Calpurnia Peach + Debbie Duncan
Calpurnia Peach is the fashion label run by local textile designers Ashley Wokasch and Luci Kandler, known for its colorful, original screen-prints. Jason Gerling plays the drums on a specialized kit he invented. She's often called the Twin Cities' First Lady of Song. Jazz singer Debbie Duncan performs.
Michael Sommers + The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
We explore Michael Sommers' work as Artistic Director of Open Eye Theatre. Kinetic sculptor and jewelry maker Danny Saathoff deliberately chooses each component for its function in his finished pieces and The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet performs. These artists and more.
Thursday, Dec 15 at 1am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 15 at 7am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 15 at 1pm TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 15 at 7pm TPT MN
Wing Young Huie + Tom Nechville's Banjos
Photographer Wing Young Huie celebrates a University Avenue neighborhood with hundreds of images in his public art installation. Tom Nechville's custom banjos are designed to improve tone and projection using fewer parts than traditional models and jazz singer Christine Rosholt performs.
Thursday, Dec 22 at 1am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 22 at 7am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 22 at 1pm TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 22 at 7pm TPT MN
Celebrate the Art of Craft
We celebrate the art of craft with encore presentations of some of Minnesota's favorite artists. Warren Mackenzie shapes clay into simple, functional pieces in his Stillwater studio. Metal Sculptor Heather Doyle finds inspiration in this machinery shop. Virgil Leih turns 2 thousand pound tree trunks into works of art.
Thursday, Dec 29 at 1am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 29 at 7am TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 29 at 1pm TPT MN
Thursday, Dec 29 at 7pm TPT MN
Alec Soth + The Suicide Commandos
Photographer Alec Soth's first US survey of his compelling images premieres at Walker Art Center. Bounxou Duoheuang, originally from Laos, preserves her culture's traditional art of weaving. In the late nineteen seventies, the Twin Cities' first Punk Rockers were also among the first on the on the national scene. The Suicide Commandos perform.
Ali Selim, Wendy Knox + Charles Lazarus
Director Ali Selim talks about his award-winning debut feature film, Sweet Land, set in Minnesota. Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project created by one of Saint Paul's Public Artists in Residence Marcus Young and friends. A longtime member of the Minnesota Orchestra, Trumpeter/Composer Charles Lazarus performs with his ensemble.
Thursday, Jan 12 at 1am TPT MN
Thursday, Jan 12 at 7am TPT MN
Thursday, Jan 12 at 7pm TPT MN
Terry Gydesen + Mason Jennings
Terry Gydesen's images tell personal stories of some of Minnesota's most prominent political figures and celebrities. Accordionista, chanteuse, and theater artist Simone Perrin performs aboard a gondola on the St. Croix River. Christopher Poor and his craftsmen at Arms and Armor handcraft historic replicas for museum, theater and private collections around the world. And folk singer-songwriter Mason Jennings performs in the Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.
Wednesday, Dec 7 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 7 at 7am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 7 at 1pm TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 7 at 7pm TPT MN
Mathew LeFebvre + Charanga Tropical
Costume and set designer Mathew LeFebvre creates nearly 200 new wardrobe changes refreshing Guthrie Theater's classic, A Christmas Carol. Gwen Hauser reveals stories within layers of paint, plaster, glaze and gold leaf. Writer Said Sallah Ahmed reads from his Somali-English bilingual children's picture book "The Lion's Share". Janet Lofquist discusses her public art installations. And salsa ensemble Charanga Tropical performs in tpt's Studio A.
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 7am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 1pm TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 7pm TPT MN
Peter Rothstein + Harriet Bart
Peter Rothstein is an acclaimed director of theater, musical theater and opera who evolves with each collaboration. Co-founders of the Minnesota Spoken Word Association, husband and wife duo E.G. Bailey and Sh? Cage, work together as performers and teachers of spoken word poetry. Installation artist Harriet Bart transforms words and everyday objects into sculptural expressions of memory. The eclectic folk group Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles perform.
Wednesday, Dec 21 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 21 at 7am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 21 at 1pm TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 21 at 7pm TPT MN
Funk Band fDELUXE Performs
Funk is redefined as fDELUXE. In 1984, Prince formed The Family. Now, four of its original members are together again writing, recording and touring as fDELUXE. St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds and Jellybean Johnson perform on this special edition of Minnesota Original.
Wednesday, Dec 28 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 28 at 7am TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 28 at 1pm TPT MN
Wednesday, Dec 28 at 7pm TPT MN
Pamela Sukhum + Malamanya
Pamela Sukhum's series of natural and mystical paintings is influenced by her travels around the world. Alt-country rockers The Jayhawks perform at First Avenue in honor of the re-issue of their debut album. Choreographer Amy Sackett explores the role of Muslim women in hip hop culture with her piece "I'm Muslim, Don't Panic". Visual artist Terrance Payne uses colored pencils and oil pastels to create vibrant portraits and wallpaper designs. Cuban Son ensemble Malamanya performs in tpt Studio A.
