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

Fashion takes center stage in Minneapolis exhibits — Two new exhibits in Minneapolis highlight the art of fashion. One offers an intimate look at the industry's history, while the other presents striking images that sell fashion to the public. Leather, silk and sequins abound in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' exhibition "Italian Style" - a 70-year retrospective of modern Italian fashion, dating back to its early beginnings in the wake of World War II.

Art Hounds: Comedy for a cause and Arrowhead art — This week on Art Hounds, comedians stand up against sexual assault at the Amsterdam Bar, Duluth takes a deep look at its art history, and fairy tale characters are taken to court.

Denomie's 'Dialogues' speaks critically of church, mainstream culture — With his latest work, painter Jim Denomie raises the temperature of his dialogue by exploring Christianity's impact on Native peoples. He will give a talk Wednesday at Minneapolis' Bockley Gallery.

MIA's first contemporary art curator leaving for Palm Springs — Liz Armstrong, who joined the MIA in 2008, worked to juxtapose contemporary art within the MIA's more traditional exhibitions, with an eye to infuse new life into the museum.

Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day — There was no repeat of last year's website crash but technical problems persist.

Art Hounds: Brothers Grimm, dystopia and Mother of Islam — This week, a puppet show inspired by the Brothers Grimm, art that explores the "sacred feminine" in Islam, and a dystopian future.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Art This Way — Sponsor Sponsor MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the artful happenings around town this weekend. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association has three events to check out: Art Attack at the Northrup King Building - The multi-level Northrup King Building opens the doors to its galleries and studios to the public for them see and buy original art.

Art Hounds: Ragamala, Dan Israel, Shakespeare's songs — This week on Art Hounds three dancers give solo performances, Shakespeare's songs get a choral treatment and Dan Israel brings plays some new material.

Ordway CEO promises no further productions of 'Miss Saigon' — Patricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway, said the center will not produce 'Miss Saigon' during her tenure. Last fall, protesters decried the show as racist and sexist.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Halloween Alternatives — Sponsor Sponsor Oct 30, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Sean McPherson (in for Jill Riley) to talk about two non-traditional Halloween offerings to check out this weekend. Prince Rama's Journey - Prince Rama rescues his wife from an evil king and leads a monkey army against an army of demons.
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Nov 20, 2014

Art Hounds: Take Back the Mic, @DuluthArt Biennial and "Once Upon a Trial: The Pig Who Cried Wolf" in Hastings.

Nov 17, 2014

Jim Denomie's paintings showcase Christianity's faults, modern society's superficiality:

Nov 14, 2014

Liz Armstrong leaving @artsmia to take position as ED of Palm Springs Art Museum - big loss for MIA

Nov 13, 2014

RT @BethGasser: I'm fairly certain it was my tweets and enthusiasm that overloaded the @givemn site, and my positivity that will bring it back up. #GTMD14

Nov 13, 2014

In the meantime people should be able to access the site via Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

Nov 13, 2014

CORRECTION: site has not crashed, but many Firefox users are shut out. @givemn is working on a workaround.

Nov 13, 2014

@givemn site appears to have crashed. Keep getting message: "The OCSP server has no status for the certificate."

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