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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

Upcoming Air Dates
  • #307 — Mathew LeFebvre + Charanga Tropical |
    Wednesday, May 25 at 7am TPT MN
  • #307 — Mathew LeFebvre + Charanga Tropical |
    Wednesday, May 25 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #229 — Celebrate Minnesota Arts, Culture and History |
    Thursday, May 26 at 1am TPT MN
  • #229 — Celebrate Minnesota Arts, Culture and History |
    Thursday, May 26 at 7am TPT MN
  • #229 — Celebrate Minnesota Arts, Culture and History |
    Thursday, May 26 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #229 — Celebrate Minnesota Arts, Culture and History
    Minnesota Original showcases arts, culture and history programming made possible by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
    Thursday, May 26 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, May 26 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, May 26 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, May 26 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #230 — MN Historical Society + The Honeydogs
    The MN Historical Society's Collection of more than 6000 paintings, prints and drawings showcases the history of our state through its art. Sharra Frank creates a mosaic with thousands of pieces of hand-cut colored glass for Children's Hospital. Together since the early 90s, their soulful rock music continues to evolve. The Honeydogs perform.
    Thursday, Jun 2 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 2 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 2 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 2 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #231 — Leon Hushcha + Caroline Smith
    Painter Leon Hushcha challenges artists to create collaborative works for his Guest Art Series. And, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps perform at First Avenue.
    Thursday, Jun 9 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 9 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 9 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 9 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #232 — David Rathman + Charmin Michelle
    David Rathman's work with water color and ink features masculine subjects like sports, cars and cowboys. She has toured internationally for more than 25 years. Jazz vocalist Charmin Michelle performs.
    Thursday, Jun 16 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 16 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 16 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 16 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #233 — Youth Performance Company + Willie Murphy
    Youth Performance Company has been empowering young people through the arts since 1989. Minnesota Blues legend Willie Murphy performs.
    Thursday, Jun 23 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 23 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 23 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 23 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #234 — Science Museum + Trampled By Turtles
    The Science Museum of Minnesota preserves thousands of cultural treasures in its Ethnology Collections. Robayat performs music indigenous to Persia, Turkey and central Asia. Lars Martinson draws upon the fundamentals of East Asian calligraphy to create cartoons and graphic novels. Duluth Natives Trampled By Turtles perform at First Avenue.
    Thursday, Jun 30 at 1am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 30 at 7am TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 30 at 1pm TPT MN
    Thursday, Jun 30 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #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.
    Wednesday, May 25 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, May 25 at 1pm TPT MN
  • #308 — 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, Jun 1 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 1 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 1 at 1pm TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 1 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #309 — 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, Jun 8 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 8 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 8 at 1pm TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 8 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #310 — 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, Jun 15 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 15 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 15 at 1pm TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 15 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #311 — 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, Jun 22 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 22 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 22 at 1pm TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 22 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #312 — Patrick Scully + Kill The Vultures
    Patrick's Cabaret founder Patrick Scully performs an excerpt from his one-man show, "Thrive!". Russian contemporary artist Oleg Vassiliev explores memory and light in his work. Ceramic artist Maren Kloppmann reveals the complexities of minimalism in her porcelain designs. The gritty, urban hip hop duo Kill the Vultures performs "Walk on Water."
    Wednesday, Jun 29 at 1am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 29 at 7am TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 29 at 1pm TPT MN
    Wednesday, Jun 29 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #408 — 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.
    Tuesday, May 31 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, May 31 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, May 31 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, May 31 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #409 — 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.
    Tuesday, Jun 7 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 7 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 7 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 7 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #410 — 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.
    Tuesday, Jun 14 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 14 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 14 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 14 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #411 — 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.
    Tuesday, Jun 21 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 21 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 21 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 21 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #412 — Regina Marie Williams + Cranskshaft
    Performer Regina Marie Williams prepares for a production at Mixed Blood Theatre with her vocal coach Nancy Grauff. Glass artist Fred Kaemmer capitalizes on the interior of a freshly blown vessel as a decorative surface. Bridget O'Malley and Amanda Degener of Cave Paper share a passion for crafting handmade paper. And bluesman Alex "Crankshaft" Larson and his band The Gear Grinders perform at First Avenue.
    Tuesday, Jun 28 at 1am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 28 at 7am TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 28 at 1pm TPT MN
    Tuesday, Jun 28 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #413 — Heidi Hoy + Is/Is
    Heidi Hoy's bronze sculptures render women with a balance of strength and femininity. Mohamed Mumin's striking portraits of fellow Somali immigrants spark dialogue about the immigrant experience in Minnesota. The BodyCartography Project's newest work aims to impact audience members both physically and emotionally. With a distorted sound and influenced by heavy metal and 70s rock, Is/Is performs "Wide Eyed" in tpt's Studio A.
