April 16 on Fresh Fruit: Kushner Celebration, BECAUSE Conference, and more

Join Hosts Dixie Treichel & John Townsend for the KFAI Spring Pledge Drive 2009 on Fresh Fruit Thursday, April 16th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Fresh Fruit, the longest running queer radio show in the country since 1978,
serves the queer community and friends with pride.

Our guests include:

Melodie Bahan, Communications Director Guthrie Theater

Tony Kushner Celebration , April 18 through June 28
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. This unprecedented celebration of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s work includes productions on all three of the Guthrie’s stages, classes, seminars, discussions, speakers and more.

The Kick-off to Kushner from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, includes a host of free activities open to the public, including the world premiere of a new work by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, commissioned in honor of the Kushner Celebration; the presentation of a proclamation by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to Tony Kushner

Because Conference Committee Member

15th Annual BECAUSE Conference on Bisexuality
BECAUSE (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience) 2009 will be held April 17-April 19, 2009 at the University of Minnesota. BECAUSE attracts GLBTA students, researchers, artists, and community organizers from throughout the Midwest and beyond.
BECAUSE 2009 will feature the most extensive series of programming and events in the conference’s history. The BECAUSE Conference is an excellent opportunity for people to become educated about bisexual issues.

Matthew McCright, pianist

American pianist and Carleton College faculty member Matthew McCright is rapidly gaining international visibility as one of the most sought after pianists in contemporary music.

His new CD “Second Childhood” on Innova Recordings will be released April 25 at 8pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. Cutting edge composers John Halle, Bruce Stark, Kirsten Broberg, Dan Nass, Greg Hutter, and Laura Caviani come together on this exciting recording. The musical sounds of jazz, folk, gamelan, ragtime, avant-garde and vaudeville swirl together, transporting listeners back in time to relive their childhoods.

Lou Ann Townsend & Mary Filapek, Jewelry Artists

Lou Ann Townsend, sister of Fresh Fruit host John Townsend and her partner Mary Filapek are in the Twin Cities to show their jewelry at the American Craft Counsel Show , April 17 – 19 at the St. Paul River Centre.
Mary and Lou Ann are trained silversmiths whose collaborative work explores the space between spirituality and science.

James Rocco & Jayme Mc Daniel, Co- Directors

Grey Gardens, March 17 – May 17, 2009. Ordway McKnight Theatre
Co-produced by Park Square Theatre
Grey Gardens brings to life the delightfully eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter Little Edie.
Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women became East Hampton's most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated twenty-eight-room mansion. The musical tells the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of the two indomitable women.