April 2013 Archives

Andy Sturdevant can be spotted all around town adding his creative hand to the Twin Cities arts scene. Sturdevant hosts Salon Saloon, a live action arts talk show, is the resources director at Springboard for the Arts, collaborates with Works Progress and pens a weekly column for MinnPost titled The Stroll. KFAI Producer Jemma Brown followed Andy on a stroll in Saint Paul to hear the artist’s observations first hand.

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church sits in the heart of the historic Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul. Originally founded by Archbishop John Ireland in 1888, the church is home to one of the first African-American congregations. KFAI’s Allison Herrera takes us there to meet this unique parish.

If Minneapolis has its way, art won’t just be something you pick up at the Uptown Art Fair or peruse on a visit to the MIA. Throughout 2013, Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development Department is working with seven Minnesota artists and Intermedia Arts on a project called Creative Citymaking. For more information visit intermediaarts.org.

More than a year ago, a native Minnesota man traveled to Duluth with not much more than his bicycle. He spent months couch surfing with friends, and eventually found a job at a bakery. During his free time he worked on building a wooden boat by hand. John Finkle is a wanderer, but for the time being, he’s found a temporary place in one couple’s backyard.

The East side of Saint Paul is a self-described “area in transition.” In the mid-century, it was a hub for industry. Hamms brewery, Whirlpool and the 3M plant were all located there and supported thousands of blue collar jobs. But today, those businesses have closed down, and the area is in the process of rebranding itself as up-and-coming.

The waning years of the Great Depression ushered in a renaissance for comic books—not just in New York City, where Superman and Batman emerged from the ashes of the economic four-alarm fire—but in the Twin Cities as well. Minneapolis and St. Paul both spawned comics publishers. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talks to R.D. McHattie about the Golden Age of comic book artists, and her recently published book, “My Comic Mom.”

The popularity of Wikipedia may have forced Encyclopedia Britannica to stop publishing its 32-volume set after 244 years, but Wiki sources have never gained the trust of teachers. Now the creators of MNopedia—the state’s first digital encyclopedia—have built a website that is both reliable and interactive. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with Jim Ockuly and Molly Huber at the Minnesota Historical Society about how MNOpedia’s digital content is collected and shared.

Erik Noren has been building custom bicycles for nearly 10 years. His shop, Peacock Groove Custom Cycles, has been recognized for its eccentric designs and custom flare. Producer Eric Lemke talks to Noren about what it’s like building custom bikes.

The Sami are some of the oldest peoples in Northern Europe. Traditionally called Laplanders, the Sami have lived in Scandinavia’s northern-most reaches for nearly 10,000 years. The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is hosting an exhibit of this ancient culture entitled, “Eight Seasons in Sapmi, the Land of the Sami People.” KFAI’s Britt Aamodt spoke with the Institute’s Jenn Stromberg, and with Sami-American Kurt Seaberg.

The Twin Cities is home to an array of theater groups—from high-profile companies like the Guthrie, to multiple community theaters, including Theatre in the Round at Seven Corners in Minneapolis. KFAI producer Will Wright explores the history of this West Bank institution.