March 2012 MinneCulture Archives

3/28/2012 MinneCulture

Coldwater Spring/Mini Owe Sni
Produced by Allison Herrera

Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places. KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores the complicated history of Coldwater Spring in this exclusive MinneCulture documentary.

3/26/2012 MinneCulture

Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Exploring identity with playwrights Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid
Produced by Ahmed Naumaan
Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid are two Asian-American playwrights who address identity and assimilation issues in their work. Taous has performed with Interact Center for the Arts, Frank Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Off Leash Area and Dreamland Arts. She is a teaching artist with Stages Theatre, SteppingStone Theatre and Children’s Theatre. In August 2011, she returned from three years of making theatre in Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, France and Jordan. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France, and holds a BA from Macalester College. Eliza Rashid has worked in the Twin Cities as an educator, playwright, dancer, actor and activist. She’s been involved with the Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Exposed Brick Theatre, History Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts. Eliza is a recipient of Jerome Foundations Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and a member of the Unit Collective. For more information, go to www.unitcollective.org.

2. Grace Notes hospice choir
Produced by Will Hale
“Palliative care” is a term used in the hospice community. KFAI producer Will Hale prepared this story on the Grace Notes Hospice Choir—a creative group that is part of Minnesota’s end-of-life network.

3. Yinghau Academy Chinese immersion school
Produced by Amy Daml
Yinghua Academy is blazing new trails. In 2006, the Chinese-immersion school opened in Northeast Minneapolis as the first of its kind in the Midwest, with just 76 students. Today the student body is comprised of more than 400 children, and the school receives more than twice as many applications annually from parents hoping to enroll their kids. KFAI producer Amy Daml toured the school and spoke to students and parents at the Academy.

4. Minnesota’s Bluegrass Revival
Produced by Sarah Lageson
For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds.

5. Coldwater Spring
Produced by Allison Herrera
Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places.

3/21/2012 MinneCulture

Minnesota’s Bluegrass Revival
Produced by Sarah Lageson

For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebel, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor. Featured music (in order of appearance): Roe Family Singers “Elspeth’s Farewell,” Dorothy Rorick “The House Carpenter,” Bill Monroe “Uncle Penn,” Roe Family Singers “The Crawdad Song,” Koerner, Ray and Glover “John Hardy,” Pert Near Sandstone “A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One,” Dwight Diller and John Morris “Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down’” Trampled by Turtles “Ceiling Side,” Pert Near Sandstone “Wild Bill Jones,” Trampled by Turtles “The Outskirts,” Pert Near Sandstone “Liza Jane,” Trampled by Turtles “Pipe Knot,” and Pert Near Sandstone “Happy Hollow.”

3/19/2012 MinneCulture

Live from Minnesota presents…

The Brass Messengers with the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

This “Live from Minnesota” segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit brassmessengers.com.

3/14/2012 MinneCulture

The Iron Lady of Chisholm: Veda Pinokvar
Produced by Britt Aamodt

Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.

3/12/2012 MinneCulture

Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Nellie Stone Johnson
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Nellie Stone Johnson was born in 1905, with an ancestral mix of African-American, Native-American, and Euro-American heritage. She grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota, moved to Minneapolis, and by the late 1930s was one of the most influential forces in the state’s civil rights and labor movements. Produced for KFAI by Dixie Treichel. Oral history materials of an interview with Nellie Stone Johnson in 1975 provided courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, with assistance from Ryan Barland.

2. Jack Edwards
Produced by Britt Aamodt
In a career that has spanned 50 years, Jack Edwards has dressed New York theater royalty and Hollywood stars; from Katherine Hepburn, to Carol Burnett and Geraldine Page. In 1971, Edwards left Hollywood, where he was working with renowned designer Bob Mackie on “The Carol Burnett Show,” to become the costume director and designer at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His 18 years at the Guthrie, including his design work with private clients like Prince, musician Lorie Line, opera star Mildred Miller and Ruth Bachman, of Bachman’s Floral, has made him the dean of Minnesota costume design. The Goldstein Museum of Design on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus is offering a retrospective of Edwards’ work, including costumes and sketches for Guthrie shows and private clients, through May 2012.

3. The Iron Lady of Chisholm: Veda Pinokvar
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.

4. Cantus a capella group
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Minnesota has been recognized as the national capitol of choral music. Each year singers from around the country come to the Twin Cities to audition for Cantus—a premier, all-male professional a Capella ensemble, and one of only two of its kind in the United States. Produced for KFAI by Michelle Alimoradi.

5. The Twin Cities Irish music scene
Produced by Bobbie Scott
Minnesota may be famous for its Scandinavian heritage, but it’s also home to a vibrant Irish music community. From weekly sessions at pubs like Keegan’s in Northeast Minneapolis, to classes at the Center for Irish Music in the Midway area of St. Paul, Irish music is flourishing. KFAI producer Bobbie Scott talked to local players about the traditional Irish music scene in the Twin Cities.

3/7/2012 MinneCulture

Our Journey: Freedom Rider Marv Davidov, Pt II
Produced by Bob Zeller, with music by Spider John Koerner

From his days as a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, to leading anti-weapons protests at Honeywell in the 1980s, Marv Davidov dedicated his life to peace and social justice. In January of this year, he died at the age of 80. This is his story.

3/5/2012 MinneCulture

Our Journey: Freedom Rider Marv Davidov, Pt I
Produced by Bob Zeller, with music by Spider John Koerner

From his days as a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, to leading anti-weapons protests at Honeywell in the 1980s, Marv Davidov dedicated his life to peace and social justice. In January of this year, he died at the age of 80. This is his story.