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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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  • #244 — Tom Schroeder, Barry Browning + Bobby Vee
    Animator Tom Schroeder tells real life stories with jazz-influenced pizzazz. Lighting designer Barry Browning brings to life the Jungle Theater's production of Next Fall. Teen idol from the early 1960's, Bobby Vee's pop stardom began the day the music died, when he performed in place of Buddy Holly. Zoo Animal performs 'Worker Bee' in studio.
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  • #245 — HUGE Improv Theater + The MHS' 1968 Exhibit
    HUGE Improv Theater demonstrates classic techniques of long form improvisation. Davina and the Vagabonds perform at the Dakota Jazz Club. As part of the Minnesota Historical Society's exhibit on the year 1968, a group of veterans assemble a replica of a Huey Helicopter.
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  • #246 — Heiruspecs + Dan Huiting
    Dan Huiting is known for his inventive "City of Music" series and music videos for Bon Iver. Perpich Center Arts High School students create a performance inspired by a Minnesota short story. Andrea Stanislav deploys spinning rhinestone-encrusted headless horses. Saint Paul hip hop royalty Heiruspecs jam aboard the Jonathan Paddleford Riverboat.
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  • #247 — The Moving Company + Stuart Klipper
    Rising from the ashes of the Tony award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Moving Company presents its first show. Internationally revered photographer Stuart Klipper is one of a small number of people who have journeyed across the globe to both poles. Gretchen Seichrist shows why she's the creative force behind the rock band Patches and Gretchen.
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  • #321 — Julie L'enfant + Communist Daughter
    Art Historian Julie L'Enfant shares stories of Minnesota's pioneering women artists at the beginning of the 20th Century. Kent Aldrich brings old-world style to his contemporary print shop, the Nomadic Press. Inspired by science and nature, Karen Gustafson uses tiny hatch marks as the foundation for her intricate drawings. And Communist Daughter performs at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.
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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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  • #323 — Kristen Lowe + Mason Jennings
    Kristen Lowe, an Assistant Professor in Art and Art History at Gustavus, tells stories with shared pictorials in charcoal and film. Painter Michael Birawer captures iconic landmarks in his 3-dimensional artwork. Michael Thomsen creates intricate sculptures out of found objects, his own paintings and discarded antiques. Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings performs at the Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.
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  • #324 — Wang Ping + Socaholix
    Author Wang Ping's Kinship of Rivers project celebrates the universal experience of lives lived along the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. Renowned male vocal ensemble Cantus combines both classical and contemporary chamber music in their performance of Simple Gifts. Emily Gray Koehler uses collographs to add dimension to her reduction woodblock prints. Award-winning animator Tom Schroeder has been creating and directing films since 1990. Plus soul calypso band Socaholix performs in Studio A.
    Sunday, Sep 11 at 3:30pm TPT LIFE
    Wednesday, Sep 21 at 1am TPT MN
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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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    Wednesday, Sep 28 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #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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  • #419 — Xavier Tavera + Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
    Xavier Tavera photographs Minnesota's Latino and other minority communities. Fiber artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen creates wearable art that speaks to the anxieties one might feel about their body. Greek immigrant Konstantinos Papadakis has been carving wood in the Byzantine style for fifty years. And Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers perform "Life's a Drag (But Not Mine)" in tpt's studio A.
    Monday, Oct 3 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Oct 4 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #421 — Kinji Akagawa + Southside Desire
    Award-winning public artist and arts educator Kinji Akagawa shares the stories behind three of his sculptural constructions. Bill Cottman and his family pool together their talents in photography, poetry, storytelling and dance for a project called "Surface Tensions. " Bryan Holland's layered paintings are inspired by vintage billboards and graphic design. Influenced by vintage soul, R&B and disco, femme-fronted Southside Desire performs in tpt's Studio A.
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  • #422 — Paul Shambroom + Alison Scott
    Internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom uses found images to explore themes of memory and loss. Poet Ed Bok Lee reads his poem "Ode to Bruce Lee" from his 2011 collection, "Whorled." Allen Brewer challenges ideas of perception, understanding and truth in a variety of mediums. And soulful singer/songwriter Alison Scott performs.
