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The British performance group “Gob Squad” recreates and re-imagines Andy Warhol’s experimental film “Kitchen” during the Walker Art Center’s Out There series. MPR’s Euan Kerr takes a look. (Image courtesy Walker Art Center)

Wow – what a great week for arts on the radio! There were looks back at the year in theater, books and music, interviews with local author John Reimringer and comedian Lizz Winstead, and reports on the Walker Art Center and the Legacy Amendment. Garrison Keillor shared his thoughts on humor and Midmorning examined the year in words. Not to mention the weekly Art Hounds installment and Dinner Party Download… Scroll down, click to listen, and enjoy!

British film celebrates women’s equal pay rights in Europe

British director Nigel Cole is best known in the U.S. for “Calendar Girls” about a group of church ladies who posed nude to raise money for charity.

Cole’s latest film, called “Made in Dagenham” opens this week in Minneapolis. It’s also about women with a cause. It’s the story of a strike in the 1960s that was pivotal in the equal pay movement in Europe.

Austerity marks Minnesota theater in 2010

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer spoke with St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola for some perspective on the year that was and some thoughts on what 2011 might bring to local stages.

Faith, family, and temptation

Author John Reimringer’s new novel tells the story of a young priest and his struggle with the vow of celibacy. But beyond being a story about the sacred versus the profane, the author says it’s also a love letter to the city of St. Paul.

As Legacy arts funds flow, lawmakers will reassess distribution

The Legacy Amendment provided millions for the arts, but the fund’s distribution process is up for review in the 2011 Legislature.

The year in books

Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” stole much of the spotlight, but the fact that it wasn’t even nominated for the National Book Award shows what a strong year 2010 was for fiction. Midmorning looks at the best books, both fiction and nonfiction, of 2010.

Walker aims to break through artistic boundaries

Evolving technology, public expectations, and a constantly changing world are leading to surprising developments in artistic disciplines. In coming weeks, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will present a performing arts show with no performers, and a film screening with no film.

Art Hounds: 2010 Highlights, part three

Art Hounds share their favorite performances of the past year.

Comedian Lizz Winstead and the year’s best political gaffes

Minnesota native funny lady Lizz Winstead calls this “the craziest year in politics since I’ve been doing standup.” She whittles down the best political gaffes and guffaws of 2010 to perform at her annual live show.

Garrison Keillor on the importance of humor in life

Garrison Keillor performed in December at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Hear his stories on Midday.

The Current’s David Campbell on the year in music

David Campbell, host of The Local Show on The Current, talks with Morning Edition’s Cathy Wurzer about highlights of the year in music.

Grammar rocks

If music is a language, its lyrics are flying in the face of the rules of English grammar. Midmorning explores the grammatical slip-ups that make popular music great, but still irk the experts.

The year in words with Anatoly Liberman

New words become part of the language every year, and sometimes familiar words become part of the public discourse in new and interesting ways. Midmorning looks at the words that people were using in 2010.

Bookers pick the best local music of 2010

The ‘Best of’ lists of local music critics are abundant this time of year, but MPR News asked the people who choose which acts to present at Minnesota venues what they thought was the best local music of 2010.

The Dinner Party Download featuring Rainn Wilson

What do the King of Albania, “Eat, Pray, Love” and TV star Rainn Wilson have in common? You’ll be talking about all of them at your dinner parties this weekend, after listening to the Dinner Party Download.

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