May 2011 MinneCulture Archives

5/2/2011 MinneCulture

AMPERS is the network of community radio stations throughout greater Minnesota. Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features:

KQAL/Culture Clique
KQAL’s Teri Tenseth and Winona Daily News reporter Jerome Christenson interview Heather Rogers, author of “The Hidden Life of Garbage.” This segment was part of an environmental series produced by KQAL on reducing waste.

KBEM/Minnesota Music Moments
Produced by Maryann Sullivan
This weekly series by Maryann Sullivan features local Twin Cities jazz artists. Tonight we hear segments on vocalist Arne Fogel, bassist Brian Roessler, Davina & the Vagabonds, and accordion player Patrick Harrison.

5/30/2011 MinneCulture

Charles Nolte: Billy Budd and Beyond
Produced by Dixie Treichel

Happy Memorial Day!

Charles Nolte was a legendary and internationally acclaimed writer, actor, director and educator who taught at the University of Minnesota for more than 30 years. In this intimate profile, producer Dixie Treichel takes us inside his vibrant world. Hear stories from Charles himself, as well as friends and colleagues, about his spirited life that included experiences with Tennessee Williams, Henry Fonda, Tony Randall, Maureen Stapleton and more.

5/25/2011 MinneCulture

Exotik-a-GoGo Concert & Interview
Produced by Daniel Zamzow & Nancy Sartor

Meet Exotik-a-GoGo, the house band at Psych Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11pm, this six-piece combo performs upstairs.

“Think Jazz instrumentation over jungle rhythms; tropical bird calls and vibraphone; and the pseudo experience of being transported to an exotic island.”

Visit them on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/editprofile.php?sk=picture#!/exotikagogo?sk=wall

5/23/2011 MinneCulture

Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series

1. Environmental Sound Artist Philip Blackburn
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Environmental sound artist Philip Blackburn records outdoor sounds, creates large-scale activities for untrained musicians, and presents unusual public sound experiences. KFAI producer Dixie Treichel met with Blackburn, who has worked with the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, the Minnesota Science Museum, and Public Art St. Paul.

2. Innova Records
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Innova Recordings was founded in 1982 as a contemporary record label. Located in St. Paul, it is part of the American Composers Forum and represents a wide variety of music artists who might otherwise fall through the cracks at traditional record companies. In addition to new artists, Innova preserves archived recordings of selected American composers’ works. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel has the story.

3. Minnesota Raptor Center
Produced by Elena Erofeeva & Michael Milligan
The Minnesota Raptor Center was established in 1974 as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, and works to identify environmental issues that affect raptors. Some initiatives, including the reintroduction of the Perigirin Falcon—a bird thought to have been extinct in the Midwest—have attracted international attention. Each spring the Center holds its Raptor release, and every Saturday it offers a public tours where participants can view more than 30 birds. KFAI producers Elena Erofeeva and Michael Milligan visited the Center and filed this story. For more information on the Minnesota Raptor Center, go to cvm.umn.edu/raptor.

4. Tony Caponi’s 90th Birthday
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
This spring nearly 500 people—family, friends, and city and county officials—gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of artist and art advocate, Tony Caponi. Former chair of the arts department at Macalester College, he designed and developed Caponi Art Park, a 60-acre sculpture park in Eagan, Minnesota. KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi attended the celebration and filed this report.

5. Serenaded by a Pipe Organ at the Heights Theatre
Produced by Todd Melby
Pipe organs at movie houses didn’t completely disappear with the end of silent films. The Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, Minnesota is home to an organ with 1,100 pipes and xylophones, drums and a whoopee cushion. The local chapter of the American Theater Organ Society owns the organ and hopes to more than double its size in coming years, making it the largest theater organ in Minnesota history. Produced by Todd Melby.

5/18/2011 MinneCulture

Minneapolis Music Scene: 1975-1980, Pt II
Written & Produced by Cyn Collins

The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis music scene was born.

This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Part I explores what inspired these musicians, which bands formed, and where they ultimately performed. It also focuses on the impact of Oar Folkjokeopus, the CC Club, and Jay’s Longhorn Bar.

Part II further describes Jay’s Longhorn Bar, features music and interviews with members of the Flamin’ Ohs and the Suburbs, and explores the birth of Twin/Tone Records.

Today Minneapolis has a vibrant and sustainable music scene thanks to the efforts of musicians and music lovers who dared to be different at a time when cover bands were the norm. Meet the players, who in the mid- to late-70s, paved the way for the next generation of bands—from Husker Du to the Replacements and beyond.

Interviews & Production Assistance from:

Curtiss A. (Curt Almsted)
Dave Ahl (Suicide Commandos)
Steve Almaas (Suicide Commandos)
Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, DJ, booking agent, and former Jay’s Longhorn Bar staff)
Richard Champ (NNB)
Kevin Cole (Sr. program director, DJ KEXP Seattle, DJ REV 105)
Bob “Slim” Dunlap (guitarist in Thumbs Up, the Spooks, the Replacements)
Robert Henry (Fingerprints)
Peter Jesperson (Sr. vice president of A&R at New West Records, former manager of Oar Folkjokeopus, DJ at Jay’s Longhorn Bar, co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Terry Katzman (Garage D’Or Records)
Martin Keller (journalist, author)
Chris Osgood (Suicide Commandos)
Chan Poling (The Suburbs)
Nancy Sartor (project manager & executive producer)
Paul Stark (co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Robert Wilkinson (Prodigy and Flamin’ Oh’s)
Daniel Zamzow (production assistant)

5/11/2011 MinneCulture

Minneapolis Music Scene: 1975-1980, Pt I
Written & Produced by Cyn Collins

The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis music scene was born.

