Arts & Culture

On July 10, 2008, a new arts and entertainment marathon that will help welcome Republican National Convention guests was announced. It’s called spark24.

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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This Sunday, local food expert and KFAI programmer Amanda Balagur hosts another one hour focus on local food initiatives. Joining her will be JoAnne Berkenkamp of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Topping off this tasty program will be music, live, in studio, from the band The Field of Medicine. Spend your dinner hour this Sunday listening to the Wave Project at 6 pm.

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In Minneapolis, the riverfront district has become a showcase for edgy, modernist architecture.

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This Thursday, Fernando Meza, Chair of the Percussion program at the University of Minnesota, comes to Encuentro to share with us in a journey around the world through an instrument that lives in many cultures: the marimba.  This instrument has a rich history and tradition in many countries, in and beyond Latin America, and, in some, it has even been declared as the national instrument.


The days are growing longer, temperatures are rising and buds are swelling full. Inside an old movie theater on East Lake Street, creative forces put together the 34th May Day Parade.

As part of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Global Media, Diasporic Cultures speaking series, Dr.

The Consulate of Mexico kicks off a year of cultural events to celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial. KFAI’s Lydia Howell has a review.


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On coming Sunday, Oct. 20th – in Twin Cities is coming the Midwest premier of BRASSLANDS – the documentary film about the world’s largest festival of the Balkan brass music and trumpet competition in Guča, Serbia.

A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. BRASSLANDS offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.

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