Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang says her father grew up in the jungles of Laos, with no shoes on his feet. She says:
“It was in the jungles that he met my mother and married her. He was nineteen years old when he crossed the Mekong River with my mother, my sister, and my grandmother, into Thailand where they waited in the refugee camp for a future to begin.”
Katherine Bergman is a local composer and one quarter of the Caprice Saxophone Quartet. She's also part of the Spitting Image Collective, a group of composers and performers who togtether create and critique their own music, as well as commissioning new works from other local composers.
A large crowd gathered in downtown Minneapolis last night to mourn Minnesota’s own music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince died yesterday. Specific details are still emerging. People reacted to the news with shock – many were affected on a personal level. Heart-broken and distraught, I heard the news and like many others thought it was a hoax.