Throughout the first part of December, Minnesota Public Radio has asked listeners to join in the spirit of the season by setting new lyrics to old holiday tunes. The entries were judged and winners have been chosen.
According to the old stage adage, it's best to avoid working with children or animals. But Guy Wegener isn't one to follow conventional wisdom. As an actor in the national tour of Oliver, the Minnesota native shares the stage with 16 kids and one energetic 65-pound dog.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the weeks prior to his fatal car crash in August, hockey icon Herb Brooks was working with local author Ross Bernstein on several projects, including a book about great coaches in the state. Bernstein had seen Brooks the morning of his death, and was devastated by the loss.
Minnesota children's author Mary Casanova is out with a new picture book that takes readers on a journey with a girl and her dog. "One-Dog Canoe" features animals that live near Casanova's home in Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota.