The Last Flapper is a one-woman play co-produced by Visions Theatre and Long Lake Theater that retrospects the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Flapper shines a spotlight on Zelda's personal experiences of creative genius, repression and passionate pursuit of life.
On this episode of Art Beat, we take you once again to the Great River Shakespeare Festival at Winona State University. This time around we talk to Fight Choreographer Benjamin Boucvalt. Benjamin is an experienced fight choreographer for both stage and film. Benjamin also has a background in martial arts, and he talks with us about how his background helps and what it’s really like to put together a heart stopping fight scene.
Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Vicki lives on a 100-year-old homestead with a variety of farm animals, from guinea fowl to goats. Each week, she shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm with Magnetic North.
All it takes is a spark. Several years ago, Cate Belleveau agreed to portray Mary Welsh Hemingway in a Beltrami County Historical Society fundraising event. The experience ignited a curiosity that could not be denied. Fascinated by her new knowledge of an intelligent, adventurous woman who grew up in logging country and ended up the 4th wife of Ernest Hemingway, over the next few years, Cate committed to researching Mary Welsh Hemingway. Intrigued, her thirst for knowledge led to investigations into the lives of other significant women in Hemingway’s life – all four of his wives, his mother and his granddaughter. The result of her passion is an original play, “Mary 4, Martha 3: No Footnotes.” It was produced in both Walker and Bemidji in 2016 and later this month will be produced in New York as part of the New York Summerfest Theater competition. Cate stopped by KBXE to chat about it.
What does it mean to “break the mold”? A hard-boiled lesbian detective breaks through the lavender ceiling, a Sudanese model refuses to lighten her skin to fit in and an Ojibwe rapper wants to be the spark that ignites the fire in his people. Nyakim Gatwech is the “queen of dark,” a Sudanese model in Minnesota with unapologetically dark skin. She has a major Instagram following, too. Ellen Hart is the author of a series of (24!) mystery novels about lesbian detective Jane Lawless. Her work on the series won her an Edgar Award in 2017. She is the first openly gay writer to receive the award. And Baby Shel, an Ojibwe rapper from the Red Lake Reservation, doesn’t care if he becomes the most popular rapper in the world—he just wants to open the door for people like him.
Producer Ben Halom sits down for an interview with punk musician Jeff Rosenstock.
On this episode of Art Beat we talk to Tonia Sina about Intimacy Directing at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Tonia is the founder and director of Intimacy Directors International. An organization that helps actors and directors alike handle intimate scenes for the stage and film in a professional manner with high standards of artistry and safety. We talk to Tonia about the need for intimacy directing, what it is, how she came up with her method.
Grant Frashier visits Camp Rabideau in the Chippewa National Forest. It is the best preserved Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in existance and is located a few miles south of Blackduck, MN.
Milt Lee talks to Hondo and Suzy, dance instructors and owners of the Suzy and Hondo School of Dance in Bemidji.
Milt Lee talks with Bob Gatts, owner of Obligato Violin Shop, on his farm near Cushing, MN.
How has immigration, migration, and connection to the rest of the world shaped the sights and sounds of Minnesota? Meet Siama Matuzungidi, a Congolese soukous musician. He moved to Minnesota in the late 90s after having a prosperous career in Congo, Uganda, and Kenya. His life and music flow like his native Congo River, and today, the Mighty Mississippi. Doug Little and his band Charanga Tropical bring the traditional music of Cuba to Minnesota. Charanga orchestras are mainly popular in Florida, New York, and California. But Minnesota is home to one of the only Charanga orchestras in country.