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You are invited to join Ken for Back To The ’50s on Good ‘N Country Saturday June 21st from 3-5PM. The 1950s was a decade in which the country music genre experienced one of its largest booms. It was an era which saw Kitty Wells and Jean Shepard (pictured) breaking down gender barriers and Hank Williams recording hit after hit while influencing scores of his contemporaries, only to pass away while in his professional prime. Webb Pierce scored numerous hits every year in the decade beginning in 1952 and went on to become the biggest selling country artist of the 1950s. You will hear the original hit versions of the era and many obscurities as well. This will be a fun show to present, and hopefully it will be as much fun for you to hear.

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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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This weekend, Lennie Chism will air an interview with hip-hop artist Dee-1 on The Lennie Chism Show this Friday night/Saturday morning, 2AM-6AM. Dee-1, also known as “The One Man Army”, began as a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge before becoming a full-time performer. In 2010, Dee-1 founded OMAR Entertainment LLC (One Man Army Rebel). The next year, he released the mixtape “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2”. In the following years, Dee-1 released “The Focus Tape” and “Psalms of David”. After signing a record deal with RCA, Dee-1 released his latest mix tape, “Psalms of David II”, in late 2013.

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Leaves of Grass Uncut is a performance celebrating the radical queer poet Walt Whitman, created by Patrick Scully portraying Whitman, and a company of 18 stunning male dancers. Not in My Lifetime: GLBT Elders on Marriage is the new film by Pam Colby and her son Joah exploring what it looks like to gain a right in the second half of life. Cassandra Snow of Gadfly Theatre talks about the Final Frontier Festival-six new queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy one-act plays. Patrick Coyle’s new film The Public Domain is set against the backdrop of the 35W bridge. The lives of four people, impacted by the tragedy and on the run from their personal demons, intersect in a waterfront dive bar called The Public Domain operating in the shadow of the bridge.

Forty years ago, there were few resources to help women who faced domestic abuse. A new nonprofit organization called Women’s Advocates was formed here in the Twin Cities, and its organizers quickly learned that one of the most urgent unmet needs was simply to have a safe place to stay.
As a result, Women’s Advocates created the nation’s first shelter for battered women and their children.
That organization continues its work today, and as part of the observance of its anniversary, Women’s Advocates has invited Ted Bunch to come to Minnesota for a program that will be held at the Penumbra Theater. Ted Bunch is a co-founder of the group “A Call To Men: A National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women.” He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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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, the Swedish punk rock coming-of-age film by director Lukas Moodysson, “We Are The Best”.

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Minneapolis has a new bookstore, courtesy of Chaun Webster and Verna Wong, who opened Ancestry Books on June 7th, 2014.
On the store’s front window, it says Ancestry Books is “… dedicated to re-centering the narratives of indigenous authors and authors of color.”
KFAI’s Brittany Lynch, co-host of “Soul Tools Radio”, attended the opening and talked with co-founder Verna Wong about what it takes to start a bookstore.

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This Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, The Cabooze will be hosting the FunkyTown Family Reunion, which will feature artists Mind Condition, Lo-Key?, Sounds of Blackness, RL, Jellybean Johnson, and #MPLS. This event is a benefit for Lance “LA” Alexander, a founding member of Lo-Key? and a collaborator, alongside his partner prof t, with such names as Michael and Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Alexander O’Neal, Flyte Tyme, and more. Lance was born with a rare condition called “Chiari Malformation”, and it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that he began to experience severe effects from it. While going through surgeries and physical therapies, Lance learned that he also had another disease called “Syringomyelia”, which was brought on by his “Chiari Malformation”. This eventually caused paralysis from the waist down.

Now Lance’s friends will be coming together for a night of music and optimism to help him raise enough money to help afford expensive medical treatment which may be able to reverse his paralysis. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to the “Lance Alexander Trust”.

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The American actor, athlete, scholar and singer, Paul Robeson, died 1n 1976, but his music and his cultural profile still resonate today.

At the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, Robeson’s life and art will be explored in a two act musical featuring Jason McKinney as Paul Robeson and Christopher Bagley as Lawrence Brown, Robeson’s accompanist.

The shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm, and there’s a 2pm matinee on Sunday, June 22. You can find out more by calling Ticket Works at 612 343-3390, or by going online to The Capri Theater dot org.

Bagley and McKinney stopped by KFAI and talked with Robert Easley, who asked if Paul Robeson’s story is still important.

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Telling the story of a community takes time and effort, especially when the details are recorded in many forms and stored away in personal and institutional archives.

The Historyapolis Project is an attempt to illuminate the history of Minneapolis using digital media. You can see the latest effort at historyapolis dot com, or by searching for “Historyapolis” on Facebook.

Kirsten Delegard is director of the project, which is housed at Augsburg College. She talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein about some lesser known elements of the city’s history.

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