Arts & Culture

Cornbread Harris
Produced by Michelle Bruch, Daniel Zamzow & Nancy Sartor

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. The man and the music is currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher.

A fundraiser for the documentary film about Cornbread Harris takes place Sunday, Feb 13, from 7-11pm at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul. For more information, visit wilebskisblues.com and click on the calendar page.

Producer Michelle Bruch offers a short profile of Cornbread, followed by a concert performance recorded live at the 331 Club by Daniel Zamzow. Production assistance by Nancy Sartor.

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Valentine’s Day Heartbreak (Several stories about love and heartbreak, including StoryCorps stories).

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Tonight the Echo Chamber proudly presented our annual “Tribute to Tuff Gong & Tubby” special. Three hours of great roots and dub from the masters Bob Marley and King Tubby (aka Osbourne Ruddock) and friends… Also, celebrated the February birthdays of Derrick Harriott and Lester Sterling.

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We speak with Michael David Lukas about his debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, the story of a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan in the early days of the decline of the Ottoman Empire.

We also speak with literary critic Stanley Fish, who will call in to talk about his book How to Write a Sentence. It’s being compared to the Strunk and White classic, Elements of Style.

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A Quien No Le Gusta Eso?! Who doesn’t like this?

This is the episode of Los with music from Los Tigres del Norte, Los Lobos, Los Fugitivos, Los Fabulosos Cuatro, Los Dells, Los Manhattans, and Los Sylvers. (Ok the last three were really the but this is Radio Pocho, we conjugate in spanish.

Ray Parker Jr. teaches how us the 12 ways to make love to a woman, while Michael Wycoff has us Lookin Up to You. Other funk jams by Prince, Final Edition, and Kenny Lynch keep the body pumpin.

Our winter blues kick in with a funky pop track by Los Joao, Vamos a la playa (oh oh oh ooooh). Sabes que, with below zero temperatures outside the studio, we had to make it hot over the airwaves with our version of Quiet Storm where you either hit the streets or hit the sheets.

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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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