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

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.

Splendor in the plastic grass: MIA artists find the sacred in simple things — Andy Messerschmidt and Mathew Zefeldt use inexpensive materials and outdated pop imagery to incite some deep and meaningful questions

Coffee-shop inspired ballet comes to Union Depot — Ballets tend to be based on dramatic stories or fairy tales: "Romeo and Juliet," "Cinderella," "the Nutcracker." But Ballet Minnesota is betting that crowds will come see a ballet about life in their neighborhood coffee shop. On Saturday the St. Paul company is performing two free performances at Union Depot.

After five years, State of the Arts comes to a close — After five years, MPR News is retiring State of the Arts. Our archives will continue to be accessible, but there will be no new posts from here on out. This does not mean that MPR's commitment to arts coverage will be in any way diminished.

Most critics find ‘Romeo and Juliet’ a dreamy delight — "Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's greatest known tragedies. This is both a blessing and a curse for theater companies. The show has great name recognition, but hasn't it already been, ahem, "done to death?" According to several critics, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company's latest production appears to prove that there is still gold...

Michael Kareken fills two galleries with ‘Parts’ — Tonight, two galleries are opening two parts of the same show. Michael Kareken's paintings and drawings of deteriorating cars fill both Burnet Gallery and the annex of Groveland Gallery. The double show allows for an interesting examination of how different spaces influence the art they present.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Art that Moves You — Sponsor Sponsor Oct 16, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts happenings that encourage you to get out there and move. Michael Karaken: Parts at Burnet Gallery and at Groveland Gallery - Two independent local galleries have teamed up to produce a joint exhibition of artist Michael Kareken's works entitled, Parts.

GiveMN hits $100 million in charitable giving — GiveMN, the website that funnels charitable giving to Minnesota nonprofits and schools, has reached a milestone. The organization has helped facilitate more than $100 million in charitable giving since it first began operating in the fall of 2009. That's an average of $20 million raised a year.

Sage Awards recognize the year in dance — Each year the SAGE Awards recognize exceptional work in the Minnesota dance scene. The 2014 winners are: Outstanding Dance Performance One with Others - Karen Sherman Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening - Maia Maiden Outstanding Dance Performer Jesse Neumann-Peterson - Under the Current (Sharon Picasso), The Student (Vanessa Voskuil), Azalea Nights (Christine Maginnis/Christopher Watson) Duncan...

Critics split over Mixed Blood’s “Colossal” — Every once in a while, a production will inspire wildly different reviews. Such is the case with Mixed Blood Theatre's "Colossal." The story takes on football, sexuality, and physical ability, and like a football game, is divided into four quarters and comes with a half-time act.
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Oct 31, 2014

Do you work in the arts in Minnesota? Join the Art Hounds and share your love for the arts with MPR audiences:

Oct 29, 2014

Welcome to the next level: Andy Messerschmidt and Mathew Zefeldt explore life and death at @artsmia @arts_maep

Oct 21, 2014

After five years, State of the Arts is shutting down - thanks for a great run!

Oct 21, 2014

RT @DearDara: Mysteries of life revealed! In Chianti fava beans traditionally planted between wine grape rows to boost nitrogen. #SilenceOfLambsExplainer

Oct 20, 2014

Park Square's second stage opens to public Oct 24:

Oct 17, 2014

RT @GlobalEcoGuy: If we really wanted to treat public health crises in America, we'd start by tackling smoking, obesity, guns and flu. Not Ebola.

Oct 17, 2014

Most critics find TTT's ‘Romeo and Juliet’ a dreamy delight:

Oct 16, 2014

Michael Kareken fills two Mpls galleries with "Parts"

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