Arts & Culture

Venus on Fire helps us celebrate our SECOND anniversary!

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On tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho: DJs Miguel Vargas & Terrell Lamarr bring you not one, but TWO Michael Jackson dedication sets, a tribute to George Duke & Stanley Clarke via Thundercat, and music from Caifanes, Danay Suarez, Johnny Pacheco, Kinky, Cafe Tacuba, Los Espiritus, and Trio Mocoto, amongst others.

The Last Reel: Minnesota’s Drive-In Theaters

They had names like The Cinebuff, the Bronco, The Maple Leaf, The Sunset. They were the drive-in movie theaters of Minnesota. Once, there were more than 80 outdoor movie theaters in the Gopher State. Today, only a handful remain, including the Sky-Vu in Warren and the Starlite 5 in Litchfield. Produced by Todd Melby.

ANARCHY IN THE NEW WAY
Governing the Occupation by Frances Harlow, To Dream an Anarchist’s Dream by Mary Rose Madden, & Teenage Anarchist from City High Radio

A steamy summer night…in a haze of ganja smoke…with tons of new tunes. Opened the show with the very cool Prince Fatty presents Hollie Cook In Dub album from Mr. Bongo Records. Another highlighted new release tonight was the “Guidency” single (featuring Omar Perry) on the “Don’t Let Them” riddim from the Mungo’s Hi-Fi (Scotch Bonnet Records). Also making its debut was the Delayrium album from Jah Acid Dub, as did the “Ya Sta Qi” EP from Superpendejos (on Urban World). And then there was the ganja smoke…from this week’s summer mix: an excerpt from Tom Chasteen’s Magic Marijuana Megamix. Selector Tom Chasteen presents an all ganja tune, all vinyl mix in honor of 4:20 (2011). Also new in the mix: a brand new single from Jimmy Cliff, from his upcoming “Rebirth” release; a new unreleased track from Zion Dirty Sound; Eljai’s hot “Frenemy” single; a new version of the Mutant Frogs “Vibe Steady” track; and a new dubplate from Alpha Steppa.

Novelist Christopher Bram phones in to discuss his newest book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. Christopher Bram is the author of nine novels, including Father of Frankenstein, which was made into the film "Gods and Monsters." 

In the second half of the show we speak with children's book writers Phyllis Root and Jane Resh Thomas, and MFA student Peter Pearson.

Yesterday’s Revolution: The Minneapolis 78 RPM Record Scene

Lots of folks are into vinyl these days. Some people are even making mix tapes again. But if you really want to embrace obscure, seemingly dead media, there’s no better way to do it than to buy 78 rpm records. This documentary takes listeners inside the rarefied world of 78 record enthusiasts, including Greg Carr, former KFAI “Dig Up the Roots” DJ, and Scott Holthus, owner of Vintage Music Company in Minneapolis. Holthus owns hundreds of thousands of 78 records and he refurbishes the machines that plays them.

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