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

Somali artists bring new work to life in former Catholic school — In a former Catholic school in East St. Paul, a group of contemporary Somali-American artists is presenting an exhibition of new work. St. John's High School lay vacant for years, but in 2014 Darul Uloom, a Minnesota Muslim association, purchased the building along with the neighboring church, which it now uses for daily prayer.

Art Hounds: Three theater pieces — This week on Art Hounds: "Death of a Salesman," "Our Town" and "Queen." Sean Byrd, an actor, director and professor, recommends venturing to a strip mall in Osseo to check out Yellow Tree Theatre's production of the Arthur Miller classic, "Death of a Salesman."

Star Tribune's Royce wins lifetime achievement honor at Iveys — This year the Ivey Awards' highest honor for theater professionals - the Lifetime Achievement Award - went to a critic. Longtime Star Tribune theater critic and reporter Graydon Royce was recognized for his years of service to the community. Royce recently retired from the newspaper, although he continues to contribute reviews as a freelancer.

Art Hounds: 'It's Alive!' and other acts of creativity — Art enthusiast and occasional printmaker Florence Brammer has always loved Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," so she's particularly delighted by the new exhibition at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. As part of the global celebration of the novel's bicentennial, the MCBA has put together a show of works that examine themes raised in the book.

Dance performance explores society's need for healing — When the world is filled with violence - both physical and psychological - how do you take care of yourself? That question is at the heart of a dance performance this weekend at The O'Shaughnessy in St. Paul. "Horidraa: Golden Healing," a new piece by Ananya Dance Theatre, celebrates the healing power of indigenous wisdom and the love of community.

Art Hounds: Manhood, beadwork and a capella voices — This week on Art Hounds: Lakota beadwork melds with abstract painting. Public artist and activist Ashley Fairbanks loves the latest exhibition of Dyani White Hawk's work at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis. White Hawk combines traditional geometric shapes and beadwork of the Lakota people with the minimalist abstraction of contemporary oil painting.

Art Hounds: Rap, classical and deadly — Aug 31, 2016 This week on Art Hounds: The homegrown rapper Tek releases his new album, "Local." Music critic Ali Elabbady says he is "geeked" for the release party of rapper Tek's new album, "Local." Elabbady says Tek is St.

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.
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