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Due the frigid temperature and dangerous wind chill, the January 27, 2014 meeting of KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc. Board of Directors has been cancelled.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Humphrey Institute, Conference Room 186. The Humphrey Institute is located at 301 19th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55455. 

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Opening Reception
Wed, Jan 22, 2 pm
Bethel University Community Life Center – Benson Great Hall

KFAI, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and Bethel University have partnered to present Transfer of Memory, a photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors living, or who have lived, in Minnesota. On display at Bethel University through February 13, the exhibit features 37 portraits of survivors by photographer David Sherman.

The reception takes place Wed, Jan 22, at 2pm in the Benson Great Hall. It features survivor Dora Zaidenweber, who will recount stories from her newly published family memoir, Sky Tinged Red. Ms. Zaidenweber will also take questions from the audience and sign books following the reception.

The event is free and open to the public, and part of What’s in the Mix—a series of community engagment forums made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It will be recorded and broadcast during an upcoming episode of MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program that airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

For a map and directions visit Bethel University.

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January 20, 2014, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, many are commemorating the 50th anniversary of his historical march on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. This Wednesday MinneCulture, KFAI presents a conversation with Minnesota civil rights activists who were there. Producer Susan Gray interviews Dr. Josie Johnson, Reverend Rollie Robinson, and Max Fallek in this audio documentary: “Minnesota Freedom Marchers Reflect on the Fight for Justice.” Tune in Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30pm.

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Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift and their lives are changed forever.

Katie will talk with Health Notes about The Work and how it relates to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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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, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about a 1978 classic about the radicalization of North Dakota farmers in the 1920’s: “Northern Lights,” playing at the Trylon Microcinema.

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This coming Monday will bring the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, a day marked in the Twin Cities by the MLK Breakfast – a collaboration between General Mills and the United Negro College Fund. This year’s keynote speaker is political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile. She talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend.

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Two residents at the Minnesota Sex-Offender Program in Moose Lake are seeking a same-sex marriage. Moose Lake is a secure treatment facility – the people there are technically not in prison, but they’re not allowed to leave without supervision.
As a result, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has had to formulate some new policies. KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report.

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The Twin Cities Community Land Bank is buying an old theater on University Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. The Victoria Theater was purchased on behalf of a group called the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative. The plan is to revitalize the space as a community-owned center for the arts.
Tyler Olsen is the project manager for the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked about the building’s history, and the plans for its future.

This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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