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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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Tune in to Pam Without Boundaries Monday, May 5th, at 10:30am for an interview with Tina Schlieske as she gets ready to come back to the Twin Cities to celebrate the release of her first album with the B-Sides since 1999.

Schlieske has been a favorite singer and musician of her home town area since she put the B-Side Movement together in the late ‘80s earning their stripes all over Twin Cities’ clubs. Schlieske grew up in Apple Valley soaking up music in all kinds of genres. You can hear these pop up in her gospel-tinged power vocals, her countrified rock songs and her bluesy-rootsy numbers that can bring the house down. It seems like she knew from very early on that she had music in her to share with the world—she started playing venues before she was old enough to be a patron. Pam will talk with her about her new album with the B-Sides, as well as her CD release party at First Avenue Saturday, May 10th.

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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.

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Tonight at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis, KFAI’s Jackson Buck will welcome the Brass Kings to the Freewheelin’ First Friday Series.
Doors open at 6pm and the music begins at 7.
Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings play old-time instruments with a modern sensibility and a wide-ranging musical curiosity. The group stopped by KFAI this week to talk with Jackson Buck about their unique sound and how the members of the band inspire each other.

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KFAI has recently taken another step into the world of emerging social media. New marketing and PR intern, Seth Hynes-Marquette, has created an Instagram page for the station, allowing them to connect to fans and listeners with the art of visuals more than ever before. Our account, which goes under the username “kfaifmradio”, is run by the members of KFAI on their own personal smart phones and devices.

Follow us on Instagram as “kfaifmradio”!

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Executive search and consulting firm, Versique, along with sister company McKinley Consulting, announced its third annual women’s professional clothing drive to support local non-profit, Dress For Success Twin Cities. The drive takes place from April 24-May 8 this year.

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CO Exhibitions is hosting its second annual “Cinco De Mayhem” participatory event in Northeast Minneapolis. More than 20 local artists have been carefully building exquisite pinatas just for the smashing pleasure of the public at large, with stage lighting and instant slow motion replays.

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KFAI would like to welcome its newest marketing and PR intern, Seth Hynes-Marquette! He is currently a Junior studying Percussion Performance and Music Business at McNally Smith College of Music.

Seth was born and raised in Le Sueur, Minnesota, where he attended Le Sueur-Henderson High School. While there, he participated in football, wrestling, track and field, fall musicals, jazz band, and the singing quartet “Four On The Floor”, before graduating in 2012. Seth began writing creatively at age 8, creating comedic short stories for his friends and family. Later, he would begin writing more original short stories and screenplay ideas, as well as developing an interest in journalism. At age 14, Seth began playing the drums, and, shortly after, he utilized these interests towards building his future.

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