Marianne Combs reports on arts and culture for Minnesota Public Radio news.

Art Hounds: Bhangra, vintage bands and a circus

Guthrie production chief takes on backstage color barrier — A play opening at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis Friday night deals with racial politics. The story revolves around a Pakistani-American lawyer, and most of the cast members are people of color. Backstage, though, the people helping to stage the show are white. The Guthrie is working to stage more diverse stories, with more diverse casts.

Art Hounds: A night market, alternate histories and poetry in focus

From private collection to lending library: Quatrefoil grows as resource for LGBT community — Rainbow flags hang prominently in the windows of the Quatrefoil Library on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Housed on the ground floor of a residential building, the library is open on weekends and weeknights, and run entirely by volunteers. Kathy Robbins has been the head librarian for 15 years.

Art Hounds: Afrobeat, a fond farewell and questionable vocal talent — This week on Art Hounds: Zuluzuluu at the Cedar, the closing of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat and "Souvenir" at Commonweal Theatre.

Marchers calling for racial justice create traffic snarls — Severe weather Thunderstorm warnings in NW Minn. Protestors marched for racial justice in both of the Twin Cities yesterday, disrupting traffic while calling for an end to police brutality.

Mia landscape exhibit asks viewers to see world's beauty with fresh eyes — "Seeing Nature," a collection of landscape paintings by some of the world's greatest artists, opens this weekend at Mia. The show invites viewers to see the world's beauty with new eyes. Minneapolis Institute of Art curator Rachel McGarry says the exhibit - curated from the private collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul G.

Art Hounds: Farmers, fireflies and a Shakespeare festival

Art Hounds: Musketeers, marriage rights and indie rock

Concert series takes root under a tree in St. Paul — Minnesota musicians are discovering an intimate new performance venue in St. Paul that offers a laid-back setting, friendly audiences and a generous paycheck. It's called the Grand Oak Opry, in honor of the enormous, centuries-old tree that dominates the performance space.
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Jul 28, 2016

RT @TheCurrent: Thanks @MarianneSCombs for visiting! She recommends @GuthrieTheater "Disgraced", @HistoryTheatre "Glensheen" and @JungleTheater "LeSwitch".

Jul 28, 2016

RT @laura_yuen: The future of @MPRnews, @RihamFeshir and @swastvedt, bring important stories about race and disparities to our airwaves this morning.

Jul 26, 2016

RT @MPRnews: Police are making more arrests at the ongoing Philando Castile protest in St. Paul. Live updates here 

Jul 26, 2016

RT @DoualyX: Malala Yousafzai and her father are lunching at @AfroDeli in Cedar Riverside w Somali refugee teen girls, @MPRnews

Jul 25, 2016

RT @GaelynnLea: The Murder of Crows (me & Alan of @lowtheband) play @KenCen on 7/26! :) Info:  🎻👗 + 🎸👔= 🎶🏣🏛🏢🎶 https:…

Jul 25, 2016

RT @LocalCurrent: You’ve heard of “the Minneapolis Sound” — but could you describe it, or recognize it when you hear it? Here’s a 101: 

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