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Patti Austin performed in Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio and talked about her 53 year musical career with Midmorning’s Kerri Miller this week.

European-style Twin Cities art festival to be an all-night affair

Organizers of new European-style 24-hour art festival planned for the Twin Cities say it has potential to be a huge tourist draw and international event.

Patti Austin in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio

Grammy-award winner Patti Austin stops by to talk about her 53 year musical career, a career that began at age 4 on the stage of the famed Apollo Theater.

Steelroots sculpture show born of many challenges

Steelroots: Touching the Earth and Sky” doesn’t officially open at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen until mid-April. However the 16 sculptures are already in place, and on view.

New Classical Tracks: Tchaikovsky’s Shakespeare

The music of Tchaikovsky, with its warm melodies and beguiling harmony, has a direct appeal for young musicians. On their new disc, the youthful Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, led by a famous alum, performs three of his works inspired by Shakespeare.

Telekinesis perform in The Current studios

Telekinesis, the one-man-band alterego of Seattle musician and songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner, makes classic 21st-century Pacific Northwest indie-rock in the tradition of Death Cab for Cutie and others.

Elizabeth Futral: She’s No Shrinking Violetta

Though she sings in the world’s big opera houses, soprano Elizabeth Futral’s career has one thing in common with Minnesota: all the women are strong.

Gay rights issue ends Lady Gaga, Target romance

The bust-up is the latest fallout from a controversial political donation Target made last year.

Music with Minnesotans: Anne Swenson

In this week’s edition, Alison Young talks with Ely Echo publisher Anne Swenson. When Anne was in her twenties, she lived in Italy and walked daily through the pine forest Respighi writes about in his tone poem “The Pines of Rome.” Enjoy a sunny playlist from the far north.

“Troubled Waters” filmmaker speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum

Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Larkin McPhee speaks live at the Westminster Town Hall Forum. Her latest film, Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story, examines how farming practices have contributed to pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. The University of Minnesota made a controversial decision last year to cancel a screening of the film and later rescheduled it after coming under criticism.

The Cube Critics take on fairy tales and mumblecore

This week, Stephanie and Euan chat on about post feminist fairy tales and the curious or maybe not so curious film genre, “mumblecore.”

Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studio

Now three albums into their career, the Long Beach, CA rock and roll foursome Cold War Kids finally have a chance to call music their job. With that, they’ve been able to write their latest album, “Mine Is Yours,” over three months in the studio with Jacquire King, who has also worked with musicians like Tom Waits.

Jack White talks with Mary Lucia

Jack White talks to Mary Lucia over the phone about his record label (and store) Third Man Records, collaborating with Wanda Jackson, “throwaway” records, and why comedians should record more albums.

The Dinner Party Download featuring Cary Fukunaga

Director Carey Fukunaga turned heads with his incredibly assured feature filmmaking debut – the harrowing immigrant drama “Sin Nombre.”

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