Mildred Brunson has been a fixture at the Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul for almost four decades. Brunson directed youth programs and created a real sense of community among the many people whose lives she has touched. At a recent retirement party, co-workers, former students and city officials praised her for a lifetime of nurturing children and building connections in the capital city.
As summer comes to a close, so does a season of celebration and festival.
One distinctive and joyous party held in the Twin Cities metro area this summer was the twenty second annual Igbofest. The Igbo people are mainly from southeast Nigeria and for the many West Africans who live in Minnesota, Igbofest is an annual highlight.
This Thursday through Saturday, Bedlam Theater in Lowertown St. Paul hosts three nights of dance performances for the seventh annual production of Rhythmically Speaking. The events will feature national and local choreographers exploring a wide range of topics including addiction, masculinity, and the "groove of a hat." KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with choreographer Rush Benson on the Morning Blend about these themes.