Arts & Culture

Vaudeville & Burlesque: The History of Twin Cities Variety Theater
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi & Judith McKenzie

In the early 20th century, Vaudeville and Burlesque shows reigned supreme for live entertainment. As a major stop along the rail lines, the Twin Cities hosted some of the biggest touring productions to cross the country. Over the years, Minneapolis and St. Paul have built rich theatrical communities based on these traditions.

Today many Twin Cities artists honor tradition by incorporating elements of variety theater in contemporary productions. In this documentary, producers Michelle Alimoradi and Judith McKenzie follow the history of variety theater in the Twin Cities. Meet 93-year-old vaudeville performer and Minneapolis resident Bob Boucher, local historians, and modern Twin Cities variety artists, including Patrick Scully (Patrick’s Cabaret) and Nadine DuBois (Lili’s Burlesque Revue).

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Shades of Gray, Part 1 (Jonathan Mitchell)

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Tonight The Echo Chamber commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. — featuring much of the “I Have A Dream” speech; the “Xterminator presents MLK Dub” album; and many tracks fitting the theme. One new track debuted tonight was “Dis Ya Time” from Jazz’min Tutum, with her dub poetry layered on top of Madtone’s “Calling Live On Channel” tune. Another debut tonight for Kaysha Lee & Ras Takura with “Take Me from Disgrace”. Also tonight, new material from Dr. King Cobra, Macumbadub, Mikus, Savage Aural Hotbed, Oxodo, and Purdy.

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David Vann calls in to talk about his debut novel Caribou Island. David Vann is also the author of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed short story collection, Legend of a Suicide.

We also speak with Ben Kreilkamp about a celebration he is organizing of the poet John Berryman on February 17th in Dinkytown.

And we talk with Neal Karlen and Amy Salloway about their show with Ashley Gold at the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival: Babes in Goyland: Stories and Songs from the Land of Milk and Hotdish.

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

1. Freedom Form II in MLK Park: A Sculptural Metaphor for Race?
Produced by Susan Gray

Forty years ago, the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize spoke at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis. Seven hundred people joined in song and prayer around the sculpture given in Dr. King’s honor by New York artist Dan Johnson. KFAI Producer Susan Gray spoke with people who organized the 1971 event and learned what’s become of the sculpture that was given to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

2. Miss Richfield 1981/Russ King
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. Produced by Dixie Treichel.

3. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Produced by Nancy Sartor

Since 1979 the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville has been caring for sick and injured wild animals from the Twin Cities metro area, greater Minnesota, and outside the state. Last year the Center treated more than 8,600 animals from 170 different species. KFAI producer Nancy Sartor toured the facility and talked to staff about their important work.

4. Pond Hockey 2011
Produced by Britt Aamodt

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships began in 2006, with 120 teams and a great idea. Now in its sixth year, the Minneapolis-based event expects to draw upwards of 200 teams from the United States and Canada, and tens of thousands of fans, to Lake Nokomis from Jan 21-23. Film producer Andrew Sherburne was on the ground in 2006, filming the budding Minnesota winter get-together. His efforts produced the documentary, POND HOCKEY, in 2008. Former NHL player Brian Bonin was one of the pond hockey players featured in the film. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talks to both men about their enduring love for Minnesota’s iciest cold-weather sport.

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Yoga for Every Room in Your House – Jinger Stanton

When so few of us have space at home to do yoga, why not do yoga in the space we already have?

In the kitchen,
In the bedroom,
Even in the bathroom!

Yoga for Every Room in Your House brings yoga home in a very practical way. For those taking yoga classes this creative approach allows them to establish a practice at home. For those without access to classes this book provides the means to get started with yoga and begin to experience its amazing benefits. Many of these exercises are accessible for people with physical disabilities. Some of these exercises bring attention to areas of the body such as the face and hands, which are often overlooked in exercise regimens.

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Episodes 4 5 of Vanishing Point, about Matt and Krane as they discover they are trapped in The Circuit, without knowing exactly what that is.
And Episode 2 of Star of Vengeance, where George and Suey are looking for The Star without knowing what it is. Hmmmm…

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