Arts & Culture

Brushy One-String is Jamaica’s—and likely the world’s—foremost self-taught, one-string guitar player. He was invited to perform just last month at the 11th annual globalFEST, New York’s highly-esteemed music festival featuring 12 artists from around the world on three stages in one night. A couple of days before Brushy hit the stage, KFAI’s Minna Zhou sat down with the Jamaican bluesman for an exclusive interview and performance session. Originally aired February 6, 2014 on African Rhythms.

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The Mixed Blood Theater brings back Jevetta Steele’s autobiography play production Two Queens One Castle, that opened September 21st, 2007.

Joe Meek, record producer and engineer, made a major breakthrough in sound production in the 1950s & 60s with his innovative recording and pioneering studio techniques such as multiple over-dubbing, close miking, direct input of bass guitars, the compressor, and effects like echo and reverb as well as sampling.

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[img_assist|nid=17814|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=185|height=83]KFAI will celebrate Black History Month with a special day of programming on February 19th. From 6am until 9:30pm, KFAI will feature a variety of programming including music, history, and dialogue from members of the Twin Cities community and from respected national sources.

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Thursday, February 26th at 11 am Laura Flynn joins Write on Radio hosts in the studio to talk about her warmly received memoir about growing up in the care of a schizophrenic mother. Her book, Swallow the Ocean, has recently been issued in paperback.

In the second half of the show, Reese Erlich talks about his newest book, _Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S.

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July 15th at 6:30pm, Mr. Kevin Allison (formerly of MTV's The State & founder of the RISK!

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Kevin Kling is a noted author, playwright, and storyteller.    His new show Humanimal is opening August 9th at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis,  And runs through August 18th.

More info can be found online at Open Eye Figure Theatre

 KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp sat down with Kling to discuss this play.  

A note for listeners – Aaron is non verbal so he uses computer software to speak.

KFAI DJs will be on the scene at Art-A-Whirl this weekend, spinning on Friday and Saturday at the Silent Auction Gallery #332 of the Northrup King Building. Explore the amazing art and meet some of your favorite KFAI programmers.

5 – 6:30pm: Jacquie Maddix “Lady J” / Rollin’ and Tumblin’
6:30 – 8pm: DJ Steely / Kinda Cloudy Radio
8 – 9pm: Sarah Lageson / House Party
9 – 10pm: Mick & Tom Novak / Louisiana Rhythms & This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’


noon – 1:30pm: Brad Wrolstad / African Rhythms
1:30 – 3pm: Liberty Finch / The Pop Shop
3 – 4:30pm: Miguel Vargas / Radio Pocho
4:30 – 6pm: Old School Bob & Nu Skool Katey / Fused Funk
6 – 7pm: Glen Leslie / Jet Set Planet
7 – 8pm: Mason Butler & Ben Heath / Below the Waste

John C. Reilly is one of cinema’s most versatile character actors, equally at home in comedies and dramas. His new movie, Cyrus, is a little of both, as Reilly finds himself locked in a battle of wills with his new girlfriend’s manipulative, Machiavellian son.

Five KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Jessica Folker, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms and Daniel Zamzow won awards for work they produced for KFAI’s Legacy Project—the station’s arts and culture initiative managed by Nancy Sartor. KFAI’s Libby Donohue was also recognized with a Page One Award for a story she produced for News Director Dale Connelly.

KFAI’s Legacy Project includes short features that are broadcast on the Morning Blend (Monday through Friday from 6 to 8am), and audio documentaries and live performances that air during MinneCulture (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8pm). Now in its third cycle, the Legacy Project is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Links to all of KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at

Photo L to R: Daniel Zamow, Libby Donohue, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms, Dale Connelly, Nancy Sartor. Not pictured: Jessica Folker.

KFAI 2012-13 Award Winners

Libby Donohue
Category: Hard News Report [Radio]
Walker Church Destroyed, Community Looks to Future

Jessica Folker
Category: Mini-documentary/In-depth series [Radio]
Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling

Dan Greenwood
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]
West Hills State School: A Troubled Past for the Owatonna Orphanage

Marisa Helms
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]
Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community

Daniel Zamzow
Category: Feature [Radio]
Twin Cities Hmong Hip-Hop on the Rise