April 2011 Archives

Becoming a one-stop emporium for all things Scandinavian—food, music, books, arts and crafts—Ingebretsen’s is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011. Charles’ granddaughter, Julie Ingebretsen, gave KFAI producer Britt Aamodt a tour of the family store, and shared her passion for her immigrant heritage.

Works Progress is a group of Twin Cities “changemakers”: artists and professionals who strive for progress by creating platforms for creative people to present their ideas—a kind of live performance think tank.

In the 1940s, Wasyl and Anna immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine and set up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. Today, Nick Kramarczuk is the third generation to carry on the family tradition.

An interactive cinema experience created by the British group Blast Theory.

The Twin Cities is home to a wide variety of independently owned clothing stores, including many thrift stores and retro shops. Vintage fashion is especially popular, but what draws locals to clothes from the past? KFAI’s Sabrina Crews went to Rewind in Minneapolis, and Lula in St. Paul, to talk to business owners about the lure of vintage fashion.

One of the first hot spots to turn Northeast Minneapolis’ 13th Avenue into an arts destination, Rogue Buddha Gallery has survived for more than a decade as other galleries have come and gone.

What started out as a community garden project with 10 kids in 1995, has grown to serve 500 youth year round in multiple neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Rob DeMarais disassembled his first drum kit when he was 12. Decades later he’s still reconstructing and repairing trap sets, and is recognized as a master craftsman of custom-built drums. KFAI’s Nancy Sartor met Rob at Forte Drums, the shop he co-owns with partner Tony Johnson, to view the percussive eye-candy and meet one of Forte’s more unconventional students—79-year-old Char Johnson.

Mister Stinky, Broken Dreams and Flubber are just a few of the 300 unique fonts created by Twin Cities typographer Chank Diesel.

The typewriter is oh-so nineteenth and twentieth century. Still, some people like the clickety-clack sound they make. Producer Todd Melby is one of them. He found a guy that still tinkers with the old machines. A visit to Vale Typewriter of Richfield, Minnesota.