January 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

If all the world’s a stage — as Shakespeare once wrote — why are most plays confined to traditional theaters? There are practical reasons, of course. The seating, lighting and sound systems are already in place. Still, some actors yearn to perform in more evocative spaces. Todd Melby has the story.

Three years after being sold, Northwest Airlines has been completely erased from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. For years the 1928 Waco plane—part of Northwest’s original fleet—hung in Concourse G, but recently the Waco was sent to the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum in Atlanta. Former employees of Northwest Airlines are determined to keep the history of the company in Minnesota. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with Bruce Kitt and Wayne Synder at The Northwest Airlines History Center, located at Wings Financial Credit Union.

Founded in 2004 by Lecia Grossman, and under the direction of Maren Ward, zAmya Theater Project is a unique theater group comprised of performers who are, or have been, homeless. zAmya, which is Sanskrit for “aiming at peace,” presents new work each fall during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week.

Sam Jasmine is an avid dart player, who also happens to be blind. In 2009 she invented the Audio Dart Master, a talking dartboard for the visually impaired, while playing in an audio dart league in the Twin Cities.

After establishing himself as “King Mini”—a premiere mini-comic and poster artist—Vincent Stall has taken his inimitable style and vision to long-form narrative. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt sat down with the artist, and his publisher, 2D Cloud Press, to talk about Stall’s latest release entitled, “Things You Carry.”

The Day Services program at Mt. Olivet Church in South Minneapolis is unique in that it combines childcare with its senior center to create what administrators call “intentional inter-generational interaction.” The program serves 35 seniors and 65 children, from infants to preschool. KFAI producer Will Hale has the story.

The Givens Foundation was established in 1972 to provide academic scholarships for black youth. In 1985, the Foundation collaborated with the University of Minnesota and philanthropic families to expand its mission, and shifted its focus to African American literature and culture.

In 1930, Eric Sevareid and Walter Port followed the Minnesota River upstream, canoeing north more than 2,000 miles to Hudson Bay, via the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. An account of their trip, “Canoeing with the Cree,” was published in 1935 by the Minneapolis Star. Last year, St. Olaf graduate students Anne Raiho and Natalie Warren replicated the journey, traveling past temperate Minnesota farmlands to the far north.

Minnesota entrepreneur Lisa Nicholson broke into the salsa market in the mid-90s, with a fresh salsa appropriately dubbed “Salsa Lisa”. Today you’ll find her products in the refrigerated section at grocery stores across the country.

Joia is a Minneapolis-based company that brings creative mixology to soft drinks.

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