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

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.

Federal tax court rules in favor of artists — A ruling handed down by the United States Tax Court may prove to be an important victory for artists, specifically artists who don't make that much money from their work. In a case very similar to that of local artist Venus De Mars, New York painter and printmaker Susan Crile was obliged to prove that her more than 40 year career as a painter was indeed a profession.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Falling in Love with Art — Sponsor Sponsor MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a couple of live shows that involve a lot of onstage creation and improvisation. For Art Lovers: St. Paul Art Crawl - This year the St.

Heart of the Beast shakes up leadership — In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater has hired Catherine Jordan as interim executive director. She succeeds Loren Niemi, whom the organization's board fired last month. The change comes in the wake of a financial crisis in August that forced the company to furlough staff for two weeks.
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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"

Oct 16, 2014

RT @stevemullis: If you haven't read the @nickwingfield NYT piece on #GamerGate and harassment its a good intro to the topic.…

Oct 15, 2014

RT @Sheila_Regan: Ugh. Why are people so threatened by smart women? RT @jilnotjill Sometimes I truly cannot believe we live in 2014.…

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