This spring pledge drive edition of MinneCulture features some of KFAI’s best stories from the 10,000 Fresh Voices series. Tonight:
1. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Produced by Nancy Sartor
The international phenomenon known as Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a figure drawing session with burlesque and performance artists as models. What began in 2005 in Brooklyn as an alternative to traditional co-ops, has spread to 100 locations around the world. In Minneapolis, the two-hour drinking and drawing session takes place the fourth Sunday of every month at the 331 Club, and features irreverent drawing contests with prizes from local retailers. In this story meet host and producer Ophelia Flame, model and burlesque performer Queenie von Curves, and participating artists. For more information, visit Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities on facebook, or go to drsketchy.com.
2. Theater Icon Lou Bellamy
Produced by Sabrina Crews
Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the Penumbra Theatre, and associate professor of theater at the University of Minnesota, retires from teaching this spring. Bellamy has worked at the University since 1979, teaching courses in acting, directing, and the history of African American theater. The University recently presented a tribute to honor Lou Bellamy’s achievements, where Bellamy spoke to KFAI producer Sabrina Crews about the legacy he leaves behind.
3. The Effervescent Miss Richfield
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Miss Richfield 1981 is recognized as one of the Twin Cities most creative artists, and been named runner-up for “Artist of the Year” by the StarTribune newspaper. With numerous appearances around town, including the Walker Art Center, Illusion Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Miss R also made her Orchestra Hall-debut as a featured soloist in ‘Doc’s Summer Party Mix’ with Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra. In this story, meet the vibrant Miss Richfield, and the man behind the woman—Russ King—who graciously describes his life as a performer, from humble beginnings in Richfield, Minnesota, to the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York’s Soho, and beyond.
4. Blues Legend Cornbread Harris
Produced by Michelle Bruch
At the age of 83, Cornbread Harris still gigs regularly in Minneapolis. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he’s also renowned for his famous son—music producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist. Currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher, Cornbread performs Fridays at the Loring Pasta Bar, and Sundays at the Nomad World Pub.