November 2016 Play For Me Archives

When has Kim Hines not been involved in theatre?  For nearly fifty years, she has been giving it her best as an actress, writer, director and coach to fellow theatre professionals.  It must be love.

Keep up with this busy woman 

With roots firmly set in the Black American choral tradition, the Sounds of Blackness were founded in 1969 by Russell Knighton on the campus of Saint Paul’s Macalester College.  Since 1971, Director Gary Dennis Hines has nurtured these Minnesota vocal and instrumental talents whose abilities cover several genres of music including gospel, R&B, soul and jazz.   I spoke with Gary about what inspires his inspirational music direction.  His ready response?  The musical nurturing provided by his mother, Twin Cities Jazz Legend, the late Doris Hines.   

Writers Read Open Mic — hosted by busy Mother-of-3 + UofM employee + productive writer Janaya Martin — takes place every third Thursday of the month at The Coffee Shop in northeast Minneapolis.  Janaya's reading series was boosted by the support her fellow writer and friend, Loft Literary Center Program Manager Sherrie Fernandez, provided from Day 1.  Such a cool pair of writers and self-identified communitarians.

This music artist — Jayde Delano — plays with near pitch-perfect precision.  A classically-trained musician, she is self-taught on several instruments.  After a stint in the Armed Forces, she makes her living schlepping equpment on and off the stage for some of the most well-known bands of the century, and has played with quite a few of them, too.  She writes music.  She composes music.   Jayde's music can be found at