Arts & Culture

  • Orkestar Bez Ime is Bulgarian for “orchestra without a name.” The local group formed in 2002 to bring Balkan dance music to the Upper Midwest. It performs across the country with a repertoire that reaches from Albania to the Ukraine, with plenty of stops in-between. Tonight on MinneCulture, producer Daniel Zamzow captures their recent performance at Acadia Cafe. For more information on Orkestar Bez Ime, visit rogaria.com.

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  • Grant Cutler is a songwriter, producer and composer. His ethereal electronic music has garnered national acclaim, and this year he received a commission from the Minnesota State Arts Board for a three-­part composition. Here is Grant Cutler, performing at the Cedar Cultural Center in January 2012. Produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau. MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • This week on MinneCulture: “The Walk to School,” an audio documentary about a Minneapolis family’s decision to attend public school outside its immediate residential zone. Producer Ralph L. Crowder III explores education and school choice through the lens of Monique, a single parent raising her daughter Amaree, and her niece Leslie. “The Walk to School” is a day-in-the-life account of how the family copes with the public education achievement gap, and what it’s doing to create better opportunities for the next generation. Ralph Crowder is an independent producer from Minneapolis who specializes in local and national education issues. MinneCulture airs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm on KFAI, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • Hennepin Avenue predates the city of Minneapolis, and was originally used by Dakota Indians as a footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun. This main artery has grown and evolved over time, and been home to diverse communities and businesses. From immigrant laborers to performance artists, Hennepin Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations. The former Minneapolis red-light district is today a destination for theater and dance. This Wednesday, November 7, on MinneCulture, producer Sarah Boden explores the avenue’s colorful history, highlighting architectural and cultural landmarks along the way. MinneCulture is part of KFAI’s Legacy project, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • Minnesota Politicians and their run for the White House
    Produced by Ahndi Fridell

    Forty-four men have served as President of the United States, though none hail from Minnesota. In this MinneCulture documentary, KFAI legacy producer Ahndi Fridell profiles six local politicians who left a mark on national history in their run for the White House: Ignatius Donnelly, Floyd Olson, Harold Stassen, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale.

  • The Return of the Kings – The Lightning-Fast Roma (Gypsy) Brass Romania’s Fanfare Ciocărlia Comes Back to North America. For the first time, this legendary band is coming to the Twin Cities. The concert is Wednesday, Sept. 26th, at The Cedar Cultural Center…

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  • The Minnesota Fringe Festival is underway. The action is happening at 15 different Twin Cities venues.

    There are 165 shows taking place over 11 days. That’s a lot to take in, but KFAI’s Dave Romm has been doing this for years. He talked with KFAI’s Shiobhan Kierans on The Takeaway about this annual summer performance festival.

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  • Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve was a remarkable woman who left a legacy in Minnesota. A newborn Charlotte arrived here in 1819, when her father landed with the Fifth Infantry to construct Fort Snelling.

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  • MinneCulture presents a special “Live from Minnesota” show, featuring the St. Paddy’s Day Hootenanny for Slim Dunlap. Recorded in March at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, the show was curated by local musician and writer Jim Walsh, who’s been hosting the Mad Ripple Hootenanny for years.

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  • This Thursday, January 26, Encuentro dedicates a special program to Violeta Parra, the great Chilean songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and icon of the Latin American New Song Movement.

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