Roots

Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Blu Dot
Produced by Dale Connelly
Fourteen years ago, three college friends—Maurice Banks, John Christakos and Charlie Lazor—chose Minnesota as the place to start an inventive contemporary furniture company with a sense of humor. Today, Blu Dot is creating eye-catching products to occupy the industry’s vast middle ground between IKEA and the stuff no one can afford. KFAI producer Dale Connelly has the story.

2. ARTitecture
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Buildings represent artistic decisions; and when they’re old, they also possess historic pedigree. ARTitecture, a photography exhibit that examines architecture as art and history, will be on display at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center through February. To view images of Andrew Hill’s photography, go to middletowncreative.com.

3. Artist Florence Hill
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Minneapolis-based Florence Hill has been a practicing artist for nearly 50 years, creating work in a variety of mediums. She is a frequent lecturer and painting demonstrator, and for 35 years has hosted a Sunday figure-drawing co-op in her Minneapolis studio. KFAI producer Dixie Treichel spoke to the octogenarian about her artistic legacy.

4. Frank Big Bear & All My Relations Gallery
Produced by Cyn Collins
The new All My Relations Gallery, which is part of the Native American Community Development Institute, recently celebrated its grand opening with an exhibit by artist Frank Big Bear. Known for his prisma-color drawings, the inaugural show featured vibrant paintings that drew colorful commentary by friends and vistors. KFAI producer Cyn Collins was there.

5. Minnesota African-American Museum & Cultural Center
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Roxanne Givens has one dream right now, and one challenge: to open Minnesota’s first African-American history museum and do so on schedule, by fall 2011. But fund raising during an economic recession is challenging. The Minnesota African-American Museum and Cultural Center already has a home at 17th and 3rd Avenue in Minneapolis, in the historic Coe Mansion near the convention center—a place Givens believes is an ideal backdrop for building cross-cultural relationships, educational advancement and community support. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to Givens and MAAM marketing coordinator Shvonne Johnson about the challenges of coordinating and opening a museum in two years, and the rich vein of Minnesota’s African-American history they hope to tap for the 8,500-square-foot space. For more information, visit maamcc.org.

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today during the first hour we had Paul Dice talking about Chinese music. During the second hour we had Corazon en la Mano performing live music of the Sephardic Jews.

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Many thanks to David Cummings for doing a fine show this week while I was away. Catch his show Rockin’ In Rhythm Mondays 2-4PM here on KFAI.

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Eric Plays Feufollet, Ryan Brunet, Horace Trahan, John Delafose, Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis, Cedric Watson, Sonny Landreth, Don Montoucet, Joel Savoy and Lindsay Young!

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Today’s guest: Stefani Levi, previewing her group Corazon en la Mano’s performance at Hosmer Library World Music Concert Series on Saturday, February 5.


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February is Black History Month, and to celebrate KFAI will be featuring special programming throughout the month.

Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features an encore presentation Penumbra Theater, produced by Andy Driscoll. For nearly 35 years, Penumbra Theatre has been producing plays by, of and for the African-American community. Its legacy includes 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights, and the starting place for all of August Wilson’s productions.

In this special radio documentary, meet members of Penumbra’s highly revered company of actors and performers, including its founding Artistic Director, Lou Bellamy.

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Artist Song Album Label Time
Hobo Nephews Memphis Blues Traveling Show Self 4:08
Carolina Chocolate Drops Cornbread and Butterbeans Heritage Dixie 3:30
John Hammond Milkcow’s Calf Blues At the Crossroads Vanguard Records 2:43:00
Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band Born Bread Corn Fed The Wages Side One Dummy 3:15
Cash Box Kings Lost Sheep Blues Black Night Fallin Blue Midnight Records 3:33:00
Odetta Shame and Scandal Absolutely the Best Varese Sarabande 2:21:00
The Brass Kings When the Springtime Comes Live Humdinger Self 3:28

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Curtiss A was my guest this afternoon. He selected all the music, chatted with us, played live.

Steve West dropped by to play a couple of Buddy Holly tunes. Frankie Lee joined Curtiss for a couple of live songs and joined in with our chat.

Angie Pykonen of KFAI’s In Your Ear:http://www.kfai.org/inyourear joined in as co-host and kept tabs on the playlist for us.

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