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.
Grammy award-winner Dan Wilson reveals his songwriting process. Children's book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson encourages kids to use their imaginations. Duniya Drum + Dance builds community through West African percussion and dance performance. Director and Choreographer Joe Chvala defines percussive dance theater.
Peter Rothstein directs The Children's Theatre Company's production of Annie. Known for his screen prints of pinups, cycling and cityscapes, Illustrator and Printmaker Adam Turman adds a new lake series to his body of work. Upright bass, lap steel guitar and vibraphone form the unique instrumental construct of The Neighborhood Trio.
Two-time National Poetry Slam champions, members of Saint Paul's competitive spoken word team wax poetic. Renowned Soprano Maria Jette and Lyra Baroque Orchestra rehearse in Lowertown's new performance space for Early Music, The Baroque Room. And The Tex Pistols Band performs.
Dance visionary James Sewell's choreography of classical and contemporary ballet has inspired audiences for more than 20 years. Singer/Songwriter Haley Bonar performs. Sculptor Allen Christian chisels bowling balls and welds kitchen utensils deep inside The House of Balls. Founding member alt-country band The Jayhawks, Mark Olson talks songwriting.
He founded Penumbra Theatre in 1976. Artistic Director Lou Bellamy celebrates Minnesota's most storied African American theater. Minnesota filmmaker Sarah Jean Kruchowski's shorts explore themes of disappointment and yearning. Todd Cameron fires unique glass and metal artworks. Inspired by their Midwest roots, Farewell Milwaukee performs.
Young singers learn language, style and movement in The Minnesota Opera's competitive Resident Artist Program. Featuring the late 101 year-old troupe member Ida Arbeit, Kairos Dance showcases the healing power of dance against the trials of aging. Jane Frees-Kluth plots a seat between two cities. Duluth indie-rock group Low performs at First Avenue.
Wurlitzer Theater Organ + Sha Cage + E.G. Bailey
Sh Cage and E.G. Bailey founded the Minnesota Spoken Word Association, dedicated to literacy and youth leadership. The Fitzgerald Theater's majestic Wurlitzer organ puts the power of 1600 pipes at Mike Grandchamp's fingertips. World class musicians Gao Hong and Butterfly combine African, Asian and Western influences. Pastel artist Cheryl LeClair-Sommer battles MN weather, bugs and moonlight.
Brady Kiernan directs his first feature "Stuck Between Stations," a love story set in Minneapolis with an impressive cast. Esteemed Music Director Osmo Vanska conducts The Minnesota Orchestra. Twin Cities country musicians Trailer Trash have seven Minnesota Music Awards to their credit. Curator turned designer, Stephanie Lake takes an academic approach to creating jewelry.
On this special edition of Minnesota Original... a celebration of dance in our community. From traditional forms to modern choreography, Minnesota artists share a passion for movement. Ragamala Dance, James Sewell Ballet, Joe Chvala + more...
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.
Wednesday, Aug 16 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 16 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 16 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 16 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Aug 23 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 23 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 23 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 23 at 7pmTPT MN
Caitlin Karolczak + The Brass Messengers
Painter Caitlin Karolczak is inspired by vintage medical photos and deathbed portraits. Mike Breidenbach's piping career started as an undergraduate at Macalester College where he is now the Director of Piping. Fiber artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen creates wearable art and sculptures using tomatoes, matchsticks and human hair. Ceramicist Marko Fields employs relief printmaking techniques in his pottery. Over the years, gypsy brass band The Brass Messengers have added Dixie and Latin styles to their repertoire.
Cartoonist Zak Sally writes, illustrates and publishes his own underground comics, including the series "Sammy the Mouse". The punk group Pink Mink performs in tpt's Studio A. Monica Reede layers etchings of everyday objects in plexi-glass to create her mixed-media sculptures. And Robert Robinson performs with the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir.
"Twin Cities theater veteran Charles Numrich and his son, Broadway actor Seth Numrich, share stories of the stage. Ed Bok Lee's poem "Ode to Bruce Lee" examines race and culture through the martial arts icon. Woodcarver William Rowe sculpts large-scale pieces from tree trunks. Rebecca McDonald is the indie photographer known as B Fresh. And bluegrass band Monroe Crossing, named after the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, performs at the Maplewood Historical Society.
Artistic Director and Choreographer Myron Johnson reflects on his prolific career in his solo show "Songs for a Swan". American Swedish Institute's traditional fiddle group, Spelmanslag, performs traditional folk music of R?ttvikarnas, Sweden. Painter Alex Kuno's characters are children exploring a dark fairytale world he calls "Tiny Town". And Folk-Americana band Romantica performs in Studio A.
Wednesday, Aug 30 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 30 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 30 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Aug 30 at 7pmTPT 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.
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.
Known for her portrait work, photographer Katherine Turczan turns her attention toward landscapes with her project, "Line." Internationally known designer Tim Harding makes large-scale textiles out of colorful Chinese silks and other vibrant materials. Public artist Emily Stover's "General Delivery" is an interactive installation that encourages viewers to think about mail in a new way. A chart-topping soul singer/songwriter in the U.K., musician and theater artist Timotha Lanae still calls Minnesota home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 30 at 10pmTPT 2 Monday, Jul 31 at 4amTPT 2
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 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.
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.