This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Part I explores what inspired these musicians, which bands formed, and where they ultimately performed. It also focuses on the impact of Oar Folkjokeopus, the CC Club, and Jay’s Longhorn Bar.

Part II further describes Jay’s Longhorn Bar, features music and interviews with members of the Flamin’ Ohs and the Suburbs, and explores the birth of Twin/Tone Records.

Today Minneapolis has a vibrant and sustainable music scene thanks to the efforts of musicians and music lovers who dared to be different at a time when cover bands were the norm. Meet the players, who in the mid- to late-70s, paved the way for the next generation of bands—from Husker Du to the Replacements and beyond.

Interviews & Production Assistance from:

Curtiss A. (Curt Almsted)
Dave Ahl (Suicide Commandos)
Steve Almaas (Suicide Commandos)
Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, DJ, booking agent, and former Jay’s Longhorn Bar staff)
Richard Champ (NNB)
Kevin Cole (Sr. program director, DJ KEXP Seattle, DJ REV 105)
Bob “Slim” Dunlap (guitarist in Thumbs Up, the Spooks, the Replacements)
Robert Henry (Fingerprints)
Peter Jesperson (Sr. vice president of A&R at New West Records, former manager of Oar Folkjokeopus, DJ at Jay’s Longhorn Bar, co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Terry Katzman (Garage D’Or Records)
Martin Keller (journalist, author)
Chris Osgood (Suicide Commandos)
Chan Poling (The Suburbs)
Nancy Sartor (project manager & executive producer)
Paul Stark (co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Robert Wilkinson (Prodigy and Flamin’ Oh’s)
Daniel Zamzow (production assistant)

5/16/2011 MinneCulture

Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series, featuring Northeast Minneapolis artists participating in Art-A-Whirl, which runs Fri-Sun, May 20-22.

1. Florence Hill
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Minneapolis-based Florence Hill has been a practicing artist for nearly 50 years, creating work in a variety of mediums. She is a frequent lecturer and painting demonstrator, and for 35 years has hosted a Sunday figure-drawing co-op in her Minneapolis studio.

2. Rabi Sanfo
Produced by Dixie Treichel
West African native Rabi Sanfo immigrated to Minneapolis in 2004. Since then, he’s used his welding background to create metal sculptures. As his artistic techniques have evolved over the years, the core theme of his work remains: to share the history and culture of his native Burkina Faso. Rabi Sanfo has received numerous art awards, and supports local organizations by donating his work special events. He lives and works in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

3. Amy Rice
Produced by Nancy Sartor
Mixed media artist Amy Rice uses relics from her grandparent’s Wisconsin dairy farm to tell visual stories. She also incorporates antique love letters, maps and atlases as a way to collaborate with the past. KFAI producer Nancy Sartor spoke to the artist about her influences, her process, and what she has planned for the future. For more about Amy Rice, visit amyrice.com

4. Nick Legeros & Michael Boyd
Produced by Nancy Sartor
Northeast artists Nick Legeros and Michael Boyd have been working individually in bronze and glass all their lives. But when a commission brought them together about a year ago, they began to collaborate in revolutionary ways. For more information about the artists, go to nikosculpture.com and minnesotaglassart.com. Produced for KFAI by Nancy Sartor.

5. Czeslaw’s Loop: The Final Opus
Produced by Cyn Collins
Czeslaw’s Loop is a large scale, three-day multi-media project produced and created by Permanent Art & Design Group, continuing the legacy of Creative Electric Studios’ ongoing Boat Project at mile marker 856.2 on the Mississippi River, behind the Sample Room restaurant. The 2011 project is based on the creative struggle of late 1960s electronic composer Czeslaw Janecki, whose final opus was never performed. An event composed an…d executed as a four-act opera spread over a three day period, Czeslaw’s Loop features a generational cross section of Minneapolis’ most influential figures in arts and music.

5/9/2011 MinneCulture

Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series

1. May is Minnesota American Indian Month
Produced by Allison Herrera
May is Minnesota American Indian Month. KFAI’s Allison Herrera attended the kickoff event in Minneapolis, and spoke to Bill Ziegler, president of Little Earth of United Tribes.

2. Ethiopian musical artists Teshome Yimer & Beytubekii
Produced by Allison Herrera
You don’t have to travel to the Horn of Africa to hear the sounds of Ethiopian music. A recent spring afternoon at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis included a blend of traditional Ethiopian and American soul music by artist Teshome Yimer, as well as a performance by Oromo band, Beytubekii. KFAI’s Allison Herrera has the story.

3. Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Capoeira is a martial art created and practiced by runaway slaves in Brazil during Portuguese colonization. It’s a combination of instrument playing, singing, and vigorous physical exercise. KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami spoke to members of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association here in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Afro-Brazilian Capoeria Association, including classes for adults and youth, go to abcapoeira.com.

4. Say Word! Festival
Produced by Katey DeCelle
What started as an after-school poetry club, has evolved into a competitive youth poetry festival. On May 7, a spoken word festival called Say Word! took place at the Minneapolis Central Library. The one-day event featured dance performances, open mics, workshops, and youth teams competing in a series of poetry slams, aimed at crowning the 2011 Say Word! champions. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle spoke to founders e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage about the event.

5. Clickety-Clack: A Visit to Vale Typewriter
Produced by Todd Melby
The typewriter is oh-so nineteenth and twentieth century. Still, some people like the clickety-clack sound they make. Producer Todd Melby is one of them. He found a guy that still tinkers with the old machines. A visit to Vale Typewriter of Richfield, Minnesota.

5/4/2011 MinneCulture

Sophia Shorai concert with Tanner Taylor
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. Sophia performs regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and in other venues across the Twin Cities. In addition to singing, she has done voice work for national television commercials, as well as television and motion pictures. This concert was recorded April 28, at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis. With Tanner Taylor on keyboard.