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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.

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Tonight at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis, KFAI’s Jackson Buck will welcome the Brass Kings to the Freewheelin’ First Friday Series.
Doors open at 6pm and the music begins at 7.
Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings play old-time instruments with a modern sensibility and a wide-ranging musical curiosity. The group stopped by KFAI this week to talk with Jackson Buck about their unique sound and how the members of the band inspire each other.

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Executive search and consulting firm, Versique, along with sister company McKinley Consulting, announced its third annual women’s professional clothing drive to support local non-profit, Dress For Success Twin Cities. The drive takes place from April 24-May 8 this year.

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CO Exhibitions is hosting its second annual “Cinco De Mayhem” participatory event in Northeast Minneapolis. More than 20 local artists have been carefully building exquisite pinatas just for the smashing pleasure of the public at large, with stage lighting and instant slow motion replays.

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Dora Zaidenweber and “Sky Tinged Red”
Produced by Susan Budig

Dora Zaidenweber is a survivor. She and her family survived a Nazi death camp in Auschwitz during World War II. Decades later she set to work on translating her father Isaia’s memoir from Yiddish to English, to share the story of her family’s experiences. Aided by her daughter and grandsons, Dora triumphed over obstacles like the language barrier, missing manuscript pages, and failing eyesight to finally complete the memoir, “Sky Tinged Red.” Now in her 80s, Dora continues to speak publicly about her experiences.

Tune into MinneCulture on Wednesday, April 30, at 7:30pm to hear the full audio documentary, produced by Susan Budig.

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Cherry Sky Studios is a Twin Cities rap collective bringing together a group of well-established artists. They’re releasing a collective album, called “Red Eye Flight”, with a live performance in Northeast Minneapolis.
Cherry Sky members visited KFAI recently and talked with Rico Morales.

Cherry Sky Studios will release “Red Eye Flight” at Honey Bar and Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis tonight beginning at 9:00pm. More information about the group can be found at Cherry Sky Studios dot com.

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Only a few days remain to submit your proposal for the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge in St. Paul.
The Challenge is a contest of ideas backed by 1.5 million dollars that will be spent on arts and culture projects to engage and enrich the city. The program is distinguished by its openness and the simplicity of the application process. Dennis Scholl is vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation. He spoke with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges focused on economic equity during her first State of the City address at the American Indian Center.
The mayor also emphasized more attention to children with her “Cradle-to-K Cabinet,” and endorsed transit systems as tools for economic growth.
She also urged Minneapolis residents to try being a little less modest about their city’s accomplishments.
KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart and Rico Morales prepared this report.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, it’s the film “Only Lovers Left Alive” from director Jim Jarmusch.

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KFAI volunteer Aaron Westendorp is well known around the station for his quick wit and generous spirit. He has a regular on-air shift engineering our broadcast of Democracy Now on Friday mornings between 8 and 9 am.

As a News Department intern, Aaron has also edited features, interviewed politicians and musicians, and done a report on Low Power FM Radio in the Twin Cities. And now he has added another talent to his collected skills – reading the news. Aaron wrote, edited and presented a live hourly news update during Doug Cain’s Global Beat program. This may make Aaron the only non-verbal radio newscaster in the world. (If you know of another one, please let us know!)

We’re grateful to Aaron for the work he does in support of KFAI. His presence on the air helps our station pursue an important part of its mission – to provide a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media.

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