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MPR’s Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis talk movies every Thursday in the continuing series “Cube Critics.”

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The Movie Maven’s take on romance movies

The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Midday to discuss some of the best love stories dished out by the film industry. She also looks at some of the Hollywood stars we associate most with romantic movies.

Twin Cities’ Parker Quartet wins Grammy award

One of the Grammy awards given out last night went to four musicians who now call the Twin Cities home.

New Classical Tracks: Expressive Voices, from a Dark Time

“Echoes of Time,” is a very personal collection of works by composers whose lives were shaped by oppression in the Soviet Union. Thinking of her homeland, Lisa Batiashvili remembers that oppression, which she experienced firsthand as a girl–but also its Mediterranean-like warmth, and people who are alive, emotional and spontaneous– very much like the music she shares on, “Echoes of Time.”

New music at the SPCO by Gabriela Frank

A re-imagining of the after-life of Frida Kahlo is the subject of a new set of songs for Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Music with Minnesotans: Consie Powell

Illustrator Consie Powell shares some of her favorite classical music.

Marooned with Midmorning

It’s the timeless question for lovers of music and literature. If you were stranded on a desert island, what one book and album would you want to have along with you? And why?

South Africa’s musical ambassadors: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over forty years, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been the voice of South African musical tradition around the world. Rock audiences were first introduced to the group when they collaborated with Paul Simon on his 1987 album, “Graceland.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new album, “Songs from a Zulu Farm” celebrates their rich musical and cultural heritage. They join host Kerri Miller for a live in-studio performance.

Cube Critics talk movies

This week’s topics include the comedy “Cedar Rapids” and the Bollywood extravanganza “Kites.”

The private life of George Washington

Just as the new exhibition on George Washington opens at the Minnesota History Center, Midmorning’s host Kerri Miller discusses what we do and don’t know about George Washington’s private life with historian Ron Chernow.

Garrison Keillor on the challenges writers face

“A Prairie Home Companion” host and creator Garrison Keillor speaks to an audience at Concordia University in St. Paul about the challenges he’s had to face as a writer and how his upbringing has helped him deal with them.

Former KARE journalist tries hand at film in ‘Cedar Rapids’

The new movie “Cedar Rapids” is about a naive Midwesterner whose life changes when he is sent to Iowa for an insurance convention. The movie, which opens in Minnesota this weekend, is actually the result of a real life-changing experience on a couch in Minneapolis.

King Tut show is Science Musuem’s largest exhibit ever

Thursday was the 88th anniversary of when Americans learned of an incredible find in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt: the tomb of King Tutankhamun, better known to many as King Tut. Now a new collection of artifacts from the treasure trove of the boy king’s grave is going on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Dinner Party Download featuring Karen Russell

A joke, how Wal-Mart deals with stuck-up employees, the story of Jack Parr and more on this week’s Dinner Party Download.

Justin Townes Earle performs in The Current studios

Earle has blazed a distinct path from his biological and musical forbears, often incorporating more traditional country, folk and Americana elements into his sound and forging a unique lyrical voice.

Sims performs live in The Current studios

Doomtree MC and Minnesota native Sims (born Andrew Sims) has been rapping from a young age, and got involved with Twin Cities hip-hop heavyweight P.O.S. in high school. Their local rap collective Doomtree, which also includes Dessa, Lazerbeak and more, has since grown to become one of the primary forces in Minnesota hip-hop and in local music in general.

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