Arts & Culture

This week on MinneCulture, producer Andy Driscoll takes an in-depth look at Penumbra Theatre—celebrating its 34th anniversary as the only Twin Cities theater producing plays by, of and for the African-American community. Penumbra’s legacy includes 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights, and the starting place for all of August Wilson’s plays.

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Quick quiz: What Twin Cities lake is also known as Midi-Maka-Ska? It’s Lake Calhoun, and it is the site of the 2nd Annual Canoe Nations Gathering on Friday morning. As American Indian Month comes to a close, KFAI’s Ahndi Fridell previews two events taking place this week.

05-25-10

The Prime Time Players have among them decades of experience in every aspect of local theater. As the PTP they perform live shows from the Golden Age of Radio; drama, comedy, mystery and more. Please join them at these special command performances in November 2011 at libraries throughout St. Paul.

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Andrea Jenkins is an award winning African-American trans activist, writer, artist and performer who will host the first Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit in Minneapolis. The Summit will serve as an introduction to the Minneapolis Trans* Workgroup process and provide a mid-point update to the community regarding the work outcomes to date.

This summer marks the third year of Walker Art Center’s Queer Takes, a film fest that focuses specifically on issues surrounding the LGBT community.

Walker Art Center’s annual Queer Takes film festival, June 23-25, may be shorter this year due to budget cuts, but it’s a great kick-off to summer movie season. Lydia Howell has a preview.

06-22-09

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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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Attorneys’ Thomas Heffelfinger and Andy Luger presented the RNC Commission’s findings to the St.Paul City Council regarding law enforcement action during the Republican National Convention. KFAI’s Anna Pratt attended the meeting, and spoke to Heffelinger, who called the police response largely professional and restrained, while acknowledging that some things could have gone better.

This Sunday, September 26, Deadbeats On The Air audio theater troupe presents their latest adventure Roadkill Bill Meets Vincent van Gogh. The work is based on the Roadkill Bill comic strips of Minnesota artist Ken Avidor and was created by writer Britt Aamodt.

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SONGS OF FREEDOM to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the MARCH ON WASHINGTON, ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM and BOPSTREET will be devoting the entire four hours to Songs of Freedom with The Staple Singers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Pete Seeger, James Carr, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr and many, many more…

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