January 2014 MinneCulture Archives

Germaine Gemberling Live at Lee’s

Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later Germaine left the Twin Cities for the beauty and solitude of northern Minnesota. She performs with her folk-rock band, Junkboat, as well as acoustically with Rich Mattson and Ol’ Yeller. Her most recent release, Generator, was recorded at Sparta Sound in 2013. This program was recorded at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis by Tom Garneau.

A History of Arcola Mills
Produced by Bobbie Scott

Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. In this audio documentary, KFAI producer Bobbie Scott takes a trip back in time to learn more about the history of Arcola Mills.

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies concert

Members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

For more information, visit Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Minnesota Freedom Marchers Reflect on the Fight for Justice
Produced by Susan Gray

January 20, 2014, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, many are commemorating the 50th anniversary of his historical march on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. In this edition of MinneCulture, KFAI presents a conversation with Minnesota civil rights activists who were there. Producer Susan Gray interviews Dr. Josie Johnson, Reverend Rollie Robinson, and Max Fallek in this audio documentary: “Minnesota Freedom Marchers Reflect on the Fight for Justice.”

The Federal Writers Project in Minnesota
Produced by Britt Aamodt

As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration, or They were scared, poor, on the dole, and desperate for work. From 1935-1943, 250 Minnesotans participated in the great social experiment called the Federal Writers Project. Some were former newspapermen, some were casual fictioneers. But most of them were just ordinary job hunters who jumped on the WPA bandwagon to research and write one of the best books on Minnesota today: The WPA Guide to Minnesota. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt turns back the clock to the Dirty ’30s in her look at the Federal Writers Project in Minnesota.