Arts & Culture

  • This Thursday, November 26th on Write on Radio, our guests are Brian Duren and John Irving.

    Brian Duren is the author of Whiteout, a novel about family estrangements and secrets—perfect for the Thanksgiving holidays!

    John Irving is the much-acclaimed author of 14 novels, among them The World According to Garp, The Cider-House Rules, and The Hotel New Hampshire.

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  • A new arts funding organization has moved to Minneapolis. It’s called FEAST:, and is an awards dinner with a twist: The audience gets to choose who wins. Organizers hope to make FEAST a seasonal event, with four dinners per year. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to organizer Natalie Bowers at the Minneapolis FEAST premier.


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  • A new documentary film exposes the human and environmental costs of that Black Gold – oil. Lydia Howell has a review.


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  • Minneapolis artist collective Traffic Zone: is exhibiting a collection of book art from 14 international artists Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke to co-curators Harriet Bart and Lisa Nankivil, as well as poet Eric Lorberer, who’ll be reading poems of erasure at the downtown Minneapolis gallery Tuesday night at 7 pm.


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  • Tomorrow night, the Midtown Farmers Market and Gardening Matters are sponsoring a screening at the Riverview Theater. The documentary called Food Fight, is about our current food system and the national movement towards making locally sustainable food available to everyone.

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  • Minnesota is home to a number of mystery authors, among them William Kent Krueger, John Sandford and Ellen Hart. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke with a relative newcomer to the Minnesota mystery scene, Susan Runholt, whose second young adult mystery novel, Rescuing Seneca Crane, is coming out Thursday.


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  • Last year, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon caused an online stir when he produced the web-only TV series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Though no one’s figured out how to make a buck from serialized web episodes, producers are jumping on the virtual bandwagon. ABC and NBC also produced web-only series in 2008.

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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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  • July 20, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the moon landing by the Apollo 11 crew. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to Minneapolis illustration studio, Big Time Attic, whose book T-Minus: The Race to the Moon documents the US-Soviet space race of the 1960s to be the first country to land a man on the moon.

    This story aired on Thursday, July 16, 2009.

  • A new play looks at being in debt — over money AND love. KFAI’s Lydia Howell reviews Malachy Walsh’s new play Beyond the Owing, now playing at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis through July 26, 2009.

    _This story aired on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Howell’s complete interview with the play’s director, Genevieve Bennett, can be heard on the July 9, 2009, edition of Art Matters.