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As part of a commitment to increasing every American’s access to and participation in the arts, PBS is airing a nine-week, multi-platform event every Friday night into December, featuring a range of artists and performances from nine different communities and celebrity hosts from each locale. Full-length performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, profiles of artists and performers, and mini-documentaries of women rock-and-rollers, banjo pickers, award-winning choreographers and local art scenes are a front row seat and back stage pass to entertain and inspire viewers.


PBS Arts from Minnesota (orgininally aired Oct. 14)
Hosted by: Rainn Wilson

Spectacular new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater, directed by the theater’s artistic director, Joe Dowling. Infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s memorable melodies — ranging from big band swing to classic pop — H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone.

Also worth noting! Minnesota Original worked to put together a three-minute mini-documentary on a topic related to each PBS Arts performance.

Here's a list worth keeping handy:

Oct. 14 (PBS Arts from Minnesota): Photographer Michal Daniel

Oct. 21 (PBS Arts from Seattle): Painter Scott West with Cloud Cult

Oct. 28 (PBS ARTS from Miami): Ragamala Dance 

Nov. 4 (PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains): Banjo Maker Tom Nechville

Nov. 11 (PBS Arts from Chicago): TU Dance

Nov. 18 (PBS Arts from Cleveland): Funk Rocker Mayda

Nov. 25 (PBS Arts from Los Angeles): The Minnesota Opera

Dec. 2 (PBS Arts from San Francisco): Painter Michael Kareken

Dec. 16 (PBS Arts from Los Angeles): Dancer Emily Johnson

As so many of you know, Minnesota is full of great arts and art festivals. In conjunction with the 2011 PBS Arts Fall Festival, we present this video calendar of events:

Enjoy "3 Questions" with PBS Arts from Minnesota host Rainn Wilson:

 H.M.S. Pinafore photo gallery:




PBS Arts from Minnesota: Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore  PBS Arts from Minnesota: Arts Scene Minnesota
This new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic, from the Guthrie Theater, is directed by the theater's artistic director, Joe Dowling. It is infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sullivan's memorable melodies, ranging from big band swing to classic pop.  Home to tens of thousands of artists and 1,700 arts organizations, Minnesota’s artistic landscape has always attracted people who make their livings in the arts. The inculcation of the arts into everyday life here fostered a movement that made Minnesota the only state whose citizens voted to write arts funding into the state constitution.
Meet H.M.S. Pinafore's Director Meet H.M.S. Pinafore's Choreographer
Joe Dowling (Artistic Director, Guthrie Theater) arrived at the Guthrie in 1995, and since that time has directed more than 35 productions, including landmark productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Stoppard and Friel. Under Mr. Dowling's leadership, the Guthrie has enjoyed tremendous growth, including the 2006 opening of a new Guthrie on banks of the Mississippi River. Drawing on the energy and excitement from audiences, the performers play to the passage ways, or vomitoria, and to the ship's quarterdeck that is the Guthrie Theater's thrust stage. Director Joe Dowling describes the musical staging designed by Choreographer David Bolger as inventive. Bolger works in Ireland and the UK and is the artistic director and co-founder of Dublin's CoisCeim Dance.
Meet H.M.S. Pinafore's Costume Designer Meet H.M.S. Pinafore's Set Designer
New York-based Costume Designer Fabio Toblini combines a variety of historic and modern influences to complement the comic operetta, H.M.S Pinafore. Toblini exaggerates proportions of the women's dresses with revealing bust lines, cinched waistlines and oversized bustles. The classic sailor and British Navy uniforms draw from different eras. When designing the set of H.M.S. Pinafore, Frank Hallinan Flood looked to the British Royal Naval Museum for inspiration. Flood transformed Guthrie Theater's thrust stage into a 19th century ironclad ship with a state of the art lift, trap doors, revolving sets and a deck for the orchestra. Flood and H.M.S. Pinafore Director Joe Dowling have collaborated on productions for more than 30 years.

Photos courtesy of Michal Daniel on behalf of the Guthrie Theater

Photo courtesy of Mark Vancleave on behalf of the Guthrie Theater


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