MN Original is TPT's award-winning arts series starring Minnesota artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, working in all arts disciplines.
Upcoming Air Dates
Osama Esid and Paul Peterson
Sunday, Oct 22 at 6pm
The Jerome Foundation and Val Jenkins
Monday, Oct 23 at 1am
The Jerome Foundation and Val Jenkins
Monday, Oct 23 at 7am
The Jerome Foundation and Val Jenkins
Monday, Oct 23 at 1pm
The Jerome Foundation and Val Jenkins
Monday, Oct 23 at 7pm
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 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.
Wednesday, Oct 25 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Oct 25 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longtime Twin Cities singer/actor Christina Baldwin prepares for a role in an original production by The MovingCompany. Scott West's studio work embodies the energy of painting live on stage with his Cloud Cult bandmates. Repeated forms, limited color and strong contrast between solid and void epitomize Kim Matthews' post-minimalist sculptures. Plus Americana multi-instrumentalist Barbara Jean performs "The River" from her debut album, "The Great Escape."
Minnesota Opera's New Works Initiative production of "Doubt," by John Patrick Shanley and Douglas J. Cuomo, makes its world premiere. With fantasy and fluorescent colors, Melissa Loop's landscape paintings explore what is idyllic and dark. Illustrator and printmaker Adam Turman is known for his art prints of iconic Twin City landmarks, cycling scenes and pinup girls. And Soul Asylum performs "Just Like Anyone" at First Avenue.
Trained in France, Matt Wehling designs masterful bows custom made for each musician. With an eye for color theory and composition, Marisa Martinez combines gemstones, hand-blown glass beads and precious metals in her jewelry. Painter Mike Welton's brightly colored works are inspired by turn-of-the-century architecture and are informed by his background in design. Plus R+B/pop artist Ashley Gold performs "Heavy" in tpt?s Studio A.
MU Performing Arts honors the Twin Cities' Asian American community with Taiko drumming and other cultural productions. Season 10 American Idol competitor Sophia Shorai performs To Get By in tpt's Studio A. As a penciller for DC comics, Doug Mahnke draws some of the most recognized comic book characters. And the philosophical chamber rock band Cloud Cult, led by Craig Minowa, releases their tenth album, Love.
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.
The Jungle Theater's founder and Artistic Director, Bain Boehlke, directs Samuel Beckett's classic, "Waiting for Godot." Mixed-media artist Hannah Albert believes in the healing power of art. Sculptor and public artist Peter Morales' zoomorphic work is influenced by the Mayan ruins of his native Guatemala. And Kevin Bowe + the Okemah Prophets perform at The Terrarium recording studio in Minneapolis.
Wednesday, Nov 15 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 15 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 15 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 15 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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."
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.
Wednesday, Nov 22 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 22 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 22 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 22 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Nov 29 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 29 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 29 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Nov 29 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Eric William Carroll and Hmong Breakers Leadership Council
Fascinated by science, Eric William Carroll tests the limits and boundaries of photography, creating work without the use of a camera. Vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf and her band perform an acoustic version of Alone, a single off of her new album. New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Michael Hall's work is known for its bright, expressive imagery and clever word play. The Hmong Breakers Leadership Council is an organization focused on bringing diverse communities together through the art of break dancing.
Tia and Souliyahn Keobounpheng's love of modern design can be seen in her jewelry, his architectural elements and their combined projects. Artist Dyani White Hawk uses mixed media to explore the intersection of traditional indigenous art and modern contemporary art. Improvisational drummer Davu Seru is well known in the Twin Cities jazz community. He's now making a name for himself as a composer.
Through the power of personal stories and theatrical performance, The Telling Project narrows the veteran-civilian divide. Mark Rivard has garnered attention for his work in an unusual medium, skateboard art, which he now uses to educate and inspire youth. Desdamona is a hip-hop MC, a spoken word artist, poet and teacher who has been a pillar of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene for decades.