MN Original is TPT's award winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and cultures.
Upcoming Air Dates
Tyler Michaels and Mary Giles
Monday, Aug 21 at 1pm
Peyton Scott Russell and Pooja Goswami Pavan
Monday, Aug 21 at 4:30pm
Tyler Michaels and Mary Giles
Monday, Aug 21 at 7pm
The Moving Company + Stuart Klipper
Tuesday, Aug 22 at 1am
The Moving Company + Stuart Klipper
Tuesday, Aug 22 at 7am
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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."
Sally Award-winning painter and public artist Ta-coumba Aiken creates art and murals to heal people's hearts and spirits. Fashion designer Danielle Everine constructs clothes that combine whimsy and function. Glass Artist Fred Kaemmer focuses on the interior of his vessels, experimenting with gold and silver leaf. Noah Hoehn layers harmonica, marimba, vocals and other instruments using a live looping system.
Wednesday, Sep 13 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 13 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 13 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 13 at 7pmTPT MN
Guillermo Cuellar + Hastings 3000
Guillermo Cuellar makes functional pottery for everyday use. From book-making workshops to all-night square dancing events, Amanda Lovelee's work explores the value of connection and community. Shawn McNulty creates multi-dimensional works through unconventional painting techniques. One-man rock band Hastings 3000 performs in the Colonial Warehouse Building in Minneapolis.
Landscape photographer Chris Faust processes his night scenes using traditional techniques in a wet darkroom. The Willie Wisely Trio performs "Kiss Her and Make it Right" in tpt's Studio A. Silvana LaCreta Ravena explores memory through her encaustic paintings. Dancers Carl Flink and Emilie Plauche Flink depict the bittersweet reunion of a long-separated husband and wife in "A Duet for Wreck". And Philip Brunelle's renowned choral ensemble VocalEssence sings at Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Since 1971, Charlie Hoffman has handcrafted more than 600 guitars. Abstract artist Christina Habibi uses house paint to create her swirling, colorful works. Spoken word artist Kyle "Guante" Myhre performs Cartpusher. Sculptor Asia Ward welds and rivets sheets of metal into her "aluminum dreamscapes." And The Cactus Blossoms, winners of City Pages' Best Album of 2012, perform in tpt Studio A.
Founders of TU Dance Center, Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands embrace the connective power of dance. Inspired by antique toys, mixed media sculptor Kyle Fokken combines dogs with airplanes and churches with tanks. Native American tradition and innovation are celebrated in the exhibit Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place. And Joey Ryan and the Inks perform at the Varsity Theater.
Wednesday, Sep 20 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 20 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 20 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 20 at 7pmTPT MN
Michal Daniel + Nicolas Carter
Theater photographer Michal Daniel captures the wondrous world of the stage on film. Recipient of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award, Kao Kalia Yang reads from her memoir "The Latehomecomer". We glimpse the process of bookplate artist Serik Kulmeshkenov. And Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter performs "Crossing the Isthmus," inspired by his bicycle trip through Central America.
Painter Caitlin Karolczak finds inspiration in vintage medical photos and deathbed portraits. Renowned choral ensemble VocalEssence performs at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Landscape photographer Chris Faust processes his night scenes using traditional techniques in a wet darkroom. Twin Cities hip hop artists Heiruspecs perform on board the Jonathan Padelford Riverboat. And Carl Flink and Emilie Plauche Flink explore the bittersweet reunion of a long-separated husband and wife in "A Duet for Wreck."
Brady Kiernan makes his feature film directorial debut with "Stuck Between Stations," a love story set in Minneapolis. Students from the Perpich Center Arts High School create a performance inspired by a Minnesota short story. Plus pop legend Bobby Vee talks about his storied career.
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.
Wednesday, Sep 27 at 1amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 27 at 7amTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 27 at 1pmTPT MN Wednesday, Sep 27 at 7pmTPT MN
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Hatcher and Anton Armstrong + The St. Olaf Choir
Playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. Rich Reeder's Film In The City project teaches filmmaking to homeless youth through workshops and mentorships, culminating in a short film. The St. Olaf Choir, directed by Anton Armstrong, continues to honor their choral roots while branching out to perform contemporary works.
Known for her robust laugh and exuberance for the Twin Cities theater community, Sally Wingert has captivated audiences for over 30 years. MacPhail Center for Music brings classical musical education to diverse communities throughout the state. And in a search for the headwaters of Lake Superior, award-winning photographer David Bowman further connects with his family roots.
Using innumerable vintage beads, artist Gail Be fashions intricate women's clothing, including a wedding gown with an 18.5 foot train. Home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor's experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work. Siblings J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta and Billy Steele have been entertaining audiences around the world for decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.