Arts & Culture

This Sunday, September 26, Deadbeats On The Air audio theater troupe presents their latest adventure Roadkill Bill Meets Vincent van Gogh. The work is based on the Roadkill Bill comic strips of Minnesota artist Ken Avidor and was created by writer Britt Aamodt.

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SONGS OF FREEDOM to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the MARCH ON WASHINGTON, ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM and BOPSTREET will be devoting the entire four hours to Songs of Freedom with The Staple Singers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Pete Seeger, James Carr, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr and many, many more…

The Salvation Army has been a charitable presence in the United States since its humble beginnings in 1880.

Tune into MinneCulture on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30pm to hear a captivating audio documentary by Susan Gray. Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital explores the history of a Minnesota landmark, and why a place on the National Register of Historic Places may not save it from demolition.

In the late 19th century, insane asylums were built across the country in response to a national outcry over the treatment of the mentally ill. More than 75 asylums were designed using Dr. Thomas Kirkbride’s Moral Treatment Plan, which claimed that mental ailments could be alleviated with beautiful architecture and serene landscaping. The former State Hospital in Fergus Falls is one of the few remaining intact Kirbride hospitals in the country. Re-named the Regional Treatment Center in 1985, the building is destined for the wrecking ball if a developer is not soon found. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with preservation supporters to learn about the building’s historical significance to Fergus Falls, and the treatment of people with mental illness.

Mizna presents the sixth Arab Film Fest March 11th through March 14th at the Heights Theater in Colombia Heights. This year, for the first time, the festival includes a Persian Gulf film segment and children’s shorts. Lydia Howell previews the festival.


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If you’re looking for a place to get out of the summer heat, there are plenty of art spaces around town where you can find some inspiration to take the place of perspiration.KFAI’s Sagirah Shahid has a report on a multi-artist exhibit in Minneapolis entitled “Resonating Bodies.”  

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Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of the original Dreamgirls, has a one-woman play entitled ‘Sometimes I Cry’, created to bring HIV/AIDS awareness to the African American community.

This October marks the 70th Anniversary of the Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre’s ‘War of the Worlds’ program, now known as the panic broadcast of 1938. It’s also the 110th Anniversary of the publication of the original story by H. G. Wells.

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An investigator of the September 11th attacks comes to the Twin Cities questioning the official theories of 9/11 and America’s military policy. KFAI’s Lydia Howell has an interview. The two-part interview with David Ray Griffin can be found on KFAI’s Catalyst: homepage.


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The St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) was recently recognized with four awards at the Hometown Video Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.