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

Jazz sensibilities infuse Jungle's 'Bars and Measures' — A new play opening at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis Friday night tells the story of two brothers, and their weekly music lessons in the visiting room of a prison. "Bars and Measures" is inspired by a true story.

Art Hounds: A landscape exhibit you could get lost in — Jazz musician and writer Peter Goggin was impressed by the exhibition of landscape paintings currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Goggin says the paintings really cover the gamut of artistic styles and movements. He was particularly struck by Gustav Klimt's painting of a birch forest, in which the viewer is able to get lost in the detailed brush strokes.

Art Hounds: Peter Wong photos, a ukulele carnival and an interactive exhibition — This week on Art Hounds: Travel photography, ukuleles and artful city-making Sarah Filipi admires the work of fellow photographer Peter Wong. When he's not photographing golf courses here in Minnesota, he leads photographic tours in Southeast Asia. Filipi says his honest portraits of Vietnamese and Malaysian people capture his sincere connection with his subjects.

Art Hounds: Politics, Mozart, improv and Haitian dance

Four dead in weekend motorcycle accidents — Two car-motorcycle crashes -- in Belle Plaine and Pine County -- result in four deaths and one injury. Overall, fatalities are down this year.

Fringe Festival stages 168 shows in 11 days

Art Hounds: Carnage, 'Urinetown' and small works of art

Barred performer sues Minnesota Fringe Festival

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.
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