General News

The City of Minneapolis is currently working on long-term urban planning around what they call the Public Realm, the intersection between public and private interests in the city.

On August 10, 2015, there will be a public meeting about the project at the Pohlad Auditorium at the Minneapolis Central Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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A new exhibit at Juxtaposition Arts in Minneapolis is called “Question Bridge – Black Males.” It’s a video installation that threads together fifteen hundred conversations with Black men across the United States in an attempt to create more complex, multi-faceted, and whole images and narratives of Black males.

Roger Cummings is the Juxtaposition Arts Artistic Director. Nate Young is a multi-media artist and Juxtaposition’s Gallery and Contemporary Art Director, and Chris Johnson is one of the creators of Question Bridge. They visited KFAI’s Morning Blend to talk with Brenda Bell Brown and Yvette Howie.

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In just about two weeks, voters in St. Paul and Minneapolis will go to the polls to use Ranked Choice Voting in city elections.  In Minneapolis, some tightly contested, multi candidate races will give the relatively new Ranked Choice Voting system a chance to show its value – if voters AND candidates understand how to use it. 

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More than 700 professional and amateur racquetball players in the Twin Cities for the United Health Care U.S. Open Championships. The event is billed as the most prestigious tournament in professional racquetball, and it offers the players more than 65 thousand dollars in prize money.

At the same time the tournament is expected to bring 4 million dollars into the region in terms of economic impact. The games are played at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. From the semi-finals on out the key matches for men and women will happen in a Lucite see-through court surrounded by up to one thousand spectators.

Jose Rojas is the number four rated racquetball player in the world. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh about the Championships, and the world’s number one player, Kane Wasenlenchuk.

Rojas recently defeated Wasenlenchuk, and Paul asked him how he did it.

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At least one thousand people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate their disappointment and resolve following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.   People of all ages and ethnicities rallied around more than a dozen speakers including civil rights attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds and rapper Brother Ali, before taking to the streets for a march through downtown.  

KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was there and filed this report.

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The Lennie Chism Show will be knocking the chill off tonight.. Minnesota’s own Ray Covington joins the airwaves live in studio, showcasing his talents

It's true! KFAI hosts are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people bringing music to your ears today; they do it all night long every night! Tonight you can hear classic garage rock and post-punk guitar forces trade chords with the jumping beats of early and contemporary ska producers. Our hosts have no one but listeners helping create their playlists and they're as adventurous as the artists themselves.

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ReelAbilities largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness about people with disabilities—is coming to Minneapolis for the first time. From November 1-5, films will screen at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.

Based in New York, the festival began in 2007 to present award winning films by and about people with disabilities. It travels to multiple locations ,and this year is stopping in the Twin Cities for screenings, discussions and other events to celebrate diversity and our shared human experience.

Partnership Resources Inc. was instrumental in bringing ReelAbilities to Minneapolis. The local nonprofit organization serves more than 200 clients with various developmental disabilities. In addition to job training and placement, PRI also offers creative outlets, including arts, a glee club and a theater group. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle met with PRI actors to learn more about their passion for the stage. The troupe was featured in a documentary film entitled, “Born for the Stage,” which garnered national acclaim.

To learn more about the film festival, visit Reel Abilities. To hear Katey’s piece, click on Born for the Stage.

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Great art is timeless. And some of the greatest artworks in history are at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the rest of the summer as part of an exhibit that started this week – It’s called “Rembrandt in America”. The exhibit’s curator is Thomas Rassieur. He talked with KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi and Bob Hines.

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Matthew Little, a civil rights leader who led the Minnesota delegation in the historic March On Washington in 1963, died on January 26th, 2014.
Little moved to Minnesota on the strength of a coin flip – it was going to be Minneapolis or Denver. When the coin came up “heads”, Minneapolis gained a community leader who fought for desegregation and stood up for democracy with dignity and grace.
Little’s life was the focus of the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”. Guests Mahmoud el Kati, a Professor Emeritus at Macalester College, St. John’s University Political Science Professor Gary Prevost, and University of Minnesota Professor August Nimtz, discussed Matthew Little’s many contributions.

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