It’s Arts Week on Midday

The State of the Arts blog will be a little slow this week, but it’s all for a good cause.

This week I’m filling in as host of Midday, and every day at 11am we’re taking on a different arts-related topic. I’ll also be joined by a different co-host for each hour.

Today we talked about what happens when classical music is performed outside the concert hall. My co-host was Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, who hosts “Inside the Classics”. Joining us as guests were cellists Matt Haimovitz and Laure Sewell. Matt Haimovitz is known for performing Bach in bars and clubs; Laura Sewell performs with the Twin Cities’ based Artaria String Quartet, and this summer they started performing “flash concerts” in bookstores, wine shops, and even a gym!

If you missed it, not to worry – you can listen to the audio here:

Tomorrow we’re going to talk design when look at “surplus space.” How can we best take advantage of abandoned strip malls, empty parking lots, and even closed down overpasses in ways that benefit our community? This conversation is inspired by a New York Times piece by Michael Kimmelman

My co-host will be architectural historian Larry Millett, and our guests will be Thomas Fisher, Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and Jay Walljasper, a writer and speaker focusing on urban and community issues and sustainability.

Wednesday we’ll talk about songwriting – how do you write a song that stands the test of time? My co-host will be local songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. Guests: TBD.

On Thursday National Public Radio’s arts reporter Neda Ulaby joins me as co-host as we take a look at what came out of this year’s Sundance Festival. Guests: TBD

And on Friday we look at the legacy of the Black Arts Movement, and how it’s impact is still felt today. My co-host will be performer/arts educator T. Mychael Rambo. Joining us in studio will be Penumbra Theatre Artistic Director Lou Bellamy, who just launched a series of conversations on this very topic. Playwright and Scholar Paul Carter Harrison will join us by phone from New York.

So if you can, tune in to Midday this week at 11am, and join the conversation!