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Michael Robins & Bonnie Morris, Heid Erdrich, Solomon Parham

Episode: Since 1974 Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have developed new work at Illusion Theater to catalyze personal and social change. Heid E. Erdrich's impactful work in poetry and film is often inspired by her Native American ancestry. Surrounded by legendary musicians from his childhood, Solomon Parham is now making a name for himself in the Twin Cities jazz community.

Air Date 5/7/16

 
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    Scott Lloyd Anderson is a plein air painter, known for his suburban scenes and powerful images of the 35W bridge collapse. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Cellist Josh Koestenbaum works hard to keep his body and his instrument in tune. Soulful singer songwriter Alison Scott performs at the Dakota Jazz Club.
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    Public Artist Craig David created murals for the new Twins stadium. His latest installation is a nine-ton sculpture at the U of M. Pulling hair, strand by strand, is an art form for Guthrie Theater Wig Master Ivy Loughborough. And the Hip Hop Artists of No Bird Sing perform.
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    Chaka Mkali educates youth through community mural projects. Duluth bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles performs at First Avenue. Painter Gregory Euclide uses brushes and collected trash to create different planes of reality. Josie Lewis builds three-dimensional worlds she calls "hypercollages". And the folk duo Storyhill performs in the Wabasha Street Caves.
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  • #307 — 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.
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  • #322 — MN Original Music Compilation
    MN Original Music Compilation features some of our favorite musicians performing around town and in our tpt studio: bluegrass band Monroe Crossing performs at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood; salsa ensemble Charanga Tropical plays tpt's Studio A; hip hop royalty Heiruspecs groove atop the Jonathan Padelford riverboat in Saint Paul; season 10 American Idol competitor Sophia Shorai stops by tpt's Studio A; gospel vocalist Robert Robinson sings at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis; folk duo Storyhill performs in the Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul; and alternative punk rockers The Suburbs play a tribute concert for the late Bruce Allen at First Avenue.
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  • #325 — Andre Salvadore + Astronautalis
    Black Label Movement's Artistic Director Carl Flink collaborates with biomedical engineer David Odde in The Moving Cell Project. Painter Andr? Salvadore finds inspiration for his work in childhood memories of coming to America as an Italian immigrant. Laura Hallen arranges unusual materials like tutus and painted marshmallows into plexiglas box casings to create her mixed-media sculptures. Plus, indie rapper Astronautalis performs The River, The Woods.
    Wednesday, Sep 28 at 1am TPT MN
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  • #326 — VocalEssence + fDeluxe
    Artistic Director Philip Brunelle founded the internationally acclaimed choral music ensemble VocalEssence in 1969. Figurative Painter Luke Hillestad, whose work is reminiscent of Italian masters, uses live models for his subjects. Composer Mary Ellen Childs incorporated clapping games and baseball coaching signals in the body percussion piece, Sight of Hand. And fDELUXE performs their funky single Gaslight at the Loring Theater.
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  • #327 — Theatre in the Round + Alpha Consumer
    Theatre in the Round Players, with its community of volunteers, has been presenting work on an arena stage since 1952. More than one hundred pieces of correspondence from many of history's most notable composers make up The Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection at The Schubert Club. Installation artist Harriet Bart transforms words and everyday objects into sculptural expressions of memory. And Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and J.T. Bates of Alpha Consumer perform.
    Wednesday, Oct 12 at 1am TPT MN
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  • #328 — Frank Gaard + Orkestar Bez Ime
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  • #329 — The MovingCompany + Rhythmic Circus
    Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp from the Tony award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune present The MovingCompany's first show. Twins Janani and Jeyani Narayan play Carnatic violin, a form of classical south Indian music. Fine art photographer Michael Crouser's work includes an ongoing series of timeless black and white images. And the high-energy percussive dance and musical ensemble Rhythmic Circus performs their song Circus.
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  • #401 — Jack Reuler + The Shiny Lights
    Mixed Blood Theatre's artistic director, Jack Reuler, is revolutionizing theater in the Twin Cities with his radical hospitality initiative. Visual artist and amateur ecologist Kate Casanova unearths unique intersections between art and the natural world. Russian contemporary artist Oleg Vassiliev explores memory and light in his paintings. Infusing modern pop with a retro 70's rock vibe, The Shiny Lights perform "Heartbeat."
