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Marianne Combs blogs about arts and culture for Minnesota Public Radio news.

Art Hounds: Scheherazade in Duluth and blues portraits

mprnews.org — This week, the Art Hounds take in portraits of blues musicians, a performance of Scheherazade by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a play about art in the days of cavemen.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Much Movement

thecurrent.org — Sponsor Sponsor Feb 26, 2015 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about artistic happenings that involve a lot of physical movement.

Broadway, world music and dance mark Ordway's 30th season

mprnews.org — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts released the details Monday of its 30th anniversary season. The Ordway's first full season in its expanded St. Paul building includes Broadway musicals, world music concerts and dance performances.

Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj new artistic director

mprnews.org — Updated 3:45 p.m. | Posted 10:36 a.m. The Guthrie Theater said Tuesday that Joseph Haj will be its new artistic director. Haj, 51, is the producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, N.C. He takes over in July as the Guthrie's eighth artistic leader, succeeding Joe Dowling, who spent two decades at the theater.

Art Hounds: Punk rock choreography and music-inspired art

mprnews.org — This week the Art Hounds journey to an intimate gallery in Marshall, rave about Chris Schlichting's "punk rock" choreography, and take in an exhibition of music, and the art it was inspired by.

'Blues Vision' celebrates the work of Minnesota's black writers

mprnews.org — When acclaimed author Alexs Pate hears discussions of Minnesota's literary scene, he can't help but notice that African-American writers often are left out. But Pate, who became a writer in Minnesota, has watched the state's black literary scene burgeon over the past 10 or 15 years.

Art Hounds: Danez Smith, 'Death and the Maiden,' and St. Cloud pottery

mprnews.org — This week Art Hounds check out a pottery show in St. Cloud, a joint production of "Death and the Maiden" and a new book of poetry by Danez Smith.

Weekend Arts Roundup: a great weekend for theater

thecurrent.org — Sponsor Sponsor Feb 5, 2015 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three theatrical productions happening in the Twin Cities. Gertrude Stein and a Companion - The most popular show in the history of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, this play looks at the life of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B.

Poet Claudia Rankine's latest examines being black in America

mprnews.org — Her latest book, "Citizen: An American Lyric," was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards in both the categories of poetry and criticism.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance, Theater, Literature

thecurrent.org — Sponsor Sponsor Jan 29, 2015 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about good stuff happening this weekend in dance, theater and literature. Motirô - Contempo Physical Dance brings this energetic program to the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis.
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Feb 20, 2015

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Feb 17, 2015

There will be a transition time over the next several months - with a send off for Joe Dowling on June 30th. @GuthrieTheater

Feb 17, 2015

Haj: "I'm stepping into an organization that's doing really well - a very stable [organization]."

Feb 17, 2015

New @GuthrieTheater Director Joe Haj gets lots of laughs, applause at announcement of his hire.

Feb 17, 2015

Haj earns round of applause for talking about theater's responsibility to community.

Feb 17, 2015

Haj: This is a not for profit theater - it is charged to serve the community it's in.

Feb 17, 2015

Haj: how can we better respond to what's going on in our community and the country?

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