Rotund bearded Scot doing radio at MPR out in the wilds, wondering about the state of civilization.

Carnegie Hall calls again for Minnesota Orchestra — The cancellation of Carnegie appearances during the 16 month musicians lockout led to the 2013 resignation of Music Director Osmo Vanska. The orchestra is back on Carnegie's card for 2016.

Big plans for Smallest Museum in St. Paul — Minnesota is home to grand museums, but its newest -- and smallest -- will find its home in a vintage fire hose cabinet.

'Force Majeure': When a man fails a woman, and everyone else — In the unlikely event you found yourself in the middle of an avalanche with your family, what would you do? That question is central to the Swedish film "Force Majeure," nominated for the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. "Force Majeure" starts with members of a Swedish family arriving in the French Alps for a ski vacation.

One year after settlement, Minn. Orchestra is in a better place — Doug Wright will not soon forget the conflicted feelings he had a year ago today, when the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians announced the end of an ugly 16-month contract dispute that silenced the hall. Although the end of the lockout was celebrated by orchestra fans, the musicians took a 15 percent cut in pay and benefits.

Minnesota Orchestra to complete Sibelius recordings — The orchestra will record the Sibelius Third, Sixth and Seventh symphonies for release in 2016. The last Minnesota Orchestra Sibelius recording won a Grammy.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra begins rehearsals in new hall — The St Paul Chamber Orchestra will play for the first time Wednesday morning in its new Ordway Concert Hall. The custom-designed, 1,100-seat hall will formally open Feb. 28. In the weeks until then, the orchestra will hold a series of rehearsals and practice concerts so acoustician Paul Scarbrough can fine-tune the sound of the space, which was built with intimate concerts in mind.

From Austin, Amanda Hocking spins a fanciful, lucrative, world — Austin-based writer Amanda Hocking has become a sensation of the publishing world with troll romances that have lured young and older readers.

MIA kicks off centennial with surprise announcement: Major long-term modernist loan — The Minneapolis Institute of Arts kicks off its centennial year this morning with an announcement of a major long-term loan of modernist painting. The 400 paintings, drawings and prints collected by the late Myron Kunin, founder of the Regis Corporation, is believed to be one of the foremost collections of modernist painting in private hands.

A look back at the Minnesota Orchestra's tumultuous year of rebuilding — On Jan. 14, 2014, the Minnesota Orchestra's locked-out musicians called a press conference in downtown Minneapolis. They were ending the 16-month stalemate, and had come to a settlement with the orchestra's management. Since then, the Minnesota Orchestra has had an extraordinary year. MPR News arts reporter Euan Kerr covered the lockout, and has been watching the orchestra's recovery.

Artists' Quarter reopens tonight as Vieux Carre — A year after the venerated St. Paul jazz venue closed, the club will reopen under new ownership and with a new name.
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