Arts

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If you're hoping to get in to see the Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's The Lion King JR., well, Duluth has sold out shows just like the Big Cities ... and rush lines (or lists), too.

Bea Ojakangas has written a lot of cookbooks over the years ... and delivered a lot of talks about it.

In fact, one of those talks, called "Cooking Up A Book," prompted the University of Minnesota Press to ask for this new book: a memoir (with recipes).

Over the next few weeks I will be covering the senior art students in the UMD School of Fine Arts as they share their final exhibitions before graduation in the spring.  Currently in the Tweed Museum of Art is Nevada Littlewolf's "This is What Democracy Looks Like.

Opening Tuesday March 28th is a show of ceramic sculpture from artist Erica Kachinske in a show "called "Innermost,  about queer people and the space they take up."

Alison Aune

Elizabeth Kuth's artist talk this week on sustaining art over the course of a lifetime ...

A free Feminist Femmage Cultural Goddess workshop with Alison Aune on Friday ...

Laboring away quietly in the basement of the Duluth Depot, the Underground is busy making theater.  In recent weeks,  we've featured productions like Green Day's American Idiot and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.  Now the 12th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival returns with another crop of entries: all five minutes long or less and all family-friendly.  But this is not a quaint little local event; the festival features submissions from Asia, Europe, Israel and South America, not to mention states all over the US.

The wave of grassroots feminist organizing that built beginning in the late '70s had its origin in some unlikely places.

Women who immigrated to America from Finland - some of whom came alone - had had the right to vote since 1906, and they got right to work organizing and publishing a feminist newspaper.

The Anishinaabe had a long woman-centric tradition until the advent of the boarding schools, where women were honored in the society.

And then there's the lake and the wilderness. "It draws certain kinds of people," says author Beth Bartlett.  "It's restorative."

Cindy Woods

Ryan Frane agrees jazz is kind of like football or fine wine: you do enjoy it more when you learn a little more about it.

This Sunday the international film festival "Building Bridges" kicks off at Zinema 2 in Duluth and it's free.  Hosted by the UMD department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the festival opens with classics like "The Cranes are Flying" about World War II but also includes contemporary film "American Dreams in China" from 2013.

Bill Shipley bids adieu to his guest-host spot on Where's Art with a shout-out to KUMD for arts reporting ... a nod to Sir Howard Hodgkin who died March 9 ... and a book recommendation: Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth by A.O. Scott.

The UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Bill Payne talks with us about the Theatre Department's current production of teh Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room, a comedy of family connections.  Payne, the show's director, shares with us that the way it deals with the theme of caring for a bedridden parent are very relatable to a wide audience, as dealing with illness and loss are universally experience

Emily Bestler Books

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Mindy Mejia, the author the novel Everything You Want Me to Be, published by Emily Bestler Books in 2017.  

The formula: 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 24 actors, and 1 musical guest create six new short plays in the course of a single day — and perform them in front of a live audience that night. The result: The 24 Hour Plays.

Radio Gallery: WTF!

Mar 7, 2017
Stacie Renné

What The ...Feminist! is a new exhibit opening this Wednesday in Duluth in honor of International Women's Day, an annual worldwide celebration of women and their contributions.

Tweed Museum educator Bill Shipley joins us again this week for Where's Art. He mentions several events happening this week and next, including:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM, the Book Club with Ann Klefstad at the Tezla Library at the Tweed will discuss the essay “Shining Hours, Forgiving Rhyme” from Air Guitar by Dave Hickey.

The Underground

Director Jeff Maddison on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore: the fans, the music, and why a little judicious editing never hurt anyone.

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