Local R&B / soul artist Ray Covington will be dropping by “The Lennie Chism Show” this Saturday, May 17th, to discuss his fourth and most recent album release: “Finally”, available on iTunes and Lennie’s show runs from 2 AM – 6 AM each Saturday morning, so be sure to tune in or check out the Archives on the KFAI website to listen in on Ray Covington discussing his most recent musical creation!

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MinneCulture presents: What’s in the Mix?
A community conversation with Juxtaposition Arts

Last year KFAI received a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to create a series of four community engagement forums called What’s in the Mix. Tonight MinneCulture presents an excerpt of that conversation and public event, featuring staff and youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts—an urban arts center in North Minneapolis—from 7:30 to 8pm.

In November KFAI community radio and Juxtaposition Arts partnered for a special event at Jxta that included a reception and exhibition of Paintings and Rickshaws, as well as a conversation about art and community.

The forum was moderated by artist Caroline Kent, and featured Jxta apprentices Cameron Downey, Jahliah Holloman, Namir Fearce and Tyanna Williamson. Performer/educator Kenna Cottman, architect Sam Babatunde Ero-Phillips and journalist Sheila Regan also participated in this conversation about the intersection of art and community.

Caroline Kent is a Twin Cities-based artist, 2009 Jerome Fellow, and recipient of the MN Artist Initiative Grant. She co-founded the Bindery Projects last year, and is a 2012-13 Creative City Making grant recipient. She will moderate the forum and invite audience participation.

Kenna Cottman is a performer and dance educator who teaches the history of African peoples through art, culture, movement and song. She is an African dance instructor at TU Dance, and manages her own company, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance.

Sam Babatunde Ero-Phillips grew up in North Minneapolis. An architect, artist and Environmental Design instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, he works with students on projects that connect directly to the surrounding community. He also lectures at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where he’s working on a PhD in sustainable development.

Sheila Regan is a journalist who writes for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, City Pages’ Dressing Room Blog, mnartists and other publications. She also performs in theater and teaches after-school and summer theater classes.

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Summertime is drawing near and young people and their parents are looking at options for internships and learning opportunities.

One great resource in the city of St. Paul is a program called “Sprockets”, a connecter that fosters a conversation between people and organizations that provide service to children – schools, libraries, parks and others working with families and youth.

Eyenga Bokamba talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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On this week's True Brit! host Simon Husbands will be chatting to the Professor Of Pop, Simon Calder!

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Alternative sources of energy have been advancing in fits and starts over the past few decades. Wind power has grown in Minnesota but recently solar power has gained some momentum.
Sharon Chen has a report

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KFAI is proud to be the media sponsor of the return of SLINT to the Twin Cities at Mill City Nights on Sunday, May 11th.

Actress health advocate Mars offers a detoxifying cleanse that combines a vegan diet with yoga poses and philosophy, journaling, affirmations and mantras, as well as other elements intended to promote rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit. Mars, who has created her own hybrid yoga style called ra yoKa which combines traditional yoga poses with breath centered flow, explosive martial arts movements, and core strength takes readers through a 21-day cleanse to rest, restore, and reset. In three main sections (organized week by week), the author provides daily suggestions for a morning Dawn Glow Tonic, breakfast, yoga pose of the day, lunch, self TLC (read an inspiring passage, practice conscious breathing), dinner, Get Your Glow ON (dance or listen to music), and an evening Dusk Flow Tonic. Though the plan favors raw foods, Mars provides suggestions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced vegans and a variety of healthful recipes 75 in all. She also suggests beauty tips and techniques, such as a weekly Self-Care Day that includes a facial, colonic, yoga class, or relaxing bath.

Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM


The 40th annual May Day Parade and Festival in South Minneapolis brought together crowds of celebrants and spectators under a partly sunny sky. KFAI was there with a live broadcast from Cedar Field as the parade formed up. Hosts Yvette Howie and Dave Roberts, along with reporters Dylan Peers McCoy and Jumondeh Tweh talked with May Day stalwarts and newcomers alike. Here are some of the voices and sounds from our coverage.

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The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and more than 50 partner organizations have organized a week of events to celebrate the city’s bicycle culture. Lots of volunteers are involved in pulling this off – Amy Brugh is one of them and she visited KFAI to speak with Xan Holston.

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Internationally known activist and citizen journalist Qusai Zakarya is visiting Minnesota this week. Zakarya is known for his reporting from inside Syria and for surviving death threats and the August 2013 chemical weapons attack that killed approximately thirteen hundred people. He received worldwide support during a 33-day hunger strike to call attention to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s starvation strategy against cities dominated by government opponents. Qusai Zakarya talked with KFAI’s Rico Morales.

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