Wednesday, Jan 4 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Jan 4 at 7am TPT MN
Iris Shiraishi + Nicolas Carter
Iris Shiraishi combines traditional Japanese rhythms with western influences in her taiko drum compositions for the Mu Daiko drum ensemble. Thomas Schrunk creates unexpected visual effects with lustrous materials like wood veneer, brushed aluminum and concrete. Barbara Kreft's intricate, mosaic-like paintings offer a meditative respite. Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter performs "Crossing the Isthmus".
Wednesday, Jan 11 at 1am TPT MN
Wednesday, Jan 11 at 7am TPT MN
Anthony Caponi + Storyhill
Anthony Caponi, stone sculptor and retired chair of the Macalester College Art Department, developed the 60-acre Caponi Art Park and Learning Center in Eagan. Soprano Maria Jette performs "In Our Little Paradise" at The Lexington in Saint Paul. The digital work of internationally known graphic designer and typographer Michael Cina is often inspired by his paintings. Plus John Hermanson and Chris Cunningham of Storyhill perform in Saint Paul's Wabasha Street Caves.
Dougie Padilla + I Like You
Visual artist Dougie Padilla's work reflects his Norwegian-Mexican heritage and the ideals of the 1960s. Hand-carved wooden sculptures and moving parts come together in Cecilia Schiller's interactive automata. Native American bead artist Greg Bellanger is dedicated to keeping Native American craft alive, whether he's making art himself, or providing others with supplies through his Minneapolis store Northland Visions. And ukelele player Wendy O'Sunshyne leads the gypsy jazz-folk band i like you.
Stuart Pimsler + Malamanya
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater is known for integrating vocals with modern dance and for its commitment to community outreach. Environmental encroachment and global warming are themes in Andrea Martin's hand cut paper art. Michael Berglund turned a childhood love of dinosaurs into a career creating lifelike, to-scale dinosaur models for museums and collectors. Combining the traditional rhythms and melodies of salsa, samba and Afro-Cuban son, Malamanya performs "Fijate Bien" in Studio A.
Joann Verburg + Rhythmic Circus
JoAnn Verburg is an internationally known photographer whose large-scale work deals with concepts of time and perspective. Inspired by his experience as an immigrant, Chilean-born Alonso Sierralta combines natural and man-made materials in his sculptures. Four percussive dancers backed by a seven-piece band, Rhythmic Circus explores musical genres like Minneapolis funk, beat box and salsa.
Marion McClinton + Solid Gold
Actor, playwright and Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton was protege to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson and helped to define African American theater in the United States. Folk musicians Brian Miller and Randy Gosa collaborate to bring us Minnesota Lumberjack Songs: Irish Music from the Lumber Camps. Complicated, repetitive patterns inspire Elizabeth Simonson's scientific sculptural installations. And electro glam rock band Solid Gold performs in tpt's Studio A.
Tom Hazelmyer + Lucy Michelle
Musician and record label owner Tom Hazelmyer creates handmade linocuts for his album art and packaging designs. Deborah Jinza Thayer's curiosity of movement and study of the body is exemplified in her piece "Diana Takes a Swim." Writer Ka Vang gives voice to Hmong immigrants by writing about the Hmong-American experience. And Lucy Michelle + the Velvet Lapelles perform "Catacombs" in tpt's Studio A.
Artaria + Judy Onofrio
Internationally acclaimed Artaria String Quartet preserves and performs classical chamber repertoire. Noted poet Robert Bly shares three of his poems from inside his private writing sanctuary. Judy Onofrio's latest work creating sculptures from animal bones is both a departure and a coming home. The 4ontheFloor, along with Duluth singer Sarah Kruger, perform "Enough" at Target Field.
HOTTEA and Nicholas David
Eric Reiger, also known as HOTTEA, uses chain link fence as the backbone for his street art installations. Mary Mack, who has appeared on Minnesota Polka Spotlight and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, shares her comedic and quirky charm. A finalist from NBC's "The Voice," Nicholas David writes and performs soulful music.
MN Original Music Compilation 2014
A MN Original music compilation featuring many of our favorite musicians performing in the tpt studios and around town: Alpha Consumer, Solid Gold, Mayda, Astronautalis, Barbara Jean, The Shiny Lights and Cloud Cult.
Allen Downs and MPR's Wits
"Allen Downs Life and Work: Winter Quarter in Mexico" commemorated the 40th anniversary of Downs' art-based study abroad program. Lea Devon Sorrentino's conceptual installations push viewers to question consumerism and materialism in American culture. And preparations are underway for Wits, American Public Media's live comedy and music show recorded for public radio stations across the nation.
Phil Daniel and Adam Levy
Phil Daniel's stained glass art mixes innovative techniques with centuries-old practices, resulting in modern works that are built to last. Inspired by and fascinated by nature, Moira Bateman abandoned a career in landscape architecture to pursue mixed-media art full time. Longtime Twin Cities musician Adam Levy's recent solo work reflects losing his young adult son, Daniel, to mental illness.
