Arts & Culture

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Walker Art Center’s annual Queer Takes film festival, June 23-25, may be shorter this year due to budget cuts, but it’s a great kick-off to summer movie season. Lydia Howell has a preview.


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  • Bettye LaVette is in town tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. LaVette is an overnight success story that was 47 years in the making. Her unique sound is being embraced by new and old fans alike. She took some time out today to speak with KFAI’s Marty Owings.


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  • Minneapolis artist Peter Gross has been writing and illustrating comic books for over 20 years, mostly notably on the series THE BOOKS OF MAGIC and LUCIFER. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke to him about his latest series, THE UNWRITTEN, which had its debut last week.


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  • Between August 1998 and December 1999, community and environmental activists tried to stop the reroute of Highway 55 in south Minneapolis in order to protect Coldwater Spring, a sacred water source, and oak trees that stood on parkland. Stop the Re-Route: Taking a Stand on Sacred Land is a documentary film about those events.

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  • V-Day is a four-day event to stop violence against women and girls locally and internationally. The highlight of this year’s event is a concert and the annual production of the Vagina Monologues beginning Thursday, March 5. KFAI’s Lydia Howell has more.

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  • Clint Eastwood’s film, Gran Torino, wowed movie goers and the Hmong community alike, by touting a large cast of new Hmong actors. Will Wright caught up with some of the stars, though not Clint Eastwood, to talk about what the film means to the Hmong community and their stories.


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