March 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He’s also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. KFAI producer Cristeta Boarini caught up with Toki to talk about his latest projects.

At Lilydale Regional Park in St Paul, ice falls form every winter, regardless of snowfall, making it an excellent spot for ice climbing. Lilydale attracts local climbers, as well as enthusiasts from out of state.

“Come Together” is not only the name of a Beatle’s song, it’s a trend the Twin Cities is leading through the formation of art collectives. Art collectives vary in size, structure, and mediums, but they have one thing in common: collaboration. KFAI’s Flor Trevino talked to members of the Northside Arts Collective, Yes!Let’s Collective, and Rage to Order Collaboration.

Nellie Stone Johnson was born in 1905, with an ancestral mix of African-American, Native-American, and Euro-American heritage. She grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota, moved to Minneapolis, and by the late 1930s was one of the most influential forces in the state’s civil rights and labor movements.

In a career that has spanned 50 years, Jack Edwards has dressed New York theater royalty and Hollywood stars; from Katherine Hepburn, to Carol Burnett and Geraldine Page. In 1971, Edwards left Hollywood, where he was working with renowned designer Bob Mackie on “The Carol Burnett Show,” to become the costume director and designer at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His 18 years at the Guthrie, including his design work with private clients like Prince, musician Lorie Line, opera star Mildred Miller and Ruth Bachman, of Bachman’s Floral, has made him the dean of Minnesota costume design.

Hip hop in the Hmong community is alive and on the rise in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Daniel Zamzow talked to artists and emcees Ge, YungFate, Fres Thao and Brad Matala about how hip hop is having a positive role in Hmong culture.

Hmong people come from the mountains of China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, and have a strong presence here in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Will Wright spoke to Hmong arts and culture advocate Kathy Mouacheupao and artist Kao Lee Thao about arts and identity in the Twin Cities’ Hmong community.

Minnesota has been recognized as the national capitol of choral music. Each year singers from around the country come to the Twin Cities to audition for Cantus—a premier, all-male professional a Capella ensemble, and one of only two of its kind in the United States.

Minnesota may be famous for its Scandinavian heritage, but it’s also home to a vibrant Irish music community. From weekly sessions at pubs like Keegan’s in Northeast Minneapolis, to classes at the Center for Irish Music in the Midway area of St. Paul, Irish music is flourishing.

“Palliative care” is a term used in the hospice community. KFAI producer Will Hale prepared this story on the Grace Notes Hospice Choir—a creative group that is part of Minnesota’s end-of-life network.

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