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  • #423 — Joann Verburg + Cloud Cult
    The large-scale work of internationally known photographer JoAnn Verburg deals with concepts of time and perspective. Actor, playwright and Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton, protege to Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson, helped define African American theater. The philosophical chamber rock band Cloud Cult, led by Craig Minowa, releases their tenth album, "Love."
    Tuesday, Sep 13 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Sep 13 at 7am TPT MN
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    Tuesday, Sep 13 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #424 — Amy Baur and Brian Boldon + Greycoats
    Public artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon incorporate digital images, glass and tile in their large-scale installations. Painter Gary Welton's study of movement is inspired by early stop motion photography. Fawzia Khan's former career as an OB/GYN and her experience as an immigrant give rise to her thoughtful sculptures and installations. Plus, literature and mythology influences the atmospheric music by the Anglo-rock quartet Greycoats.
    Tuesday, Sep 20 at 1am TPT MN
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  • #425 — Denise Prosek + Grant Hart
    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.
    Tuesday, Sep 27 at 1am TPT MN
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    Tuesday, Sep 27 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #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
    Tuesday, Oct 4 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 4 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Oct 4 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #501 — 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.
    Sunday, Sep 11 at 6pm TPT 2
    Monday, Sep 12 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 13 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #502 — 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.
    Monday, Sep 5 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 6 at 3:30am 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.
    Friday, Sep 2 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 2 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 2 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 2 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #506 — The Okee Dokee Brothers and B-Boy J-Sun
    Grammy Award-winning children's band The Okee Dokee Brothers writes bluegrass and folk songs that the whole family can enjoy. Muralist and mosaic artist Greta McLain uses her public artwork to bring communities together. B-Boy J-Sun is committed to teaching younger generations both the cultural history of, and the techniques behind, hip hop dancing.
    Friday, Sep 9 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 9 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 9 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 9 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #507 — Maria Jette and Brave New Workshop
    Soprano Maria Jette performs in every style, from early music with full orchestras to singing on A Prairie Home Companion. Brian Hart's innovative technique of light drawing results in unique images that are part photograph, part drawing. The Brave New Workshop has been performing satire, original sketch comedy and improv longer than any theater in the country.
    Friday, Sep 16 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 16 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 16 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 16 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #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.
    Friday, Sep 23 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Sep 23 at 7am TPT MN
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    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
  • #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.
    Monday, Sep 19 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 20 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 20 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Sep 21 at 5:30am TPT 2
  • #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.
    Thursday, Sep 22 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Friday, Sep 23 at 5:30am TPT 2
    Monday, Sep 26 at 9:31pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Sep 27 at 3:31am TPT LIFE
  • #609 — Michael Sweere and GTCYS
    Mosaic artist Michael Sweere transforms discarded tins, tiles and plates into colorful works of art. Singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle performs "That's How the River Flows" on the sunny banks of the Mississippi River with guitarist Wes Burdine. A debut show at a local coffee shop first led Angel Sarkela-Suar and Andrew Saur to experiment with their unique medium of choice. And Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies provide rigorous orchestra experiences for young musicians.
    Monday, Aug 29 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Aug 29 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Aug 29 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Aug 29 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
  • #709 — 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.
    Monday, Sep 5 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 5 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 5 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 5 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #710 — 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.
    Monday, Sep 12 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 12 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 12 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 12 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #711 — Maggie Thompson and the Minnesota Fringe Festival
    Artist and designer Maggie Thompson uses textiles to create cozy knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief. Eric Pollard of Actual Wolf and Haley Bonar sing "Oh Baby You Can't Leave Me" at the Ordway's Concert Hall. As a founding member of the Rouge Taxidermy movement Sarina Brewer's animal sculptures come from ethically sourced materials. The Minnesota Fringe Festival gives performers of all abilities and experience levels the chance to produce and stage their own work.
    Monday, Sep 19 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 19 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 19 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Sep 19 at 7pm TPT MN
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