Moon documents the US-Soviet space race of the 1960s to be the first country to land a man on the moon.

This story aired on Thursday, July 16, 2009.

A new play looks at being in debt — over money AND love. KFAI’s Lydia Howell reviews Malachy Walsh’s new play Beyond the Owing, now playing at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis through July 26, 2009.

_This story aired on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Howell’s complete interview with the play’s director, Genevieve Bennett, can be heard on the July 9, 2009, edition of Art Matters.

Minneapolis cartoonist Kevin Cannon, originally from Golden Valley, Minnesota, spoke to KFAI’s Britt Aamodt. Top Shelf Comics recently published Cannon’s latest work, a graphic novel called Far Arden, which transports the reader to the Canadian Arctic.


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