Arts & Culture

Hennepin Avenue predates the city of Minneapolis, and was originally used by Dakota Indians as a footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun. This main artery has grown and evolved over time, and been home to diverse communities and businesses. From immigrant laborers to performance artists, Hennepin Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations. The former Minneapolis red-light district is today a destination for theater and dance. This Wednesday, November 7, on MinneCulture, producer Sarah Boden explores the avenue’s colorful history, highlighting architectural and cultural landmarks along the way. MinneCulture is part of KFAI’s Legacy project, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Minnesota Politicians and their run for the White House
Produced by Ahndi Fridell

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States, though none hail from Minnesota. In this MinneCulture documentary, KFAI legacy producer Ahndi Fridell profiles six local politicians who left a mark on national history in their run for the White House: Ignatius Donnelly, Floyd Olson, Harold Stassen, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale.

The Return of the Kings – The Lightning-Fast Roma (Gypsy) Brass Romania’s Fanfare Ciocărlia Comes Back to North America. For the first time, this legendary band is coming to the Twin Cities. The concert is Wednesday, Sept. 26th, at The Cedar Cultural Center…

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The Minnesota Fringe Festival is underway. The action is happening at 15 different Twin Cities venues.

There are 165 shows taking place over 11 days. That’s a lot to take in, but KFAI’s Dave Romm has been doing this for years. He talked with KFAI’s Shiobhan Kierans on The Takeaway about this annual summer performance festival.

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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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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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This Thursday, January 26, Encuentro dedicates a special program to Violeta Parra, the great Chilean songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and icon of the Latin American New Song Movement.

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The clock ticks; the moon waxes; the autumn leaves turn crimson. Time is as ubiquitous as it is elusive. Guided by science and science fiction, All In Time traverses the timeless mystery of time itself.

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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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Tuesday, September 13th, Write On Radio:writeonradio talks with the Baroness Ruth Rendell about her new novel, The Vault. Rendell, whom Time magazine called “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” is considered one of the greatest crime fiction writers ever. Her remarkable career has spanned more than 40 years.

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