    Tuesday, Jul 5 at 1am 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, May 27 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, May 27 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, May 27 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, May 27 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, Jun 3 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 3 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 3 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 3 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, Jun 10 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 10 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 10 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 10 at 7pm 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, Jun 17 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 17 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 17 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 17 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #515 — Minnesota Dance Theatre, Nicholas David
    Lise Houlton carries on the legacy of Minnesota Dance Theatre, reinforcing tradition and encouraging collaboration. Drury Brennan draws upon graffiti and Asian calligraphy in his large-scale typographical improvisations. Noted poet Robert Bly shares a poem from inside his private writing sanctuary he calls "The Little House. " A finalist from the television singing competition series,The Voice, Nicholas David writes and performs soulful music.
    Friday, Jun 24 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 24 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 24 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Jun 24 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #516 — Hend Al-Mansour and Chan Poling
    Hend Al-Mansour questions the role of women in Saudi Arabian society and puts women's rights at the forefront of her work. Deaf writer Raymond Luczak performs his poem "Birthright" in American Sign Language at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. Asia Ward sculpts and suspends sculptures she calls "aluminum dreamscapes." Composer Chan Poling's classical and contemporary jazz training inspires his songwriting for musical theater and his alternative rock band, The Suburbs.
    Friday, Jul 1 at 1am TPT MN
    Friday, Jul 1 at 7am TPT MN
    Friday, Jul 1 at 1pm TPT MN
    Friday, Jul 1 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #605 — Revolver and Futurekave
    Literary arts organization Revolver continues to push the envelope with their offbeat writing endeavors and avant-garde events. Although milliner Karen Morris uses the motto "simple is good" to guide her work, the making of her hats is anything but. Sarah Beth Ernhart's modern and unique portraits capture the personalities of her client's four-legged friends. Chuck Olsen and Taylor Carik created Futurekave--an interactive video-game-art-piece hybrid that bridges virtual and physical space.
    Monday, Jun 13 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Jun 14 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #612 — Jeffrey Hatcher and David Bowman
    Playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. Adam Levy's orchestral pop band, And The Professors, performs "Turn of the Century Recycling Blues." Multidisciplinary artist Alexa Horochowski creates work that speaks to globalization and environmental decline. In a search for the headwaters of Lake Superior, award-winning photographer David Bowman further connects with his family roots.
    Monday, Jul 4 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Jul 4 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Jul 4 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Jul 4 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #613 — Xavier Tavera + "All Is Calm"
    Photographer Xavier Tavera's striking portraits tell the stories of Minnesota's Latino and minority communities. Installation artist Harriet Bart transforms words and everyday objects into sculptural expressions of memory. As part of the Minnesota Historical Society's exhibit on the year 1968, a group of veterans assemble a replica of a Huey Helicopter. Petronella Ytsma's photography illuminates the multi-generational effects of Agent Orange and Dioxin used during the Vietnam War. And "All is Calm," Peter Rothstein's evocative retelling of the 1914 Christmas Truce, has become a holiday staple in the Twin Cities.
    Sunday, May 29 at 6pm TPT 2
    Monday, May 30 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, May 31 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #701 — 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.
    Monday, Jun 13 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 13 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 13 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 13 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #702 — 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.
    Monday, Jun 20 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 20 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 20 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 20 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #703 — Phil Vandervaart and Kristi Abbott
    From The Hard Times Cafe to The Fitzgerald Theater, places throughout the Twin Cities are marked by sign painter Phil Vandervaart. Kristi Abbott depicts beloved icons and landscapes with materials from around the globe in her vivid collages. Multimedia artist Philip Noyed's abstract paintings have evolved into eye-catching illuminated sculptures. Performers from the Twin Cities theater scene sing at Mucial Mondays, the monthly cabaret series at Hell's Kitchen.
    Sunday, Jun 19 at 6pm TPT 2
    Monday, Jun 20 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Jun 21 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jun 27 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 27 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 27 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 27 at 7pm TPT MN
  • #704 — Tyler Michaels and Mary Giles
    Actor Tyler Michaels, known for his physical, scene-stealing roles, has graced many Twin Cities stages. Rooted in the traditions of basket making, Mary Giles' work has evolved into sculptural pieces inspired by nature. William Souder is a renowned writer whose biography of John James Audubon was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Neo-soul singer/songwriter Mayyadda performs her original song, Black is Beautiful, at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.
    Sunday, Jun 26 at 6:01pm TPT 2
    Monday, Jun 27 at 9:30pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Jun 28 at 3:30am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Sunday, Jul 3 at 6pm 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, May 30 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, May 30 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, May 30 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, May 30 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, Jun 6 at 1am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 6 at 7am TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 6 at 1pm TPT MN
    Monday, Jun 6 at 7pm TPT MN
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