January 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

In the late 1990s, Minneapolis chocolatier BT McElrath built a reputation on high-end truffles with unique savory accents, such as balsamic vinegar, lavender and cardamon. Today, the McElrath company has taken on a new challenge: producing the best basic chocolate bar it can…with a few flavor twists.

Choreographers Erin Liebhard and Heather Westerlund are keeping jazz dance alive as co-directors of the Twin Cities’ company, Rhythmically Speaking. By pushing the envelop with their productions, they hope to inspire new conversations about jazz.

Savage Aural Hotbed is a local band that fuses musical styles with unconventional “instruments,” including power tools and found objects. For more than 20 years, the quartet has been performing experimental music throughout the Twin Cities.

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