Shana Kaplow and Haley Bonar
Visual artist Shana Kaplow contrasts stark, photo-real depictions with abstract, disjointed panels to explore the notion of identity. Self-taught jeweler Gallen Benson has earned an international reputation with his intricate cloisonn? work. Jim Sannerud's turned wooden bowls are distinct in their oblong shapes, hand-carved details and vibrant milk paint finishes. Musician Haley Bonar performs on tpt's music series, The Lowertown Line.
Jeffrey Hatcher and Anton Armstrong + The St. Olaf Choir
Playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. Rich Reeder's Film In The City project teaches filmmaking to homeless youth through workshops and mentorships, culminating in a short film. The St. Olaf Choir, directed by Anton Armstrong, continues to honor their choral roots while branching out to perform contemporary works.
Gail Be and the Steele Family
Using innumerable vintage beads, artist Gail Be fashions intricate women's clothing, including a wedding gown with an 18.5 foot train. Home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor's experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work. Siblings J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta and Billy Steele have been entertaining audiences around the world for decades.
Sunday, Dec 11 at 6pm TPT 2
Marlon James and the Ericksons
Marlon James earned one of the world's most respected literary prizes for his 2014 crime novel set in his native Jamaica. James Brenner engages the community when creating large-scale public art pieces. Sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kapernick of the acoustic folk-duo The Ericksons started their musical careers as a way to cope with loss and personal tragedy.
Shapiro & Smith Dance and Gear Daddies
Joanie Smith of Shapiro & Smith Dance couples text and movement to envisage relationships in her choreography. Yudong Shen infuses his Asian brush paintings with color and contrast to create landscapes that reflect both China and Minnesota. Perci Chester creates larger-than-life metal sculptures using unexpected tools and techniques. The acclaimed Americana rock band, Gear Daddies, celebrates the 25th anniversary of their album "Billy's Life Bait" at First Avenue.
Sunday, Dec 25 at 6pm TPT 2
Glensheen at History Theatre and Tom Richmond
History Theatre's production of Glensheen, by Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling, examines the story of the 1977 Duluth murders. Greta Claire is an abstract painter obsessed with color and texture and the constant need to create. Cartoonist Tom Richmond is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine and recipient of the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Pianist Zhen Tu performs Etude No. 3 Un sospiro, arranged by Franz Liszt, in the Ordway's Concert Hall.
Peyton Scott Russell and Pooja Goswami Pavan
A graffiti artist since high school, Peyton Scott Russell now uses his art to educate young people. Lisa Friedrich uses fire, gunpowder and smoke to create cityscapes of her hometown. Ernest Miller hand alters his ceramic vessels and uses custom glazes, creating signature pieces that bridge modern and traditional design. Singer, composer and teacher Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan specializes in classical and semi-classical Indian music.
Peter Haakon Thompson and Weiming Lu
Peter Haakon Thompson engages audiences outside of the traditional gallery setting through participation, interaction and conversation. Keren Kroul's large-scale watercolors are inspired by her memories growing up in Mexico, Israel and Costa Rica. Urban planner Weiming Lu integrates technology in his traditional Chinese calligraphy. Cantus performs "Mu isamaa on minu arm (Land of my Fathers)" from A Singing Revolution.
Kelly Connole and Giving Voice Chorus
Ceramic Artist and Carleton College Professor, Kelly Connole uses clay as her language of storytelling and to express beauty. Actor Pearce Bunting portrays the acclaimed host in Garrison Keillor's play Radio Man. Giving Voice Chorus is the unique chorale ensemble for people living with Alzheimer's disease and their care partners.
Leslie Barlow and Eric Mayson
Oil painter Leslie Barlow explores multiculturalism and identity through portraiture. Chai Lee performs and teaches the significance of the Qeej, an instrument widely known as a cultural symbol of Hmong identity. Amara Hark-Weber creates handmade custom shoes in traditional and conceptual designs. Multifaceted musician Eric Mayson accompanies a modern dance class at Zenon Dance and performs "Skyline" from his debut solo album Detail.
Alyssa Baguss and MN Center for Book Arts
Fascinated by the ability to travel the world via computer, Alyssa Baguss creates her own intricate landscapes, both real and imagined. Depicting unique genres and styles, Aziz Osman paints his prewar memories of Somalia and remembrances of his decades living in Italy. Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates paper, printing, bings and broadsides with their annual Winter Book. Rooted in tradition and ceremony, tribal regalia and dance are important to Native American culture.
Eric Mueller, Andrea Jenkins and Prof
Instagram helped photographer Eric Mueller fuel his creative side and in turn find a community of peers and tens of thousands of followers. Poet and LGBT activist Andrea Jenkins explains how her work informs and activates communities surrounding LGBT equality issues. Go behind the scenes with legendary rapper Prof as he begins work on a new album and performs at his annual event "Prof Outdoors."
Sunday, Jan 8 at 6pm TPT 2
Sunday, Jan 8 at 10pm TPT 2
Monday, Jan 9 at 4am TPT 2
Monday, Jan 9 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
Tuesday, Jan 10 at 3:30am TPT LIFE