St. Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theater (CTT) has been creating original social justice theater for more than three decades. At CTT, juniors and seniors become teachers, and theater to present important issues that resonate in their lives, including racsim, sexism, depression and abuse.
Last spring the group took its play, Training Day: The Battles We Face, on the road—performing and leading workshops at schools locally and nationally. The high-energy show incorporates singing, dancing and hip hop to entertain and enlighten, confronting struggles that students face in and out of the classroom.
This week MinneCulture presents an excerpt from Training Day: The Battles We Face, with commentary by CTT founder Jan Mandell, and teaching partner Emily Gill. The show was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.
SheBeats event Thurs. at the Fine Line Music Cafe featured with percussionist, Hope Medford and friends, in studio 4 in first hour. Also a preview of Femi Kuti’s return to Mpls. @The Cedar, June 26 – followed quickly by Amadou & Mariam on Friday, June 28. Check it out — great live music !
What could be better than a bunch of new and old dub & roots…and a mix of rare Colombian music? The new stuff included Dubtonic Kru’s hard-hitting new “Evolution” album; Voodoo Dred’s cool “Racine” (on the Dub Temple netlabel); Jesse Royal’s new free In Comes the Small Axe mixtape release; Mista Majah P’s latest single; the excellent “Jumbie in the Jukebox” album from Kobo Town (on Cumbancha); and the fine “Samedi Sound System meets Science Project in Dub” (also on Dub Temple). More new sounds from Mykal Rose, E.R.S., Dub-I, The Prizefighters, and Dubrise. For the summer mix we went on a bit of a tangent and aired “A Mixtape of Rare Colombian Music” put together by DJ Mario Galeano to promote the film Esperando el Tsunami (produced by Vincent Moon & Lulacruza). Keeping things global we also aired The Garifuna Collective, Empresarios, and Ondatropica. More rootical sounds from the likes of Aldubb, King Tubby, The Lions, Augustus Pablo, Easy Star All Stars (ft. Horace Andy), Bandulu Dub, Eating Betty, Dr. Echo & Solange St. Croix, Little Tempo, and more…
We speak with Carleton College graduate Helene Wecker about her debut novel The Golem & the Jinni, an immigrant tale that combines Jewish and Arab folk mythology.
We also chat with Sophie Cabot Black about her new poetry collection The Exchange. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, The Descent, which won the Connecticut Book Award and The Misunderstanding of Nature, which won the Norma Farber First Book Award.