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  • #419 — Xavier Tavera + Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
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    Theater Latte Da's music director, Denise Prosek, explores the human condition through musical theater. Kurt Seaberg creates atmospheric Minnesota landscapes in his lithographs. Jim Denomie's paintings are recognized for their vibrant colors and representation of sensitive, historical issues. Sculptor and mixed-media artist Kristina Estell challenges viewers to question their understanding of nature and landscapes. And original member of the legendary local rock band Husker Du Grant Hart performs "So Far From Heaven" in tpt's Studio A.
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  • #426 — Graywolf Press + Spencer Wirth-Davis
    Poet Dobby Gibson releases a new book of poetry with Graywolf Press, one of the nation's leading nonprofit publishers. Founder and Artistic Director Susana Di Palma introduces the American-Spanish dance company and school Zorongo Flamenco. Gary Moss' love of Minnesota and the outdoors comes through in his photorealistic landscape and wildlife paintings. And Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis honors the memory of his mother with his instrumental hip hop and R+B album.
    Tuesday, Oct 4 at 1am TPT MN
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  • #427 — Jon Reischl + Phil Mattson
    Jon Reischl portrays the act of remembering in his vintage-hued paintings. Using the centuries-old art of stone lithography, Faye Passow gives her eclectic drawings rich texture and complex gradation. Expressionist Bettye Olson's career spans more than 60 years and is represented in permanent collections locally and internationally. Illustrator and collage artist Colin Johnson painstakingly assembles elements for his mixed-media work. And pianist, conductor and educator Phil Mattson is recognized as one of the top vocal jazz arrangers in the country.
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #428 — Dan Corrigan + Greg Grease
    Dan Corrigan shares stories about his photographs from the legendary nightclub First Avenue. Wil Natzel uses his formal training in architecture to design and create installations that challenge the expected use of a space. Eleanor McGough mimics the effects of weather in her large-scale paintings. And City Pages? 2013 Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Greg Grease, performs.
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #429 — David Bowen + Nicholas David
    David Bowen's installations examine the contrast between natural and mechanical systems. Liza Sylvester paints detailed watercolor and ink abstracts that are informed by profound hearing loss, which began in childhood. Drury Brennan draws upon graffiti and Asian calligraphy in his large-scale typographical improvisations. A second generation artist, Stuart Loughridge's paintings and intaglio etchings are inspired by his international travels. Plus soulful singer/songwriter and finalist on NBC's "The Voice," Nicholas David performs "Monsters Sleep" at Mancini's Char House in Saint Paul.
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #503 — 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.
    Monday, Oct 17 at 9:33pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 3:33am TPT LIFE
  • #504 — 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.
    Monday, Oct 24 at 9:31pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 3:31am TPT LIFE
  • #505 — Joe Dowling and Andrew Moxom
    Guthrie Theater's Artistic Director Joe Dowling has built a world-class center for theater arts and education. Alchemy and tradition are reflected in photographer Andrew Moxom?s timeless wet plate collodion portraits. Hip hop artist Brother Ali performs in tpt's studio.
    Monday, Oct 31 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Nov 1 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #508 — Kevin Kling and Red House Records
    Acclaimed author, playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling collaborates with some of Minnesota's most talented performers. Painter Eddie Hamilton's "Shadows Project" brings awareness to the challenges disabled people face when interacting with their communities. Folk record label Red House Records has been representing local and national artists since the early 1980s.
    Thursday, Sep 29 at 9:33pm TPT 2
    Friday, Sep 30 at 3:33am TPT 2
  • #509 — Sun Mee Chomet and Paul Metzger
    Actress and playwright Sun Mee Chomet searches for her identity both onstage and off. Kurt Seaberg depicts the indigenous Sami people of Northern Europe in his intricate drawings. The Walker Art Center's 2013 Artist-Designed Mini Golf commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Instrumental alchemist Paul Metzger improvises on his modified 23-string banjo.
    Friday, Sep 30 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 30 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 30 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 30 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #510 — Wayne Potratz and Run Westy Run
    Fascinated by the tradition of metal casting, Wayne Potratz has made it his life's work to study and teach sculpture. Jan Estep's conceptual art pieces are embodied by the experiential approach she takes with her art. Minneapolis band Run Westy Run plays First Avenue after a 15-year hiatus.
    Friday, Oct 7 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 7 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 7 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #511 — Rock The Garden 2013 Music Special
    MN Original music special featuring electronic musician Dan Deacon, Duluth indie rockers Low, former Husker Du frontman Bob Mould, indie rock quartet Silversun Pickups and electro-pop band Metric at Rock The Garden 2013, presented by Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current.
