John R. Killacky’s new book “because art: Commentary, Critique, & Conversation” is a collage of writings about his life and work across the country as a performing artist, arts administrator, curator and legislator.
Prominent in the book is his time as the Performing Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center (1988-1996) in Minneapolis. This was a time of radical queer performance art, the AIDS Crisis, Reagan-Bush politics, culture wars of the time and attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts. Killacky is a gay, differently abled artist and is currently in the Vermont House of Representatives.
Included in the book are commentaries on a debilitating spinal surgery, Zen Buddhism, and censorship; critiques on such artists as Ron Athey, Eiko Otake, John Cage, and Keith Haring; plus interviews with artists Alison Bechdel, Trisha Brown, Janis Ian, Bill T. Jones, Tony Kushner, Meredith Monk and more.
KFAI’s Dixie Treichel spoke with Killacky about his life and work.
***Across Minnesota, kids 6 months of age and older are getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children’s Minnesota is among the leaders in this effort, staging vaccination clinics beyond the confines of traditional healthcare buildings, providing vaccines at elementary schools, gyms, parking lots and the YWCA.
“Equality is offering everyone vaccine appointments at our clinics. Everyone has the same opportunity. Equity is realizing not everyone is going to be able to benefit from those clinics and then going out to the community and reaching out to the community to provide what they need when they need it, how they need it, where they need it,” says Adriene Thornton, Manager of Health Equity for Children’s Minnesota.
Listen to Thornton discuss healthcare equity, vaccine safety and the joys of vaccinating entire families below:
Regular 90.3 FM listeners may have noticed a change to the sound of KFAI around 11:45am on Wednesday. No, we didn’t switch to an all-ASMR static format. The power to the IDS Center, home of KFAI’s broadcast antenna, was shut down in response to damage caused by a leak in the building’s water expansion tanks. This leak made its way some of the building’s electrical equipment, prompting an evacuation of all floors above the 26th.
As of Thursday afternoon, our transmitter equipment has been without power for more than 24 hours and outages are projected to last through the weekend. While this might put a damper (no pun intended) on our Summer Member Drive, there has been no stop to the great music, news and information on KFAI.org and our mobile app. If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably ON kfai.org and are seeing first-hand the value of our streaming platforms. It’s your support that keeps the power flowing through these streams and helps us archive the shows you may have missed during this prolonged outage.
Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, has been a chef for 30 years. He is the CEO of The Sioux Chef, which he began in 2014 as a caterer and food educator in the Twin Cities. He is co-owner — with Dana Thompson — of Owamni by the Sioux Chef restaurant which opened in July, 2021 at OwamniYomni, the sacred site of peace and well-being for the Dakota and Anishinaabe people.
Owamni won the James Beard Best New Restaurant in America award on Monday July 13, 2022. Owamni is located inside the Water Works Pavilion in Mill Ruins Park, between 3rd Ave S and 5th Ave S. Photo courtesy of Owamni by the Sioux Chef.