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Essayist Nanci Olesen remembers dad's death during the holidays

2003
Dec 23, 2003

The holidays often trigger the brightest of memories and the happiest of emotions. But, as writer Nanci Olesen explains, those memories can also bring on emotions that clash with the tenor of the season.

R&B hitmaker Odell Brown is back with a new CD after bout with depression

2003
Dec 23, 2003

Few musicians have experienced more highs and lows than 63-year-old Odell Brown. The jazz and rhythm and blues keyboardist has helped write chart topping hits, and performed with such legends as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Odell Brown has also struggled all his life with depression.

Veteran Twin Cities Acoustic Guitarist Billy McLaughlin has been diagnosed with Focal Dystonia

2003
Dec 19, 2003

Veteran Twin Cities Acoustic Guitarist Billy McLaughlin has reached a turning point in his career. The five-time Minnesota Music Award winner has been diagnosed with Focal Dystonia. Focal Dystonia is neurological movement disorder.

Holiday tour of American Swedish Institute

2003
Dec 12, 2003

The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is decorated for the holidays--Scandinavian style.  The historic 1908 Turnblad Turn-blahd Mansion is decked with evergreens, candles and traditional Scandinavian holiday decorations.  The house is a 33 room mansion.

Papa John Kolstad records first release in 25 years

2003
Dec 12, 2003

Ror State of the Arts A Minneapolis musician is releasing his first recording in 25 years. Papa John Kolstad's roots go back to the beginning of the Minneapolis folk scene. Now at 61, he returns with a CD of up-tempo blues and swing songs and a renewed vigor for making music.

British TV ad awards open this weekend at Walker

2003
Dec 5, 2003

Tonight is opening night for the Walker Art Center's most popular film event -- the annual screening of the British Television Advertising Awards.The programs draw more than 10,000 people each year and are consistently sold-out.

Head of State Arts Board will head National Arts Assembly

2003
Dec 5, 2003

The head of the Minnesota State Arts Board has been elected to a national post. Robert Booker will serve as president of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies for the next two years. The organization serves 56 state and regional arts agencies.

Othello on the road

2003
Dec 1, 2003

 Starting in January, the Guthrie Theater will take Shakespeare's Othello on the road. The cross country tour is part of the National Endowment for the Arts' initiative to bring Shakespeare to communities across America. Minnesota Public Radio's Marianne Combs reports

Old turtle is back

2003
Nov 28, 2003

Central Minnesota author Douglas Wood's first book "Old Turtle" was a huge success.  First published in 1992, the story of a wise old turtle who shares her wisdom on spirituality, peace and ecology won several national awards.  It's sold more than 800-thousand copies.  Now 11 years later, there's

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company preforms in prisons and homless shelters

2003
Nov 20, 2003

Many theaters complain their audiences are too soft. Some sleep through the shows, others give a standing ovation no matter what. One company says it has great audiences - you just need to know where to look for them.

Oleg Timofeyev plays a Russian seven-string guitar. He performs this weekend in St. Paul

2003
Nov 20, 2003

Oleg Timofeyev plays a Russian seven-string guitar.  He learned it so he could play medieval music, never dreaming he ever perform 20th century Russian music.   Then he discovered the work of Georgian-born composer Matvei Pavlov-Azancheev.

Word of Mouth

2003
Oct 31, 2003

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