Music

Tonight’s program is an eclectic mixture of new and old French music from many countries. We start with a new collection of French reggae by artists from France, Nigeria, Réunion, and Bénin from Radio France Internationale. In the second half of the program, various artists sing their versions of standard French songs.

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Our Tuesday, August 16th show is devoted to the legacy of Roy McBride, a bodhisattva and bardic poet who brought diverse communities of writers in the Twin Cities and beyond together over a career that spanned more than four decades.

Our guests Jeannie Piekos, Louis Alemayehu, Susu Jeffrey, and e.g. bailey talk about Roy McBride’s work and his continuing influence on the local writing community.

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New tunes, live music from Barb Ryman a Womenfolk tribute to Bill Monroe!

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Laura and Dave Hoenack, Hymie’s Vintage Record Shop owners, spun favorite 45s from their personal collection!

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Celebrating Steven Carl Isadore……aka DJ Izzy! Pop picks and birthday sentiments from Boyce & Hart, The Cryan Shames, Harry Nilsson, Rockpile, Steve Earle, the Ramones and more. Plus, the “undercover of the night,” featuring Wayne Newton’s rendition of “Hard to Handle”!

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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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