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Etiquette wrecked: 'Dear White People' pushes buttons on race — The new movie, "Dear White People," aims to make people laugh and squirm - starting with its title. Shot in Minnesota, the satire starts by exploring the thoughts of African-American students at a fictional Ivy League school who are frustrated by the indignities they suffer in an overwhelmingly white community.

Jazz radio legend Leigh Kamman dies at 92 — Kamman began his broadcasting career in Minnesota in 1939. He worked in New York City during the 1950s, where he interviewed such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.

'The Good Lie' treads close to Sudanese refugee life, Minnesota actress says — The civil war in South Sudan is a long way from here, but one Minnesota actor hopes her new film will bring some local understanding of the conflict. Kuoth Wiel is one of the stars in "The Good Lie." It tells the story of the refugees who became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, and opens in Minnesota this weekend.

Don't call it jazz: Minnesota duo weaves many sounds into new album — "Fire on the Nile" may be hard to define, but the musical virtuosity of guitarist Dean Magraw and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt can't be denied.

In new novel, conflict hangs over the Minnesota prairie — Like many great stories, Moorhead novelist Lin Enger's new novel, "The High Divide," starts with some family history. In Enger's case, the inspiration came from something that happened to his grandfather, a Norwegian immigrant, in 1884. "Legend has it, family legend, that a bison wandered up to his stock tank behind his sod-barn, and took a drink, and my great-grandfather shot it," he said.

Motionpoems takes animated wordplay to new heights — Last day of the Drive. Support MPR News! Give Now When Todd Boss wants to honor poetry, he tends to think big. As founder of Motionpoems, he has spent the last few years linking poets with filmmakers to make short movies from poems. Until now, the animations have really only been available online.

A wild sound with Wilco's Kotche: Making music while making the instruments — Your support makes MPR News possible. Give Now Modern musicians often delight in a do-it-yourself ethos. But in a new piece to be performed this weekend as part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series, one ensemble will go well beyond creating new music.

Sonja Parks is a one-woman community in 'Seedfolks' — As acclaimed Twin Cities actress Sonja Parks walks on the stage of her latest production, she asks a manager to bring up the stage lights and dim the house. Then she tells the audience for "Seedfolks" that she is about to tell them a story about a place that may remind them of where they live.

Ralph Lemon: Does art need the establishment to thrive? — In an era when the boundaries between arts institutions, performers and audiences are crumbling, multi-dimensional performer Ralph Lemon wonders if artists need traditional venues. With that in mind, Lemon recently issued a provocative challenge to Philip Bither, performing arts curator at the Walker Performing Art Center in Minneapolis.

Minnesota poet seeks source of 1,200-year-old poems, finds himself — Until recently Jim Lenfestey didn't realize he was a poet in search of something - and how much ancient Chinese poems helped steer him on the right path.
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Oct 15, 2014

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Oct 14, 2014

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