    Friday, Oct 14 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 14 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 14 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 14 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #512 — Children's Theatre Company and Julia Strand
    The resident acting company of Children's Theatre Company, along with Artistic Director Peter Brosius, mentors young actors and inspires young audiences. Julia Strand breathes new life into books that would otherwise be discarded, creating intricate carvings of the content within the pages. Secret Stash Records maintains its groove-based sound, whether it's with a vinyl re-release, or new music like Sonny Knight and the Lakers.
    Friday, Oct 21 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 21 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 21 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 21 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #513 — Minnesota Dance Theatre and Kevin Bowe
    Lise Houlton carries on the legacy of Minnesota Dance Theatre, reinforcing tradition and encouraging collaboration. Art plays a crucial role in the healing process for patients and families at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The work of longtime singer, songwriter and music producer Kevin Bowe has appeared on double-platinum and Grammy Award-winning albums.
    Friday, Oct 28 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 28 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 28 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #514 — Carolyn Halliday and Atmosphere
    Visual artist Carolyn Halliday pairs traditional fiber techniques with nontraditional materials to create her unique sculptures. Dancers from Carl Flink's Black Label Movement perform HIT, an intensely physical piece inspired by the chaos of cell movement. At First Avenue, Rapper Slug of Atmosphere talks about songwriting and Rhymesayers, the independent record label he helped develop.
    Friday, Nov 4 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Nov 4 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Nov 4 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Nov 4 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #517 — Greg Gossel and Cornbread Harris
    Using a combination of screen-printing, collage and painting, Greg Gossel builds up his mixed-media pieces layer by layer. An artist in her own right, Laura Zabel has become a champion for the Twin Cities' artistic community in her work as Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts. Self-taught bluesman Samuel James "Cornbread" Harris Sr. reflects on a lifetime of playing piano gigs in the Twin Cities.
    Monday, Sep 26 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 27 at 3:31am TPT LIFE
  • #601 — Shelli Ainsworth, Tucker Hollingsworth
    Local writer and filmmaker Shelli Ainsworth premieres her first independent feature film, Stay Then Go. Painter Dan Bruggeman's work examines landscapes where humans have altered the natural environment for entertainment purposes. Tucker Hollingsworth challenges the expected with his conceptual photography, which is both technical and ethereal.
    Monday, Oct 24 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 24 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 24 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 24 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #602 — MNO Celebrates Printmaking
    MN Original celebrates printmaking with Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Lunalux letterpress studio, bookplate artist Serik Kulmeshkenov, multidisciplinary artist Amanda Lovelee and record label owner and printmaker Thomas Hazelmyer, aka HAZE XXL.
    Monday, Oct 31 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 31 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 31 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 31 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #610 — The Jerome Foundation and Val Jenkins
    The Jerome Foundation supports the creation, development and production of new works by emerging and established artists in Minnesota and NYC. In her abstract paintings, Valerie Jenkins uses color and shape to challenge what is real and what is an illusion. And the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program serves more than 60 Minnesota high schools through workshops and an annual award program.
    Monday, Sep 26 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 26 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 26 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 26 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #611 — Jan Elftmann and Tall Paul
    Jan Elftmann's penchant for collecting objects shines through in her playful, sculptural work and eye-catching art cars. Up-and-coming musicians perform at 318 Cafe's Open Mic in Excelsior. Chuck U's childhood dream of illustrating comic books morphed into a successful career as a painter and drawer. Born and raised in inner-city Minneapolis, Tall Paul connects to his Ojibwe heritage in his clever and poignant rap music.
    Monday, Oct 3 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 3 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 3 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 3 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #705 — 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.
    Friday, Oct 21 at 9:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Oct 22 at 3:30am TPT 2
  • #712 — Osama Esid and Paul Peterson
    Syrian photographer Osama Esid's mission is to document and further understand his varied communities. Made Here, led by Joan Vorderbruggen of Hennepin Theatre Trust, fills empty windows with local art in downtown Minneapolis. Born in Columbia and adopted by a Minnesota family, painter Paul Peterson is creating a Columbian themed series to help his recently found biological family. Led by teacher Crystal Spring, the acting program at Washburn High School empowers students to give voice to issues that impact them.
    Monday, Oct 10 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 10 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 10 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 10 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #713 — Michael Robins, Bonnie Morris of Illusion Theater
    Since 1974 Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have developed new work at Illusion Theater to catalyze personal and social change. Heid Erdrich's impactful work in poetry and film is often inspired by her Native American ancestry. Surrounded by legendary musicians from his childhood, Solomon Parham is now making a name for himself in the Twin Cities jazz community.
    Monday, Oct 17 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 17 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 17 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Oct 17 at 7pm TPT MN
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